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LOCKHEED MARTIN TO DEVELOP MULTI-MODAL SENSOR FUSION FOR DEGRADED VISUAL ENVIRONMENTS FOR U.S. ARMY
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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An MMSF Infographic from Lockheed Martin

Source: Lockheed Martin


An MMSF Infographic from Lockheed Martin

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Lockheed Martin received a $12 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF) testbed for rotary-wing aircraft.

Under the Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), the company is developing sensor fusion and integration technologies that enhance rotary-wing aircraft survivability and enable pilots to navigate safely in all environments, even when GPS is unavailable. The MMSF algorithms blend data from multiple sensor types to restore a pilot's situational awareness in degraded visual environments (DVEs).

"Current Lockheed Martin fire control systems enable pilots to own the night," said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/SOF CLSS at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our next-generation MMSF technology will help them own the environment as well. Our work with NVESD and other DVE stakeholders will enable helicopter aircrews to operate more safely and effectively in even the most challenging visual environments."

During the 40-month effort, Lockheed Martin engineers will integrate government-furnished sensors in a reconfigurable, open-architecture testbed that supports the development of DVE systems for rotary-wing aircraft. Other activities include refining multi-modal fusion techniques and real-time 3-D mapping, and implementing symbols and cues for pilot sensor displays.

MMSF blends sensor data to generate real-time 3-D terrain maps of the area around the aircraft-maps that can identify and highlight obstacles to improve situational awareness for pilots, mission commanders and other platforms. Potential recipients of such capabilities include existing Army helicopters and Future Vertical Lift solutions.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Source Date: October 17, 2017
Posted: 10/17/2017

 
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN WINS $15.2M MOD FROM U.S. NAVY TO INTEGRATE ZPY-8 RADAR ON MQ-8C FIRE SCOUT UAV
Monday, October 16, 2017
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The ZPY-8 Radar Will Be Integrated on the MQ-8C Fire Scout

Source: US Navy


The ZPY-8 Radar Will Be Integrated on the MQ-8C Fire Scout

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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Systems of San Diego, Calif., a $15.2 million modification (#P00004) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0036) for the integration of the original equipment manufacturer ZPY-8 radar into the MQ-8C Fire Scout. This modification includes the initial radar A-kit installations into the MQ-8C Fire Scout and additional non-recurring engineering.

The contract work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (54.28 percent), Ozark, Ala. (36.64 percent), San Diego, Calif. (7.48 percent), Edinburgh, U.K. (1.57 percent), and Santa Clarita, Calif. (.03 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020.

The Navy has obligated $1.3 million in Fiscal Year 2017 Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation funds at the time of the award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: 10/17/2017

 
 
HARRIS AWARDED $133 MILLION US NAVY AND AUSTRALIAN F/A-18 ELECTRONIC WARFARE CONTRACT
Monday, October 16, 2017
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ALQ-214(V)4/5

Source: Exelis


ALQ-214(V)4/5

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MELBOURNE, Fla. - Harris Corp. has received a $133 million contract to supply electronic jammers to protect U.S. Navy and Australian F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The contract was awarded during the first quarter of Harris' fiscal 2018.

Under the contract, Harris will manufacture and deliver ALQ-214(V)4/5 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammers for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants. The ALQ-214(V)4/5 is the key onboard electronic warfare jamming system for the IDECM program and protects the aircraft from sophisticated electronic threats, including modern integrated air defense systems.

Deliveries to the U.S. Navy and to Australia through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program are expected to be complete by May 2020.

Source:  Harris
Associated URL: harris.com
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: 10/17/2017

 

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