Navy Taps 4 Firms for $97M R&D IDIQ

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The U.S. Navy has awarded positions on a potential two-year, $96,945,000 contract for research and development services to Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH), CENTRA Technology, ManTech SRS Technologies (NASDAQ: MANT) and Schafer Corp. Awardees will provide technical, programmatic, financial and administrative services for several Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency programs, the Defense Department...

Army Plans Biometrics API Contract Award to Novetta Solutions Subsidiary

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The U.S. Army‘s Mission and Installation Contracting Command-West Point plans to award Novetta Solutions company IBG a sole-source contract to perform research and development work on a biometrics application program interface. MICC-West Point said in a notice posted Nov. 17 on FedBizOpps that the biometric authentication system would support the desktop and mobile Active Authentication...

Leidos to Develop New Ocean Sensors for US Navy; John Fratamico Comments

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Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) has won a nearly $14 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop new deep ocean sensors for the U.S. Navy. The company’s maritime operations division will perform research and development for DARPA’s transformational reliable acoustic path system and produce TRAPS nodes, Leidos said Wednesday. “TRAPS integrates unique Leidos...

DARPA Picks Boeing, Masten, Northrop for Hypersonic Spaceplane Program

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Boeing (NYSE: BA), Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) have been awarded prime contracts to develop a reusable unmanned launch vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA intends to use the vehicle to send small satellites into low-Earth orbit by using expendable upper stages, the agency said Tuesday. The companies will work to build a demonstration vehicle,...

DARPA Tasks Lockheed to Fast-Track $200M Stealth Missiles Project

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Lockheed Martin has been tasked to ready its long-range anti-ship missiles in three years for use onboard Navy and Air Force bombers under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency accelerated acquisition program, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday. John Keller writes the agency has obligated $33 million of the potential $200 million contract for Lockheed to ready the program...

Northrop, DARPA Partner to Build Navigation Sensor Chips; Charles Volk Comments

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency develop an integrated microsystem to help warfighters manage navigation, targeting, guidance and positioning tasks. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with the Army has a $648,000 initial value to Northrop and the potential value is $13.4 million over a 12-month base period with multiple options, Northrop said Thursday. DARPA...

Report: Lockheed’s Skunk Works Aims to Build Payload Carrying Drone

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building an unmanned aerial system for carrying military payloads, vehicles and supplies, Yahoo News Canada reported Friday. Scott Sutherland writes Lockheed’s Skunk Works unit derived the idea for the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System from its Transformer TX program in 2009. The company is building the multi-purpose, vertical take-off and landing UAS for Defense...

BAE, Boeing, IBM to Help Air Force Develop Cooling Technology

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BAE Systems, Boeing (NYSE: BA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) are working with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to integrate electronic cooling systems into embedded computing devices and radio frequency power amplifiers, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Friday. John Keller writes the AFRL gave 30-month contracts to BAE and Boeing, with BAE awarded $2.4 million and Boeing for $2.1 million. IBM...

DARPA Adds University to Spectrum Sharing Program Which Already Includes Lockheed, SAIC

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The Michigan Technological University has won a $681,050 contract under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s program to build a radio frequency spectrum sharing technology for military and commercial usage, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Wednesday. John Keller writes Michigan Tech researchers will work to consolidate spectrum resource manager technology and to integrate...

DARPA Picks 5 Contractors to Develop Long-Range Drone for Small Ships

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Five companies have won contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help design unmanned aircraft that can launch from small ships, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Sunday. John Keller writes the agency’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program envisions smaller vessels as mobile launch and recovery platforms for medium-altitude long-endurance drones. DARPA...