Harris Receives $10 Million For Radios

Harris Corporation (www.harris.com) has received a $10 million order to provide RF-310M-HH multiband handheld software-defined radios (SDRs) to a central Asian nation in support of interoperable secure communications with coalition partners. The radios, certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) as compatible with their new Suite B encryption algorithms, can achieve SECRET-level classification. The radios are also interoperable with other Harris tactical radios, including its Falcon III® AN/PRC152(C) handheld radios and Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack models.

According to Andy Start, President of Harris RF Com-munications’ International Business Unit, “As coalitions work together to establish safety and security, one of the biggest obstacles is common interoperable secure communications. The RF-310M-HH addresses that need. Coalition forces benefit from improved coordination, easier mission planning, and reduced instances of friendly fire.” The radios cover the full 30-to-512-MHz range with optional 762-to-870-MHz coverage. It uses the Sierra IIB programmable encryption module, certified by the NSA in June 2009. The RF-310M-HH is also capable of hosting the APCO P25 waveform. The waveform provides interoperability with radios used by police and emergency response organizations, allowing the RF-310M-HH to span the gap between tactical and public safety networks.

US Army’s CAC Contracts L-3 MPRI

Training and education are two of the strengths of L3-MPRI (www.mpri.com), and two of the reasons why it has been selected once more as an awardee for the US Army’s Combined Arms Center (CAC) Fort Leavenworth Support Services contract. MPRI will provide services in 18 functional areas, including for leadership development and education, individual and collective training, the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), and the Mission Command Center of Excellence. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a potential value of $260 million over five years, if all options are exercised.

“L-3 MPRI has over 20 years of experience in supporting the Army and Joint Services with mission-critical training,” notes Doug Fouser, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of L-3 MPRI’s National Group. “We are proud to continue working with the Army and Joint Services and are well-positioned to support the CAC in institutionalizing the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) campaign of learning.”

Curtiss-Wright Picked For RAST Systems

Curtiss-Wright Corp. (www.curtisswright.com) has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract from the US Naval Air Systems Command to manufacture ship-borne, helicopter-based Recovery Assist, Secure, and Traverse (RAST) systems in support of the DDG 51 Flight IIA forward-build program. The contract includes initial authorization for one RAST system with options for follow-on systems. The work will be performed by INDAL Technologies, a business unit of Curtiss-Wright’s Flow Control segment, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The first delivery is scheduled for December 2012. Says Martin R. Benante, CEO and Chairman of Curtiss-Wright Corp., “We are very pleased to continue our support of this important ship program for the US Navy. The RAST system demonstrates our engineering expertise in providing advanced performance, innovative equipment designs, and increased operational efficiency.”

The RAST system integrates all functions needed to safely operate and stow large helicopters on a ship, including safe launch and recovery. It is designed to assist in manuevering these aircraft even in challenging weather and sea conditions. Curtiss-Wright has delivered more than 200 of its integrated aircraft handling systems to navies around the world.

Lockheed Martin To Demonstrate LRASM

Lockheed Martin (www.lockheedmartin.com) has received a pair of contracts totalling $218 million from DARPA for the Demonstration Phase of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program. The program involves the development and demonstration of two versions of the LRASM missile, the LRASM-A air-launched variation and the LRASM-B ship-launched missile. Lockheed Martin’s LRASM-A team received a $60.3 million cost plus fixed fee contract to execute two air-launched demonstrations, while its LRASM-B team received a $157.7 million cost plus fixed-fee contract to complete four Vertical Launch System (VLS) demonstrations for applicability to US Naval applications.

According to Rick Edwards, Vice-President of Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, “Both of our LRASM solutions will deliver extraordinary range, willful penetration of ship self-defense systems, and precise lethality in denied combat environments. The maturity of these weapons and technologies allows near term transition to Navy magazines at an affordable price.”