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Lockheed Martin has demonstrated
that its Squad Mission Support System
(SMSS) autonomous vehicle is capable of
conducting a variety of surveillance and
other missions using beyond line-of-sight
communications via satellite, company
o cials said.
In a recent demonstration at Camp
Grayling, Mich., the SMSS was out tted
with a Gyrocam 9M Tactical Surveillance
Sensor and thermal video, and General
Dynamics SATCOM Technologies SAT-
COM-On-the-Move system to carry out
the surveillance missions while being oper-
ated via satellite by personnel at the Army s
Tank Automotive Research, Development
and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich.
FIRE SCOUT MQ-8C
Northrop Grumman has received the rst
protective cage that it will use on the MQ-
8C variant of its Fire Scout unmanned he-
licopter to furnish improved protection for
the aircra s critical electronic components
from strong electric elds and electromag-
netic waves, company o cials said.
e company, which selected Summit
Aviation to supply the enclosure known
as a "Faraday cage," is under contract with
the Navy to provide 28 new MQ-8C En-
durance Upgrade Fire Scouts that will be
built using a modi ed Bell 407 helicopter.
Alion Science and Technology has won
a $1.5 million task-order agreement to
assist the Defense Department in the
development of a sustainable spectrum
strategy, company o cials said.
e company will help the DOD cra a
long-term strategy that will address ways
it can anticipate, guide and respond to
changes in technology, policy and regula-
tion so that the department can ensure
spectrum access for all of its existing and
future communications systems.
ViaSat has won a $34 million contract
from the Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command to deliver a crypto-
graphic module to be integrated into a
variety of Multifunctional Information
Distribution System Low-Volume Ter-
minal (MIDS LTV) hardware variants as
part of the Block Upgrade 2, company
o cials said.
e company also will produce 10,000
logical cryptographic modules for retro t
of all MIDS-LVT hardware in service at
the conclusion of the development.
Boeing has completed successful testing
of the so ware quali cations and systems
integration for the Air Force s Family of
Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal
(FAB-T) program, which was established to
furnish protected wideband satellite com-
munications among ground and airborne
terminals for the command and control of
U.S. nuclear forces, company o cials said.
e company s team also has demon-
strated FAB-T s integration with the Ad-
vanced Extremely High Frequency and
Milstar mission-control subsystem, which
commands both satellite constellations,
the company said.
ITT Exelis has won a $3.2 million
follow-on contract from the Air Force
Research Laboratory to furnish up-
graded satellite remote sensors for space
weather systems, company o cials said.
Under the contract, ITT Exelis will
supply additional sensors, simulators
and the ground support equipment
required for future payload integration
activities on the project.
Raytheon Technical Services has won a
contract award worth $3.5 million for the
engineering and manufacturing develop-
ment of Common Helmet-Mounted Dis-
play systems for the Army s Air Soldier
Program, company o cials said.
Raytheon, which is teamed with
ales Visionix on the project, will
perform systems engineering and adapt
ales Visionix s Scorpion helmet-
mounted display for installation on the
HGU-56/P helmet used in Army heli-
LGS Innovations has won a $49 million
contract to upgrade the U.S. Army s Main
Communications Facility (MCF) in
southwest Asia, company o cials said.
e company will execute a critical
cutover of transmission circuits, and also
design, develop and install a virtualized
infrastructure to accommodate the mi-
gration of servers and their applications
from existing facilities to the MCF. ■
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