Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boeing Resells Inmarsat-5 Satellite Bandwidth to U.S. Government

El Segundo July 29, 2014 – In a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the company, Boeing is providing a U.S. government customer with military Ka-band satellite communications service from a commercial satellite. Boeing is working with ViaSat to provide an integrated satellite service to the U.S. Government customer. The customer retains the rights to use the service on Inmarsat 5 through Sept. 30, 2015.
This satellite, which entered service earlier this year, is the first of four Inmarsat-5 spacecraft being built by Boeing and is a part of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress® system, the world’s first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. Boeing is exclusively authorized to resell Inmarsat capacity to U.S. government organizations to help address increasing demand for military communications bandwidth. 
“The government continues to have an unmet demand for military satellite communications, and we believe that commercially available space assets can play a vital role in helping to meet this demand,” said Jim Mitchell, vice president of Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS). “Our mission is to identify and facilitate the use of available commercial communications capacity on behalf of U.S. government customers and allies.”
Leveraging Boeing’s expertise in government environments and applications, BCSS works with the owners of active satellite systems to market available bandwidth to prospective customers and to include hosted payloads on future spacecraft.

Brazil orders Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft

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July 28, 2014 - Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft.
The three aircraft will progressively be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) from the end of this year under the terms of an agreement which also includes a five-year Full In Service Support (FISS) contract.
In Brazilian service the SAR aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total FAB C295 fleet to 15.
“We are very proud of this repeat order which demonstrates Brazil ́s high level of confidence in our light and medium aircraft family as well as confirming the C295 ́s demonstrated excellence in the SAR role”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft.
In addition to the aircraft fleet, the FAB is also using a Full Flight Simulator for the C295 at the Air Base of Manaus-Brasil (BAMN facility), that allows it complete autonomy in the training of its crew.
More than 140 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries.

Airbus Defence and Space completes P-3 Orion modernisation programme for Brazilian Air Force

Airbus Defence and Space

July 29, 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the last of nine P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft modernised with new systems and avionics for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The aircraft has been ferried from Seville, Spain to Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, where it will be based.
The nine aircraft were acquired by the FAB from the US Navy in 2006, along with three more to be dismantled for spares, and were upgraded at facilities in Seville and Getafe, near Madrid.
In the aircraft Airbus Defence and Space installed its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) and a completely new suite of mission sensors, communications systems and cockpit avionics. In addition, the aircraft engines and structures were updated, extending the fleet ́s operational life for many years to come and providing Brazil with a modern and highly effective asset suitable for military and civic duties including anti-submarine, maritime patrol, search and rescue, and economic exclusion zone enforcement.
Under the terms of the contract, Brazil is benefitting from a comprehensive package of offsets including a range of industrial projects as well as training and research in the aerospace sector.
“This has been a large and complex programme and we are very proud of the work done in upgrading the Brazilian P-3 fleet. The FAB now has one of the most modern fleets in its class”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft with Airbus Defence and Space.
Airbus Defence and Space has modernised a total of 12 P-3 Orions, nine for the Brazilian Air Force and three for the Spanish Air Force.

DDG 1000 critical capabilities advance, bringing the next-generation destroyer to life

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Tewksbury July 29, 2014 - The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program continues to progress, meeting key program milestones on the path to Initial Operational Capability (IOC). As the prime mission systems integrator for the DDG 1000 ship class, Raytheon provides the multi-mission, integrated combat system capability for the program. Raytheon's recent program milestones have advanced critical mission systems of the next-generation, multi-mission destroyer, from the radar and combat system, to onboard systems integration and crew training.
"Progress on milestones continues for the three ships of the class, in labs, at test facilities and dockside at the shipyard – it's an exciting and rewarding time for the program," said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. "The collaboration between industry and the Navy has been outstanding, all moving forward with a common goal – to bring this transformational ship class to life."
Recent milestones include:
Successful Test Readiness Review of Total Ship Computing Environment software, release 7. The 550,000 software lines of code – developed, integrated, tested, and delivered – build on the TSCE baseline of more than six million lines of code, and represent the first formal delivery to the ship that includes the combat system software as well as hull, mechanical, and electrical ship control functionality.
A production AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar successfully tracked air targets for the first time at Wallops Island, VA. The SPY-3 array, receiver/exciter and signal/data processor were controlled by the combat system of the Self Defense Test Ship, exercising various search and track modes, including the new volume search. The radar tracked targets of opportunity and displayed targets and data on the DDG 1000 Common Display System. 
Completion of the third session of instructor-led ship control systems training with members of the DDG 1000 pre-commissioning crew in Bath, Maine. More than 55 sailors have been trained on ship control systems to date; 85 sailors have attended TSCE operations training. Crew training continues, most recently with a session at Raytheon's Portsmouth, R.I. facility – in the company's Ship Mission Center, a realistic replica of the crew's command center.
Onsite at the shipyard, Raytheon's Ship Integration and Test team of experts continue to support ongoing installation, integration and test in-line with construction progress to meet Hull Mechanical & Electrical milestones and prepare for ship activation.
Since inception, Raytheon has delivered seven software releases totaling more than 6.5M software lines of code and containing less than 1 defect per 10,000 lines of code, well less than industry standard. This is a testament to the design and development approaches employed, which mitigate risks and mature technologies through phased and incremental testing.
The first ship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is now more than 90 percent complete at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, Bath, Maine, and is supported by Raytheon's Ship Integration and Test team onsite for ongoing system integration and testing. DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, also under construction at Bath, are now 78 and 8 percent complete respectively.

Former U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command Manager Sentenced for Receiving Bribes

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Washington July 29, 2014 - Kenny E. Toy, 54, the former Afloat Programs Manager at the United States Navy Military Sealift Command, was sentenced today to serve 96 months in prison for receiving bribes.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, United States Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Mid-Atlantic Field Office, Acting Executive Assistant Director Charles T. May Jr. of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Atlantic Operations and Special Agent in Charge Royce E. Curtin of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office made the announcement today after sentencing by United States Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the Eastern District of Virginia.
On Feb. 12, 2014, Toy pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging him with one count of bribery.   According to the statement of facts filed with Toy’s plea agreement, Toy was employed as the Afloat Programs Manager in the N6 Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Systems Directorate at the Military Sealift Command, which is the leading provider of transportation for the United States Navy.  In approximately November 2004, Toy joined an extensive bribery conspiracy that spanned five years, involved multiple co-conspirators, including two different companies, and resulted in the payment of more than $265,000 in cash bribes, among other things of value, to Toy and to Scott B. Miserendino Sr., a former government contractor who performed work for the Military Sealift Command.
At his plea hearing, Toy admitted that he accepted monthly cash bribes of approximately $3,000, as well as a flat screen television and a paid vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, from co-conspirators Dwayne A. Hardman, Roderic J. Smith, Michael P. McPhail and Adam C. White, all of whom were employed at a government contracting company referred to as Company A in court documents.  Toy also admitted that he accepted a $50,000 cash bribe in May 2009 from Hardman and another co-conspirator, Timothy S. Miller, both of whom were employed at a government contracting company referred to as Company B in court documents.   In exchange for the bribes, Toy provided favorable treatment to Company A and Company B in connection with Military Sealift Command related business.
As part of his guilty plea, Toy also admitted to engaging in a scheme to conceal his criminal activity.  Toy admitted to causing more than $88,000 to be paid to Hardman in an attempt to prevent Hardman from reporting the bribery scheme to law enforcement authorities.
Toy was also ordered to serve a supervised release term of three years following his prison sentence, and ordered to forfeit $100,000.
Earlier this year, four other individuals pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme.   On Feb. 18, 2014, Hardman, the co-founder of Company A and Company B, pleaded guilty to providing bribes to Toy and Miserendino.   On Feb. 19, 2014, McPhail, a former employee at Company A, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.   On April 4, 2014, White, a former vice president at Company A, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.   On March 5, 2014, Smith, the former president of Company A, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe public officials.   On June 23, 2014, United States District Judge Henry Coke Morgan sentenced Smith to serve 48 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $175,000.
On May 23, 2014, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia indicted Miserendino and Timothy S. Miller, a businessman whose company sought contracting business from the Military Sealift Command.   The indictment charges Miserendino with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of criminal investigations and to commit tampering with a witness, and one count of obstruction of criminal investigations.   The indictment charges Miller with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery.   Trial is set for Sept. 30, 2014, before Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.
Charges contained in an indictment are merely allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case was investigated by the FBI, NCIS and DCIS.   The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Emily Rae Woods of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Haynie of the Eastern District of Virginia.




MBDA Brimstone Salvo Fire Destroys Three Targets Simultaneously



MBDA's combat proven, UK developed, Brimstone missile carried out the world's first surface to surface salvo engagement of multiple Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) threats with a single button push. The success of the trial has shown Brimstone's unrivalled ability to swiftly strike numerous individual vessels without the need to laboriously designate each target, thereby demonstrating its prowess as a fire and forget maritime surface attack weapon.

Monday, July 28, 2014

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

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Washington July 28, 2014 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Boatswain's Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.