Log on the Web
Week of September 2oth, 2010
By Kirsten Ashbaugh
Lockheed Martin Submits Final Littoral Combat Ship Proposal to U.S. Navy
“The Lockheed Martin-led industry team submitted its final proposal revision for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fiscal year 2010-2014 contract to the U.S. Navy today.
“Lockheed Martin is one of two industry teams competing for the contract. The Navy will award the winning team a fixed-price incentive fee contract to provide up to 10 ships as well as combat systems for five additional ships….
“Prior to this competition, Lockheed Martin was awarded contracts to construct two ships for this new class. The Lockheed Martin-led team designed and constructed USS Freedom (LCS 1), which was delivered to the Navy in 2008 and successfully completed its first deployment earlier this year….” Read more.
New Device to Help Soldiers Translate from English to Dari, Pashto
“The TransTac device, which will be fielded for the first time to the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) to Afghanistan before the end of the calendar year, will be used by Soldiers to translate English to Dari or English to Pashto, and vice-versa.
“The personnel in the Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager-Biometrics and Forensics team at Fort Huachuca are the capability developers for the TransTac device.
Patrick O’Malley, a machine foreign language translation subject matter expert with TCM-BF, says their job is to study the Army’s needs. While doing that, they follow the methodology of ‘what’s the gap between where we are today and where we need to be?’…” Read more.
Australia Customs and Border Protection Service to Use Spray-On Tracking Data Chips
“Every weapon and equipment part within the Australia Customs and Border Protection Service will be stamped with data chips and tracked under a deal with local Sydney asset tracking company Relegen….
“The agency will be able to pinpoint the location of weaponry, machinery and other resources using so-called DataDots — small sticky flakes sprayed from a can that contain unique identification numbers — and an electronic tracking system dubbed AssetDNA….
“Reports of stolen Australian weaponry emerged this month from NATO sources, which claimed Afghan military trainees were pilfering stockpiles….” Read more.
Lockheed Martin Tests Second-Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Capability
“Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the second generation of its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability in a formal U.S. Navy test event.
“This configuration, known as Aegis BMD 4.0.1, enables the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy to defeat more complex ballistic missile threats and also introduces the BMD signal processor, which improves target identification.
“Aegis BMD 4.0.1 marks the beginning of the transition to the Navy’s open architecture – a transition that will be complete with software upgrades, known as Advanced Capability Build 12, scheduled for 2012….” Read more.
An Update on the Airborne Laser Test Bed
“On Sept 1, 2010, the Missile Defense Agency executed the Flight Experiment Laser (FEL-01b) mission at the Point Mugu flight test range off the Southern California coast. The objective of this mission was for the Agency’s Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) to destroy a liquid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile during its boost phase.
“During the mission the Boeing 747 flying laser laboratory detected and tracked the target. However, the experiment terminated early when corrupted beam control software steered the high energy laser slightly off center….” Read more.
Israel Approves Plan for Acquisition of F-35
“The Ministerial Committee on Security Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, has decided to approve the deal to purchase F-35 stealth aircraft.
“The decision was made following a series of discussions that the ministerial committee has held in recent weeks, during which ministers were presented with the comprehensive staff work that the IDF and the Defense Ministry have carried out in recent years on the issuing of acquiring the F-35. The ministerial committee was also briefed by the National Security Council….” Read more.
See also coverage of Israel’s plans for the F-35 in Defense Industry Daily.
A C-130 Loadmaster in Support of USCENTCOM Contingency Airlift Operations
“Tech. Sgt Owen Duke Jr. is a C-130H Hercules loadmaster deployed with the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia….
“As a C-130 loadmaster with the 746th EAS, Duke regularly flies combat airlift missions in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility supporting Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. More recently, Sergeant Duke has been flying relief missions supporting the Pakistan flood relief effort.
“According to his official Air Force job description for the 1A2X1 career field, loadmasters like Duke accomplish loading and off-loading aircraft functions and perform pre-flight and post-flight of aircraft and aircraft systems. They also perform loadmaster aircrew functions, compute weight and balance and other mission specific qualification duties, and provide for safety and comfort of passengers and troops, and security of cargo, mail and baggage during flight….” Read more.