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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SOCOM INFO OPS SUPPORT The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) under the SOCOM Wide Mission Support-A (SWMS-A) Contract has awarded Fulcrum a three-year, $850,000 task order in support of the J39-Military Information Support Operations (MISO) Branch at USSOCOM headquarters. Fulcrum subject matter experts (SMEs) will provide critical manpower augmentation to the J39-Military Information Support Operations (MISO) Branch across all organizational functions. Fulcrum SMEs will support the client in all aspects of the Senior Military Engagement Program, producing complex analysis and providing overarching global MISO plan and policy support as necessary. Fulcrum experts also create actionable geospatial and statistical analysis in support of MISO programs and objectives. "We are proud to have Fulcrum subject matter experts supporting the J39-MISO branch, and we continue to be excited in growing our technical staff supporting SOCOM," said Fulcrum's CEO, Jeff Handy. "We are excited with our successes under SWMS-A, and are positioned to continue to grow this important IDIQ in partnership with USSOCOM." More info: UNMANNED AIR OPS CENTER Leidos, a global science and technology provider, has announced its Remotely-Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Operations Center (ROC) was recognized by the Martin H. Harris Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) for outstanding current/future armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology at a recent U.S. Air Force (USAF) meeting in Orlando, FL. The operations center was designated as a Jimmy Doolittle Educational Fellow by the AFA. The Leidos ROC team completed installation and achieved the first three-year full operational capability for Air Force Special Operations Command's Next Generation RPA Operations Center at Cannon Air Force Base using the National Institute of Standards and Technology Risk Management Framework. This ROC design is the first RPA operation center that validates USAF RPA requirements using industry standard tools, USAF RPA command and control standards, and commercial off-the-shelf/Government off-the-shelf equipment. The ROC is the most advanced RPA operations center in the USAF, and is the first fully virtualized ROC incorporating open standards that allows for future growth with multi-level security and cross domain capabilities. More info: SOF AIR RF COUNTERMEASURES SUPPORT The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, GA, recently announced a $67.7 million order to the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, NH, to provide radio frequency (RF) countermeasures systems for special operations C-130J four-engine turboprop aircraft. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at BAE Systems will provide RF countermeasures systems to help U.S. special- operations C-130J turboprop aircraft evade and jam enemy radar systems. The aircraft involved are the AC-130J Ghostrider close-air-support plane and the MC-130J Commando II, which is designed to fly covertly at night for special forces refueling, infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply. This order calls for BAE Systems to design, build, and test airborne EW systems to enable special- operations C-130J aircraft to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt, and defeat enemy radar systems during special-operations missions. More info: AIR-RECOVERABLE UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or "gremlins"—that could be launched and later retrieved in mid- air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc., Huntsville, AL, and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA. The Phase 1 program showed the feasibility of airborne UAS launch and recovery systems that would require minimal modification to the host aircraft. Gremlins Phase 2 research seeks to mature two system concepts to enable 'aircraft carriers in the sky' using air-recoverable UASs that could carry various payloads—advances that would greatly extend the range, flexibility, and affordability of UAS operations for the U.S. military. Phase 3 goals include developing one full-scale technology demonstration system and conducting flight demonstrations involving airborne launch and recovery of multiple gremlins. The gremlins' expected lifetime of about 20 uses could provide significant cost advantages over expendable unmanned systems by reducing payload and airframe costs and by having lower mission and maintenance costs than conventional manned platforms. Flight tests are currently scheduled for the 2019 timeframe. More info: FutureTech Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017 | 19

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