Monday, January 26, 2015

U.S. Navy Selects BAE Systems to Provide Communications and Combat Systems Support for Surface Combatants

U.S. Navy Selects BAE Systems to Provide Communications and Combat Systems Support for Surface Combatants

McLean VA January 26, 2015 - The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide full life-cycle engineering and technical support for communication and combat systems on land and at sea. The initial award is valued at $28.4 million with the total value of the five-year contract estimated at $146.7 million.
Under the contract, the company’s experts will integrate computers, communication systems, combat systems, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems on board U.S. Navy surface combatants and at associated shore sites in the United States and abroad.
“For 30 years our seasoned team has ensured that platforms, sensors, communications, and weapons systems aboard U.S. Navy ships are integrated and optimized for mission success,” said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector. “In addition to aiding in mission readiness, BAE Systems’ life-cycle services directly support NAVAIR’s strategic cost-reduction initiatives.”

Friday, January 23, 2015

Marines Receive First F-35C

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U.S. Marine Lt. Col. J.T. “Tank” Ryan, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 detachment commander and F-35 pilot, delivered the new F-35C to Strike Fighter Squadron 101, the Navy’s only F-35 fleet replacement squadron January 13th. This aircraft is the first of five Marine Corps F-35Cs that will be delivered to VFA-101 on Eglin. 
Marine F-35 pilots primarily fly F-35Bs – a short take-off vertical landing variant designed to deploy to austere locations and operate aboard amphibious ships
“This is a big day for the Marine Corps tactical air community and a huge honor to be able to deliver our first F-35C,” said Ryan. “It marks the beginning of our training in the carrier variant and puts us that much closer to standing up our first F-35C operational fleet squadron.”
The F-35C model brings 25 percent more range and a bigger weapons bay. It also allows the Marine Corps to fly aboard Navy aircraft carriers, which continues an effective and long-standing tactical air integration program between the Navy and Marine Corps.
“In the past, Marines have been trained to fly the Navy’s F-18 Hornet to share the load of deployment cycles,” said Ryan. “Now, Marine pilots will be flying the F-35C with the Navy’s Carrier Air Wings while deployed aboard aircraft carriers.”
The first operational Marine Corps F-35C fleet squadron, VMFA-115, is scheduled to stand up at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, in 2019. 
“It’s exciting to be on the ground floor of the F-35C and an enormous honor to be the first F-35C Marine pilot,” said Ryan. “I look forward to being a part of VFA-101 and the future of what this aircraft will bring to the fight for our Marines.

US Coast Guard Acquisition Updates

Acquisition Update: Fabrication Starts For Coast Guard's Seventh National Security Cutter

Fabrication of the Coast Guard's seventh national security cutter, Kimball, began Jan. 19, 2015, marking the official start of the cutter's production phase. Production will continue over the next three years with delivery scheduled for early 2018.

Acquisition Update: U.S. Achieves Highest Coverage Standard With Rescue 21 System

The Coast Guard's Rescue 21 direction-finding communications system has achieved Sea Area A1 standards, indicating that radio communications coverage can be expected within 20 miles of most of the U.S. coast.

Acquisition Update: 12th Fast Response Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard

The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 12th Sentinel-class fast response cutter, Isaac Mayo, in Key West, Florida, Jan. 13.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

US Navy Approves F/A-18 Super Hornet IRST System for Production

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Orlando January 22, 2015 – The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production.
The IRST system consists of Lockheed Martin’s IRST21™ sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 Fuel Tank Assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry Environmental Control unit. The system demonstrated its production readiness through a series of extensive assessments and reviews, including flight tests.   
“This ‘see first, strike first’ capability can be used in a variety of threat environments and is a game changer for our warfighters as we combat future adversaries,” said U.S. Navy F/A-18 program manager Capt. Frank Morley. IRST is expected to deploy on the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2017. 

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IRST21 is the next generation of Lockheed Martin’s legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the U.S. Navy’s F-14 and international F-15 platforms. The long-range IRST21 sensor uses infrared search and track technology to detect, track and enable the Super Hornet to engage threats with air-to-air weapons.
“Lockheed Martin and Boeing have proven the maturity of the IRST21 sensor and the IRST system and are poised to get this advanced capability out to the fleet to support Navy carrier strike group objectives,” said Ken Fuhr, fixed wing program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

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In addition to detecting airborne threats, IRST significantly enhances multiple target resolution compared to radar, providing greater discrimination of threat formations at longer ranges. Data from the IRST21 sensor is fused with other on-board F/A-18 sensor data to provide maximum situational awareness to the warfighter.
“The IRST system is another example of how we continue to evolve Super Hornet capabilities to ensure it outpaces future adversaries,” said Tim Adrian, F/A-18 IRST program manager at Boeing. 

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Ready for Demonstration Flights

The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems.

Seattle January 22, 2015 - The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems.
Flights for prospective customers around the world are scheduled to begin in the coming months. The mission system testing followed last year’s airworthiness and certification testing.
“The mission systems flight test program proved the functionality and performance of the onboard sensors and was a huge accomplishment for the MSA team,” said David Utz, MSA demonstrator flight test manager.
The testing included hundreds of scenarios to confirm performance of the Automatic Identification System, radar, Electro-Optical Infrared camera, communications radios and data links, Communications Intelligence System and the Electronic Support Measures.
MSA is a multi-intelligence maritime surveillance platform that leverages investments in the P-8A Poseidon and the Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft mission systems to provide a high capability, low-risk intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solution in a mid-size business jet.
The aircraft’s potential missions include anti-piracy, immigration patrols, Economic Exclusion Zone enforcement, coastal and border security and long-range search and rescue.

Raytheon Vice President Ed Miyashiro named an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Pathfinder


Waltham MA January 20, 2015 - Raytheon Vice President Ed Miyashiro has been named an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Pathfinder, recognizing his significant contributions in this unique field.
It is only the second time the award, which customarily recognizes contributions from military and government leaders, has been granted to an individual from the defense industry. The award is given by the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program office.
"Ed's contributions in this area are unmatched," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. "His innovative thinking and technical expertise have driven tangible benefits to our industry and the nation."
Miyashiro played a critical role in adapting the U.S. Navy's Standard Missile into a unique, ship-based, anti-ballistic missile interceptor.
The innovation was a huge advance, allowing the United States and its allies to position interceptors anywhere in the world, gaining precious minutes in the event of a missile attack.
A 40-year defense industry veteran – mostly at Raytheon – Miyashiro directed the effort to create the first missile capable of shooting down a ballistic missile target from a ship.
"Ed's association with SM-3 can be traced all the way back from the Lightweight Exoatmospheric Projectile (LEAP) program to the current family of Standard Missile programs," said Wesley D. Kremer, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems. "He is one of the true industry pioneers of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program."
Miyashiro has served as director of all Standard Missile programs and as vice president and deputy general manager of Raytheon Missile Systems, overseeing development of a wide array of air, land and naval weapons. He currently heads the Raytheon Company Evaluation Team, which helps programs across the company.
"It has been my life's honor and a great privilege to have worked on our country's ballistic missile defense systems," Miyashiro said.  "I'm proud to share this special recognition with my dedicated colleagues at Raytheon who work tirelessly to advance these important technologies for the safety and security of our nation and its allies."
Today, the SM-3 can be fired from land or sea, using kinetic force to destroy ballistic missile threats, a process that's been likened to hitting a bullet with a bullet.

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Enhanced Automated Testing Station For The U.S. Navy Aircraft Fleet

Orlando January 21, 2015 - Lockheed Martin delivered the first electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) to the U.S. Navy for maximizing aircraft readiness.
Sailors and Marines will use eCASS to troubleshoot and repair naval aircraft electronic components at sea and ashore, allowing them to return aircraft to operational status quickly and efficiently. The Navy expects to deploy eCASS on every U.S. aircraft carrier and at its Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Depots.
"With eCASS, the Department of the Navy will enable a cost avoidance of more than $1 billion annually by averting the repair of avionics at the next level of maintenance or sending the parts back to the original equipment manufacturer," said Chris Giggey, deputy program manager for Automated Test Systems at the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command.
"Our focus is providing Sailors and Marines with the most effective tool to maintain the Navy's aircraft because they are called on to ensure security anytime and anywhere," said Randy Core, director of Enterprise Test Solutions at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. "eCASS advances automated testing to maximize aircraft availability worldwide."
Currently, the Navy has ordered 38 eCASS stations and is gearing up to purchase an additional 29. The Navy ultimately plans to field 341 of these stations.
eCASS preserves the Navy's investment in test programs, extending the value of the legacy CASS program that consolidated 30 test equipment systems into one resulting in $3.9 billion in cost avoidance. The system can support more than 750 avionics components as well as a range of electronic equipment on carriers, other maritime craft or at shore to reduce the amount of gear needed for deployments.