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Friday, June 22, 2018

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DoD Contract Modification Awards to Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems

USS Mason: USN photo

The U.S. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $31,777,262 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6292) to exercise options for the production of nine TB-37/U Multi-Function Towed Array (MFTA) production units, tow cables, electro-optical slip rings, drogues, and shipping products and the performance of engineering services. The TB-37/U MFTA is the next generation passive and active sonar receiver. It affords several enhancements to the AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array System allowing greater coverage…

Defense Mission Systems Secures Contract

Northrup Grumman Corp., Defense Mission Systems, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $6,916,010 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contract for radar surveillance and detection and tracking systems support. The contract contains options which, if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of this contract to $34,045,008. Work will be performed in Dam Neck, Va. (40 percent), onboard East Coast ships (30 percent) and onboard West Coast ships (30 percent) and is expected to be completed by June 2003. Funding in the amount of $1,037,041 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procured and advertised in the Commerce Business Daily, with two proposals solicited and two offers received.

Nine Northrop Grumman Employees Killed in Attack

company facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. disclosed and the families of those employees have been notified. one of three compounds attacked. were U.S. citizens and two were citizens of the Philippines. treated and released. Fifteen remain hospitalized, two in serious condition. The identities of the injured people have not been disclosed. the attack. colleagues," said Donald C. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. and for his support during this difficult time. with the U.S. Vinnell Arabia is under contract to the U.S. services to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. citizens of other countries. U.S. citizens number 300. Vinnell Corporation is part of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector. defense, intelligence and civil government markets.

Cyber-defense Capable TACLANE-10G Encryptor

Cyber Defense Cover TACLANE 10G

General Dynamics Mission Systems' new TACLANE®-10G (KG-175X) in-line network encryptor is now certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) to secure information at the Top Secret level and below. The NSA certification authorizes U.S. government organizations to order the new 10G encryptor. "The NSA certification of TACLANE-10G is another step forward for General Dynamics Mission Systems' cyber defense capabilities. General Dynamics keeps our customers connected while ensuring their security and advancing their operations.

Northrop Grumman Reports First Quarter Results

Northrop Grumman Corporation, reported that sales increased 49 percent, earnings from continuing operations increased 17 percent, and segment operating margin increased 44 percent, for the 2003 first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2002. The record results, in large measure, reflect strong contributions by the company's two new segments, Mission Systems and Space Technology; double-digit growth in sales and operating margins at three other segments, Electronic Systems, Ships and Information Technology; and a lower effective tax rate. Northrop Grumman reported income from continuing operations of $174 million, or $0.91 per share, compared with $149 million, or $1.27 per share, for the same period of 2002.

BAE, Seebyte Sign Deal for Autonomous Maritime Ops

BAE Systems and SeeByte Ltd of Edinburgh, Scotland have signed a Cooperation Agreement to pursue business opportunities associated with the UK’s Mine Counter Measure (MCM), Hydrography and Patrol Capability (MHPC) Program. BAE Systems Mission Systems and SeeByte have identified a shared vision for the managed introduction of autonomous computing into future military mission systems through the exploitation of ‘open’ or modular, yet secure, architectures. Thus they intend to work together to develop fully integrated MCM mission systems offering innovative, flexible and adaptable solutions for the adoption of unmanned systems into future MCM operations. These will be designed to minimise human operator load whilst providing maximum operational support to the Command Team.

Winter Nominated as Secretary of the Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation confirmed that President George W. nominate Donald C. Winter, 57, to become Secretary of the Navy. Winter currently serves as corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector, a position he has held since January 2000. current position. as an executive advisor to the CEO's office. Mission Systems, will serve as acting sector president. Systems since July 2004. distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. 2004 revenues of $5 billion and employs 18,000 people. communities," Sugar said. system programs. He joined TRW Inc. Systems when Northrop Grumman acquired TRW in December 2002. pointing programs at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.

US Navy Orders General Dynamics' DMR Radios

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems to build and deliver more than 30 new AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMR), along with related materials and equipment for new Navy surface vessels and submarines. The software-defined radios are a mission critical communications hub for Navy vessels and submarines. The contract modification exercises the sixth option to a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 2010. A majority of the work will be done at General Dynamics’ Scottsdale, Arizona, location. “This contract demonstrates the Navy’s continuing trust in DMR as it keeps pace with new and innovative communications technology for sailors and their commanders to securely connect with one another anywhere…

Northrop Grumman Announces Leadership and Organizational Changes

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced a strategic realignment of several of its operating sectors to enhance the company's support to its customers, better utilize its capabilities and resources and drive operating improvements. The company stated that its two shipbuilding sectors, Newport News and Ship Systems, will be realigned into a single sector called Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, effective Jan. 28, 2008. In addition, the company is realigning the reporting of its missiles business from its Mission Systems sector to its Space Technology sector, effective July 1, 2008. With this new reporting structure, Mission Systems will focus on the rapidly growing C4ISR business, and the missiles business will be an integrated element of the company's Aerospace business growth strategy.

Northrop Grumman to Merge Shipbuilding Units

According to reports, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) will merge its Newport News and Ship Systems units into Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, effective Jan. 28, under C. Michael Petters. The contractor is also realigning its missiles business, which will report to its space technology sector instead of its mission systems sector, effective July 1. Philip A. Teel, corporate vice president and president of Ship Systems, was named corporate vice president of the company's mission systems sector, effective April 1, to succeed Jerry B. Agee, who is retiring in August. Source: Dow Jones

BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

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BMT has launched VENARI-85, a new mine countermeasure (MCM) concept design said it be capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, while simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world. According to BMT, VENARI-85 offers a flexible platform that is capable of a spectrum of roles which is future-proofed and able to evolve as technology advances in the unmanned and offboard systems markets take shape. Combining BMT’s ship design pedigree with QinetiQ’s integration expertise…

New Navy Contracts

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury , Mass., is being awarded a $10,118,046 modification to previously awarded contract for the non-recurring engineering effort of Zumwalt-class destroyer mission systems equipment to design, procure, and install the test assets and infrastructure material to support the integration, testing, and facilitation of Mission Systems Equipment. Work will be performed in Burlington, Mass. (75 precent) and Tewksbury, Mass. (25 precent), and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-05-C-5346).

Raytheon Selects IBM for Navy Contract

IBM Corp. was selected by defense firm Raytheon Co. to assist in designing an upgraded software system for at least one U.S. Navy Zumwalt destroyer. Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon received a $3 billion contract from the Navy to design mission systems equipment for two destroyer ships. The equipment acts as the brains of the ship, sensing incoming missiles, sending signals and controlling radar systems. Raytheon will later compete for a separate contract to build mission systems equipment. Source: Business Portal

GD Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle

Bluefin-21

The General Dynamics Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) successfully launched multiple Bluefin SandShark micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (M-AUV) Underwater vehicle (M-AUV as part of several capability demonstrations at the U.S. Navy sponsored 2016 Annual Naval Technology Exercises (ANTX) in Newport, R.I. Through several ANTX demonstrations, the Bluefin SandShark M-AUVs surfaced and functioned independent of the heavyweight-class Bluefin-21. In one mission scenario…

Drone Wars: French Navy Examines Cutting-edge Tech

(Image: Naval Group)

Defense technology company Naval Group and helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters will together lead an effort to develop warship based aerial drones for the French Navy. The French companies were recently contracted by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) to perform a “de-risking” study ahead of future construction of tactical helicopter drones. The demonstration project will eventually lead to trials of the drone launch system, mission system and airborne rotary-wing vehicle, conducted from a French Navy vessel.

US Navy Upgrades Mine Hunting Capabilities

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of three lots of mine hunting sonar upgrade kits to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. (Photo: Northrop Grumman Corporation)

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the first of three lots of mine hunting sonar upgrade kits to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. The ultimate end users will be the HM-12, -14 and -15 Mine Countermeasures Squadrons. The production contracts from the Navy’s PMS-495 are for upgrading 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system. The kits contain all the components necessary to upgrade the existing 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system. Work is being done in three production lots.

General Dynamics AUV Detects Threats to Ship Hulls

HAUV is a two-man-portable hovering AUV designed for ship hull inspection. Photo GD

General Dynamics Mission Systems featured the Bluefin Robotics hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle (H-AUV) at OCEANS 2016 in Monterey, California. The Bluefin Robotics H-AUV locates, identifies and maps structural issues on a ship’s hull including large ocean going cargo ships, petroleum and chemical tankers, cruise ships and military surface and sub-surface vessels without dry-docking the ship. “Inspecting ship hulls and other underwater surfaces can be a manpower- and cost-intensive part of a ship’s observation and maintenance…

US Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Omaha

Official U.S. Navy file photo

The United States Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Broadway pier in San Diego. The future USS Omaha, designated LCS 12, is the 11th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Independence-variant design. It is the fourth warship named for the Nebraska city. The first ship was a propeller-driven sloop-of-war. The second ship was a light cruiser and the third Omaha was an attack submarine. Former U.S.

Two Littoral Combat Ships Named

File photo: Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) in December 2017 (U.S. Navy Photo by Anthony N. Hilkowski)

The U.S. Navy’s next two Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28), announced Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. The future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship to be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., will be the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to honor the maritime history of Nantucket. The future USS Savannah (LCS 28), an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship to be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., is the sixth ship to bear the name of Georgia’s oldest city.

General Dynamics Enhancing US Navy Capabilities

General Dynamics Mission Systems Presents Portfolio of Capabilities to Defend, Protect and Connect the U.S. Navy

General Dynamics Mission Systems makes its debut as General Dynamics' newest business unit at the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 27th National Symposium. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems combined to form General Dynamics Mission Systems on January 1, 2015. "This restructuring has allowed us to create a real powerhouse. We are stronger together and offer a more robust portfolio of products, services and solutions that help customers successfully execute their missions in today's dynamic environment…

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis

Photo: United States Navy

The US Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, April 14, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The future USS Indianapolis, designated LCS-17, honors Indianapolis, Indiana's state capital. She will be the fourth ship to bear the name. The principal speaker will be former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana. Mrs. Jill Donnelly, wife of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, will serve as the ship's sponsor.

General Dynamics Helps Boost USN Network Capacity

Digital Modular Radios by General Dynamics

General Dynamics’ four-channel Digital Modular Radios (DMR) are being upgraded with high-frequency dynamic routing (HFDR) software to turn the radio’s four channels into eight virtual channels. In addition to HFDR, the new high-frequency virtual channel exploitation software expands the DMR’s communications capacity to 16 virtual channels when operating in the high frequency (HF) line-of-sight and ultra-high frequency (UHF) satellite communications frequencies. With the two new software upgrades, the U.S.

US Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Cincinnati

Photo: United States Navy

The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony May 5 in Mobile, Alabama. The principal speaker will be Cincinnati Councilmember David Mann, also a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will serve as the ship's sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.

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