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U.S. NAVY AWARDS F-35 RF COUNTERMEASURES SUPPORT CONTRACT
Thursday, April 2, 2020
WASHINGTON -- BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems is awarded $77.4 million for a modification (P00002) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-19-C-0001 to procure 1,464 radio frequency countermeasures as well as the maintenance and repair of multi-function test stations in support of the F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

Work is expected to be complete by September 2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $10.7 million; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $7.8 million; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $21.3 million; fiscal 2020 procurement ammunition (Navy and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $15.2 million; and FMS funds in the amount of $22.2 million will be obligated at time of award.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Source:  http://www.defenselink.mil

 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN AWARDED $64M TO SUPPORT U.S. NAVY BAMS-D SURVEILLANCE UAV
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Systems of San Diego, Calif., a $64.3 million modification (#P00011) to a previously-awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1009) to exercise options for operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator (BAMS-D) Program, including logistics and sustaining engineering support. The BAMS-D is a surveillance UAV technology demonstrator, based on the RQ-4, carrying a number of long-range radar and electro-optical sensors to perform C4ISR operations. This contract is believed to cover the platform and its sensors, such as the ZPY-3 MFAS radar.

The contracted work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70%), Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (5%), and at forward operating locations (25%), and is expected to be complete by June 2021.

The Navy is obligating $59.5 million of the modification in Fiscal Year 2020 Operations and Maintenance 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 at Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense

 
ROHDE & SCHWARZ INTEGRATES FAST TIME DOMAIN SCAN AND MULTI CISPR ADP ON ESW EMI TEST EQUIPMENT
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
MUNICH -- Rohde & Schwarz has integrated a fast time domain scan as standard in its R&S ESW EMI test receiver. It works with double bandwidth to increase measuring speed. Also new, is the R&S EWS-K58 multi CISPR ADP option. This shows the effects of interference on digital communication systems precisely. The option accelerates CISPR 11 tests on microwave ovens and could prevail for other product tests in the future.

The R&S ESW is an EMI test receiver with outstanding RF characteristics for the measuring range from 1 Hz to 44 GHz. With its high dynamic range and measurement accuracy, it meets high requirements in EMI compliance testing and fulfills the most stringent requirements for all relevant EMI standards such as CISPR, EN, MIL STD-461, DO 160, and FCC.

With the conventional integrated FFT based time domain scan the R&S ESW captured and weighted disturbance spectra already very fast. The new fast time domain scan (fast TDS) doubles the scan bandwidth, so the measurement speed is nearly twice as fast as with a conventional time domain scan. This enables previously unattainable fast measurement times for time-consuming tests with the CISPR detectors quasi-peak and CISPR average. TDS is available free with firmware version V1.70 for the R&S ESW.

The R&S ESW-K58 multi CISPR APD measurement option - also new - enhances the single amplitude probability distribution (APD) measurement function into a simultaneous analysis of up to 67 channels within a specified timeframe. The option inspects for each channel of a signal the probability of occurring amplitudes. The option offers numerous analysis and display features, including a 3D view. The current CISPR 11 standard allows multi CISPR APD for testing microwave ovens, which considerably simplifies the measurement process. When the method is used in line with the standard for signals with 1 MHz bandwidth, with the R&S ESW can be measured simultaneously up to 20 channels. Thus, the EMI test receiver surpasses by far the standard requirement of just five channels guaranteeing a safe investment for users. APD analysis precisely shows the effects of interference on digital communication systems (e.g. WLAN or cellular), and in the future it will also be applied to other product standards.

Source:  Rohde & Schwarz

 

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