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Defense Program Profile - Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP)

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On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Army's Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) program awarded two Fixed Price Incentive Fee (FPIF) Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts to develop a preliminary design for Army Aviation’s next generation turboshaft engine that will replace the current engine in the Black Hawk and Apache aircraft.  Recipients are General Electic and the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney.

The ITE is a form, fit replacement for the T700 General Electric (GE) series engine (701D) that is in current operational use within the U.S. Army's Black Hawk and Apache fleets. With the form, fit design the ITE will fit inside the existing engine compartments of both the H-60 and AH-64E and provide significant power enhancement (3,000 SHP), increased fuel efficiency, and decreased sustainment costs. 

On August 31st, officials from the U.S. Army PEO Aviation's Improved Turbine Engine/Future Vertical Lift (ITE/FVL) Project Office -- Richard Kretzschmar and Bob Sheibely (FVL) and LTC Curt Kuetemeyer (ITE) -- briefed the media and provided the program insight in response to query... details from DSJ's participation in the Q&A are found here...

The Army's Robotic Enhancement Program (REP)


DSJ reports that the Army’s Robotic Enhancement Program (REP) is a newly established program that uses a “buy-try-inform” methodology to better inform the Army’s emerging requirements and expedite the acquisitions process through the evaluation of robotic solutions.


AUVSI's Unmanned Systems Defense 2015

Ground Day - DSJ Highlights

Air Day - DSJ Highlights


SureID, Inc., Launches SureID for Business

SureID Inc., a federal contractor that has experienced a decade of success in providing identify management solutions to the Federal Government is now aiming its solutions more squarely at the civil sector.

Lockheed Martin Unveils Advanced EOTS Development


At this year’s Air Force Association Annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo, Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) updated on the status of its Advanced Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) development for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

The baseline/legacy EOTS is a low-drag, stealthy multi-function system integrated into the F-35’s fuselage that the company touts as an affordable, high-performance, lightweight system that provides precision air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting capability.  Says Lockheed Martin: “As the first sensor to combine forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality, EOTS enhances F-35 pilots’ situational awareness and allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons. LMCO has delivered more than 170 EOTS units for the F-35 to date.

Lockheed Martin has now offering to the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) what is calls Advanced EOTS, an evolutionary upgrade of the EOTS (completed circa 2002) that the company believes can be available for the F-35’s Block 4 development, presently scheduled to roll out in the 2019-2020 timeframe.

Designed to replace EOTS, and in response to the evolving threat, Advanced EOTS has a larger aperture and incorporates a range of enhancements and upgrades, including short-wave infrared (SWIR), high-definition television, an infrared marker and significantly improved image detector resolution. These enhancements, which leverage off-the-shelf technology and DoD tech base investment including USAF investment in focal plane arrays, will increase F-35 pilots’ recognition and detection ranges, enabling greater overall targeting performance.

Due to its similarity in shape and size to EOTS, LMCO notes that AEOTS can be installed with minimal changes to the F-35’s interface. It will be housed behind the same low-drag window (see photo, right), maintaining the F-35’s stealthy profile. Advanced EOTS production – if the F-35 program elects to procure it -- will be completed on the current EOTS line.

Don Bolling, Lockheed Martin’s Fire Control BD Director told DSJ that the AEOTS system, funded over the past five years via internal LMCO and supplier investment, is now at a Technology Readiness Level of 4 (i.e., component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment), with a demonstration planned to move the AEOTS system from TRL 4 to TRL 6 (representative system flying on a surrogate aircraft) in 2017.  


LMCO sees AEOTS as being “cost neutral” – that is, costing no more than EOTS as presently provided.  Bolling notes that Lockheed Martin is proposing that the F-35 program take up funding the system’s advanced development so that AEOTS is prospectively ready for inclusion into the early Block 4 F-35 in the 2019-20 timeframe, should EOTS be a systems identified for improvement within Block 4, a development that LMCO believes to be likely. 

Bolling adds that the U.S. Government will decide whether/when the capability provided in AEOTS will be fully releasable to the eight F-35 partner nations.



SOCOM Leadership identifies material needs

The current Special Operations Commanders from each of the Military Services outlined at SOFIC 2015 their perspectives on the capabilities and solutions that they need from industry.  While there was an expected focus on smaller, faster, cheaper, there were some unconventional perspectives as well.   All of the details are here.

Navy Acquisition Chief: CVN-78 cost growth based on risk

Speaking before an audience at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC on 7 January 2014, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Sean Stackley elucidated the principal reason why the CVN-78 has experienced cost growth (its large number of high risk components developed in parallel) and explained how the Sea Service is closely monitoring program costs with a view to holding the line on the CVN-78's 2011 cost cap and on reducing the cost of the emerging CVN-79 and CVN-80.  His comments in this regard are here and his overall presenatation can be accessed here....







Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Program Review 2014

DSJ Notes from the 2014 AUVSI Program Review - Air Day

DSJ Notes from the 2014 AUVSI Program Review - Ground Day

Raytheon aims Talon Laser Guided Rocket at Foreign and Domestic Customers 


In August of this year Raytheon Missile Systems announced that it had received a $117 million contract award for integration of the company’s new TALON laser guided rocket system into the United Arab Emeriates' AH-64D Apache helicopter.  DSJ spoke at AUSA with Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon’s TALON program director and here's the ten things you need to know..... 

EL-GO TEAM Bringing Advanced Security Solutions to the U.S. Market


As terrorist threats have escalated since the events of 9/11 and security has become the everyday concerns of not only governments but also private companies and citizens, real world requirements for cost-effective, minimally intrusive yet highly-effective security solutions have escalated accordingly and industry has responded to the challenge. Founded in 1982, and today with 25 employees and sales representatives in 18 cities around the globe, El-Go Team has been a leading developer and manufacturer of security, access control systems, and anti-terror protection systems for an ever-widening range of government and civil customers internationally.   For more on El-Go Team and the company's plans for the U.S. market, click 

Defense Systems News

Raytheon aims Talon Laser Guided Rocket at Foreign and Domestic Customers

EL-GO TEAM Bringing Advanced Security Solutions to the U.S. Market

JMR Program: Status and Update

FY15 UAS Funding Outlook - Procurement slated to fall, RDT&E to rise

Army Small UAS: Present Focus & Future Plans

Army outlines FVL and JMR Focus

DSJ at Guantanamo Bay

Army Acquisition Executive Shyu paints bleak picture for Army Acquisition

PM UAS: Competing Small UAS contracts has resulted in 30% cost reduction

Army taps two for new Shadow UAS engines

MQ-1C Gray Eagle settles in, branches out to Special Operators

CNO Greenert speaks at AEI on Challenges facing the Navy

News from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 Conference

With Armed Aerial Scout delay, Special Operators aim to upgrade venerable MH-6M Little Bird

Notes from the 2013 Special Operations Forces Industrial Conference (SOFIC)

DARPA Director outlines agency relevance, focus

Army demos new OH-58F Kiowa Warrior Helicopter as fate of AAS remains shrouded

Notes from the AUSA Winter Symposium & Exposition

Lockheed Martin and ACES: Shifting the Combat Simulation Paradigm

Program Manager Unmanned Aircraft System (PM UAS) Looks Ahead

USAF General Mark A. Welsh -- Getting to Know the New Chief

SNC and ITT Exelis tout Vigilant Stare Persistent Surveillance Offering at AUVSI 2012

Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle takes to the sky

DHS to Evaluate Small UAS Performance

Update on the DHS CBP Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) Program

U.S. SOCOM to Pursue Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) Solutions

Whither (wither) the Armed Aerial Scout Program?

Brownout - From Research Priority to Program of Record

CBP near release of RFP for Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT)

Stalled Army Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) Program start awaits OSD nod

Army seeks COTS handheld device for Nett Warrior

Verbatim: Army Aviation Outlook

Beyond MUSIC: AV Presses the Envelope in Small UAS

Army showcases manned-unmanned innovation, integration and interoperability in MUSIC demonstration

CBP and Industry Ponder Opportunities after SBInet

Thuraya Telecommunications makes a play for the DoD Market

Army Family of SUAS: OBE?

Marines Rethink Their Mission

PUMA AE Poised for Army Family of Small UAS Opportunity

Replacing the Mk V Special Operations Craft?

The FY12 Defense Budget Request Reveal

Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) Identifies FY12 Opportunities

Interview with Gen. Michael Kostelnik, Assistant Commissioner, CBP Office of Air and Marine

Army's Family of Small UAS - A Program Update

Is a TRANSCOM Heavy Lift Blimp in the offing?

Interview with the U.S. Army's Tim Owings, Deputy Program Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems

A Perspective on the 112th Congress

STARLite shines on the MQ-1C Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

LEMV Airship Program Readies for Launch

Army MQ-1C WARRIOR Reaches the Battlefield

Analysis of Australia's 2009/10 Defense Budget White Paper

The Arms Trade Treaty - Less than meets the Eye

Taking Capitol Hill in a Stryker MEV

Lighter than Air Vehicles - Resizing and Reshaping Logistics and ISR platforms

STUAS-Tier II: Lost at Sea?