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The Military Aviation Weekly Newsletter
 
January 13, 2003   Keeping you up-to-date every single week!
Latest in Military Aviation:

Switzerland awards contract to Lockheed Martin for Portable Radars

Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency to provide 24 Portable Search and Target Acquisition Radars (PSTAR). They will be used for short-range air defense throughout Switzerland. PSTARs, which are made at Lockheed Martin's facility in Syracuse, N.Y., are currently deployed in five countries.
Typically, PSTAR interfaces with a weapons system such as a Stinger anti-aircraft missile. "Currently, our Stinger fire unit is coordinated by human observers who are dependent on daylight and high visibility," said Kurt Kohler, the Defence Procurement Agency program manager. "PSTAR meets our requirements for working well under any visibility and it will replace our human observers to keep Stinger alerted 24 hours a day." The PSTARs, which will be delivered from July 2004 to December 2004, are the first of a next generation radar system called PSTAR-Extended Range (PSTAR-ER). "Its range is expanded from 20 km to more than 30 km while still fitting into the same small package," said Paul Garvey, Lockheed Martin program manager, "plus our customer will have enhanced display, and command and control capability."
 

General Dynamics awarded $18.3m ammunition contract add-on

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced that the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded an $18,360,000 modification to an existing contract for the production of 180,000 rounds of 25mm M919 Armor-Piercing, Fin Stabilized, Discarding Sabot-Tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition. This award brings the total contract value to $119 million for the M919 program. This contract will be managed out of General Dynamics’ Marion, Ill. production facility.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is the sole contractor and systems integrator for the M919; after the planned FY03 production, the company will have delivered approximately 2.2 million rounds to the U.S. Army. The M919 round was developed to replace the M791 and provides enhanced lethality and survivability to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. According to Major General Paul Eaton, Commanding General, U.S. Army Infantry Center (USAIC), "The M919 is the only 25mm ammunition that allows the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to achieve overmatch capability against current and future threat vehicles."
 

Boeing demonstrates new network-centric warfare capability

As part of its Weapon System Open Architecture, or WSOA, program, The Boeing Company has demonstrated an internet-like connection – between a command and control-type aircraft and a strike fighter – that allows real-time airborne collaboration for strikes on time-critical targets. An objective of the WSOA program is to demonstrate how mission critical information can be quickly exchanged between strike and C2 platforms in the prosecution of time critical targets by employing quality of service based resource management technologies enabled by open systems.
The demonstration was performed by the Boeing F-15E1 Advanced Technology Demonstrator and 737 Avionics Flying Laboratory equipped for command and control, or C2, operations. Aircraft operators shared and annotated target images and intelligence data in real time, using the Department of Defense's Link-16 tactical data link. This allowed the operators to respond to an emerging threat by successfully re-planning a mission during flight. "Employing Weapon System Open Architecture technology will provide the same level of confidence in dynamic target scenarios as in pre-planned scenarios against fixed targets," said Dr. David Corman, WSOA program manager in Network Centric Operations of Boeing Phantom Works. "It also provides the foundation for connecting current weapon systems to the evolving network-centric battlespace." "Useable target imagery was received within the first 20 seconds, and there was no doubt about the target's location," said Rick Junkin, Boeing F-15 weapon systems officer on the flight.


 

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