Army, Joint Combatant Commands, Raytheon

Video – Raytheon's First Person Shooter

http://www.youtube.com/v/QfyxJvGG4Jg&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0

A (poorly recorded) video of Raytheon’s demonstration at AUSA of the company’s Counter IED trainer — a full-immersion simulation that the company has developed for squad-level training of troops in a highly realistic, 3-D environment that physically stresses them in similar ways to actual patrols.

Sorry for the quality — this was recorded on an iPod Nano.

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Army, Joint Combatant Commands, Raytheon

Video – Raytheon’s First Person Shooter

A (poorly recorded) video of Raytheon’s demonstration at AUSA of the company’s Counter IED trainer — a full-immersion simulation that the company has developed for squad-level training of troops in a highly realistic, 3-D environment that physically stresses them in similar ways to actual patrols.

Sorry for the quality — this was recorded on an iPod Nano.

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Contractors & Vendors, Raytheon

Navy contracts for electro-optical targeting for helicopters, voice comms for Aegis

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $44,289,514 firm-fixed-price job order for 62 each U.S. Navy H-60 helicopter configuration multi-spectral targeting units (MTSs). The MTSs will be installed on U.S. Navy UH-60R and UH-60S models to enhance their sensor capabilities. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed by November 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The job order was awarded on a sole source basis. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Ind. is the contracting activity (N00164-06-G-8555).

DRS Systems, Inc., Parsippany, N.J., is being awarded a $13,818,940 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, performance-based contractfor a modernized integrated voice communications system for AEGIS cruisers and destroyers. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $59,161,146. Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pa., and is expected to be completed by September 2010. If all options are exercised, work could continue until September 2014. Contractfunds willnot expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract wascompetitively procured by full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, and threeoffers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is the contracting activity (N65236-09-D-5190).

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Navy, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, weapons systems

This Just In–Sidewinder now can be launched from sub.

“U.S. company Northrop Grumman says it has demonstrated a successful launch of a Raytheon AIM-9X air-to-air test missile from a submerged Tomahawk Capsule Launching System. The successful test, part of the Littoral Warfare Weapon project, marks a milestone for a payload not designed for an undersea environment.”

via AIM-9X missile launched from under water – UPI.com.

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Air Force, Raytheon, weapons systems

Raytheon starts testing smarter Maverick missile

Today’s “things that go boom”  entry: Raytheon announced today that the company has begun testing a new model of the Maverick standoff attack missile for the Air Force designed for greater precision against targets in urban environments and on the move.

The new version, the AGM-65E2, is a semi-active laser guided weapon that  locks onto a target “painted” by a laser directed from the launching aircraft.  Based on the AGM-65E originally developed for the Marine Corps, which can follow a laser spot from the aircraft or a forward observer or other aircraft, the 65E2 will be less apt to be confused by movement of targets, and by clutter in a built-up area, making it less likely that it will hit the wrong target or cause “collateral damage”.

“The newest variant of the laser-guided Maverick is perfectly suited for urban combat and high-speed maneuvering targets,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Air Warfare Systems. “Because of its accuracy and standoff range, the U.S. warfighter and our international partners can use this weapon against a variety of targets.”

Raytheon’s release at:  Raytheon Starts Developmental Testing of Upgraded Laser-Guided Maverick Missile – Sep 14, 2009.

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Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Sensors, Space, tech

C4ISR Contract Watch-Argon to develop C4ISR architecture for Navy aircraft, and others

The Navy, through the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, has awarded Argon ST, Inc., of Fairfax, Va.,  a $49,694,736 cost-plus-fixed-fee research, development and analysis contract to produce a C4ISR system architecture to network optical/infrared, radar, sonar, signal exploitation, and other sensor systems for U.S. Navy aircraft and unmanned air vehicles. The project is expected to be complete by September 2012.Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va. (80 percent) and Ventura, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2012.  This sounds like an airborne companion to the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS, or “D-sigs”).

Raytheon is getting a $22.5 million contract modification to continue its software development and verification for the Zumwalt Class destroyer program. “The purpose of this effort is to allow Raytheon to continuously provide Mission Systems Equipment (MSE) software development for the Zumwalt Class Destroyer Program”, the DOD release said.

The Naval Air Systems Command has also ordered 30 acoustic receiver “tech refresh” retrofit kits from  Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va.,  for $17.53 million. These are part of the Navy’s ongoing P-3C Update III program, putting advanced signal processing systems into the P3 for handling data from sonobouys.

Rolls Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded an $11,105,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0020) to procure three C-130J AE2100D3 turboprop engines for the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C., and is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

The Air Force’s SMC awarded Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company a $22 million contract for “advance procurement of long-lead parts” for Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite Vehicle 4.  Three full AEHF satellites have been ordered thus far, at an estimated cost of $583 million per satellite; the satellite constellation, when it is in place, will provide communications at of data rates from 75 bps to approximately 8 Mbps.

The Air Force has awarded a $9.9 million contract to Boeing to  transition manufacturing technology developed under the Non-Autoclave Manufacturing Technology Program, a DARPA/Boeing joint effort to create new methods for creating composite materials, to a viable manufacturing process. The original DARPA description of the program: “The technology development will focus on establishing robust materials and out-of-autoclave processes for fabrication of full-size aerospace structural components with the same performance as autoclave-process materials. The developments in this program will enable the use of the same materials and processes for both development and production, mitigating risks frequently realized in program life cycles at maturation to production. Polymer composite parts can be manufactured in low volume production at 75 percent of the cost of the autoclaved components.” Polymer composites are used for aircraft components because of their light weight and relative strength.

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Navy, Raytheon, weapons systems

U.S. Navy Awards Raytheon $93 Million Contract for Standard Missile-6

Raytheon has announced that it has won a $93 million contract,  the first of several planned low rate initial production (LRIP) contracts to build Standard Missile-6 systems for the U.S. Navy.  The contract includes the production of missiles and delivery of spare parts andmissile containers, with delivery early in 2011.

The SM-6 is the latest in a long line of anti-aircraft missiles Raytheon has made for the Navy, and cousin to the RIM-161 SM-3, used by the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.   SM-6 is intended for lower-flying threats, at long range, using an active seeker system (its own radar) to attack targets over the horizon.  SM-6 can also use a semi-active mode, relying partially on targeting from a target “painted” by fire control radar.

“Standard Missile-6 has been on budget and on schedule since the program started in 2004,” said Frank Wyatt, vice president of Raytheon’s Naval Weapon Systems. “LRIP clears the way for delivery to the warfighter of this integral weapon system.”

“When combined with future integrated fire control, SM-6 will provide the U.S. Navy with an extended battlespace capability against over-the-horizon AAW threats,” said Wyatt. “By taking full advantage of the Standard Missile family’s kinematics, SM-6 provides signal processing and superior guidance and control capabilities.”

via U.S. Navy Awards Raytheon $93 Million Contract for Standard Missile-6 – Sep 09, 2009.

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