Posted on 08 October 2013 by admin
BAE Systems has secured a 15th successive annual contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy.
Valued at approximately $35 million, the latest follow-on order will see production take place during 2014 in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, and 2015 in Mulwala, New South Wales.
The rounds will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy, bringing the total number of rounds supplied by BAE Systems to more than 1200.
BAE Systems General Manager Weapons Systems Fran Murphy said: “This new production contract underscores another year of strong performance by our manufacturing group and US sub-contractors to produce the world’s most effective soft kill anti-ship missile defence.”
Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin
Providing technical support to the interdisciplinary team, BAE Systems’ world renowned capabilities in developing and testing air vehicle systems has helped ensure the final test flight of SCRAMSPACE’s Scramjet goes as planned.
Designed and built in Brisbane, SCRAMSPACE is a $14 million, three-year research project to collect valuable data from an 8600km/h (Mach 8) high-speed test flight of a hypersonic scramjet.
SCRAMSPACE’s Technical Lead and Flight Experiment Project Officer, UQ’s Dr Sandy Tirtey said BAE Systems is the main industry partner of the SCRAMSPACE I flight.
“Firstly, BAE Systems has provided the Hardware In the Loop (HIL), which is the final test of the vehicle before flight and the only real test of the on-board software,” Dr Tirtey said.
“The HIL makes the payload believe it is actually in flight, allowing us to test all the off-design and undesirable scenarios, and check how robust our flight code is.
Posted on 13 September 2013 by admin
BAE Systems, Inc. and Rolls-Royce announced that Rolls-Royce is joining the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) team as an exclusive partner to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. As the engine supplier to BAE Systems on this pursuit, Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft.
“Rolls-Royce’s extensive propulsion expertise, coupled with their lengthy relationship with the U.S. Air Force, makes them the perfect choice to integrate their Adour Mk951 engine in the Hawk AJTS aircraft,” said Robert Wood, vice president of BAE Systems’ Hawk Advanced Jet Training System team. “The selection of Rolls-Royce rounds out the Hawk AJTS team as we pursue the T-X program win.”
Rolls-Royce joins BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and L-3 Link Simulation & Training as the fourth member of the Hawk AJTS team. The team plans to offer the Hawk AJTS as the replacement of the T-38 trainer. The Hawk AJTS is uniquely tailored to meet the training needs of the U.S. Air Force and will be manufactured in the United States with the involvement of a strong U.S. supply chain.
Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft.
“We are delighted to join the Hawk AJTS team and bring our decades of experience to the program,” said Tom Hartmann, senior vice president of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce Defense. “The Rolls-Royce Adour engine has demonstrated success with 8.6 million flying hours and 200 engines already in service within the U.S. Department of Defense, plus hundreds of others in service around the world. The Hawk AJTS is the affordable, low-risk option, offering proven performance to the U.S. Air Force.”
Posted on 13 September 2013 by admin
Pilots and mission crews in India are receiving easy-to-read display data and a broad range of capabilities for search and rescue, submarine warfare, and disaster recovery missions over land and water thanks to our Mission Computer and Display System (MCDS). Through a contract with Boeing, BAE S ystems is providing these powerful mission computer suites to the Indian Navy for use on their P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, a variant of the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon.
The MCDS suite – which can go on any aircraft or unmanned aerial system – consists of two high-performance servers and five dual-mission workstations that are lighter and less expensive than currently fielded mission computers. The suite proves its versatility through its ability to be tailored to individual users, enhancing mission performance and endurance. Additionally, the suite’s modular, open-systems architecture leverages commercial off-the-shelf designs for military environments, enabling low cost and rapid technology insertion.
“Our mission computer suite is the digital backbone for the P-8I aircraft, providing an interface to all sensors, communication links, countermeasures, aircraft subsystems, and weaponry on board,” said Gary Rubasch, program director in Greenlawn, New York, where the mission computers are developed. “Airborne sensors in surveillance aircraft require a scalable mission computer like our MCDS suite provides. It allows users to complete multiple missions without needing to purchase additional mission specific aircraft.”
Posted on 11 September 2013 by admin
A new 3D radar capable of cutting through interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals, has successfully commenced integration trials at a secret electromagnetic radar testing facility on the Isle of Wight.
The testing of ARTISAN 3D radar is in advance of installation on the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers (QEC) which is being assembled in Rosyth, Scotland.
The ARTISAN trials will test a series of integrated systems which include the provision of 3D air surveillance, target identification and air traffic management services for the ships, The ARTISAN 3D Radar will provide extensive air traffic control and medium range tactical picture capability with ground breaking features such as tracking more than 900 targets at one time and has the ability to spot objects as small as a tennis ball travelling up to three times the speed of sound.
Posted on 29 August 2013 by admin
BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck” mobility platform, a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program
The Hotbuck is a stationary, state-of-the-art test stand that simulates real-life environments and terrain and puts actual miles on the HED system. Under BAE Systems’ own rigorous timeline, the testing was completed four months ahead of schedule.
“This testing achievement is a significant advancement in the overall GCV program. With actual hardware to show, this puts the BAE Systems team ahead of schedule both now and in the next phase of the program, saving the customer development time and money,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Armored Combat Systems at BAE Systems. “Our primary objective was to test our hybrid electric technology over time against realistic environments, and the successful completion of the testing is a testament to the quality and maturity of the technology.”
Posted on 06 August 2013 by admin
BAE Systems has won a contract from Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze Nr 2 S.A., (WZL No. 2) to support the Polish Air Force (PLAF) C-130 fleet for upcoming Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) requirements. With a five-year contract and two additional renewal years, BAE Systems will provide a variety of services including technical, training and modifications support.
“WZL2 was in search of a reliable and experienced provider to help with this challenging task,” said Piotr Rutkowski, spokesperson for WZL No. 2. “Our relationship with BAE Systems has possibility for future growth not only in the field of the C-130 fleet, but also F-16s.”
Under this contract, BAE Systems will complete the work in conjunction with WZL No. 2 SA, which operates as one of the largest aviation facilities in Poland. The team will provide planning, support, and sustainment as a part of the overall program’s scope.
“This agreement advances our strategy to partner with top international companies such as WZL-2,” said Floyd McConnell, vice president of integrated aviation solutions at BAE Systems. “We will continue to take steps to invest and grow in Poland by providing unparalleled sustainment and modernization support to platforms like the C-130 for the Polish Air Force.”
BAE Systems’ portfolio includes aviation upgrade and sustainment programs for a diverse range of aviation platforms where advanced capabilities and/or extended life are required. These services are provided for the F-16, C-130 and a number of other aviation platforms across the world and within the United States.
Posted on 02 August 2013 by admin
The US Air Force has awarded BAE Systems an eight-year, $534 million contract to maintain the readiness of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The company will provide systems engineering, integration, testing, logistics and other services to support the missile, ground and launch systems for 450 deployed Minuteman III missiles.
“The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is a pillar in our national security, and our job is to guarantee it never fails,” said Erin Moseley, president of BAE Systems’ Support Solutions sector. “Our team has the right experience, expertise and past performance to support the Air Force and ensure the operational readiness of these vital strategic assets.”
Posted on 26 July 2013 by admin
The first Tranche 3 Typhoon, BS116, has been transferred from final assembly to the paint shop facility where it spent two weeks getting a makeover .
Next pit stop
The Tranche 3 jet will progress to the hush house, our sound-proofed engine testing facility, for a series of engine ground runs in the next few weeks. First test flights are expected to take place in September/October 2013.
Tranche 3 capability includes over 350 modified parts designed, engineered and assembled ready to incorporate the most advanced capability enhancements.
Posted on 08 July 2013 by admin
BAE Systems is advancing the ability of today’s warfighters to securely and reliably communicate battlefield information via jam-resistant waveforms. As the developer of the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Anti-Jam (AJ) mode for the Department of Defense, the company tested its mid-tier PHOENIX™ networking radios at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Fort Dix) in New Jersey.
“Protecting tactical communications is fundamental to maintaining battlefield advantage. Our expertise with the Anti-Jam mode of WNW is evident in the positive results of our field testing at Fort Dix,” said Christopher A. Ager, director of Networked Communications at BAE Systems. “During this testing, each PHOENIX radio successfully and securely communicated across uneven terrain.”
The over-the-air test was conducted within the scope of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and BAE Systems. The CRADA provides industry with unique opportunities to collaboratively work alongside government engineers, allowing BAE Systems access to government facilities and resources at Fort Dix. The Product Director for C4ISR and Network Modernization — a directorate of CERDEC — provided the venue to host, instrument, and observe the BAE Systems-led tests.
Posted on 07 March 2013 by admin
BAE Systems has been awarded a $43 million cooperative agreement extension to lead the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance for an additional five years. As a result, the company will have a significant role working with the MAST Alliance’s team of scientists from the U.S. Army, academia, and industry as it advances bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces. The goal of the research is to enable small robotic platforms – that would be used by individual soldiers – to remotely perform surveillance within complex urban environments and terrain.
“The technologies being developed under MAST will support products that extend soldiers’ capabilities while keeping them out of harm’s way,” said Bill Devine, MAST’s strategic development manager for BAE Systems. “We are proud to continue our successful collaboration with the ARL on the next phase of this exciting program.”
Posted on 29 October 2012 by admin
The UK Ministry of announced that it has awarded BAE Systems a further £315M for ongoing design work for the replacement to the Royal Navy’s Vanguard class submarines.
The announcement followed the one made in May this year, when it revealed it had placed an initial £328M design phase contract with BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines.