Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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SOF TECH MANAGEMENT SUPPORT General Dynamics Information Technology was recently awarded the SOCOM Wide Mission Support (SWMS) contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a maximum ceiling of $900 million over five years. General Dynamics will support USSOCOM forces and staffs with technical and management functions across the globe. The company will provide engineering and technical services for major weapon systems, program technical assistance, support systems requirements and assist with production decision- making and program controls. "General Dynamics Information Technology will continue providing responsive, highly knowledgeable and professional support to meet the needs of the USSOCOM warfighter," said Bernie Guerry, senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology's Intelligence Solutions division. Work under the contract will be carried out by ARMA Global, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Information Technology that supports the global missions of Special Operations Forces. More info: ENHANCED MISSION COMPUTING Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions has announced further enhancements to its ultra- small form factor (USFF) mission computer, the ParvusĀ® DuraCORĀ® 312. The rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystem is designed for system integrators seeking to deploy a powerful size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized mission computer for use on air, land, and maritime platforms. Weighing less than 2.0 lb in weight and requiring less than 20 W of power, DuraCOR 312 incorporates ruggedization features that extend the high-performance and power- efficient NVIDIA TX2 architecture beyond factory-rated temperature ranges. This enables the unit to perform reliably in extreme environments, making it suited for on-board, SWaP-sensitive, civil and military aircraft and vehicle platforms, both autonomous and manned, that require in-vehicle tactical mission processing (server/computer) or C4ISR technology. The system delivers high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) and general- purpose graphics processing for compute- intensive applications such as ISR/EW/ targeting systems and deep learning. DuraCOR 312 also offers system features for MIL- Aero use, including 50 ms power hold-up for MIL-STD-704F aircraft power switch-over requirements, as well as high-speed Non- Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) data storage, removable SATA3 storage, and expansion slots for avionics databus and other platform- specific I/O modules. More info: DLA ENERGY CONTRACT Working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)- Energy recently awarded a contract for a 28.2 megawatt on-site solar energy production facility projecting a significant cost savings of up to 35 percent of Vandenberg's current electricity load. "We worked diligently with Vandenberg's project team, along with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, on completing this complex acquisition and we are excited to finally award the contract," said Cynthia Ralph, DLA Energy Installation Energy contracting officer. "These efforts continue to expand our knowledge and the depth and breadth of our program." The solar energy production facility will be installed on 129 acres of Vandenberg's land. This facility will re-purpose a former housing site located on abandoned land. In addition, the project will be micro- grid capable, allowing for energy security enhancements to the Air Force base in the future. Once finished, the solar array will provide approximately 54,500 megawatt hours of renewable energy to the base annually. Instead of having to appropriate millions of dollars and resources to build the solar energy production facility, Vandenberg AFB will purchase the electricity generated from the facility under a 25-year renewable energy supply agreement. "The chosen business model benefits the Air Force in its ability to enter a long-term contract with a third party thereby avoiding the need to maintain and invest into capital-intensive projects," said Dick Fillman, AFCEC renewable project manager. "Combined with the energy and environmental benefits, this is a great project for the base and the Air Force." Once the facility is operational, it will reduce annual emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 38,000 metric tons, the equivalent of removing 8,000 vehicles off the road. Construction on the solar energy production facility will begin in spring 2017 with completion slated for February 2018. "The Air Force has made a big investment in the future of energy resilience by committing to this project," Ralph said. "This results in a big win for the environment as well as for Vandenberg AFB who will be benefiting from a lower cost of energy. It has been a pleasure working with the Air Force's team on this project and we look forward to our long-term partnership." More info: FutureTech 18 | Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017

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