Friday, February 5, 2016

General Atomics Railgun Projectiles Achieve Success in New Series of Critical Open Range Testing


San Diego January 8 January 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that projectiles with prototype components for a Control and Actuation System (CAS) successfully performed programmed actions and communicated component performance to a ground station via a telemetry link in tests carried out 7-10 December 2015 at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Fired at accelerations greater than 30,000 times that of gravity from GA-EMS’ 3 mega joule Blitzer® electromagnetic railgun, the four test projectiles and the critical components within them experienced the multi-Tesla electromagnetic field within the launcher and performed as expected.
“We continue to mature railgun projectile technologies and conduct testing under varied open range, real-world conditions,” stated Nick Bucci, Vice President Missile Defense Systems, GA-EMS. “We remain committed to advancing this transformational weapon system and are making significant progress in the development and testing of multi-mission railgun projectiles and critical component technologies.”
During the December test firings, the projectiles not only survived and operated under the 30,000 G-force and multi-Tesla magnetic field launch conditions, but also successfully performed under ambient operating temperatures ranging between 20 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 4 inches of snow on the ground, and with wind conditions ranging from 10 to 50 knots. To date, projectiles have been open range tested under temperatures varying from minus 11 degrees to as high as 105 degrees. 
In June, 2015, GA-EMS successfully tested and received data from projectiles with on-board electronics, and marked the 100th launch of its 3 mega joule Blitzer testing prototype railgun weapon system. After the December test series, the Blitzer railgun system has performed 120 successful launches. Risk reduction and technology maturation testing of additional components will continue in 2016.
GA-EMS’ Blitzer railgun is a test asset designed and manufactured by GA-EMS to advance technology development toward multi-mission railgun weapon systems. Railguns launch projectiles using electromagnetic forces instead of chemical propellants and can deliver muzzle velocities greater than twice those of conventional guns.  Blitzer railgun technology, when integrated into a weapon system that includes the launcher, high density capacitor driven pulsed power, and weapon fire control system, can launch multi-mission projectiles with shorter time-to-target and greater effectiveness at longer range.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Navy Awards CGI Role on $809M Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center IDIQ Contract

Fairfax VA February 2, 2016 - CGI today announced that it has been awarded part of the Navy's estimated US$809.48 million multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order contract to obtain process improvement, reengineering, management and data support services, to include Navy Enterprise Resource Planning sustainment on behalf of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC). CGI is one of eight awardees on this contract. Each contract includes a 12-month base period with four 12-month option periods. If all options are exercised, work will be completed by July 2020.
NAVSUP BSC provides worldwide mission support in process management and data services to support current and future Navy requirements. CGI will assist NAVSUP BSC with a variety of services, including:
  • Data governance and analysis
  • Business process re-engineering and management
  • Business system engineering and integration
  • CGI has a long history of delivering mission support solutions to the U.S. military. "This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Navy on a global scale to provide Enterprise Resource Planner (ERP) solutions that help drive cost efficiencies and improve systems," said CGI Senior Vice President for U.S. Defense Programs Patrick Dougherty.  

U.S. Navy Extends General Dynamics' Fire Control Systems Work for U.S. and U.K. SSBNs

General Dynamics

Pittsfield MA February 2, 2016 - The U.S. Navy recently awarded a follow-on, omnibus contract to General Dynamics Mission Systems that continues a broad scope of work for fire control systems and subsystems aboard U.S. Navy and United Kingdom's Royal Navy nuclear ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN). The contract has a total potential value of $440 million over the next seven years.
General Dynamics will deliver support and modernization of the existing SSBN strategic weapon system including fire control subsystem installation, maintenance, sustainment, training and repairs to navigation and launch subsystems. The company will also develop the fire control system for the U.S Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine and the Royal Navy's Successor-class ballistic-missile submarine, and the production of new systems for the Royal Navy's first-of-class SSBN 09 submarine and Trident Training Facility. Work on the development and sustainment of the U.S. Navy's Ohio-class guided-missile submarine attack weapon control system is also part of the contract.
Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems' Maritime and Strategic Systems business, said, " Our support for the Navy's strategic deterrent program spans nearly six decades and forms the very fabric of our business. Continuing the work we have done on existing Ohio SSBN fire control systems, and the development of the fire control system for the Navy's newest fleet of nuclear submarines, demonstrates our ongoing relationship built on trust, partnership and innovation with the U.S. and U.K. naval forces."
The omnibus contract is a follow-on to a contract awarded to General Dynamics in December 2014 for the development, production, installation and deployed-systems support of U.S. and U.K. Trident II submarine strategic weapons systems and subsystems. A majority of the work will take place at General Dynamics' facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
General Dynamics Mission Systems has supported strategic systems for the U.S. Navy for 60 years.

President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

Washington February 2, 2016 - On February 29, 2016, President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012.
Senior Chief Byers will be the eleventh living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.
"The strength of the Naval Special Warfare community is in its exceptional people. Senior Chief Ed Byers' actions on the battlefield reflect the highest ideals of our profession: bravery, selfless dedication to duty, and above all, the highest level of commitment to protect the lives of others and the freedom for which our nation stands," said Rear Admiral Brian Losey, Commander Naval Special Warfare. "We are humbled by Senior Chief Byers' incredible example of service, and are proud to call him Teammate."
Senior Chief Byers was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 4, 1979. He graduated from Otesgo High School in Tontogany, Ohio in June 1997.
Senior Chief Byers currently holds a National Paramedics License, and will graduate from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis in early 2016.
Senior Chief Byers entered the Navy in September 1998, attending boot camp and Hospital Corpsman School at Great Lakes, Illinois. He served at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, and then with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 2002, he attended the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course, graduating from Class 242, and completed the Special Operations Combat Medic course in 2003. Senior Chief Byers has been assigned to various east coast SEAL teams, and completed eight overseas deployments with seven combat tours.
Senior Chief Byers' awards and decorations include five awards of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V device, two awards of the Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor device, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V device, two additional awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two awards of the Combat Action Ribbon, three Presidential Unit Citations, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, two Navy Unit Commendations, and five Good Conduct Medals.
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

There must be no margin of doubt or possibility of error in awarding this honor. To justify this decoration, the deed performed must have been one of personal bravery and self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades, and must have involved risk of life. It must also be the type of deed which if not done would not subject the individual to any justified criticism.

SharpEye™ for New Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard Craft

February 1, 2016 - Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce the successful installation of its new SharpEye™ upmast radar system on four new vessels commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
The Damen Stan Patrol 5009 Coastal Patrol Vessels are all now fitted with a Kelvin Hughes Advanced Surveillance System incorporating a SharpEye™ X-Band radar, located upmast in a carbon composite housing with a stealth profile, as well as a tactical radar display. The four craft - the TTS Speyside, Quinam, Moruga and Carli Bay - will patrol Trinidad and Tobago's coastal waters and are also capable of operating in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
The SharpEye™ radar was selected as the surveillance radar due to its superior target detection capability especially in poor weather conditions such as heavy rain and high sea states. Dedicated primarily to surface search and surveillance to counteract illegal activity, the radar will also be used in support of the vessels’ navigational magnetron radar to provide the safety and situational awareness required in high clutter conditions.
With its longer range target detection capability and low power output - reducing the probability of detection by ESM equipment - the SharpEye™ radar will enable the craft to remain out of visual sight and out of conventional radar detection range whilst still being able to track and monitor vessels under investigation.
The original order for the SharpEye™ radar systems was placed by Alphatron Marine BV of The Netherlands who was assigned as the integration partner for Damen Shipyards. With deliveries and sea trials conducted between April and October of last year, the programme was concluded in November and both the radar and the patrol craft are now in service.
Rohan Dearlove, Kelvin Hughes’ Sales Director – Central Region, commented: “We’re delighted to have successfully delivered this important project to Alphatron Marine, Damen and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. The selection of SharpEye™ radar technology delivers benefits to all of our customers, whether they be system integrators, shipbuilders or end users. The End User benefits from enhanced levels of performance and a low cost of ownership, whilst integrators and shipbuilders benefit from ease of integration and a simple physical installation.”

U.S. Navy Awards Boeing $2.5 Billion Contract for 20 More P-8A Poseidon Aircraft


Seattle January 29, 2016 - Boeing will further equip the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with maritime patrol capabilities, building 20 more P-8A Poseidon aircraft following a $2.5 billion U.S. Navy order announced yesterday.
The contract, for Lot 7 of the total P-8A program of record, includes 16 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and the next four aircraft for the RAAF. The RAAF’s initial four P-8A aircraft were included in the August 2015 Lot 6 contract award.
“We continue to hear feedback from our Navy customer about the incredible capabilities of the P-8A,” said James Dodd, Boeing vice president and program manager of P-8 Programs. “The deployed squadrons tell us it’s exceeding expectations – we’re looking forward to providing even more capability to the fleet and to Australia.”
This latest award puts Boeing on contract to build 78 Poseidons for the Navy and eight for the Australian fleet, with 33 Poseidons delivered to the U.S. Navy to date. The Lot 7 aircraft will begin delivery in late 2017.
Based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, the P-8A offers the worlds’ most advanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The Navy has deployed four P-8A patrol squadrons since operations began in 2013.
Australia’s participation in the P-8A program began in 2009 when the government signed the first in a series of memorandums of understanding to work with the U.S. Navy on system design and development. The U.S. Navy and the RAAF also established a joint program office that operates at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The first Australian P-8A will be delivered to the RAAF in late 2016.

CACI Completes Strategic Acquisition of L-3 National Security Solutions

Arlington February 1, 2016 - CACI International Inc announced today that it has completed its transaction to acquire the outstanding stock of L-3 National Security Solutions, Inc. (NSS), a prime mission partner to the Department of Defense (DoD), intelligence agencies, and the U.S. Federal Civilian Government. The acquisition will significantly expand CACI’s opportunities for business growth in its Enterprise IT, Intelligence Services, and other key market areas.
With a purchase price of $550 million, the transaction is expected to add approximately $1 billion of annual revenue to CACI. It is expected to be accretive in CACI’s Fiscal Year 2016, excluding one-time transaction expenses, and at least 10 percent accretive to both GAAP and diluted adjusted earnings per share for CACI’s Fiscal Year 2017. CACI will be providing revised Fiscal Year 2016 guidance, including the effects of the NSS transaction, when it releases its second quarter FY16 results on February 3, 2016.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, NSS provides highly specialized and differentiated strategic solutions, services, and products for the country’s most sensitive national security agencies and DoD critical missions. NSS employs approximately 4,000 professionals worldwide, of whom over 90 percent possess security clearances.
Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, said, “We welcome the highly skilled and experienced employees from National Security Solutions to CACI’s team of talented and dedicated professionals. The combined expertise of our organizations is underscored by our shared cultural commitment to good character and ethics. Together, we will further drive excellence and innovation for our customers and long-term value for our shareholders.”
According to Ken Asbury, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, “CACI’s acquisition of National Security Solutions is of great strategic value to our company. Our collective strengths and capabilities will enhance CACI’s pursuit of higher value opportunities, provide a significant competitive advantage in pursuing and priming larger opportunities, and give us outstanding credentials to compete for and win next-generation IT programs across the federal marketplace.”