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Raytheon Unveils New High-Tech Sonar System to Detect Submarines

 

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Raytheon reported that DARPA has received the prototype of a new underwater submarine detection system to be mounted on unmanned trimaran hulls.

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has received the prototype of a new underwater submarine detection system to be mounted on unmanned trimaran hulls, Raytheon said in a news release.

“Raytheon Company has completed delivery of its latest… fifth-generation hull-mounted sonar system, for… DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program,” the release, issued on Wednesday, stated.

A prototype trimaran built by Leidos is designed to serve as the program’s unmanned vehicle, Raytheon explained.

The Raytheon report followed published claims that Russia is apparently developing an underwater drone that will be able to inflict massive damage to coastal areas as part of a top secret project known as Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6 carrying a torpedo equipped with a nuclear warhead.

This weaponized drone will be capable of causing “assured unacceptable damage” to an enemy by contaminating vast coastal areas, rendering them completely unusable for long periods of time, and will be able to bypass NATO’s missile defense system.



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From launch to kaboom, here’s the video of the missile test that launched a 1,000 smiles

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On Sunday, a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. View video. The EKV is supposed to detach, detect and destroy the incoming threat by flying into space and striking the target missile at velocities approaching 22,000 mph. The EKV that was tested on Sunday–the first test since 2008–is called the CE-II, and was designed to correct flaws with the earlier iteration, the CE-I.

In Sunday’s test, MDA officials said all components appear to have performed as designed.


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Lockheed Martin Vs Raytheon or Who Gets Navy Air and Missile Defense Radar AMDR contract

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Lockheed Martin has filed a protest over competitor Raytheon Oct. 10 award of the Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) contract , Lockheed Martin officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday.

The protest — filed on Tuesday — will now begin a process that could stop work on the new radar until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) decides on the validity of the protest. The process can take up to 100 days before the GAO renders a decision.

Lockheed’s move follows the $386 million award to Raytheon for an S-band AMDR and radar suite controller (RSC) planned for the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers. Additional options in the contract could grow the final contract to $1.6 billion.

Lockheed has supplied radars for the Navy’s guided missile destroyers throughout the Aegis program — primarily with its SPY-1 line of radars — back to the early 1980s. Given Lockheed’s longevity with the program, the protest did not come as a surprise.

Naval Sea Systems Command would not comment on the protest other than saying the AMDR the award was the result of, “a full and open competition”

Lockheed said the company, “submitted a technically compliant solution at a very affordable price,” read a company statement on the protest provided to USNI News on Wednesday.
“We do not believe the merits of our offering were properly considered during the evaluation process.”


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The lives of Michigan residents are about to improve: nearly $1 billion in defense contracts granted!

Michigan could expect an economic impact of nearly $1 billion from new defense contracts awarded to eight companies in the closing days of the federal government’s budget year.

$395.5 million for General Dynamics Land Systems for research and development and testing on a next-generation version of its signature Abrams main battle tank.

The U.S. Department of Defense often sees an acceleration of contract awards shortly before the government’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and Army Contracting Command Executive Director recently said that the command could allocate nearly $1 billion worth of contracts in its last few weeks for a total of $10 billion in fiscal 2012.

$55.9 million for BAE Systems Inc. for engineering design, logistics, and testing and evaluation to update the Army’s current fleets of Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

General Dynamics has also teamed up with Raytheon Co. and Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. on a separate $439.7 million pre-production contract for Ground Combat Vehicle.

Science Applications International Corp. plans to source part of its work on a one-year, $82.1 million contract in Warren for logistics support on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle family. The company was the sole bidder on the logistics contract that runs through December 2013 and will provide services in Warren, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Chicago-based Boeing Co. also expects to source 84 percent of its work in Grand Rapids on a two-year, $15.4 million delivery order from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command in Maryland for engineering to replace and integrate hardware and software components for the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft, also called the Poseidon, by September 2014.

Boeing expects to source the remaining 16 percent of that contract work in Seattle and to source a small portion of a $74.1 million contract in Ann Arbor for a joint venture company to produce seven V-22 Block C Containerized Flight Training Devices for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

Elsewhere in Michigan, Rockford-based Wolverine World Wide Inc. will divide a five-year, $48.7 million contract award from the Army Contracting Command in Natick, Mass., with Illinois-based Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Co. The two companies won the award out of three bids to provide Army mountain combat boots through September 2017, but the amount of work for each company will be determined by future procurement task orders.

Armor Express Inc., a body-armor products maker in Antrim County’s Central Lake, also received a three-year, fixed-price, multiple-award contract from the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland with a ceiling value of $24.6 million to procure up to a maximum 142,857 Concealable Body Armor Vests by September 2015.

Finally, Navistar Defense LLC, a business unit of Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. with defense vehicle engineering and program management offices in Madison Heights, received a two-year, $138.2 million, fixed-price modification to a previous contract from Tacom to provide upgrade kits to improve the Army’s fleet of MaxxPro MRAP vehicles previously produced by Navistar.


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Raytheon to upgrade US Navy’s 20-year-old analog air traffic control radars with modern, digital technology

The U.S. Navy has purchased two more radar systems from Raytheon Company RTN as part of a continuing effort to replace outdated analog air traffic control systems with digital technology. The new radars will be installed at military bases in New River, N.C., and Quantico, Va.

The Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) ASR-11 is the first fully digital, solid-state radar to be implemented in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The radars have been deployed to more than 130 sites throughout the world, and will eventually be in more than 150 sites total.

The ASR-11 provides primary surveillance radar coverage up to 60 miles and secondary surveillance radar coverage up to 120 miles. It provides the air traffic controller with improved aircraft detection, lower support costs and better weather display. The primary radar is being manufactured in Waterloo, Canada, while the secondary radar will be made in the United States and United Kingdom.

“This radar technology is raising the bar even higher on safety,” said Mike Prout, vice president of Security and Transportation Systems for Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems business. “Our radars will help controllers maintain safety in an increasingly busy airspace.”

Analog radars are steadily being replaced as part of the NAS Modernization Program, which involves upgrading legacy air traffic control systems with modern digital technology to enable the Navy to keep pace with changing Federal Aviation Administration guidelines and standards for terminal radar approach controls.

The digital radar is also an integral part of Raytheon’s recently introduced Mobile Air Traffic Control system, which provides critical air traffic services when existing infrastructure has been damaged or does not exist.


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Is NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Preparatory Project (NPP) ready for launch? How do we find out?

What is NPOESS?

The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) was supposed to be the next generation satellite system for monitoring weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment.  The first one, named “Charlie 1” (or “C1”) was scheduled to go up in 2013.NPOESS was to be operated by the NOAA / NESDIS / NPOESS Program Executive Office Flight Operations at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) was the primary system integrator for the NPOESS project. Raytheon, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Boeing are developing the sensors.However, due to issues with sensor developments, multiple production delays and cost-overruns, the White House ordered the project to dissolve and split into two separate lines of polar-orbiting satellites to serve military and civilian users.

What is NPP?


NPP is the bridge between the original EOS missions and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS, previously called the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), will be developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

When is NPP is supposed to be launched?

NPP is scheduled to launch into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California on October 25, 2011.

Is it ready to go?

It is, according to the number of tests that were performed (dynamic, electromagnetic compatibility, thermal vacuum, etc.)
You can read more detailed information on the tests performed here.

What do you think?  Is NPP ready for launch in October?


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