Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Exelis receives $91 million electronic warfare production contract from US Navy


Clifton NJ April 30, 2014 - Exelis has received a contract valued at more than $91 million from the U.S. Navy to begin full rate production on Lot 11 of the ALQ-214 electronic self-protection system for F/A-18C/D Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft.
The Exelis ALQ-214(V)4/5 is a cutting-edge jamming subsystem at the heart of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) suite. IDECM is used by the U.S. Navy to protect carrier-based F/A-18s and their aircrews from sophisticated radio frequency threats, such as hostile radar and air defense systems. The jamming technology enables operations in contested environments to address anti-access/area denial challenges.
“Today’s electronic warfare solutions must keep pace with increasingly sophisticated threats,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business area. “Exelis technologies have supported electronic warfare missions for more than 40 years, and our company remains committed to supplying customers with reliable, cost-effective and advanced systems.”
This latest award brings the total value of contracts for the ALQ-214(V)4/5 to more than $287 million. The first, for full rate production of IDECM Lot 9, was issued in 2012.
“With this contract, the U.S. Navy has again shown confidence in our technology and our continual improvement of the system’s design and capabilities,” said Ron Silbermann, Exelis IDECM program director. “Airborne self-protection jammers like the ALQ-214 will allow U.S. and allied forces to maintain a strategic edge in contested environments.”
Production under the contract will begin immediately, with the first deliveries expected by November 2016. The ALQ-214 is produced at the Exelis Electronic Systems (ES) facility in Clifton, N.J. ES is the lead division for the company’s electronic warfare (EW) strategic growth platform, providing advanced, integrated EW solutions to protect and enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions.

B&W Announces $195 Million in Naval Reactors Contracts and Orders

Charlotte April 30, 2014 - The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (BWC) announced today that its subsidiary B&W Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (B&W NOG) has received contracts and orders from the U.S. Naval Reactors Program worth approximately $195 million.
Four new incrementally funded contracts totaling $76.8 million were awarded for engineering design, fabrication and further development work on the Ohio-class submarine replacement program.
A new contract valued at $18.8 million was also awarded for disassembly and recovery of highly enriched uranium materials in FY2014.
A $23.7 million incremental order for the manufacture of nuclear components to support U.S. defense programs, including the manufacture of U.S. Naval nuclear power systems for submarines and aircraft carriers, has also been released. This additional FY2014 order is part of a previously announced $1.3 billion contract.
In addition, an order for $76 million has been received for the procurement of material to be used in the assembly of nuclear propulsion components. This FY2014 release is part of a previously announced $366 million contract.
“B&W is pleased to receive these contracts supporting the U.S. defense programs, including the Ohio-class submarine replacement program and the overall mission of the U.S. Navy,” said Peyton S. Baker, President and Chief Operating Officer of B&W’s government operations. “Smart execution in our shops is of paramount importance to the safe, reliable and cost-effective delivery of this hardware and design services to the U.S. government.”
Work under these contracts will be performed at B&W NOG’s facilities in Lynchburg, Va., Mount Vernon, Ind. and Barberton and Euclid, Ohio.

Kratos Receives $7.8 Million Electronic Attack Platform Related Contract Awards

San Diego April 28, 2014 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Electronic Products division has received orders valued at $7.8 million for the production of Integrated Microwave Assemblies (IMA) for two critical U.S. Navy platforms. These awards, from an existing customer, are related to continuing production on long term Electronic Attack (EA) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) airborne platforms. No additional details are being provided due to customer and other sensitivities.
Richard F. Poirier, President of Kratos' Electronic Products division, commented, "These orders are the latest significant awards received from this prime contractor for complex integrated assemblies. The assemblies will be manufactured at Kratos' Lancaster and CTI facilities and are critical elements of high performance sensor systems. Kratos has participated on these programs for many years and continues to be a valued supplier providing sophisticated subsystems for these U.S. Navy aircraft."

Lockheed Martin Testing Facility Paves The Way For More Radio Connections To MUOS Communications Satellites

Sunnyvale April 30, 2014 - The number of end users connecting to the U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) will grow as radio terminal providers begin using a testing facility that simulates the satellite network. A team from Harris recently used the lab to connect the AN/PRC-117G Falcon III radio to MUOS systems developed by Lockheed Martin. It's one of several terminals that are well under way in testing their connections with the constellation.
Many terminals--from hand-held radios to satellite links on ships, planes and ground vehicles--can easily integrate this new type of signal, and Lockheed Martin's facility helps developers test those connections. While some terminals are new products, the lab also helps existing terminals connect. Enabling access for radios in inventory means more users can use MUOS without the cost of all new gear.
"MUOS provides a leap in capability that can save lives and improve missions, so naturally we want as many users to connect as possible," said Dave Helseth, Lockheed Martin director of Systems Engineering, Integration and Test for MUOS. "Over 55,000 currently fielded terminals could be upgraded for full MUOS capability as early as 2016. Our simulation lab helps providers quickly complete their integration work and move forward with government certification."
According to Harris, the Department of Defense uses more than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G terminals. With a MUOS update, all could be ready for MUOS connections pending government certification. Additionally, the General Dynamics AN/PRC-155 manpack radio is the terminal program of record and offers more connections.
MUOS delivers secure, priority-based voice and high-speed data to mobile users using an advanced waveform similar to commercial cell phone technology. The radio testing facility incorporates a full ground station, satellite payload, radio instrumentation and simulators that emulate radio links in challenging conditions, such as rain, forest canopy and urban canyons.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Allies enhance NATO air-policing duties in Baltics States, Poland, Romania

Fighter jets from Poland, the United Kingdom and Denmark take over NATO air policing duties over the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Thursday (1 May 2014) as part of enhanced collective defence measures agreed to by Allies earlier this month.

French fighter aircraft arrived in Poland on Monday (28 April 2014) to conduct training activities and air policing duties and Canadian jets left Canada on Tuesday (29 April) for deployment to Romania for similar duties there.

A ceremony is planned on Wednesday ( 30 April 2014) at the Siauliai airbase in Lithuania when the United States will hand over responsibility for the mission to Poland, the United Kingdom and Denmark. The three countries will officially take over the task on Thursday (1 May 2014). The United States led the mission from 1 January to 30 April 2014. Poland will lead the mission and provide four MiG-29 aircraft. They will be backed up by four British Typhoon jets. The Polish and British aircraft will operate out of Siauliai airbase in Lithuania.
Four Danish F-16 jets will start patrols from Amari airbase in neighboring Estonia. The three Allies will conduct air policing duties for a four month period.

In addition, four French Rafale jets will operate out of the Malbork airbase in Poland. The six Canadian CF-18 fighter aircraft will be based in Romania as part of the NATO efforts to reassure Allies in Central and Eastern Europe.
For the past ten years, NATO member states have taken turns sending fighter aircraft to police the airspace of the Baltic States as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania do not have fighter jets of their own. NATO’s air-policing mission protects the safety and integrity of Alliance airspace on a 24/7 basis and Allies take up the patrols for a four-month rotation. Allies have traditionally deployed four fighter jets for their rotation, however, NATO increased its presence with additional jets after the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Appoints Jonathan Padfield as Corporate Director of Customer Affairs for Amphibious Programs

Jonathan Padfield
Jonathan Padfield, corporate director of customer affairs for amphibious programs. HII photo

Newport News April 29, 2014 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Capt. Jonathan Padfield (USN Ret'd) has joined the company as corporate director of customer affairs for amphibious programs. Padfield, whose last assignment for the Navy was commanding officer, Assault Craft Unit Five, began his new position on Monday.
"Jon brings a wealth of leadership and maritime experience to our company, and he is going to be an excellent fit for our team," said Dan Holloway, HII's corporate vice president, customer affairs. "His extensive naval career provides him with a vast understanding and at-sea knowledge of amphibious warships and how they operate and support U.S. Marine Corps and Navy missions. I am confident his expertise in these programs will be critical in continuing our company's legacy as the solution-provider for amphibious warships."
Prior to joining HII, Padfield had several naval commands, including the LSD and LPD 17-Class Squadron; Amphibious Squadron 3, where he led the six ships of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group; USS San Antonio (LPD 17); and USS Comstock (LSD 45). He also served on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations; Amphibious Group 3; Naval Surfaces Forces, Pacific; and the Joint Staff.
Padfield is a native of Salt Lake City and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and a master's degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University, National War College in Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 28, 2014

General Dynamics Awarded $18 Billion by U.S. Navy for 10 Virginia-Class Submarines

US Navy

Groton April 28, 2014 - The U.S. Navy today underscored its commitment to an advanced and adaptable submarine force by awarding General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $17.6 billion for the construction of 10 additional Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD).
The multi-year Block IV contract enables Electric Boat and its industry teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding, to proceed with the construction of two ships per year over a five-year period. Construction of the first Block IV submarine, SSN-792, will begin May 1. The 10th ship to be procured under this contract is scheduled for delivery in 2023.
Virginia-class submarines are designed from the keel up for the full range of 21st century mission requirements, including anti-submarine and surface ship warfare and special operations support. These submarines excel in littoral and open-ocean environments and collect intelligence critical to irregular warfare efforts with advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, these versatile and powerful vessels are a core component of the Navy fleet and support national security interests.
Ships of the Virginia class exemplify the commitment by the Navy and industry to reduce costs without decreasing capabilities through a multi-year procurement strategy, continuous improvements in construction practices and cost-reduction design changes.
"This award has great significance for the U.S. Navy, our company and the entire submarine industrial base," said Jeffrey S. Geiger, president of Electric Boat. "By continuing to produce two ships per year, the Navy and industry team retains the stability required to achieve increased efficiencies, providing the fleet with the submarines it needs to sustain the nation's undersea dominance."
"This is the largest number of boats ordered to date in a single contract block, which is great news – particularly in light of today's challenging economic and political environments," said Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin. "The Virginia-class program has already proven itself to be one of the best, if not the best, performing shipbuilding programs in the country and we look forward to continuing our important role in building these submarines."
Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding already have delivered 10 Virginia-class submarines to the Navy: USS Virginia (SSN-774), USS Texas (SSN-775), USS Hawaii (SSN-776), USS North Carolina (SSN-777), USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), USS New Mexico (SSN-779), USS Missouri (SSN-780), USS California (SSN-781), USS Mississippi (SSN-782) and USS Minnesota (SSN-783). Eight additional submarines are under construction.
Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land-attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Raytheon tests new guidance system for Tomahawk cruise missile

Tucson April 28, 2014 - Raytheon Company successfully completed a passive seeker test designed for a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile using company-funded independent research and development investment. The captive flight test, using a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone, demonstrated that Raytheon's advanced, next-generation; multi-function processor can enable the cruise missile to navigate to and track moving targets emitting radio frequency signals. 
For the test, the nosecone of a Tomahawk Block IV missile was equipped with passive antennas integrated with Raytheon's new modular, multi-mode processor, and fitted to a T-39 aircraft. Flying at subsonic speed and at varying altitudes, the aircraft simulated a Tomahawk flight regime. The passive seeker and multi-function processor successfully received numerous electronic signals from tactical targets in a complex, high density electromagnetic environment.
"Completion of this test is a significant milestone in Raytheon's effort to quickly and affordably modernize this already advanced weapon for naval warfighters," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "We have assessed our company-funded multi-mission processor at Technical Readiness Level 6, enabling it to move to the engineering, manufacturing and development phase. Besides Tomahawk, the processor could be used in other sophisticated weapon systems."
A Raytheon-funded active seeker test with the company's new processor inside a Tomahawk nosecone is planned for early next year.  That event will demonstrate the processor's ability to broadcast active radar as well as passively receive target electromagnetic information – a critical step in enabling the missile to strike moving targets on land and at sea.

SIGNALIS delivers the first Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) to Sri Lanka


April 28, 2014 - SIGNALIS has successfully delivered the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) to Sri Lanka's Port Authority as part of the Colombo Port Expansion Project. Over the past decade, Sri Lanka ports have faced a significant growth driven by the increasing demand of services in the international shipping industry and major infrastructure development programmes, setting Colombo Port as a new maritime hub in Indian Ocean with a capacity of 12 million TEUs. SIGNALIS VTMS, installed into the newly built control tower, is the first system of this kind ever operated in Sri Lanka. It will support the SLPA to manage the growing traffic and ensure navigation safety within the port of Colombo and its approaches
The SIGNALIS solution comprises two radars (X and S band) for vessels detection and tracking, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) combined with a CCTV and VHF radio system for identification and communication with the ships. The control tower has been equipped with three multi-display consoles for VTS operations while traffic information system has been deployed at other locations of the port and at the Sri Lanka Navy HQ.
Site Acceptance Tests has been passed successfully and performances acclaimed by the users while extensive operational and technical training program is currently offered by SIGNALIS.

JMSDF Seeking USS Peleliu for F-35B Operations?

The authoritative (on Asian military affairs) Kanwa Defense Review is reporting the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) is seeking to purchase USS Peleliu to operate their planned fleet of F-35B aircraft. This part of the escalating naval build up in Asia and is in response to Chinese plans for at least three more aircraft carriers. Peleliu will be sailing to Sasebo this summer to replace the retiring USS Denver until her replacement, USS Green Bay, arrives in February 2015. US Navy photo.

Thales finalises delivery of maritime patrol aircraft to Turkey

Thales photo

April 28, 2014 - A ceremony was held today at the Topel (Turkey) naval airbase to celebrate the official delivery of aircraft to the Turkish Navy in the presence of the Chief of Staff for the Turkish Navy, Mr , as well as the Secretary of State for the Turkish Defence Industry (SSM), Mr Ismail Demir.
Pierre Eric Pommellet, Senior Vice President of Thales in charge of Defence Mission Systems, officially handed over the delivery certificate for the aircraft to the Chief of Staff of the Turkish Navy. On this occasion, he highlighted the “strong relationships that have been established throughout the programme with Turkish industry partners, TAI, Havelsan, Aselsan and Milsoft. These have enabled the success of this aircraft transformation program and pave the way for future partnerships between Thales and the Turkish industry. We’re focusing on developing this close cooperation and are very proud these maritime patrol aircraft reach a technological and operational standard of excellence. The Turkish Navy can now rely on Thales’s state-of-the-art AMASCOS solution to conduct their maritime patrol missions.”
The finalisation of this program is a further testament to the maturity of the AMASCOS solution and consolidates Thales’s position as a market leader in maritime patrol systems and as a world-class systems supplier and integrator, offering a wide range of mission systems to meet the specific requirements of armed forces.
Pierre Eric Pommellet, Senior Vice President of Thales in charge of Defence Mission Systems, said, “The strong relationships that have been established throughout the program with Turkish industry partners, TAI, Havelsan, Aselsan and Milsoft have enabled the success of this aircraft transformation program and pave the way for future partnerships between Thales and the Turkish industry. We’re focusing on developing this close cooperation and are very proud these maritime patrol aircraft reach a technological and operational standard of excellence. The Turkish Navy can now rely on Thales’s state-of-the-art AMASCOS solution to conduct their maritime patrol missions.”

NOAA ships set sail for 2014 hydrographic survey season

April 28, 2014 - NOAA ships, small boats, and hydrographic services contractors have their sailing orders to survey more than 2,000 square nautical miles in U.S. coastal waters this year, collecting data that will strengthen the foundation of the nation's environmental intelligence. Most of the vessels are sailing to their initial project areas now.

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey will manage and conduct surveys that will measure water depths and collect ocean floor data so the agency can update its nautical charts, identify navigational hazards, support wind farm sitings, map ocean habitats, and assist state governments with their ocean projects. 

NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
In one project, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will survey in Long Island Sound, performing essential habitat mapping in Fishers Island Sound, and continuing Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy hydrographic surveys that were started in 2013.
"Accurate data are absolutely necessary to engage in informed discussions and make sound ocean policy," said Holly Bamford, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service. "Whether it's a ship loading exports for overseas customers, or a city planning to strengthen coastal resilience, industry and government require the strong foundation that coastal environmental intelligence provided by our hydrographic data and charts offers."

Protecting vessels, and the people who sail them

Protecting life and property at sea is the major objective of the hydrographic survey program. Since vibrant tourism and commercial fishing industries mean more traffic on the ocean, NOAA ships Rainier and Fairweather will gather hydrographic data to supplement old and sparse depth measurements on nautical charts covering Alaska's Kodiak Island. Rainier will also work in Cold Bay, Alaska, charting approach areas where ships can take refuge when the harbor's currents are too strong. NOAA has also contracted with TerraSond to survey Bechevin Bay, the easternmost passage through the Aleutians from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Alaska.

NOAA Ship Rainier
NOAA Ship Rainier and its six small survey boats, returns to Alaska for a summer of hydrographic surveys.
NOAA contractor C&C Technologies will survey in Louisiana, offshore of Barataria Bay, to acquire the data needed to establish turnoffs and turning basins for large vessels. Leidos will survey the approach lanes to Mobile Bay, Alabama, to increase shipping safety there. Another contractor will survey the approaches to Lake Borgne and Lake Ponchatrain in Louisiana, where nautical charts still display depths measured in the 1800s.

On the East Coast, NOAA ships Thomas Jefferson and Ferdinand Hassler will survey an area offshore of Rhode Island Sound to identify a safe route for deep draft oil tankers. The Coast Survey Research Vessel Bay Hydro II will survey critical areas in central Chesapeake Bay. Coast Survey's six navigation response teams (NRTs), small two or three person boats equipped with both multibeam and side scan sonar systems, are acquiring data to address possible charting discrepancies - data that is outdated or wrong - and other concerns. This year's plans include data acquisition in or near:
·         San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay, and Richmond Harbor, California, to address charting discrepancies and other concerns
·         Carquinez Strait (Anchorages 22 and 23), near Benicia, California, to chart a shoal that has migrated toward the federal shipping channel
·         Galveston Bay, Texas, and vicinity, in response to requests by pilots and port authorities
·         St. Andrew Bay's Grand Lagoon, Florida  to investigate shoaling and a changing channel course
·         West Bay and West Bay Creek, along the Intracoastal Waterway north of Panama City, Florida.
·         a proposed anchorage area near Jacksonville, Florida, to investigate reported hazards to navigation
Assisting with coastal planning investigations

Ocean planners need to base their investigations on sound data. The NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson and a navigation response team are surveying in Long Island Sound to provide data to the multi-state, multi-agency Seafloor Mapping Initiative. The Thomas Jefferson will also collect data that scientists need for essential habitat mapping in Fishers Island Sound, Connecticut. Measuring ocean depths and characterizing the seafloor is an essential preliminary step when governments and industry consider offshore sites for wind turbines. The Hassler will survey a possible site in the approaches to the Chesapeake Bay, and another possible area offshore of Rhode Island Sound.

The Hassler is also surveying off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, collecting data that will contribute to habitat mapping and the state's effort to locate sand resources for beach replenishment.

BAE Systems to Maintain and Modernize U.S. Navy Ships in Hawaii

BAE Systems will repair, maintain, and modernize nine U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
BAE Systems will repair, maintain, and modernize nine US Navy destroyers and cruisers in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. US Navy photo.

Pearl Harbor April 28, 2014 - BAE Systems has received a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) contract from the U.S. Navy to repair, maintain, and modernize nine destroyers and cruisers, either homeported in or visiting Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“Our sustained, outstanding performance on the first MSMO award paved the way for this follow-on contract”
The five-year contract, awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, includes modernization, maintenance, and repair work for the USS Chafee, USS John Paul Jones, USS Chung-Hoon, USS Hopper, USS Michael Murphy, USS O’Kane, USS Halsey, USS Milius, and USS Preble. This award marks a continuation of work BAE Systems has been performing on the same type of ships in Hawaii under a previous seven-year contract.
“Our sustained, outstanding performance on the first MSMO award paved the way for this follow-on contract,” said Bill Clifford, president of Ship Repair at BAE Systems. “The Navy clearly recognizes our achievements and success in maintaining and modernizing these ships to ensure the readiness of the fleet. This award speaks volumes about the dedication and commitment of our highly skilled workforce, as well as our island suppliers and small businesses.”
The new contract — coupled with similar MSMO contracts in Norfolk, Virginia; Mayport, Florida; and San Diego, California — reinforces the company’s trusted partnership with the Navy. BAE Systems has successfully completed more than 300 cruiser and destroyer availabilities over the last 20 years.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, overhaul, and ship construction for the U.S. Navy, government, commercial, and private customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, and Hawaii, and offers a highly skilled and experienced workforce of more than 5,000 employees, dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services. The company also has robust and state-of-the-art commercial shipbuilding and module fabrication capabilities at its Mobile and Jacksonville shipyards.
BAE Systems’ commercial customer base includes industry leaders operating offshore energy support vessels, oil exploration vessels, cargo ships, cruise ships, oil transportation vessels, and international carriers.

UK Minister breaks ground on Royal Navy HQ in Bahrain

Work has begun to create a new £6m headquarters to serve as the hub of the Royal Navy’s most important theatre – the Middle East.

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois MP broke ground with a golden shovel at the site of the new UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) complex in Bahrain.
Nowhere else outside UK home waters is there such a concentration of the Royal Navy around the clock 365 days a year.
There are usually upwards of a dozen ships and units deployed in the region, well over 1,200 men and women and now work has begun to expand their base on the island with work due to finish in mid 2015.
Mr Francois said: “Close cooperation is integral to our relationship with Bahrain and I was honoured to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the new UK Maritime Component Command headquarters within the Salman Naval Base.
"This very visible commitment by the UK and Bahrain underlines the importance we both place upon our friendship and cooperation.
"Bahraini, British, US and other allies work in concert in Bahrain having established a model of cooperation that is the envy of the world.
"British commitment to, and cooperation with, Bahrain will celebrate its 200th year in 2016; throughout my visit I have been keen to underline the UK's enduring commitment to Bahrain and the region.”
There are four minehunters permanently based in the port, plus one Royal Fleet Auxiliary mother ship, while generally two frigates or destroyers are in the Gulf and Indian Ocean on a mix of maritime security duties, clamping down on piracy, smuggling, people trafficking and terrorism.
In addition, RFA tankers and supply ships support the wider international security mission in the region.
The Royal Navy has ties with the small kingdom going back 200 years and has maintained a permanent presence in the Gulf for more than 30 years. But the Senior Service’s role in the region has mushroomed since 2001, when it established its first headquarters in Bahrain.
Then the effort was supported by a staff of eight. Now UKMCC numbers more than 80 men and women – and they have outgrown their existing building.
Their new headquarters is one of two buildings being erected at Mina Salman Naval Base as part of the £5.8m investment. The second will house the Forward Support Unit, which looks after all the needs of Royal Navy ships based or visiting Bahrain.
Commodore Keith Blount, UKMCC’s Commander, said: “This new UK Maritime Component Command headquarters and support facility underscores the UK's continuing and enduring commitment to Bahrain and the wider region.
“I am very excited by this development and this purpose-built site means we will be better equipped to deliver the operational support required to our ships at sea.
"It will be better for the Royal Navy and better for our people."

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pacific Naval Leaders Agree to Adopt Sea Guidelines

Washington April 23, 2014 - Nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations agreed to sea guidelines adopted by naval leaders at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium yesterday in China, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said here today.
"The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea -- we call them CUES -- offers guidelines for maritime encounters at sea," he said. "It offers safety procedures, basic [communications] plans and basic maneuvering instructions for naval ships and naval aircraft during unplanned encounters at sea."
Warren said DOD supports a shared understanding of procedures during encounters, which he said can reduce the potential of an unintended incident at sea.
"We fully support efforts to standardize maritime conduct and improve operational safety at sea," he said. "These guidelines provide steps to potentially avoid encounters such at the [USS] Cowpens incident last year. These initiatives have been in development since 1999, and they were developed multilaterally."
In December, the USS Cowpens, a guided-missile ship, took evasive action to avoid colliding with Chinese navy ship Liaoning in the South China Sea.
"This is a great step towards improving operational safety at sea," Warren said. "It's a positive development that should help reduce the risk of misunderstandings between navy vessels and aircraft operating in a region."
The guidelines demonstrate the effectiveness of dialogue, transparency and multilateral approaches to dealing with 21st-century challenges, he added.

North American Ministerial Level Meetings

Joint Statement from the Second Meeting of North American Defense Ministers

Our three countries are closely connected through common geography, strong links between our peoples, and comprehensive trade relations. As such, we share many mutual defense interests. Threats to North America and the hemisphere are increasingly complex and require coordinated responses. Building upon the trilateral collaboration under the North American Leaders Summit process, we remain committed to enhancing our common understanding of those threats and developing effective and efficient approaches needed to address them.
Since the inaugural Trilateral Meeting of North American Defense Ministers in 2012, we have made significant progress in establishing and deepening our trilateral defense relationship. We have also increased our understanding of how we can collaborate in several areas of mutual concern. With this foundation, our countries continue to work together to address the security and defense challenges that our continent faces. We acknowledge that transnational threats require transnational responses and are committed to furthering our collaboration.
Through the work of the second trilateral defense ministerial and building upon the first meeting, we have identified the following areas in which we seek to extend our trilateral defense cooperation:

  • Update the Trilateral North American Continental Threat Assessment to deepen our common understanding of mutual defense challenges;
  • ontinue to identify ways to support civilian agencies;
  • Develop mechanisms to work together to increase the efficiency with which our armed forces support civilian-led responses to disasters;
  • Share information regarding cyber defense challenges and approaches to address them;
  • Identify opportunities to synchronize defense activities on the southern border of the North American region; and
  • Continue to work together to strengthen hemispheric defense forums, such as the XI Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas and the Inter-American Defense Board.

We intend to continue to meet on a regular basis to advance trilateral defense cooperation in areas of mutual interest while respecting national sovereignty.

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting With Canada's Minister of Defense

Secretary Hagel met in Mexico City with Canadian Minister of Defense Rob Nicholson. The two leaders were in Mexico to attend the second North American Defense Ministry principals meeting between the defense ministers of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Secretary Hagel and Minister Nicholson discussed a range of issues of mutual concern, to include the situation in Ukraine, recent developments in the Asia-Pacific region, and, of course, common security challenges in the Western Hemisphere.
Shared enthusiasm for the next day's discussion was prominent throughout the 30-minute meeting, as both Secretary Hagel and Minister Nicholson expressed eagerness to discuss in more detail ways in which all three nations can work more closely together to deal with the threats posed by criminal networks, cyber attacks and natural disasters.
Secretary Hagel also thanked Minister Nicholson for his leadership and for Canada's strong contributions to the NATO Alliance, including the ISAF mission.

Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for Next-Generation Mission Computer

Woodland Hills CA April 24, 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a low-rate initial production contract from the U.S. Navy to deliver FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters.
Under the $10.6 million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training.
The lightweight FlightPro™ mission computer is renowned for integrating advanced mission, weapons and video processing capabilities into a conduction-cooled, high-performance airborne computer. The latest model, FlightPro™ Gen III, features the newest computing technology in multiple partitioned, 8-core PowerPC™-based processors. The new mission computer offers increased computing resources and an extended lifetime due to long-term product support from suppliers.
Northrop Grumman's FlightPro™ mission computer has proven its high performance and adaptability on U.S. Marine Corps and Army platforms. The Marine Corps is using FlightPro™ Gen II mission computers on the UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper platforms and plans to incorporate Gen III computers in future aircraft. Additionally, the FlightPro™ Gen III mission computer is the foundation of Northrop Grumman's proposed digital cockpit upgrade for the Army's H-60L Black Hawk program.
"Our enhanced FlightPro™ Gen III mission computer is the most capable general purpose mission computer on the market, offering unmatched performance, affordability and flexibility," said Ike Song, vice president, Situational Awareness Systems business unit, Northrop Grumman. "The computer's fast, efficient processing will improve situational awareness and lighten warfighters' workloads, in addition to allowing rapid insertion of emerging capabilities."
The fully qualified mission computer is easily configurable for different system requirements by leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technology, model-based software design and an open systems architecture. The computer can provide a partitioned computing environment to customers around the world and is compatible with rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft as well as unmanned aerial systems.

South Korea Takes Delivery of ASV Marine Target Drones

Portsmouth April 22, 2014 - Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Ltd complete the second phase of a marine target drone programme with South Korea. 
Following the initial phase, completed in November 2013, this second phase sees GigaRF take delivery of two further 9 metre marine target drones. The high speed drones will be used in the test and evaluation of a new weapon system by the Agency of Defence Development (ADD). The unmanned technology enables training simulation for Naval Personnel in combating the threat of Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC). Also available in manned modes, the drones can be customised to meet visual, thermal and radar signature requirements. 
The target drone testing and acceptance, completed last month (March 2014) and witnessed by ADD saw the drones operate completely unmanned, controlled via ASV's in-house control software ASView, reaching speeds of up to 50 knots. 
In addition to the target drones that range from 3 to 13 metres, ASV have also designed and built vehicles for military MCM operations, the oil and gas and science and survey industries.

You're Invited to attend the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's Symposium 2014

Blue Angel 
You're Invited to attend the
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's
Symposium 2014

Dear Friend of the Foundation,
100 years of Naval Flight Training and 40th anniversary of Women in Naval Aviation will be among the topics discussed at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's annual Symposium Wednesday, May 7-Friday, May 9. The three day event held at the National Naval Aviation Museum will host a variety of activities highlighting the unique history and proud heritage of Naval Aviation including a golf tournament, luncheon, banquet and panel sessions. Three distinct panel sessions will feature milestones in Naval Aviation history and the people who have made and are currently making that history. I hope you will join me at Symposium 2014.

The 2014 Symposium schedule of events includes:

Wednesday, May 7
Golf Tournament. Noon-4 p.m. at A.C. Read golf course aboard NAS Pensacola
Thursday, May 8 at the National Naval Aviation Museum
  • Women in Naval Aviation - celebrating 40 years of female Naval Aviators 9:45 a.m.
  •  Luncheon -guest speaker former astronaut & retired Navy Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson(Ticket required for luncheon, cost $25 per person)
  • 100 Years of Naval Aviation Flight Training - celebrating 100th anniversary of NAS Pensacola 2 p.m.
  • Reception & Banquet -guest speaker Admiral William Gortney, USN, Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command 6:00 p.m. (Ticket required for reception & banquet, cost $70 per person) 
Friday, May 9 at the National Naval Aviation Museum
  • Naval Aviation: Today and Tomorrow-Flag Officer panel 9:45 a.m.
  • Winging Ceremony - guest speaker Vice Admiral Robin Braun, USN, Chief of Naval Reserve - Noon 
The Symposium panels are FREE and open to the public, active duty and retired military.Registration is requested for all Symposium events, tickets required for luncheon and reception/banquet events. For more information and registration, call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (800) 327-5002 or (850) 453-2389, or online.

See you at Symposium 2014 on May 7-9.
LtGen Duane D. Thiessen, USMC (Ret)
President & CEO, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation

Friday, April 25, 2014

HMS Tireless stands down in search for missing aircraft

HMS Tireless (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]
RN photo of HMS Tireless 

London April 25, 2014 - The Royal Navy submarine has concluded its contribution to the search for the signal from the black box of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370
Working alongside the survey ship HMS Echo, Tireless played an important role in the hunt for the black box signal by using her specialist sonar capabilities.
But, with the Australian command assessing that there is no prospect of further acoustic detections associated with the aircraft’s black box, HMS Tireless has been stood down.
The commanding officer of HMS Tireless, Commander R Hywel Griffiths, said:
I am proud of the part HMS Tireless has played in the operation to find MH370. The only submarine participating, Tireless, with her advanced underwater search capability, is ideally suited to this challenging task.
Overcoming some of the most inhospitable sea conditions ever experienced by my crew, we searched 7,000 square nautical miles in a 16-day period.
I am also very proud of the professionalism and enthusiasm of my ship’s company. My highly trained and experienced young team of sonar operators were key to this operation, supported by the steadfast commitment of the remainder of my team, some in their very first months at sea.
HMS Echo is currently returning to port for replenishment having supported the search in recent weeks.

A watchful eye on UK sea and airspace

HMS Dragon (foreground) accompanies the Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov [Picture: Crown copyright]
HMS Dragon (foreground) accompanies the Russian destroyer Vitse-Admiral Kulakov.

London April 25, 2014 - THMS Dragon and RAF Typhoons have been in contact with their Russian counterparts this week. The Royal Navy’s fleet ready escort tracked and met up with the Russian destroyer Vitse-Admiral Kulakov as it transited past the UK.
HMS Dragon, a Type 45 destroyer, pinpointed and monitored the movement of the Russian vessel as she approached British waters in a well-established and standard response to such events.
Dragon deployed from Portsmouth last week to pre-position well north of Scotland in good time to respond to the Udaloy Class destroyer’s deployment. She made contact with the Kulakov and is now keeping an eye on the Russian ship’s transit south.
The commanding officer of HMS Dragon, Captain Iain Lower, said:
For a mission like this, it is not about sending any ship; we need speed, we need endurance, and, as the weather can be atrocious, sea-keeping is all-important.
The Russian Navy is a very capable force and it is right that the Royal Navy sends a ship that is credible, and none are more so than the Type 45 destroyer. With the world’s best air defence radars, Dragon’s sensors are able to monitor UK airspace and sea lanes of communication at very long range.

In the air

Typhoon aircraft (library image)
Typhoon aircraft photo by Senior Aircraftman Graham Taylor

The Royal Air Force was also involved recently with its Russian counterparts when RAF Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft were launched from RAF Leuchars to determine the identity of unknown aircraft that were approaching the Nato air policing area north of Scotland.
The aircraft were identified as Russian military aircraft carrying out a routine training sortie in international airspace.
RAF QRA aircraft are launched to intercept unidentified aircraft when they cannot be identified by any other means. This means that the aircraft is not talking to civilian or military air traffic control, has not filed a flight plan, and is not transmitting a recognisable secondary surveillance radar code.
The Typhoon mission was a routine part of the RAF’s air defence role protecting the UK and its airspace. High readiness RAF fighter aircraft are available around the clock, 365-days-a-year, and can be scrambled to identify and intercept any unidentified aircraft approaching our shores.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NATO minesweepers leave Kiel for Baltic Sea patrol

A multinational group of four NATO minesweepers and a supply vessel left the German port of Kiel on Tuesday (22 April 2014) to deploy to the Baltic Sea to enhance maritime security and readiness in the region. The five ships are part of the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (SNMCMG1). “The Group’s presence contributes to regional maritime security,” said General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

“During this period of tension, we felt it appropriate to deploy SNMCMG1 to the Baltic Sea as part of a broad package of actions by NATO’s maritime, air and ground forces,” he added. “Our intent is not to escalate the situation, but rather to demonstrate our strong solidarity as an Alliance and increase our readiness. During the deployment, the group will participate in numerous port visits and participate in an annual mine clearance operation hosted by Latvia next month. The ships will,  together with vessels from partner nations, hunt for mines, torpedoes and bombs laid in the Baltic during the First and Second World Wars.”

The current flagship of the group is the Norwegian support vessel HNoMS Valkyrien. Other ships participating include the Dutch minehunter HNLMS Makkum, Belgian minehunter BNS Bellis, Norwegian minesweeper HNoMS Otra and the Estonian minehunter ENS Admiral Cowan. The group is being led by Commander Eirik Otterbu of the Royal Norwegian Navy.

NOAA Coast Survey ship finds 19th century shipwreck off Golden Gate Bridge - again

Washington April 23, 2014 - NOAA announced today it has found the underwater wreck of the passenger steamer City of Chester, which sank in 1888 in a collision in dense fog near where the Golden Gate Bridge stands today. The announcement was made during a press event at the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's San Francisco headquarters at Crissy Field. 
The story of City of Chester will be shared with the public in a future waterfront exhibit NOAA will place at the sanctuary office at Crissy Field. The office is the former U.S. life saving service station built in 1890 in response to the City of Chester incident.

The shipwreck of the City of Chester (above), struck by the Oceanic (below) in 1888, has been found - again - off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The 202-foot long steamship City of Chester had just left San Francisco and was headed up the California coast to Eureka with 90 passengers on August 22, 1888, when around 10 a.m. it was struck by the steamer Oceanic. Impaled on Oceanic, which was arriving from Asia, City of Chester remained afloat for six minutes before sinking. Sixteen people died in the accident. 
The rediscovery of the wreck restores an important historical link to San Francisco's early Chinese-American community. Reports at the time initially criticized Oceanic's Chinese crew in the racially charged 
atmosphere of the times. Criticisms turned to praise, however, when the bravery of the crew in rescuing many of City of Chester's passengers was revealed. The wreck was then largely forgotten.
"Discoveries like this remind us that the waters off our shores are museums that speak to powerful events, in this case not only that tragic wreck, but to a time when racism and anger were set aside by the heroism of a crew who acted in the best traditions of the sea," said James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, whose past work has included documenting historic wrecks in California.
In May 2013, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey Navigational Response Team 6 (NRT6), in a 28-foot boat equipped with sonar, rediscovered what they thought was the City of Chester while surveying another nearby shipwreck, the freighter Fernstream, which sank after a collision in 1952. Delgado asked the NRT6 team to extend their survey to try and find the sunken steamer.
After working with historic data provided by NOAA historians, the Coast Survey team conducted a multibeam sonar survey and a sonar target the right size and shape was found. The team spent nearly nine months sorting through the data. A follow-up side-scan sonar survey confirmed that the target was City of Chester, sitting upright, shrouded in mud, 216 feet deep at the edge of a small undersea shoal. High-resolution sonar imagery clearly defined the hull, rising some 18 feet from the seabed, and the fatal gash on the vessel's port side. 

Newspaper illustration of the collision between RMS Oceanic and SS City of Chester. Illustration: San Francisco Chronicle.

This NOAA team was not the first to find the shipwreck. It was 125 years earlier that the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, NOAA's predecessor agency which was charged with responsibility for charting the nation's coasts and harbors, believed it had located the City of Chester in early September 1888 by dragging a wire from the tugboat Redmond to snag the hulk. 
A veteran salvage diver of the time, Capt. Robert Whitelaw, also claimed to have relocated the wreck, sending a hard-hat diver down more than 200 feet in 1890 to report City of Chester nearly cut in two, with the tide running through the cut "like a millrace." No attempt was made to raise the wreck then and there are no plans to do so today.
"Connecting to the history of the Chester is sad in one way, but we were also connecting to scientific history on a different level," said NOAA NRT6 team leader Laura Pagano. "Using our high-tech multibeam echo sounder to re-discover a wreck originally found over a century ago - by Coast Surveyors dragging a wire across the seafloor - is immensely fulfilling. We are equally proud to have provided information on an important link to the rich heritage of the San Francisco Chinese American community."

Modern view of the Golden Gate Channel and approximate location of the SS City of Chester. Credit: Robert V. Schwemmer, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries.

Today, it is a protected site and a grave belonging to the state of California. "Whether we see them or not, wrecks like City of Chester should be remembered today and in future generations," said NOAA's Delgado.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $33 Million to Operate and Maintain Military Sealift Ships

General Dynamics

Quincy April 22, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics American Overseas Marine LLC (AMSEA) a $32.7 million contract modification to operate and maintain seven large, medium-speed, roll-on / roll-off ships (LMSR) for the Military Sealift Command. AMSEA is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Under the terms of the modification, AMSEA will provide services including crewing, engineering, maintenance, procurement and provisioning. Initially awarded in 2010, the contract has a potential value of $238 million over seven years.
"AMSEA has successfully operated the vessels in this program for the last nine years and we will continue our superior service for our customer under this new contract," said Thomas Merrell, president of AMSEA.
As a full-service ship operator for more than 28 years, AMSEA provides complete marine operations, engineering and professional services to customers in the government and commercial sectors. 

General Dynamics Opens New Radio Testing Laboratory for MUOS Satellite-Ground Station Communications

Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)
General Dynamics
Scottsdale April 22, 2014 - General Dynamics C4 Systems has opened the MUOS Radio Testing Lab at its Scottsdale, Ariz., location. The U.S. Navy-approved laboratory is one of two that supports testing for radio-terminals intending to connect with the MUOS space-ground network. The lab is equipped with hardware and software that simulates the radio's connectivity with the MUOS ground network.
"The MUOS Radio Testing Lab in Scottsdale will help the U.S. military and government to cost-effectively and efficiently add MUOS-capable radios to their communications network," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "This brings this critical operational capability even closer to being available to military and government personnel."
To test connectivity with the MUOS system, radios are provisioned with the General Dynamics-developed MUOS waveform to make secure voice calls and complete data transmissions at different data rates across the simulated MUOS network. The MUOS waveform, housed in the government waveform information repository, leverages the widely-used commercial Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) cell phone technology.
The first terminal to receive government authorization and enter the Scottsdale lab was Rockwell Collins' ARC-210 radio that began testing in March. Companies interested in accessing the General Dynamics C4 Systems MUOS Radio Testing Lab must first contact and receive approval from the Navy's Communications Satellite Program office, PMW 146, to authorize access to the test facility.  

Arcturus UAV Unveils JUMP™ Fixed Wing VTOL UAV


Rohnert Park CA April 22, 2014 - Today Arcturus UAV unveiled JUMP™, a new vertical takeoff and landing system for their T-20 and T-16 fixed wing UAVs.
"This is a pivotal moment in the history of small unmanned air vehicles. JUMP™ is to UAVs what the touch screen was to smart phones," according to D'Milo Hallerberg, president of Arcturus UAV.
Booms fitted with vertical lift motors and rotors are mounted to each wing to provide vertical lift for takeoff and landing. Vertical lift motors are shut off for winged flight and propellers are feathered longitudinally for minimum drag. Seamless transition to winged flight is achieved by the Piccolo autopilot using Latitude Engineering's Hybrid-Quadrotor technology. All flight control is fully autonomous. Arcturus JUMP™ enjoys all of the versatility of a quad rotor while retaining the superior range and endurance of a fixed wing. JUMP™ fitted Arcturus air vehicles require no special launch equipment and do not require runways for launch or landing. JUMP™ can be easily transported and operated by only two technicians. Once on site, JUMP™ can be set up and ready for flight in less than 15 minutes. The company is accepting orders for JUMP™.
"JUMP™ makes exciting UAV technology much more useful," says Hallerberg.
Located in Northern California, Arcturus UAV is a leader in the Small Tactical UAV market. The company designs and builds advanced unmanned air systems for border protection, aerial mapping, search and rescue, and defense.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman Dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence

Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, addresses the media with, from left, Florida State Sen. John Thrasher, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Christine McGlade, Northrop Grumman manufacturing vice president and St. Augustine site manager.

St Augustine FL April 17, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine today, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.
Set against the backdrop of construction of a new 368,000 square foot aircraft production facility, approximately 500 employees, local business leaders, and federal, state and local elected officials gathered to celebrate the formal establishment of Northrop Grumman's St. Augustine manufacturing facility as a center of excellence. It is one of the company's two aircraft integration centers in the U.S.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Sen. John Thrasher and Rep. Ron DeSantis. Scott kicked off the event, which also featured remarks by Thrasher, DeSantis and Tom Vice, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president, Aerospace Systems.
"Today's dedication signifies our continued commitment to our service men and women, to our employees in St. Augustine and to the state of Florida," said Vice. "The talented workforce at this center of excellence, coupled with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, will continue to benefit our customers, our company and the community."
The company recently broke ground on the new building at its campus adjacent to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. The new building will provide additional hangar space and program management offices, which will create greater efficiency in the production flow and sustainment of aircraft. The company expects construction to be complete in early 2015.
Northrop Grumman announced the creation of several centers of excellence throughout the country last year, to improve its strategic alignment with its customers' needs for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions.
A leader in aviation integration and manufacturing, the St. Augustine facility has been operational since 1980. It is the home of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye production and employees have also performed work on the EA-6B Prowler, C-2A Greyhound, A-6 Intruder, F-14 Tomcat, F-5 Tiger and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. Key aircraft manufacturing processes are managed by a team of more than 1,000 employees. With the site's designation as a center of excellence, the workforce will grow by an additional 400 employees during the next three years.

Tarantul II P-129 Named

Baltiysk hosted a ceremony April 21st naming Tarantul II (Proj 1241-1M) FAC P-129 "RFS Kuznetsk" 

CACI Awarded Prime Position on $42 Million Multiple-Award Contract to Provide Lifecycle Support of C4ISR Systems to U.S. Navy

Arlington VA April 21, 2014 - CACI International Inc announced today that it has been selected as a prime contractor to provide lifecycle sustainment, integration, acquisition, and technical support for Naval Electronic Surveillance Systems (NESS) to the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Security Systems Branch. The three-year, multiple-award contract has a base value of $42 million and includes two one-year options for a potential ceiling value of $71 million. This is one of three contracts awarded; each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This contract represents new work for CACI and expands its presence in its C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) market.
“This contract supporting C4ISR systems for the U.S. Navy leverages CACI’s in-depth expertise in lifecycle sustainment, integration, acquisition, and technical support. Our work will aid federal agencies in detecting, identifying, and thwarting potential global and domestic threats to our nation’s security.”
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., SSC Pacific is the Navy’s premier research, development, test, and evaluation laboratory for C4ISR systems. Under the terms of the contract, CACI will provide lifecycle support for Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) electronic surveillance systems to the Department of Defense and other government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security.
CACI has decades of experience successfully meeting mission-essential requirements around the globe and supporting AT/FP programs such as the U.S. Army’s Genesis III and the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Port Security and Assessments. Additionally, CACI has the processes and management procedures in place to deliver increased security protection for military and civilian agencies while meeting requirements on time and at or below budget.
John Mengucci, CACI’s Chief Operating Officer and President of U.S. Operations, said, “This contract supporting C4ISR systems for the U.S. Navy leverages CACI’s in-depth expertise in lifecycle sustainment, integration, acquisition, and technical support. Our work will aid federal agencies in detecting, identifying, and thwarting potential global and domestic threats to our nation’s security.”
According to CACI President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Asbury, “CACI’s new work with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific supports one of our government’s highest priorities – to protect our nation’s people, facilities, and equipment. This award demonstrates the value of our intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions to a new customer and further expands our presence in our high-volume C4ISR market area.”

U.S. Navy Awards Harris Corporation Potential $133 Million Broadband Satellite Communication Terminal Contract

Melbourne FL April 21, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corporation an eight-year contract valued at up to $133 million to provide shipboard terminals that give crews access to high-bandwidth voice and data communications.
“These Harris terminals provide the Navy with access to the high-bandwidth services essential to mission-critical communications and to morale”
Under the agreement, Harris will provide up to 120 terminals in addition to the 70 terminals already delivered since 2008 under the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP) Unit Level Variant (ULV) contract. The new award brings the total potential value of CBSP ULV and Force Level Variant contract awards to Harris to more than $250 million through 2022.
The program provides worldwide, commercial, end-to-end telecommunications services to the Navy. The 1.3-meter Harris terminals offer X-band operation over existing military satellites, and the option of military/commercial Ka-band operation for future deployed satellite systems. They support essential mission requirements and provide high-speed Internet access and video communications on small combatant and support ships. Harris terminals also are used onboard Navy amphibious assault ships.
“These Harris terminals provide the Navy with access to the high-bandwidth services essential to mission-critical communications and to morale,” said Ed Zoiss, vice president and general manager, Defense Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems. “Harris is delivering the next generation of military and commercial satellite capabilities to the Navy fleet.”