Air Force Wants ‘Sense and Avoid’ UAV Tech

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The U.S. Air Force is looking to add a common-airborne sense and avoid technology into unmanned aerial vehicles that are used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Proposed technologies are being mandated to fulfill Federal Aviation Administration requirements and be able to help vehicles perform integrated flight within the National Airspace System, the service said in a Sept....

MITRE, AF Assist Afghanistan in Air Traffic Control Upgrade

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MITRE and the U.S. Air Force are collaborating to update Afghanistan’s air traffic control system and help the landlocked nation implement reduced vertical separation minimum standards. The upgrades are expected to generate fuel savings, increase flight times and reduce workloads for air traffic controllers, according to a MITRE statement. “RVSM condenses the vertical area between aircraft...

Harris Receives Delivery Order for Multiband Manpack Radios

Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has received a million order for additional Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radios from the U.S. Air Force. The order was made in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 and follows several previous orders from the Air Force. The company reports more than 16,000 of the radios are deployed by all branches of the Defense Department, other federal agencies and several key allies. “The...

L-3 to Support F-16 TS at 33 Worldwide Locations on $470M Award

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) has won a maximum 9,560,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contract  from the U.S. Air Force to provide aircrew and maintenance for the F-16 training system. The company will provide services at 33 locations in the U.S., Greece, Jordan, Bahrain and the Pacific. Funding also covers training systems support at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. L-3 will provide contractor...

Northrop Receives Three Task Orders for A-10 Thunderbolt

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded three task orders by the U.S. Air Force for the company’s A-10 Thunderbolt life-cycle program support on an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. The company will identify risk factors and develop maintenance strategies for selected systems and subsystems under the $4.9 million reliability centered maintenance task order. “Northrop...

Alion to Provide Radio Frequency Analysis for Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $5.4 million contract to analyze the feasibility of relocating to alternative radio frequency bands. Alion will judge the effects of planned and proposed spectrum relocation changes on Air Force weapons programs by providing management, analysis and RF spectrum modeling and development. “The most important factor in this work is to...

BAE Systems Wins $23 Million Contract to Design Computers for C-130 Aircraft

BAE Systems has won a U.S. Air Force contract to design and test mission computers for 37 C-130 aircraft. The $23 million award enlists BAE Systems to develop, qualify and test new computers. The company will also integrate existing software and manufacture kits for final installation. The new mission computers will replace the current versions on about 20 MC-130H variants and 17 AC-130U variants...

Raytheon Wins $570M Air Force Contract for Missiles, Aircraft and Trainers

Raytheon Co.’s (NYSE: RTN) missile systems business has won a 9,021,288 firm-fixed-price U.S. Air Force contract modification  for missiles, vehicles and support services. The company will provide: 234 advanced medium range air-to-air missile air intercept missile-120D all-up-round missiles 101 AIM-120D captive air training missiles 203 AIM-120C7 Foreign Military Sales AURs Four AIM-120D...

Boeing Wins $11M Air Force Weapons System Support Contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) a ,131,261 contract modification to the fixed-price award fee basic C-17 Globemaster III sustainment partnership contract. The award provides funding for the fiscal 2011 C-17 material improvement projects which support repair of safety of flight and other, non-emergency type deficiencies. The C-17 Globemaster III sustainment partnership is designed...

New L-3 Communications Spy Plane to be in Afghanistan by Christmas

Christmas has come early for a few Air Force pilots stationed in Afghanistan. The first of the 24 new Hawker Beechcraft airplanes modified by L-3 Communications will be delivered to Afghanistan by Christmas. These spy planes are equipped to support ground troops with still images, video and surveillance information. The modified planes have high resolution and heat sensing cameras produced by L-3. “The...