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And the KC-X Winner is Boeing!!

The U.S. Defense Department and Air Force announced that Boeing (BA) has been selected to provide the new KC-X aerial tanker. The design submitted by EADS NA (EADS:P) was not chosen.

The new KC-46A will be based on Boeing’s 767 airliner design.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Michael Donley, stated that the decision was based on “mission effectiveness in wartime and life cycle costs as embodied in fuel efficiency and military construction costs”. This might be a hint that the larger KC-30 aircraft from EADS might have required more investment in new and bigger facilities then the smaller 767 tanker.

The contract has been very political with states that stand to gain thousands of jobs from the program using their Senators and Representatives to push for the respective bidders.

EADS does have the right to protest the decision as Boeing did in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS. They will have to wait until their debrief by the Air Force before making any decision about that.

Even an unsuccessful protest may delay the start of the program for several weeks and the Air Force plans on receiving the first 18 aircraft in 2017. The new KC-46A will replace Cold War era KC-135R tankers some of which have been flying for fifty years.

Cross posted at KC-X Tanker News.

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And the Winner is Boeing!

The U.S. Defense Department and Air Force announced that Boeing (BA) has been selected to provide the new KC-X aerial tanker. The design submitted by EADS NA (EADS:P) was not chosen.

The new KC-46A will be based on Boeing’s 767 airliner design.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Michael Donley, stated that the decision was based on “mission effectiveness in wartime and life cycle costs as embodied in fuel efficiency and military construction costs”. This might be a hint that the larger KC-30 aircraft from EADS might have required more investment in new and bigger facilities then the smaller 767 tanker.

The contract has been very political with states that stand to gain thousands of jobs from the program using their Senators and Representatives to push for the respective bidders.

EADS does have the right to protest the decision as Boeing did in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS. They will have to wait until their debrief by the Air Force before making any decision about that.

Even an unsuccessful protest may delay the start of the program for several weeks and the Air Force plans on receiving the first 18 aircraft in 2017. The new KC-46A will replace Cold War era KC-135R tankers some of which have been flying for fifty years.

Cross posted at Defense Procurement News.

BAE Systems Looks to Sell Chunk of U.S. Subsidiary

Since 9/11 and with the engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. defense budgets has increased dramatically. Due to this increase in spending as well as the reduction in the domestic industrial base since the end of the Cold War the large European defense contractors entered the U.S. market. Now that those commitments are winding down and concerns about the size of the deficit and government spending in general may cause the defense budget to shrink some are rethinking their commitment to this market.

Both BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) and EADS (EADS:P) entered the U.S. market by setting up subsidiaries and acquiring American defense contractors. These moves were seen as a simple way around the security and technology transfer requirements. BAE especially established itself as a maker and support contractor for military vehicles heavily used by the Army and Marine Corps. Now there are reports that BAE will look to sell part of its U.S. operations.

A few years ago BAE purchased Armor Holdings as a way to expand their vehicle and armor production. BAE has made a great deal of money making Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the American military as well as armor plate used by other companies. Unfortunately Armor Holdings biggest contract was to make the FMTV truck and that contract was lost to Oshkosh (OSK) in 2008. BAE is now missing a great deal of the revenue that Armor Holdings move promised.

Supposedly BAE will look to sell its platform solutions group. This business group provides products that is “serving the defence and aerospace communities with capabilities and products that improve operational safety and enhance mission effectiveness.”

Certainly there has been much discussion over the last few months as it becomes clear the defense budget will take some hits that there will be consolidation and mergers within the defense industry. By selling this group BAE raises capital to buy other companies that will help them focus on certain core capabilities or expand into new markets. Other companies may be willing to buy the group for the same reason.

If this does happen it will be a sure sign that many see little or no future expansion in the U.S. defense industry and their might be another round of consolidation as happened in the 1990′s. There are already rumors of Boeing (BA) merging with Northrop Grumman (NOC) for example.

These kind of signs and rumors indicate it might be a rough few years for the defense industry and their stocks as this is all sorted out.

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SELEX Galileo’s RAVEN supporting Gripen NG weapon system proving and demonstration programme

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SELEX Galileo’s RAVEN supporting Gripen NG weapon system proving and demonstration programme
April 21, 2010

SELEX Galileo’s prototype of its Raven ES-05 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the Raven 1000P, is playing a key role in the Saab Gripen Next Generation flight proving and demonstration programme.

The programme has been very successful, demonstrating radar modes in flight as well as showing the effectiveness of the SELEX Galileo and Saab team in integrating the radar into the weapon system and proving real capability in very short timescales.

Both air-to-air and air-to-ground modes have been integrated with great success and the expected performance has been achieved. Particular focus was placed on the air-to-ground capability and Raven 1000P produced excellent medium and high resolution SAR imagery at long ranges.

Trials will continue and capability insertion will take place at the appropriate points in the development schedule.


Notes to the Editors:

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, is a key provider of leading edge sensors for the most advanced fighters. In recent months, SELEX Galileo has been selected by Saab to supply two key sensors: the Raven ES-05 and the Infrared Search & Track (IRST) system SKYWARD-G.

Raven ES-05 is a high performance, premium class fire control radar. Building on over 50 years of fire control radar experience, Raven ES-05 delivers greater performance and higher reliability than comparable mechanically scanned radars.

With the Raven ES-05 and with the IRST, the Company will be guaranteeing the full mission effectiveness of the next generation aircraft Gripen NG.

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Telos Accelerates Delivery of Secure Wireless Network Modules for Army Tactical Operations Centers – Press Release

Telos Accelerates Delivery of Secure Wireless Network Modules for Army Tactical Operations Centers

More than 12,000 State-of-the-Art Units Now En Route to Support Deployed Troops Worldwide

ASHBURN, Va. – April 15, 2009 – Telos® Corporation has accelerated the delivery of its Combat Service Support Automated Information System Interface (CAISI) bridge modules to the U.S. Army, providing critical “last-mile” connectivity for warfighters back to their logistics networks in both training and operational environments.

While only a year into the three-year base period of the contract, Telos has already delivered over 12,000 of the more than 14,000 secure, tactical wireless Local Area Network (LAN) modules to the Army due to a high demand for the technology, and is scheduled to deliver the remainder by the end of the summer. According to Telos’ CAISI Program Manager Winston Payne, the company has not only been able to accommodate the accelerated delivery schedule, but has also been able to incorporate feedback coming in from the field to continuously enhance the product.

“Telos’ next-generation CAISI solution delivers the latest in secure, wireless technology to our Army customer,” said Payne. “The incorporation of critical last-mile wireless connectivity between combat service support information systems and their logistics base networks in deployed locations enhances mission effectiveness for logisticians worldwide.”

CAISI is a communications system in transportable cases that is being fielded to logistics organizations worldwide. CAISI provides IEEE 802.11a/b/g-based wireless connectivity across the spectrum of conflict. When linked to satellite communications, CAISI provides a “reach back” capability to sustainment organizations, allowing access to sources of supply and support. Each module uses wireless bridging to support a logistics support area of as much as four miles in diameter and can either stand alone or can be used with other modules to create a mesh network.

Telos is manufacturing the CAISI Bridge Modules (CBM) for the Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (PM DWTS) under the Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, with a potential quantity of more than 14,000 modules, runs for three base years with two option years.

The Army manufactured more than 8,900 CAISI modules since 2002 and fielded them to logistics units throughout the service. Its widespread use in worldwide operations, including in the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility (AOR), highlighted the need to enhance and update the Army’s solution and resulted in the award of a $43.5 million contract to Telos last year to develop and deploy the new CAISI modules.

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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BAE Systems Delivers First Airborne Day/Night Persistent Surveillance System to U.S. Army

GREENLAWN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems has developed and delivered the first airborne persistent surveillance system to the U.S. Army, addressing an urgent need for continuous, wide-area, day-or-night situational awareness in complex operational environments. The Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor, or AWAPSS, increases mission effectiveness and survivability by helping to expose the actions and behaviors of enemy vehicles, soldiers, and other asymmetric threats. "AWAPSS is

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BAE Systems Receives $71.1 Million to Provide Support and Upgrades to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems has received a $44 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command to provide field service support and instructor services for mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles. The company also received a $27.1 million contract to equip U.S. Army MRAPs with combat-proven Check-6® thermal camera systems that enhance mission effectiveness and soldier safety. “Our field service representatives and instructors are working side by side w

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