U.S. Navy Calls on BAE Systems to Integrate and Sustain Critical Communications Systems across Military Vehicles and Command Centers

December 3, 2018 – BAE Systems has earned positions on two single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts that support the rapid integration and sustainment of command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). The two awards have a total potential value of more than $150 million. “Our engineers specialize in providing custom, tailor-made C5ISR solutions to help close communications capability gaps for the U.S. military” The first award, LCS CONUS, is a five-year contract to provide life cycle sustainment…

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U.S. Navy holds ceremony to mark first dedicated UAS test squadron

October 18, 2018 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test and evaluation squadron during a ceremony Oct. 18 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field. The new unit, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24, flies over 23 fixed and rotary wing UAS including the MQ-8 Fire Scout, RQ-20 Puma, RQ-21 Blackjack, RQ-26 Aerostar and a number of commercial systems. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Matthew Densing officially assumed leadership of UX-24. “This squadron centralizes the Navy’s technical excellence in unmanned aviation,” said Densing.…

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Naval Test Pilot School’s Flying Classroom Takes First Flight

August 22, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) conducted its first flight of Airborne Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) III, Tuesday, August 21. The first flight objective validated the aircraft’s Naval subsystems ahead of its addition to the USNTPS’ class 155 syllabus which began last month. Class 155 will be the first class leveraging ASTARS III for all systems flight test events. ASTARS III, the third generation of flying classroom supporting the USNTPS curriculum, is a custom tailored C-26A Metroliner equipped with military equipment and subsystems.…

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First-of-kind P-8A ground test saves $11.2 million, reduces schedule

Seeking to improve “Speed to Fleet,” a team from across the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) test and evaluation community created, developed and successfully completed capabilities-based testing and evaluation in a Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environment for P-8A Poseidon mission systems. “There were two firsts in this test event,” said David DeMauro, senior engineer with the Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test (IBST) department at the time. “It was the first time ever that a successful dynamic Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator (IFFI) simulation was executed on…

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NAVAIR/NAWCAD team expedites prototype replacement for U.S. Navy’s MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries among service members,” said Capt. Dave Padula, PMA-202 program manager. This issue has been identified for several years as a top Helicopter Sea Combat community safety priority, and has now reached the number two safety priority for…

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BAE Systems to Support Design and Deployment of U.S. Navy Communications and Electronics

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a 22-month, $76 million contract to help develop vital communications and electronics. The company will support the rapid design, development, fabrication, customization, and life-cycle maintenance of new and existing communication and electronic platforms for the Naval Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). BAE Systems will also support the testing, evaluation, installation, integration, and certification of mission equipment and systems for NAWCAD’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division. This cutting-edge equipment is designed and developed by NAWCAD and allows customers to communicate securely. It is widely…

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