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U.S. NANY SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NORTHROP GRUMMAN TPS-80 G/ATOR LRIP RADAR
Thursday, August 3, 2017
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TPS-80 G/ATOR Testing

Source: U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl. Summer Dowding


TPS-80 G/ATOR Testing

Source: U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl. Summer Dowding


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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The Navy's Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) supported live developmental testing of the U.S. Marine Corps Northrop Grumman TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) Block 1 capability from April 10 to June 21.

More than 70 test personnel and Marines evaluated the lightweight, highly mobile, and rapidly deployable Marine Corps Aviation Combat Element asset (TPS-80 G/ATOR AN to ensure it met the G/ATOR Block 1 (GB1) capability requirements, which include short- and medium-range target detection requirements for unmanned aerial systems, cruise missiles and air breathing targets.

"I'm very pleased that SCSC was able to be a part of this extremely important and successful military testing," said Navy Commander Jeffrey Lock, commanding officer, Surface Combat Systems Center.

The system will provide Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commanders with a highly reliable and maintainable battlespace sensor designed to alert the force of short-to-medium-range threats by complementing the AN/TPS-59(V)3 long range radar. G/ATOR's flexibility and multi-role capability, provided in follow-on blocks, will provide the MAGTF commanders with the ability to increase coverage of the assigned air defense sectors that adjoin maritime air defense and contiguous surveillance areas, reducing vulnerability gaps in the landward sector for naval forces operating in the world's littoral regions.

The unit tested was the first G/ATOR low-rate initial production (LRIP) system delivered to the USMC in February. Testing of G/ATOR GB1 during DT1C focused on validating the LRIP requirements in order to support a limited early fielding decision. This first portion of DT1C testing occurred at SCSC, Wallops Island, with follow-on testing scheduled to take place at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point and MCAS Yuma.

The testing at SCSC, Wallops Island focused on radar performance and combat identification with live and simulated flights and interoperability with the Composite Tracking Network and Cooperative Engagement Capability Systems in an operationally realistic littoral environment. Testing was deemed successful with follow-on testing expected to take place in late fiscal year 2018.

"The entire event was well planned and was conducted in a safe and successful manner. All objectives were well defined and valuable data was collected. SCSC looks forward to supporting more of these types of test events in the future," said Nathan Struss, SCSC operations and planning specialist.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Source Date: August 3, 2017
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
RAYTHEON'S SPY-6 AMDR RADAR SUCCESSFULLY PASSES SECOND BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE TEST
Thursday, August 3, 2017
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A SPY-6 AMDR Test Installation

Source: Raytheon


A SPY-6 AMDR Test Installation

Source: Raytheon


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PACIFIC MISSLE RANGE, KAUAI, Hawaii - The U.S. Navy successfully conducted another Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) flight test with the SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii, July 27.

At 2:05 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time (8:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. SPY-6 AMDR searched for, detected and maintained track on the target throughout its trajectory. The flight test, designated Vigilant Titan, is the second in a series of ballistic missile defense flight tests for the SPY-6 AMDR. "We are continuing to stress this radar by increasing the range and complexity of the targets and demonstrating the awesome capability and versatility of the Navy's next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defense radar." said Navy Capt. Seiko Okano, major program manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS). "AN/SPY-6 is the nation's most advanced radar and will be the cornerstone of the U.S. Navy's surface combatants for many decades."

Based on preliminary data, the test successfully met its primary objectives against a complex medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) target. Program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

The culmination of over a decade of Navy investment in advanced radar technology, SPY-6 AMDR is being designed for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyer to provide the U.S. Navy with state-of-the-art technology for integrated air and missile defense.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Source Date: August 3, 2017
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
GAO ISSUES UPDATE ON AIR FORCE NC3 OVERSIGHT EFFORT AND SELECTED ACQUISITION PROGRAMS
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Examples of NC3 elements

Source: US Air Force


Examples of NC3 elements

Source: US Air Force


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WASHINGTON - The Air Force has continued to take steps to provide an Air Force-wide nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) oversight structure for the NC3 Weapon System, but its focus has mainly been on sustaining the current system as it added personnel for this new structure. According to Air Force officials, the Air Force has built up its understanding of the short-term sustainment needs for the component systems that currently make up the NC3 Weapon System, but has not had the resources to focus on the long-term needs for NC3.

Each of the eight NC3 acquisition programs GAO reviewed has made progress towards meeting its acquisition goals, but most have challenges remaining. For example, four programs have compressed schedules that could result in delays if any issues develop during development, production, or installation of the communication terminals. In addition, two programs with draft schedules plan to proceed into development without benefiting from a key systems engineering event that would help to ensure the requirements are feasible and affordable before development contracts are awarded. NC3 program executive office officials stated that they plan to review the acquisition strategies and adjust them as appropriate before the acquisition approaches are finalized.

NC3 is a large and complex system comprised of numerous land-, air-, sea-, and space-based components used to ensure connectivity between the President and nuclear forces. The Department of Defense (DoD) is executing several acquisition efforts to modernize elements of NC3. In addition, the Air Force, which is responsible for the majority of DoD NC3 assets, has begun establishing an oversight structure for its NC3 capabilities and programs.

Since 2013, GAO has issued several products related to reviews of NC3, as well as provided classified briefings to congressional defense committees. Most recently, in June 2015, GAO issued a report on several NC3 modernization efforts, and in January 2017, GAO issued a classified report on briefings provided in May and June 2016 regarding the Air Force's efforts to establish its new NC3 oversight structure and on the status of several NC3 modernization efforts.

The Senate Armed Services Committee report accompanying a bill for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 included a provision for us to update prior reviews of NC3. This is the second phase of work in response to that provision. GAO provided in-depth, classified briefings to congressional defense committee staff on the results of this phase in May and June 2017, which expanded on findings in the January 2017 report. This report is an unclassified summary of the classified briefings, which discussed (1) the extent to which the Air Force has made progress in establishing a new oversight structure for its NC3 capabilities and programs and (2) an updated status of several ongoing acquisition programs, selected because they were either the largest efforts in terms of estimated cost, or they address critical NC3 capabilities.

To understand the Air Force's NC3 oversight structure, GAO reviewed Air Force assessments and planning documents and discussed the plans with cognizant officials. To understand and assess the acquisition progress and remaining challenges for each acquisition program, GAO reviewed relevant acquisition and management documents, including the most recent program updates, and identified acquisition risks where the programs' ongoing and planned efforts are not consistent with acquisition best practices. GAO discussed the status of each program with officials from the relevant program offices.

GAO is not making any recommendations in this report. It provided a draft of this product to DoD for comment. The department responded that it had no formal comments.

Source:  US Government Accountability Office
Associated URL: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-641R
Source Date: August 15, 2017
Posted: 08/17/2017

 

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