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FIFTH MUOS SATELLITE NOW DELIVERING UHF COMMUNICATIONS
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Artist's rendition of a MUOS satellite

Source: Lockheed Martin


Artist's rendition of a MUOS satellite

Source: Lockheed Martin


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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The fifth Lockheed Martin (NYSE-LMT)-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios.

The U.S. Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command, configured one of MUOS-5's two communications payloads - its legacy UHF payload - to provide additional support for the Navy's legacy UHF satellite communications mission. Today, narrowband UHF communications is used by every Combatant Command in aircraft, ships, submarines, ground vehicles, as well as by troops in the field and special operations.

Eventually, legacy narrowband UHF communications will transition to next generation Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) capabilities provided by MUOS. To facilitate that transition, MUOS was intentionally designed with two communications payloads.

Despite setbacks caused by aggressive scheduling early in program development as well as technical issues, five MUOS satellites have been launched. The first MUOS satellite (originally scheduled to launch in July 2011) lifted off in February 2012 and entered service later that year. MUOS-2 followed in July 2013. A welding issue with the third satellite caused further delays, but it was finally launched on January 20, 2015. The fourth satellite launched in September 2015, followed by the fifth satellite in June 2016.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-04-24-U-S-Navys-Fifth-Lockheed-Martin-Built-
Source Date: April 26, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 04/26/2017

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED F-35 BLOCK 3F ORDER MOD
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Source: U.S. Air Force


Source: U.S. Air Force


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PENTAGON - Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $109,563,735 modification to cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 5503 issued previously against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of 567 modification kits for offboard system hardware and turnaround assets, and also recurring labor for the completion of hardware and software upgrades in support of the F-35 Lighting III Block 3F upgrade for Air Force ($62,663,062; 57.19 percent); Marine Corps ($43,453,490; 39.67 percent); Navy $3,060,885; 2.79 percent); and international partners ($386,297; 0.35 percent).

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (41 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (12 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (12 percent); San Diego, California (12 percent); Owego, New York (12 percent); Orlando, Florida (7 percent); and Evendale, Ohio (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps); fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps and Navy); fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force); and international partner funds in the amount of $109,563,735 are being obligated at time of award, $101,788,101 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

F-35 modification budget allocations more than double in both 2017 and 2018 and may level out in following fiscal years. With a total worldwide inventory of 368 active and on-order aircraft, the United States Air Force has the largest share with 94, followed by the United States Marines with 53 aircraft, and the South Korean Air Force with 40 on order aircraft.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1162544/
Source Date: April 25, 2017
Posted: 04/26/2017

 
 
U.S. NAVY AWARDS LARGE AIRCRAFT INFRARED COUNTERMEASURES CONTRACT
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Close-up of U.S. Navy LAIRCM

Source: U.S. Naval Air Systems Command


Close-up of U.S. Navy LAIRCM

Source: U.S. Naval Air Systems Command


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WASHINGTON - Northrop Grumman Systems is being awarded $99.5 million for modification P00002 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0026) to exercise an option for procurement of hardware and technical support to integrate the Department of Navy Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (DoN LAIRCM) on combat aircraft for the Navy and Air Force. Hardware for this procurement includes weapon replaceable assemblies and support equipment, 302 advanced threat warning sensors, 41 control indicator units, 41 - 2103 signal processors, 82 guardian laser transmitter assemblies (GLTA), 82 GLTA shipping containers, 16 multi-role electro-optical end-to-end test sets, and 14 smart connector assemblies.

Work is expected to be completed in April 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Source:  http://www.defenselink.mil
Source Date: April 26, 2017
Posted: 04/26/2017

 

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