Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Wins Hire A Patriot's "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" Award

San Diego August 26, 2014 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it won Hire A Patriot's 2014 "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" Award. The award is given to the employer that has exhibited the highest dedication and support of active military, veterans and their families. Kratos has been a key supporter of Hire A Patriot and its career fairs for veterans over the past three years.
Marc Shapiro, Kratos' Vice President of Human Resources, who accepted the award on behalf of Kratos, said, "Kratos is very proud of its history of supporting veterans and their families throughout the United States, whether by hiring veterans, supporting their families, or sponsoring or donating to many worthwhile veterans' organizations. We continue to be a prime sponsor of the annual San Diego Veterans Day parade, received honors from the State of California for our high level of support for the Guard and Reserve and were awarded the Meritorious Support of Veterans Award from the Veteran's Museum & Memorial Center. I am honored to accept the 2014 Hire A Patriot Award on Kratos' behalf."

Kelvin Hughes to co-exhibit with ECM Technologies at AAD 2014

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August 26, 2014 - Kelvin Hughes, a world leader in the design and supply of navigation and surveillance systems, will be co-exhibiting with ECM Technologies, Kelvin Hughes’ exclusive Land Based Security Systems representative in South Africa, at Africa, Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014.
Kelvin Hughes will be demonstrating the company’s Single Mast Solution (SMS) at the event which is being held at Air Force Base Waterkloof, City of Tshwane, Centurion, South Africa from 17th to 19th September.
SMS is a lightweight, easily deployable, best-in-class radar platform that can be securely attached to any mast system – whether portable, vehicle-mounted or a fixed structure – and fitted with the company’s SharpEye™ SxV, an unrivalled, mobile radar with the capability to detect even small, fast-moving targets in adverse weather conditions. When combined with Kelvin Hughes’ CxEye™ control and integration software, the system offers full situational awareness by pulling together radar, video and electro-optical camera images that can be displayed on a laptop or touchscreen device.
Rupert Swinhoe-Standen, Kelvin Hughes’ Regional Business Manager – Security Systems, who will be conducting the live demonstrations of the SMS at AAD, will also be speaking at the Defence Symposium being hosted by ECM Technologies in tandem with AAD 2014. The ninth such Symposium to be hosted by ECM, the invitation-only event will be held at the CSIR International Conference Centre in Tshwane on 18th September. Mr Swinhoe-Standen will be delivering a presentation on Scalable Land Security Solutions as part of a programme of presentations on topics that include radar-based surveillance systems for protection of borders and critical infrastructure, next-generation night vision technologies, and complete CBRN solutions.
Russell Gould, Kelvin Hughes’ Chief Executive, commented, “AAD 2014 and the Defence Symposium will both offer us excellent opportunities to work with our South African partners, ECM Technologies, to promote the unrivalled benefits of our industry-leading SMS system within what is a very important and growing regional market.”

SCRA Wins Re-Compete for Navy Center of Excellence


Charleston August 26, 2014 - SCRA Applied R&D today announced that they have been selected to lead the Navy Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence. This is a U.S. Navy Manufacturing Technologies (ManTech) Center of Excellence, chartered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The five year contract represents both a re-compete win and expansion of the Navy’s Center for Shipbuilding Technology (CNST), which SCRA Applied R&D has managed for the past 11 years. This award is for an Indefinite Quantity contract; the maximum dollar amount the Government may order under this contract is $99,000,000 (ninety nine million dollars).
SCRA Applied R&D will operate and provide technical oversight for the new center, which will develop and manage projects that support the Navy ManTech program. The Center will also execute special projects as may be directed by the Navy to meet new, emerging objectives. Previously limited to shipbuilding, the scope of this Center has been expanded to include all Navy platforms, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter.
SCRA Vice President Kevin Carpentier will serve as the Director of the new Center. He spent the last seven years as the CNST Director.
“SCRA Applied R&D is proud to continue its support to the Navy’s Manufacturing Technology program through the Navy Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence,” said Carpentier. “We will support the Navy and its warfighters by teaming with the industry’s best technology providers to reduce acquisition and life-cycle costs, improve capabilities and deliver exceptional value to the Navy.”
The U.S. Navy sponsors seven Centers of Excellence that develop technologies to ensure the U.S. Navy remains the most technologically-advanced Navy in the world. Two of the seven are led by SCRA and headquartered in South Carolina.

£1.18M Defence Export Order Secured By Gresham Power

Artist's impression of a new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker completing a replenishment at sea with a type 45 Destroyer
Artist's impression of a new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker conducting a replenishment with a type 45 Destroyer. Copyright BMT Defence Services

August 26, 2014 - Gresham Power Electronics, the Salisbury based Defence and Commercial power conversion specialist, has secured a £1.18M order to supply UPS systems to be fitted to MARS (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability) tankers currently being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). .
To be delivered to the UK MoD, each MARS tanker requires a total complement of eight UPS systems of various power ratings. DSME are building four MARS tankers to support Type 45 Destroyers while at sea. These will be tasked with providing fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies in support of the Type 45 destroyer. Gresham Power has already provided a wide range of power conversion and distribution equipment to the Type 45 Destroyer fleet. 
Jake Moir, Managing Director of Gresham Power Electronics, comments; “After nine months of hard work by us and our Korean partner C&A Electric we are very pleased to have secured this important contract. This order will be a major part of our forward order book for the next two years and provide us with a platform to develop further new products for customers worldwide. Our defence business continues to grow and we now have export customers in markets that include Spain, France, Australia, India and now Korea.

First images taken with Exelis system on DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite released

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Rochester August 26, 2014 - DigitalGlobe has released the first images taken with the Exelis-built integrated, super-spectral imaging system on the WorldView-3 satellite, which launched last week from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
“Exelis built and delivered a world-class imaging payload that will expand the applications for commercial satellite imagery and allow us to deliver more value to our customers”
The images, taken at 617 kilometers above earth, are of Madrid, Spain.
Exelis built the integrated, super-spectral imaging system consisting of a telescope, sensor and shortwave infrared (SWIR) system, making WorldView-3 the first high-resolution commercial imaging satellite to feature such capabilities and allowing DigitalGlobe to expand its imagery product offerings.
WorldView-3 collects imagery 31 centimeter resolution -- delivering 5 times the clarity of other commercial providers. With the most spectral diversity, the satellite’s SWIR bands will allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke, and other airborne particulates.
“Exelis is proud to be a trusted ‘lifetime partner’ to DigitalGlobe, providing imaging systems for every satellite they have ever built,” said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager of Exelis Geospatial Systems. “Our imaging systems represent the heart of every satellite in the DigitalGlobe constellation, and every one of these systems continues to collect imagery used by DigitalGlobe and its customers for timely, accurate, actionable information. WorldView-3 proudly follows in the path of these systems with new and enhanced capabilities.”
“Exelis built and delivered a world-class imaging payload that will expand the applications for commercial satellite imagery and allow us to deliver more value to our customers,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, DigitalGlobe’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re very pleased with the early performance of the imaging payload, and we look forward to delivering the unique geospatial products it will enable to our government and commercial customers.”
The new capabilities will help solve tough customer problems across a variety of applications, including accurate crop mapping; efficient site selection, exploration and environmental monitoring for the energy industry; and mineral identification and chemical measurements to support mining.
Other imaging systems provided by Exelis include those on DigitalGlobe’s IKONOS, QuickBird, WorldView-1, GeoEye-1 and WorldView-2 satellites. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite, planned for launch in mid-2016, will also carry an Exelis-built imager.

Monday, August 25, 2014

F-35 Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities

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Fort Worth August 25, 2014 - The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity.
"The test milestones are a direct result of the detailed planning, coordination and execution between various government teams and the integrated test force," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's Vice President for F-35 Test & Verification. "Every testing milestone demonstrates the development of the F-35 in successive steps toward enabling the U.S. Marine Corps to attain its F-35B Initial Operational Capacity (IOC) next year."
F-35A aircraft AF-1 accomplished its 400th flight during a successful GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) aircraft separation test on Aug. 13 at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  This was the first GBU-31 Mark-84 (2,000-pound guided munition) separation demonstration from the F-35.  Previous GBU-31 separations were with the BLU-109 (Bomb Live Unit) bomb body.
F-35B aircraft BF-1 and BF-4 completed "Mode 4" formation testing on Aug 9th, as required for Block 2B software capability. "In Mode 4 operations, the STOVL Propulsion System is engaged, the lift fan, roll post nozzle, and three-bearing-swivel nozzle are operating, and all propulsion system doors and inlets are open.  Flight testing validated the F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant's ability to operate well in this configuration during formation flight which supports operations around the ship; a key milestone for the F-35B path to IOC," McFarlan said.
F-35B aircraft BF-3 completed the 2B software fleet release weapon separation requirements for the F-35B with two successful AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Air Vehicle Instrumented (AAVI) separation flights on consecutive days, Aug. 14 and 15.  The AIM-120 radar-guided missiles were launched over the Atlantic Test Range. "2B software fleet release is critical to the warfighter because it delivers the first combat capability to our most dominant 5th generation platform. Weapons employment is one the most critical combat capabilities.  This culminates years of dedicated work that proves safe separation in 2B configurations and provides this capability and confidence to our customers," McFarlan said.
Along with the testing milestones, to date, the overall System Development and Demonstration (SDD) F-35A test fleet surpassed its 4,000th flight hour on Aug. 14 and in total, the F-35 Fleet has surpassed 19,500 flight hours, with more than 8,000 hours in SDD aircraft. F-35A aircraft AF-1 achieved its 400th flight milestone on Aug. 13; F-35A aircraft AF-4 surpassed 500 flight hours, Aug. 11 and F-35C aircraft CF-2 achieved 300 flights on Aug. 14.  
The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 Hornet for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps' planned 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Navy Awards General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $100 Million Contract for LCS Planning Yard Services


Bath ME August 25, 2014 - The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics.
Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard, will provide maintenance and modernization support for all Navy LCS 1 and LCS 2 variant ships.  Work to be performed under this contract includes availability advanced planning, ship alteration design and logistics support, material support, ship planned maintenance, class services, onboard maintenance, and planning of all maintenance availabilities in the U.S. and abroad.
Bath Iron Works is also the planning yard for the DDG 51 and FFG 7 ship classes.
"We are pleased for the opportunity to apply our planning yard experience in support of the Navy's LCS program," said Bath Iron Works President Fred Harris. "We have been working hard to make every aspect of our business more affordable, enabling us to successfully compete for contracts like this. This award is a result of that work and we look forward to working with our industry partners to meet the needs of our U.S. Navy customer."
Bath Iron Works is the prime contractor under this contract, with partners General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Austal USA, CDI Corporation, and Marinette Marine Corp., a Fincantieri company.
LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface ships. The LCS seaframes are outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules (which are made up of mission systems and support equipment), and can be changed out.
There are two variants of the LCS class, Freedom and Independence. This Planning Yard Services contract covers both variants. Bath Iron Works had previously been providing similar Interim Support Program services for the Independence variant. The Navy currently has four littoral combat ships in service and another twelve ships under contract for construction.