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MILLION TO DEVELOP
UPGRADES FOR U.S.
MARINE CORPS LIGHT
The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management
Command has awarded a USD$52.3 million
contract modification to General Dynamics
Land Systems-Canada to develop upgrades in
support of the U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored
Vehicle (LAV) Mobility and Obsolescence
(MOB) Upgrade and Integration Program.
General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian
company's parent corporation, is a business unit
of General Dynamics.
The contract was signed through the
Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown
Agency of the Canadian Government.
Under this contract, General Dynamics will
develop a fully integrated replacement power
pack, suspension, driveline, steering system
and upgraded electrical components. The work
scope includes the development and delivery of
engineering and logistics data, as well as test
support and delivery of prototypes. Work under
this contract will continue until May 2017.
FIFTH- TO FOURTH-
Northrop Grumman Corporation announced on
May 27 that it has built and demonstrated a unique
communications capability for the U.S. Department of
Defense that enables fifth-generation aircraft to share
information through existing data links with fourth-
generation fighters to improve situational awareness
and combat effectiveness.
The F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II are
the world's only operational fifth-generation stealth
aircraft; fourth-generation fighters include the F-15,
F-16 and F-18. The F-35 has three variants that
will serve the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps,
U.S. Navy, its partners and allies. Networking these
aircraft will improve connectivity and communications,
creating a force multiplier to dramatically increase the
effectiveness of the total force.
Northrop Grumman demonstrated this "fifth-
to-fourth" generation networking capability during
a series of operational flight tests under the Joint
Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)
program, referred to as Jetpack 5 th to 4 th JCTD.
The flight tests, conducted in late March at Nellis
Air Force Base, Nevada, and in early April at Edwards
Air Force Base, California, conclude the final phase
of the JCTD program. Northrop Grumman is the lead
contractor on the Jetpack 5th to 4th JCTD program,
which was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary
of Defense (OSD), U.S. Air Force Air Combat
Command, Pacific Command and OSD's Defense
During the April flight tests, Jetpack validated
the ability to simultaneously link and translate both
the F-35's Multifunction Advanced Data Link and
the F-22's Intra-Flight Data Link to common Link
16 messages. Link 16 is a secure, jam-resistant,
high-speed digital data link and a NATO standard for
ground-based, airborne and sea-based air defense
"The Jetpack JCTD has made an important
contribution toward providing advanced situational
awareness and combat effectiveness to our
warfighters," said Jeannie Hilger, vice president,
network communication systems, Northrop Grumman
Information Systems. "This important capability
-- enabled by our Freedom 550 Joint Enterprise
Terminal -- leverages Northrop Grumman's F-35
avionics development to provide a production-ready,
affordable solution for our joint forces."
"A total system solution -- not just a waveform or
just a radio -- is required for fifth to fourth to become
a reality," Hilger said. "Jetpack implemented a system
to allow fourth-generation fighters to access the
bounty of sensor information from the fifth-generation
Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, provides Jetpack's
dual-band advanced tactical data link antennas to
Northrop Grumman as part of the system.
Jetpack is built for application in internally-mounted
or pod-mounted installations, and received an interim
authority to operate during the JCTD test period.
Northrop Grumman has been demonstrating fifth-to-
fourth capabilities since a series of joint operational
exercises beginning in April 2010.
F-22 Flies over Arabian Gulf.
Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
Marine Corps LAV
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