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Janus Global Operations to provide range support services for the U.S. Air Force

Janus Global Operations, an international integrated stability operations company, has been tasked to provide a component of range support services for the U.S. Air Force.

Janus Global's project work will be under URS Federal Services, an AECOM company, which has been awarded a 16-year, $3.6 billion Air Force contract to provide range support services.

The overall project includes "mission and target management support for testing, tactics, development, advanced training, and Air Force and Joint urgent operational needs missions" at Air Force bases in Nevada and California, AECOM announced.

These sites include the Nevada Test and Training Range, Leach Lake Training Range, and Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases.

Janus Global Operations stability operations work is conducted by thousands of employees serving clients in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Janus' services include munitions response; demining; intelligence support; logistics; life support; risk management; communications; and other services in some of the world's most challenging and hostile environments. The company's website is www.janusgo.com.

SAAB AND Raytheon Teaming for Soldier Weapons Development

Defence and security company Saab and Raytheon Company are teaming up to cooperate on the development of new weapons systems for infantry forces to meet near-term U.S. and international requirements. The companies will look into bringing new capabilities to Saab’s Carl-Gustaf reloadable and AT4 disposable and shoulder launched weapon systems.


The Carl-Gustaf weapons system, Program of Record in the US Army, is a world-leading weapon system within the support weapon category. It has been constantly modernized and enhanced to meet users’ changing needs. The latest version, the Carl-Gustaf M4/M3E1, reduces the weight from 10 kg/22 Ibs to less than 7 kg/15.5 Ibs. Carl-Gustaf is a battle-winning system for soldiers operating in demanding environments.


“Working with a global technology leader like Saab will expand both our global reach and the breadth of potential solutions for U.S. and coalition armies,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “Drawing from existing weapons, launchers, and sensors from the two companies’ land warfare portfolios will enable us to develop and offer advanced solutions on an accelerated timeline to meet emerging munitions needs”.


“Collaborating with Raytheon, utilizing their technical and product excellence, in combination with our technology will enhance the already world-leading Carl-Gustaf and AT4 weapon systems with additional capabilities that will even further increase the operational benefit for the end-user.” said Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

US Air Force accepts Raytheon's GPS OCX launch and checkout system

AURORA, Colo.-- The U.S. Air Force has officially accepted Raytheon's (NYSE: RTN) GPS Operational Control System launch and checkout system, also referred to as Block 0, signifying the company met all contractual requirements when it delivered the LCS to the service on Sept. 29.

LCS is a fully modernized cyber-secure ground system complete with the computing hardware, operations center workstations, and mission application software necessary to launch the first GPS III satellite into orbit and perform initial on-orbit testing.

"This is a major milestone for the program, and it keeps the U.S. Air Force on track to launch the first modernized GPS satellite into space next year," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "We have strong forward momentum on the program, and we will deliver the full capability in 2021."

LCS forms the basis for the full system delivery, referred to as Block 1, which will provide higher accuracy and globally deployed modernized receivers, to ensure anti-jam capability for military users. It will also provide control of both legacy and modernized satellites and signals, including the new international L1C and modernized Military Code.

Kelvin Hughes Radar Based Security Systems Video

Kelvin Hughes leads the way in detection for security and surveillance applications. Utilising its SharpEye™ solid state X-Band radar, paired with the latest in multi-role camera mounts, provides versatile and flexible detection and identification systems.

Kelvin Hughes Radar Based Security Systems Video

Kelvin Hughes leads the way in detection for security and surveillance applications. Utilising its SharpEye™ solid state X-Band radar, paired with the latest in multi-role camera mounts, provides versatile and flexible detection and identification systems.

NAVIGATION BRIDGE SYSTEM FOR THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel.

The INBS system meets the requirements of IMO Lloyds Register Class Notation IBS and Naval Ship Code. It includes a dual redundant data distribution system and fully integrated Kelvin Hughes multifunction displays. The radar system takes advantage of the Kelvin Hughes’ advanced solid state SharpEye™ Doppler radars that bring full situational awareness to the bridge even in the most severe weather conditions.

The MSC tanker is the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) future ice-capable fleet replenishment tanker and will be the largest vessel to be operated by the RNZN. With a scheduled delivery of the ship in 2020 by Hyundai Heavy Industries and the RNZN planning to induct the vessel in 2021, Kelvin Hughes will supply the bridge system for installation in 2018. The MSC vessel was approved by The Government of New Zealand in June 2014 allowing the tender to be released in March 2015. The contract was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries in July that year for $493 million and the vessel will be built at the Ulsan Shipyard in South Korea.

The scope of work includes the design and integration of the Kelvin Hughes supplied navigation equipment and Shipyard supplied systems in a suite of bridge consoles manufactured in Korea.

Spike Hughes, Sales and Marketing Director at Kelvin Hughes stated:
“Kelvin Hughes has been designing integrated navigation bridge systems for over three decades and has a wealth of experience which enables us to meet the demanding requirements of specialist naval bridges for the RNZN and also The Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide Class”.

SharpEye Naval Radar

The navigation radar sensors selected are to be SharpEye™ S and X-Band and one S-Band SharpEye™ sensor optimised for helicopter approach and control.

On the bridge of any ship, the navigation radars are essential for the safe navigation of the vessel and safety of life onboard. SharpEye™ provides an advanced radar sensor that through the Doppler processing, enhanced pulse compression and Moving Target Detection (MTD) processing, provides unprecedented situational awareness, detecting small targets on the sea surface and low aerial targets such as helicopters out to the horizon in severe weather conditions. The combination of these radar techniques enables the sea and rain clutter to be filtered out without losing the radar targets of interest. This is especially important when protecting the ship from threats such as swimmers, RHIBs and other low Radar Cross Section (RCS) threats.

SharpEye™ detection performance, removes the need for a helicopter transponder. The MSC will control flight deck operations, recovery and local airspace management through two helicopter control displays with tactical software. In total, there will be eleven displays on the bridge as part of the IMO compliant system.

Radar Display

KEY POINTS

The Kelvin Hughes Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) utilises its latest bridge navigation display system and is based on the proven Kelvin Hughes multifunction tactical radar display.

The networked display system allows for operation as full multifunction workstations for improved ergonomic operation and redundancy. This means not only the radar, ECDIS and conning can be operated from any designated multifunction display, but also the WECDIS.

Part of the ships mission is to be capable of operating in polar conditions and the Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ radars are compliant with the winterisation requirements for operation in an Antarctic environment and all other weather conditions.

The solid state SharpEye™ transceivers are located upmast in the carbon composite turning unit housing and bring additional benefits such as high reliability, no loss of signal and reduced cost of installation due to the removal of wave guide routing downmast. Reliability is further improved by the use of a direct drive motor system rather than the traditional antenna rotator gearbox.

Northrop Grumman Featured its Missile Defence Capabilities at MSPO 2017, Kielce, Poland

LONDON – Sept. 14, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) showcased its key missile defence capabilities this week at MSPO, Poland's International Defence Industry Exhibition.

The Northrop Grumman exhibit included a demonstration of integrated air and missile defence command and control, and a family of programmes including Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM), Integrated Battle Management System (IBMS), and Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

“Northrop Grumman is committed to Poland and Polish industry, particularly in air and missile defence. Enabled through programmes like WISLA, Poland’s missile and air defense system, we are well-positioned to help create innovative solutions to meet Poland's national security needs,” said Tarik Reyes, vice president, Missile Defence and Protective Systems, Northrop Grumman. “We are excited to offer our range of core capabilities, and to establish a presence in Poland to enable us to build closer relationships with our key customers and support in-country business development activities more effectively.”

IBMS provides integrated planning and operations management capabilities that are connected by a cyber-secure network.  The system is scalable from strategic (military command posts and civil operations centres) to tactical (vehicles and individual soldiers and first responders) providing situational awareness of the common operational picture, and communications with joint and coalition forces.

IBCS is a revolutionary integrated air and missile defence command-and-control system developed to deliver a single, unambiguous view of the battlespace. It significantly enhances aircraft and missile tracking and improves the ability of combatant commanders and air defenders to make critical decisions within seconds. With a modular open systems architecture, IBCS allows integration of current and future sensors and weapon systems. IBCS enables “any sensor, best shooter” operations to optimize limited resources and facilitate flexible defence designs.

Also highlighted was the Citadel Enterprise Battle Command System that delivers an integrated C4I capability to execute effective air and missile defence. The Citadel uses a modern, open systems approach with commercial standards that enables affordable systems integration of current and future air and missile defence systems.

Northrop Grumman's Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), which provides rapid wide-area reconnaissance and assessment of mine threats in sea lanes, littoral zones, confined straits, choke points and amphibious areas of operations, was also featured. The first of its kind, ALMDS leverages a sensor pod to rapidly sweep the water using laser technology. The sensor pod can also be rapidly installed on a medium lift helicopter and quickly removed after its mission completion.

Northrop Grumman signed a letter of intent with Poland’s largest defence company, the state-owned Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa in February 2017, aimed at creating a long term strategic partnership and exploring potential areas of industrial cooperation.

Also at MSPO, Northrop Grumman’s German subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, highlighted its range of Fibre Optic Gyros and MEMS Accelerometers as well as innovative Inertial Navigation and Reference Systems for air, land and maritime applications.

Northrop Grumman has a well-established presence in Europe with a significant presence in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

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U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman as Partner on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program

The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as one of two companies to mature designs for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, the nation’s next Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system.

The company was awarded a $328 million contract to execute the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the GBSD program.

“We look forward to the opportunity to provide the nation with a modern strategic deterrent system that is secure, resilient and affordable,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman. “As a trusted partner and technical integrator for the Air Force’s ICBM systems for more than 60 years, we are proud to continue our work to protect and defend our nation through its strategic deterrent capabilities.”

To learn more about Northrop Grumman’s GBSD program visit: www.northropgrumman.com/gbsd.

Lockheed Martin wins contract to redesign cruise missile wing

ORLANDO July 19, 2017 Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received an Undefinitized Contracting Action for $37.7 million from the U.S. Air Force for continued development of a new wing design for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER).

The new wing design will add greater range to the cruise missile, which currently has a range of more than 500 nautical miles. Analysis on an enhanced wing design began in March 2016.

"We've developed a novel design that provides additional standoff range to further increase pilot survivability in an Anti-Access-Area Denial threat environment," said Jason Denney, program director for Long Range Strike Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our customers trust our already proven design and we look forward to enhancing its capabilities for warfighters."

The current phase of the design work is progressing as anticipated and is on schedule to be incorporated into production lot 17.

Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM-ER can be used in all weather conditions. The stealthy 2,000-pound cruise missile employs an infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam GPS receiver to dial into specific points on high-value, well-fortified, fixed and relocatable targets. The B-1B carries JASSM-ER. Integration on other aircraft platforms is ongoing. More than 2,150 JASSM and JASSM-ER missiles have been delivered.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Rohde & Schwarz equip German forces with state-of-the-art radio systems

MUNICH July 11, 2017 The Munich-based electronics company Rohde & Schwarz has been awarded a contract from the German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) to equip initially 50 command vehicles with the joint radio system of the German Armed Forces, also known as SVFuA. This is an advance measure in the "Mobile Tactical Communications" (MoTaKo) program for digitizing tactical communications within the German Armed Forces.

Following many years of joint development, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a contract with Rohde & Schwarz for the procurement of the SVFuA. SVFuA operates on the principle of the software defined radio (SDR) and offers secure, trustworthy communications up to the classification level SECRET. Rohde & Schwarz drew on its in-house cryptology development as a key national technology. Initially, 50 command vehicles - PUMA infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and BOXER armored transport vehicles (ATV) - will be equipped. Rohde & Schwarz will produce and deliver the first installment of the overall SVFuA system by 2020. The contract's framework agreement allows the Federal Armed Forces to order additional SVFuA systems within a seven-year timeframe.

Harald Stein, President of BAAINBw: "Equipping the first PUMA and BOXER command vehicles with SVFuA is an important first step toward MoTaKo. We are pleased that with Rohde & Schwarz we have found a technologically-leading partner for this key modernization project."

In 2009, Rohde & Schwarz was given responsibility for the overall design and the overall system as well as for developing a prototype base unit and proving that it could be series produced. In 2016, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) confirmed that the requirements for certification at the classification level SECRET had been met. Certification in line with the internationally recognized Software Communications Architecture (SCA) standard for SDR radio systems was a prerequisite for customer acceptance. Since the radio system was developed in line with the SCA standard, it is possible to port current and future national and international waveforms onto the radio system as long as these waveforms also meet the requirements set out in the SCA standard.

The SVFuA gives the German Armed Forces all the tools needed to create and especially protect information superiority. It also ensures interfaces with allies during joint missions and for collective defense. Hartmut Jäschke, Senior Vice President Market Segment Secure Communications Sales and Projects at Rohde & Schwarz, explains: "With the SVFuA system, the German Armed Forces lays the foundation for state-of-the-art, future-ready tactical communications. As a trusted German partner, Rohde & Schwarz fulfills all the customer's requirements for a scalable, reconfigurable, and future-proof overall system. The company has demonstrated the implementation of current third-party waveforms on the software defined radio while preserving intellectual property rights, satisfying today's requirements for interoperability with partners."

With the acquisition of the SVFuA, the German Armed Forces is taking the first step in modernizing its tactical communications within the framework of the MoTaKo program. To support these projects over the long-term, Rohde & Schwarz decided to set up a joint venture with Rheinmetall AG for the purpose of submitting a tender as a general contractor. Both German companies offer a broad portfolio of trustworthy technology and years of experience in complex undertakings.

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