The team of ATK and BAE Systems has been awarded a $109 million contract by the US Navy for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS), a next-generation warning system. It is designed to detect laser-based weapon systems such as range finders, illuminators, and beam riders, as well as hostile fire indication (HFI) for small arms, rockets, and other unguided threats. It will interface with the existing AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System.

Mike Kahn, President of ATK Missile Products Group, comments on the ATK-BAE Systems collaboration: “Our collective experience in the design, development, and production of combat-proven aircraft survivability equipment brings together the very best capabilities of our industry to successfully execute and deliver JATAS for our customer.” Adds Bill Kasting, Vice-President and General Manager of ATK Defense Electronics Systems: ”Our team is excited to be selected for the JATAS program, and we look forward to partnering closely with the US Navy to develop an affordable and highly effective, next-generation aircraft survivability system. Our combined team will draw upon many years of proven experience in developing innovative systems to protect military aircraft and aircrew lives.”

Air Force Flies With Rockwell Collins

The US Air Force awarded Rockwell Collins a contract worth more than $160 million to provide systems integration and avionics for the KC-10 Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Cockpit Modernization Program. Rockwell Collins will provide the flight management system, displays, data link communications, and surveillance capabilities. The KC-10 aircraft is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for US Armed Forces. It can simultaneously refuel fighters and carry fighter support personnel and equipment overseas.

According to Dave Nieuwsma, Vice-President and General Manager of Mobility and Rotary Wing Solutions for Rockwell Collins, “This program provides technology that ensures the KC-10 meets current and future CNS/ATM requirements, allowing it to operate in commercial airspace throughout the world. These new capabilities will allow the aircraft to arrive at its destination quicker, enhancing mission effectiveness while saving fuel.”

DARPA Names Raytheon For Networking

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon BBN Technologies $16 million in additional funding under phase two of the Military Networking Protocol (MNP) program. The funding is to create architectures, protocols, and network devices for improved military networking capabilities. In the previous phase, BBN—a subsidiary of Raytheon Co. —developed and demonstrated the technology in a test environment using 200 network devices at a data transmission speed of 100 Mb/s. The goal is to scale to 10,000 devices at 100 times the speed.

Offers Gregory Troxel, Raytheon BBN Technologies’ Military Networking Protocol Program Principal Investigator: “MILNET Protocol is an example of the important work DARPA is doing with organizations such as BBN to ensure the rapid and continuous advancement of our military networks. When complete, it will play a critical role in 21st Century military operations by providing our warfighters with information and network-security superiority on the battlefield.”

Radios Link US Military

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has tapped General Dynamics C4 Systems ( to supply Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman radios (AN/PRC-154) and Manpack (AN/PRC-155) radios. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) order has an initial contract value of $56.4 million for production of 6,250 Rifleman and 100 Manpack radios. It includes expenses for non-recurring startup costs, accessories, training, related equipment, and supplies. The initial 100 Manpack radios will be used for further operational testing to support full-rate production. According to DoD documents the US Army plans to purchase more than 190,000 Rifleman radios and about 50,000 Manpack radios. For the LRIP order, General Dynamics and Thales Communications will manufacture the Rifleman radios, while General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins will build the Manpack radios.

“The Rifleman radio, enabled by the Soldier Radio Waveform, will be the first secure tactical radio to extend the network down to the individual soldier, significantly improving their safety and mission effectiveness,” says Chris Brady, Vice-President of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “The two-channel Manpack radio bridges Rifleman networks to both legacy and future high-level command networks so everyone in the force is on the same page.”