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DARPA to Expand TERN UAS Testing, Funding a Second Prototype

November 17, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, Syndicated Industry News 

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High Flying Drones Recruited for Missile Defense

reaper_bmds_1021Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.
              

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Increasing Infantry Overmatch with Advanced Shoulder Fired Weapons

October 4, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, SAAB, Syndicated Industry News 
m4_side_1021Seeking to increase the combat power of small dismounted teams, DARPA is studying the Massive Overmatch Assault Round (MOAR) as a way to enhance current man-portable infantry weapon systems with compact, multi-function precision engagement munitions. While some manufacturers address these capabilities with dedicated weapon systems, Saab is exploring enhancement for its proven M4 and AT4 weapon systems, to meet MOAR goals.
              

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DARPA Teaches Drones to Collaborate (Under Human Supervision)

June 4, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, Syndicated Industry News 
CODE’s envisioned improvements to collaborative autonomy would help transform UAS operations from requiring multiple people to operate each UAS to having one person who is able to command and control six or more unmanned vehicles simultaneously. Commanders could mix and match different systems with specific capabilities that suit individual missions instead of depending on a single UAS that integrates all needed capabilities but whose loss would be potentially catastrophic. This flexibility could significantly increase the mission- and cost-effectiveness of legacy assets as well as reduce the development times and costs of future systems. Illustration: DARPAThe US Defense Department's Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) selected Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as the prime contractors for the agency's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) demonstration. The program seeks to help conduct dynamic Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) operations over long distances, against short lived, moving targets in denied or contested electromagnetic airspace.
              

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DARPA Selects Aurora’s 24-prop Hybrid X-Plane, Flight Planned for 2018

March 3, 2016 by · Comment
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Return of the X-Planes

February 25, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: NASA, Syndicated Industry News 

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Contracts For February 5, 2016

CONTRACTS NAVY Pepco Energy Services Inc., Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded $80,429,313 for a firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded multiple award contract (N39430-16-F-1803) for energy improvements at Naval Station Great Lakes.  The work includes the design and installation of the following: lighting improvements; water and

Contracts For February 3, 2016

CONTRACTS ARMY AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $97,109,000 modification (P00004) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0047 for the Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system, tactical data link retrofit full-rate Production VII.  Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an estimated completion date

Contracts For February 2, 2016

CONTRACTS NAVY L-3 Platform Integration Division, Waco, Texas, is being awarded an estimated maximum value $22,756,241 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the fiscal 2016 depot-level maintenance support and sustainment for up to four F/A-18A/B/C/D aircraft.  Services to be provided include performance of

Contracts For January 29, 2016

CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Sallyport Global Holdings Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $271,813,941 modification (P00013) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8615-14-C-6020 for base life support, base operations support, and security for Balad Air Base, Iraq. Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is expected

Flight Test Evaluates New Thrusters for the Ground-Based Interceptor

January 29, 2016 by · Comment
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Contracts For January 21, 2016

CONTRACTS AIR FORCE System of Systems Security (SOSSEC) Inc., Atkinson, New Hampshire, has been awarded a maximum $99,000,000 other transaction agreement for prototypes in command, control, communications, and cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) information sharing information systems. Contractor will provide development,

Contracts For January 21, 2016

CONTRACTS AIR FORCE System of Systems Security (SOSSEC) Inc., Atkinson, New Hampshire, has been awarded a maximum $99,000,000 other transaction agreement for prototypes in command, control, communications, and cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) information sharing information systems. Contractor will provide development,

Contracts For January 20, 2016

CONTRACTS ARMY Engineering Research and Consulting Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $89,223,718 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Climatic, Dynamic, and Propulsion Test Divisions test and evaluation support services, with an estimated completion date of Oct.13, 2018.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Army

Contracts For January 5, 2016

CONTRACTS NAVY Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $66,593,457 firm-fixed-price contract on Dec. 31, 2015, for fiscal 2016 Navy Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack requirements.  The RAM guided missile weapon system is co-developed and co-produced under an international cooperative program between

Contracts For January 4, 2016

 CONTRACTS AIR FORCE The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $855,000,000 ceiling contract for T-38C avionics component integration and contractor logistics support.  The location of performance is St. Louis, Missouri; and Air Force and Navy bases located in Texas, Mississippi, Maryland, and Oklahoma. Work is expected to be

Contracts For December 31, 2015

CONTRACTS AIR FORCE United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $317,757,559 modification (P00160) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2896 for F119 engine sustainment. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Connecticut; Edwards Air Force Base, California; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska;

Contracts For December 30, 2015

CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $1,060,940,036 definitization modification (PZ0001) to contract FA8625-14-C-6450 for C-130J multi-year production aircraft. Contractor will provide 32 C-130J aircraft in the following configurations: 13 C-130J-30, five HC-130J, 11 MC-130J, two KC-130J and one U.S.

Contracts For December 29, 2015

CONTRACTS ARMY Raytheon Company, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $43,714,642 modification (P00035) to foreign military sales contract (W31P4Q-13-C-0111) for depot level diagnostic and repair capability for the Patriot secondary items. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia (57 percent); Taiwan (27.50 percent); Kuwait (7 percent); United Arab

DARPA To Fly VTOL Tail Sitter Drone From Frigates and Destroyers

December 29, 2015 by · Comment
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Contracts For December 28, 2015

CONTRACTS MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, is being awarded a $528,470,864 modification (P00016) to a previously awarded fixed-price contract HQ0147-14-C-0011 for production of Lot 7 and Lot 8 Interceptors, one-shot devices, and associated production support efforts for the Missile Defense Agency Terminal High

Contracts For December 24, 2015

CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $12,690,000 firm-fixed-price, labor hour, and cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for contractor logistic support. Contractor will provide CLS for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208B ISR caravan and the Cessna 208B Armed Caravan fleet. Work

Contracts For December 23, 2015

CONTRACTSAIR FORCEGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $57,401,850   undefinitized contract action for MQ-9 contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Poway, California and multiple overseas locations, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. This contract is 100-percent foreign

Contracts For December 22, 2015

CONTRACTSAIR FORCEThe Boeing Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $23,374,245 modification (P00007) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8819-15-C-0007 for Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10 sustainment. Contractor will provide sustainment and required development necessary for Air Force operations and maintenance

Contracts For December 21, 2015

CONTRACTS DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY Artel, LLC., Herndon, Virginia (HC1013-16-D-0001); AT&T Corp., Oakton, Virginia (HC1013-16-D-0002);  BT Federal, Inc., Reston, Virginia (HC1013-16-D-0003); Qwest Government Services, Inc. dba CenturyLink QGS, Arlington, Virginia (HC1013-16-D-0004); GTT Americas, Inc., McLean, Virginia (HC1013-16-D-0005);

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