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General Dynamics Team to Develop Second Radar System for the U.S. Army Range Radar Replacement Program — Press Release

With unprecedented fidelity and detail, next-generation radar system will track munitions and other military test targets at leading Army test ranges.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems received a contract modification to the Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) to develop a new High/Medium Power Close-in Radar system. The Close-in radar system is mobile and will provide unprecedented fidelity when tracking munitions and other targets at a range of 37 miles or more. The contract modification is valued at $16 million and funds the engineering, development and initial manufacture of the new radar system. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

“The Close-in radar system is the second in a new generation of range instrumentation radars that deliver cost-effective, digital technologies and systems needed to meet the Army’s goal of modernizing test ranges in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Maryland,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

The Close-in radar system joins the Fly-out radar system, which was the first range instrumentation radar system ordered using the RRRP contract. The Close-in radar system will acquire information about the launch and early stages of flight for munitions and other low-flying objects. The Fly-out radar system, which has just completed the requirements phase of development, is capable of tracking up to 40 test objects over a range of 60 miles. The new mobile radar systems eliminate the cost and downtime associated with maintaining and moving decades-old, antiquated radar systems that are currently in place at Army test ranges.

A General Dynamics-led team was awarded the Range Radar Replacement Program in June 2012. The program replaces an aging fleet of radar systems currently operating at U.S. Army test ranges located at White Sands Test Center, N.M.; Yuma Test Center, Ariz.; Aberdeen Test Center, Md.; and Redstone Test Center, Ala.

The General Dynamics RRRP solution leverages XSTAR family of instrumentation radar developed by STAR Dynamics.

The General Dynamics team is led by General Dynamics C4 Systems, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and includes STAR Dynamics of Hilliard, Ohio; Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta; and EO Imaging of Melbourne, Fla. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kilgore, Longview and Richardson, Texas; State College, Pa.; Hilliard, Ohio; Reston, Va.; Fort Walton Beach and Melbourne, Fla.; and Atlanta.

More information about General Dynamics C4 Systems is available online at

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ATK Receives Contract from the MDA as Budget Execution Continues

Despite the “Fiscal Cliff” negotiations and the fact that the Federal Government continues to operate under Continuing Resolution Authority (CRA) the Department of Defense continues to execute contract options. Under CRA new ones cannot be awarded but options on existing contracts may be executed. That explains why a production option for the F-35 could be issued even though it is worth over $3 billion.

ATK (ATK), for example, recently received a contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) related to the development of Modular Divert and Attitude Control Systems (MDACS) technology for the Navy’s SM-3 Block IIB interceptor. The SM-3 is a ship launched missile that ultimately places a kill vehicle outside the atmosphere to engage the enemy missile threat.

The recent North Korean launch highlighting potential threats that the SM-3 is designed to perhaps deal with. It was reported that the U.S. and Japanese Navy deployed ships with the SM-3 capability in response to the launch.

The contract has a value of almost $53 million.

Because the kill vehicles are based on ships they cannot use liquid propelled DACS so solid rocket ones must be developed. They are flown like miniature space ships using controlled thrust from little rockets to move them. ATK is working on extending the performance of the DACS systems already used on the SM-3 program.

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Editor’s Note

December 5, 2011 by · Comment
Filed under: Editorial 

Posting will be light for the remainder of the year as I try to figure out where to take the blog.  It may mean a redesign or the launch of something new.

Thanks to our loyal readers these past three years.

Matthew Potter

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Ascendant Engineering Solutions Introduces Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator — Press Release

Ascendant Engineering Solutions Introduces Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator

Invention Is Environmentally Friendly and Offers Substantial Cost Savings to the U.S. Military and Its Many Contractors

AUSTIN, TX (December 1, 2011) – Ascendant Engineering Solutions (AES) has turned a dream into a reality today with its announcement that the Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator is officially available to the U.S. Military as well as companies that sell products and services into the defense industry.

Several years ago, AES recognized a gross inefficiency in the marketplace when it came to testing small arms weapon mounted systems before they could be released into the field of battle. Then and today, in many cases, the military would require a soldier to take a newly configured weapon system to the range and fire the weapon thousands of times before it could be certified for use.

This was problematic on several fronts: the cost to deploy the soldier, the cost of the ammunition and the fact that environmental toxins are deposited into the ground and released into the atmosphere.

“We believed there was a better way,” said Jon Noeth, the president of AES, which already provides products and solutions to the military on other fronts. “So we went to work, and created a product that would not only serve our company interests, but also the country’s economic and environmental interests as well.”

Early on, AES decided that it did not want to be the clearinghouse for the testing of small arms weapon systems, but instead share its capability directly with the military and other companies that typically assist the military in such areas. The U.S. Army has wasted little time approving the Weapon Shock Simulator as a substitute for live fire testing. The product has been very well-received with close to a dozen already sold in front of the official launch, including one to the US Army.

“To the best of our knowledge, we are the only small arms weapon shock simulator proven to recreate known live fire failures on units under test and the only weapon shock simulator approved for shock test in place of actual small arms live fire for the DoD,” said Noeth.


Ascendant Engineering Solutions was founded in 2004 by six partners, each bringing a different area of engineering expertise to the field. They believed that integrating their diversity of knowledge could open up new avenues for collaboration and innovation. So they envisioned a new kind of engineering firm, one that embraced a culture of cross-disciplinary interaction and research. Drawing on 100 years of combined experience, the founding partners transformed that concept into a successful engineering firm, and Ascendant Engineering Solutions was born.

Photo from AES

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Robonic Ltd Oy has successfully demonstrated the high speed launch of representative unmanned air systems — Press Release

Robonic Ltd Oy has successfully demonstrated the high speed launch of representative unmanned air systems

Tampere, Finland, 11 May 2011.
Robonic Ltd Oy has successfully demonstrated the high speed launch of representative unmanned air systems in the 100 kg range at speeds of 70 meters per second. The demonstration launches, conducted in February 2011, are part of a continuing company program to expand the capability envelope of the Robonic pneumatic launcher family to meet the needs of new generation UAS and target drones. “We are committed to ensuring our launchers remain the solution of choice as market requirements evolve,” says Robonic Managing Director Juha Moisio.

Existing production Robonic launchers currently provide launch speeds of up to 55 meters per second for air vehicles in the 250kg maximum takeoff mass category and to approximately 38 meters per second in the 500kg range.

“Our research and development program is helping pave the way for the next generation of lightweight unmanned air systems and target drones,” says Moisio. Existing industry trends in UAS and target drone design are seeing a continued reduction in aircraft mass as well as increased endurance.

The potential for very high speed launch of lightweight UAS and target drones will directly support the continued opening up of a new market space for smaller and lower cost systems. Launch speeds in the range of 70 m/s per second will be essential to achieving the viability of this
notional new generation.

The achievement of 70 meters per second launch speeds will also provide new flexibility for existing UAS and target drones using Robonic hardware. “We can leverage these gains to provide improved launch speeds for existing air vehicles via combination of launcher modifications and new cradle types, with final performance remaining dependent on air vehicle weight”, added Moiso.


Robonic Ltd Oy, based in Tampere, Finland, is a Sagem (Safran Group) owned engineering company that operates as the premier unmanned air system launcher manufacturer in Europe. So far, 12 different tactical UAVs and target drones have been launched off Robonic’s MC 2555
LLR catapult. Robonic’s track record of pneumatic launching technology spans over three decades. The company also operates a dedicated unmanned air vehicle flight test centre in Lapland at Kemijarvi, Finland.

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BAE Systems Launch Latest Mine Protected Vehicle – The RG35 (4X4) Reconnaissance Patrol and Utility Vehicle

JOHANNESBURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The BAE Systems business in South Africa has developed a purpose built RG35 RPU vehicle that delivers the crucial balance between firepower, proven survivability and tactical mobility troops currently need and will require in the future. The RG35 RPU is a modern, yet ruggedly dependable tactical 4X4 wheeled vehicle that is truly purpose built for multiple missions. Not only can the reconnaissance variant be equipped with light and medium turrets, as well as direct

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SpaceX Wins NASA Contract to Complete Development of Successor to the Space Shuttle

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NASA has awarded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) $75 million to develop a revolutionary launch escape system that will enable the company’s Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts.

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Colt Defense LLC Announces Exchange Offer for 8.75% Senior Notes Due 2017

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Launch of Colt Defense LLC's 8.75% Senior Notes due 2017 Exchange Offer

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Bruker Launches pTD™, a Compact, Lab Chip-based, Fully Automated and Fast Toxin ID System for Homeland Security

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bruker today announces the North American launch of its compact, fully automated and fast toxin identification system, called pTD™ (portable Toxin Detector), at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Bio-Defense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, DC. The novel, benchtop, push-button pTD system is intended for smaller, field and mobile laboratories for use by non-expert operators in homeland security applications. While detection capabilities f

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WTO Report States Boeing Received Illegal Aid Effect on KC-X Undetermined

In the latest round of the back-and-forth at the World Trade Organization (WTO) between the United States and the European Union (EU) over airline development and sales the report on Boeing (BA) was leaked to the press and found that the Chicago based company received illegal subsidies from the U.S. Government and four states. In September this finding was also leaked as a preliminary to the completion of the final report.

Earlier last year the WTO had ruled in favor of the U.S. in their complaint about launch aid for EADS’ (EADS:P) Airbus products. Since that time there have been those in Congress trying to rewrite acquisition law and regulations so that the illegal aid to EADS would be taken into account in the upcoming KC-X new aerial tanker decision on which Boeing and EADS submitted bids for the initial $39 billion contract.

The findings by the WTO that both sides provided illegal aid that caused unfair competition to the other should lead to negotiations to settle the matter. The normal WTO punishment of having the losing company pay back the economic affect on the other will probably not happen due to the large amounts involved.

The two decisions may aid the Pentagon in deciding the KC-X contract as it possibly removes the issue from the competition and might limit some chances for a protest by the loser. The Pentagon has made clear for months that it cannot take into account the WTO rulings in their source selection and evaluation hence the attempts by Boeing’s supporters in the legislative branch to change the rules.

Now with both bidders confirmed to have benefited from illegal subsidies of some sort it hopefully will remove the issue and allow a competition based on merits and meeting the requirements as defined by the Air Force and Defense Department.

SolutionPoint Launches Global Intelligence, Security, Identity and Compliance Platform  

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SolutionPoint International, Inc., announced today that it has formally initiated operations to provide an integrated array of business intelligence, security and compliance, identity assurance and situational awareness solutions. SolutionPoint’s launch follows the completion of its acquisition of Bode Technology Group from GlobalOptions Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLOI). Bode Technology joins NSM Surveillance and Guidepost Solutions as the principal operating units of an eme

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AML Communications Reports Fiscal Year 2011 Second Quarter Results

CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AML Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:AMLJ) today announced results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2010. Net sales for the second quarter were $3.8 million, compared to $4.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. Net income for the quarter was $189,000, or $0.02 per share, compared to $486,000, or $0.05 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. CEO Commentary on Significant Events In preparation for production launch of a $3.7 millio

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NRL’s Wide-field Imager Selected for Solar Probe Plus Mission

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NASA has chosen the Naval Research Laboratory’s Wide-field Imager to be part of the Solar Probe Plus mission slated for launch no later than 2018.

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AML Communications Announces the Launch of Cal Mimix, Inc., a Wholly Owned Subsidiary

CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AML Communications, Inc. (AMLJ.OB), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of microelectronic assemblies for the defense industry, today announced the launch of Cal Mimix, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary. Cal Mimix ("The Company") has been in formation for the last 6 months as a fabless designer and developer of RF and Microwave semiconductor products to serve commercial and military applications. The Company has entered into manufacturing contracts with an on-s

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LaBarge Receives $4.9 Million Contract from United Launch Alliance for Atlas V Launch Program

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LaBarge will continue to make electronics for United Launch Alliance (ULA) to support U.S. missions in space. LaBarge received a contract valued at $4.9 million from ULA.

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Photo Of Most Recent Space Shuttle Launch

Our associate, Nick Franklin, took this photo of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery this week. More of his work may be found at this flickr photostream, here.

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Governors Support Boeing Tanker in DC Press Conference

February 22, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Congress, KC-X, KC-X Tanker News, Syndicated Industry News 

Seattle’s Channel 5 covered the Governor’s press conference on the KC-X Tanker contract, in Washington D.C, this afternoon. According to Channel 5:

At the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the launch of a bi-partisan coalition of governors to push for Boeing-built refueling tankers. It’s called the U.S. Tanker 2010 Coalition, and other states represented include Oregon, Kansas, Connecticut, Maine, Utah, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa – all states with a stake in the outcome, mostly as suppliers of parts.

“Together, we are going to make it known we’re going to fight for this work,” Gregoire said Monday.


India To Invest In U.S. Towed Artillery Pieces

The U.S. military uses three primary artillery systems for its fire support. These are the M109 Paladin self propelled 155mm howitzer, the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) in tracked and wheeled versions; and the M777 lightweight 155mm towed howitzer. All three of these systems have seen a great deal of use over the last twenty years and performed effectively. It was announced yesterday that India’s government intends to buy 145 of the M177 systems.

This contract will be worth over $600 million if fully executed. The M777 is made by BAE Systems and due to its weight and mobility is ideal to support Indian forces in mountainous regions and represents a significant technological upgrade to their existing inventory of Swedish, Russian and British systems.

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Boeing Completes On-Orbit Handover of 2nd Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to US Air Force –Press Release

Boeing Completes On-Orbit Handover of 2nd Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to US Air Force

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 17, 2009 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] on June 15 successfully transferred control of the second Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite to the U.S. Air Force, which will monitor and control the new satellite from Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. WGS-2 was declared ready for Department of Defense operational testing after rigorous ground testing, an April 3 launch and a thorough on-orbit checkout. WGS satellites are the Defense Department’s highest-capacity
communications satellite, offering a major increase in bandwidth for airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines.

“The Air Force could not be more pleased with the performance of the WGS government-industry team and, of course, the performance of this important satellite,” said Brig. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Wing at the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles. “We have high
expectations in the MILSATCOM Systems Wing, and this team has once again proven that it is fully capable of meeting that challenge.”

The WGS system will augment and eventually replace the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) constellation. WGS-1, which Boeing delivered to the Air Force in January 2008, and WGS-2 together are capable of handling more than 25 times the capacity of the entire DSCS constellation. The Defense Department has ordered six WGS satellites
from Boeing and is making plans to buy more satellites to address growing SATCOM bandwidth needs worldwide.

“The WGS-2 handover is another important step in our overall mission to supply a system that will provide a quantum leap in wideband satellite communications worldwide,” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. “Boeing is proud to have delivered another WGS satellite that is meeting and, in many cases, exceeding all requirements for our Air Force customer.”

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Space & Intelligence Systems
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Marc Selinger
Space & Intelligence Systems
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SBIRS Continues

sbirs-10-8-08-a-em_smallgifThe troubled Space Based Infra-Red System (SBIRS) satellite based detection system program has had its highs and lows over the last fifteen years or so. The constellation of satellites will be used to provide detection of missile launches across the globe and will replace the original DSP system. SBIRS is divided into high and low systems and has suffered from cost and schedule problems over its lifetime.

There is no denying that the aging DSP satellites need replacing and the Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have worked hard to keep the SBIRS program going over the years despite criticism from Congress, various Presidential Administrations and outside groups.

On the 2nd of June Lockheed Martin announced that they had received a contract for the third high satellite of that constellation. This $1.5 billion contract will be for the payload, satellite and ground control systems. The launch will be paid for out of a different contract. To date two payloads are in space and the first two satellites are in development with the first planned launch sometime in 2010.

Photo from Lockheed Martin.

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U.S. Buys Next Batch of GMLRS

Reuters reports that the U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to produce the next batch of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets.  The GMLRS upgraded the MLRS with longer range, precision attack versions of the projectiles.  The award will also support the FMS programs of a variety of countries.  The contract has a a value of over $350 million.  Along with a recent PAC-3 award Lockheed received over a $1 billion of production and support contracts in the last few weeks.

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USAF awards satellite support contract

The US Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a contract worth over $200 M to support the DSP constellation of satellites. Northrop-Grumman will make sure the satellites are working and provide analysis of the data they collect. The company manufactured the infra-red sensors installed on them. DSP primary mission is to detect the launch of missiles and rockets. They have been used for over thirty years and will eventually be replaced by the SBIRS system.

See the press release at

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NASA awards International Space Station completion contract

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Filed under: Boeing, Contract Awards, development program, NASA, space 

Boeing was awarded a $650 M contract by NASA to support the completion of the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing will provide engineering and software support as well as subsystems needed to complete the station. The contract is for two years. This contract will complete the station by 2010. Not addressed is the coming gap when NASA will be dependent on Russian assets for launch as the Space Shuttle retires.

See the press release at International Business Times.

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Two rivals team together for missile contract

Two of America’s largest defense contractors will join together to pursue the next generation air launched missile. Raytheon and Boeing announced that they signed a teaming agreement to prepare for the Joint Air to Ground Munition (JAGM) development program. See the press release here. The JAGM will replace Hellfire and Maverick missiles for launch from both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. JAGM is at the early stages of its life and was started after the failure of the Joint Common Missile (JCM) program. See this for more on that. There is certainly no denying that the aging Hellfire and Maverick need replacing, although the Hellfire especially has seen a lot of use from OH-58D, AH-64 and Predator UAV in Afghanistan and Iraq. If Boeing and Raytheon team that leaves Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics as the only other US companies that might bid on such a program.

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VetSource Mobility Equipped to Provide Mobility Solutions to Federal Government Agencies as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DataSouce Mobility is proud to announce the launch of a subsidiary company, VetSource Mobility. VetSource Mobility will provide mobility solutions to the Federal Government and Government Contractors through Executive Order 13360, as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). VetSource Mobility is majority owned by a Service Disabled American Veteran, Richard Holdaway and is focused on mobility solutions for the Federal Government. Richard̵

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