LGS Innovations Helps Army’s MCF
LGS Innovations has been awarded a contract worth slightly more than $49 million to upgrade the US Army’s Main Communications Facility (MCF) in Southwest Asia. LGS, an independent subsidiary of Alcatel- Lucent, was selected as the exclusive contractor to engineer, furnish, install, test, and secure the Army’s extensive network, transmission, and voice infrastructure in Southwest Asia. This work falls under the umbrella of the Army’s Infrastructure Modernization (IMOD) initiative. The company has also been tasked to execute a critical cutover of transmission circuits, as well as to design, develop, furnish, and install a virtualized infrastructure to accommodate the migration of servers and their applications from existing facilities to the MCF. The MCF, designed as a state-ofthe- art commercial communications operations center, will serve as the central information systems hub for the region.
LGS Innovations Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kelly explains: “LGS deploys the most advanced, state-ofthe- art communications technologies available to both defense and civilian organizations. This opportunity to upgrade and modernize such a mission critical piece of infrastructure for the US Army will not only support our military and warfighters abroad, but will also help the Federal Government to continue to provide for homeland security and overcome future overseas communications challenges.”
Wyle Assists Naval Air Systems Command
Wyle has been awarded a three-year, $24 million contract to provide unmanned air systems support to the US Naval Air Systems Command. The contract provides reliability improvement, testing, technology insertion, and lifecycle analysis for unmanned air systems and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance projects and programs. Personnel from Wyle will help cost-effectively develop and refine processes and equipment to increase the reliability, maintainability, sustainability, quality, and interoperability of the Naval Air Systems Command’s systems. Reducing life-cycle costs while implementing new or updated technologies is an important part of the contract. As Wyle Program Manager Rocky Rauch notes: “We are pleased that Wyle has been awarded this contract, following our successful execution of unmanned aerial system projects ...under a related contract over the past two years.”
Work on the contract is being performed primarily at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. The task order was issued under the Defense Technical Information Center’s Reliability Information Analysis Center contract. As part of the contract, Wyle is performing acquisition planning; system interoperability assessments; integrated reliability test planning and management; affordability and life cycle cost analysis; logistics management; and various management tasks associated with the data collection and testing of electrical, mechanical, and avionics systems.
TCS Recruited For Marines’ WPPL Systems
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) has been awarded $16.1 million in incremental funding for communications support to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The award is for deployed engineering services for the USMC’s Wireless Point to Point Link (WPPL) systems. These services, which apply to both satellite communications (satcom) and terrestrial wireless communications systems, will aid USMC vital operations in technical control facilities and data/security centers along with tactical USMC systems. The communications support procurement is being managed by the US Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PMWIN- T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program—part of the US Army’s $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.
According to Michael Bristol, Senior Vice President and General Manager of TCS Government Solutions, “While it’s imperative that the USMC has secure, reliable, and easily deployable communications equipment, that’s only half the battle. They also need the expertise backing that equipment, and that’s where TCS’ knowledgeable and reliable Deployed Engineering Services personnel come in.” The WPPL systems provide secure point-to-point and point-to-multipoint; line-of-sight; and non-line-of-sight transmission of voice, video, and data communications as a lowcost alternative to more expensive beyond-line-of-sight satcom approaches.