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Israeli Aerospace Industries to provide XspressSAR recon satellites

Israeli Aerospace Industries to provide XspressSAR recon satellites

Business
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- XpressSAR will buy up to fourTecSAR synthetic aperture radar satellites with associated support services from Israel Aerospace Industries, under a memorandum of understanding. The deal would cover launches, orbital testing, commissioning and establishing ground operations for the constellation of satellites. XpressSAR will operate the satellites once they are certified as operational in orbit by IAI as a operational delivery. The TecSAR satellite is designed for high-resolution orbitrap intelligence imagery during any light or weather conditions. IAI says they are smaller, lighter and more maneuverable in orbit than similar satellites in their class. "After a long review process of the different solutions available on the market, we are excited to partner with IAI to offe...
BAE to provide technical services for Army's 116th MIB

BAE to provide technical services for Army's 116th MIB

Business
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command has awarded BAE Systems $ 100 million to provide technical and general support to the 116th Military Intelligence Brigade. The contract, running over four years, will provide technical experts who will assist the 116th MIB to better understand regional threats. "The demand for intelligence services and support continues to grow as our soldiers remain engaged on multiple fronts," Peder Jungck, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems' Intelligence Solutions, said in a press release. "We are helping to better inform the military decision makers responsible for ensuring the security and effectiveness of global operations," Jungck said. The contract will also update and improve soldier training in intelligence, surveill...
Canadian Commercial to provide spare parts for U.S. Navy surface ship sonars

Canadian Commercial to provide spare parts for U.S. Navy surface ship sonars

Business
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Canadian Commercial has been awarded a $ 10 million contract by the U.S. Navy for the refurbishment and manufacturing of the TR-343 sonar transducer tube assemblies for repair purposes. The TR-343 transducer is used in the AN/SQS-53C hull-mounted sonar array for the AN/SQQ-89(V) sonar weapons system. Manufacturing of the tube assemblies is expected to run through November 2023 under the Navy contract. The AN/SQQ-89(V) Surface Ship ASW Combat system is an integrated undersea warfare suite designed to detect, track, provide targeting data and engage enemy submarines, mines, and other underwater systems. It collects data from a variety of sonar systems such as towed-arrays, sonobuoys and other active and passive systems into one sensor picture, allowing better situational awa...
Zinc-air batteries provide power in remote areas

Zinc-air batteries provide power in remote areas

Technology
Remote villages in Africa and Asia are receiving electricity using a little-known type of technology: zinc-air batteries. The goal is to provide a battery that can capture renewable energy and store it for later use. California-based NantEnergy said Wednesday it has created a rechargeable zinc-air battery storage system that can provide power at a lower cost than lithium-ion systems. The technology has been deployed in more than 110 villages serving 200,000 people who have no other access to electricity in their communities, said NantEnergy chairman Patrick Soon-Shiong. "If you look at a map of Earth at night and you see where it's darkest, it's in Africa, Asia and developing countries," said Soon-Shiong, who is also the owner of the Los Angeles Times. "To reduce cost and be competitive ...
BAE to provide data analysis, support for Janus programs

BAE to provide data analysis, support for Janus programs

Business
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has issued contracts worth up to $ 1.52 billion to BAE Systems for information services and to improve real-time access to data collected by the agency from satellite data. The contracts fall under the three Janus programs that include Geomatics Precise Imagery, Geography and Geomatics Elevation. All three contracts will be valid for 10 years. "Policy-makers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders all depend on accurate geospatial data," Kevin Malone, vice president and general manager of Analytics Systems at BAE Systems, said in a press release. "In an increasingly complex and fast-paced world, the demand is rising and timelines decreasing. Janus positions NGS to meet these expectations," Malone said. Wo...