WASHINGTON (May 30, 2015)The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced the following contract award that pertain to local Navy activities.
BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $29,967,408 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive fee contract for the procurement of six OE-120(A)/UPX antenna groups for the Navy. The OE-120(A)/UPX antenna group is a component of the AN/UPX-29(V) interrogator system and is procured for use on DDG 119 through DDG 122, and LHA 8 class ships, and for the Missile Defense Agency. In addition, this contract provides for an engineering change proposal for system obsolescence upgrades. Work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed in May 2018. Fiscal 2013, 2014, and 2015 shipbuilding conversion (Navy); fiscal 2014 and 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); and fiscal 2015 procurement (Defense agency) funding in the amount of $15,721,018 are being obligated at time of award, $686,750 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0038).
XTAR Provides Capacity for Navys MQ-4C Triton Testing
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Using XTAR-LANT
HERNDON, Va. - XTAR, LLC was awarded a 12-month indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a one year option, by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support testing of its MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle. XTAR will provide space segment capacity to the Patuxent, MD-based command center for the contract with an estimated value of $1.8M.
The MQ-4C Triton is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed under the Navys Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. Designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy, the MQ-4C system is intended to provide real-time intelligence and reconnaissance in a maritime environment and support search and rescue missions. Tritons communications payload is built to specifically leverage X-band and military Ka-band frequencies.
XTAR will supply space segment capacity on the XTAR-LANT North America spot beam on a daily basis as required by NAVAIR to meet its variable testing schedule. Due to the irregular schedule of the testing, the required volume of bandwidth will also vary. XTAR has also supported NAVAIR in the past.
Support to the Triton program fits squarely into what XTAR does well which is providing X-band for mobile applications in a highly flexible and reliable structure, said Andrew Ruszkowski, Chief Commercial Officer of XTAR. We are very happy to help usher into service a system which gives the Navy the flexibility to use both Milsatcom and Comsatcom sources of bandwidth. It confirms XTARs value as a non-pre-emptible, short-notice service complement to DoDs Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation.
XTAR-LANT's fixed and steerable spot beams offer flexible bandwidth capabilities for the government user. The satellites coverage extends from the United States to the South American and African continents as well as the Middle East.
XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. Its two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, readily support mobile applications. Today, XTAR enables mobile command posts, disaster response operations, special operations platforms on land and sea, and airborne sensor data operating in the harshest environments.