The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has awarded a contract worth $13.1m to BAE Systems to demonstrate a cost-effective optical seeker.

The contractor will demonstrate an optical seeker on different precision-guided munition platforms until July 2019.

The seeker will enhance sensing and navigation capabilities of munitions.

FlightSafety Services Corporation has received a contract modification worth $35.36m to produce an aircrew training system for the KC-46 aerial refuelling aircraft.

Awarded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), the contract covers an additional two weapon system trainers (WST), two pilot part task trainers, two boom operator trainers (BOT), one fuselage trainer, a learning management system workstation, boom operator part task trainer and support equipment.

The contractual work will be performed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, US, until February 2020.

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Edaptive Computing Inc has been awarded a $24.9m contract for work on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III programme.

“The seeker will enhance sensing and navigation capabilities of munitions.”

The contractor will support the US Air Force in research, development, deployment and transition of innovative automation technologies, techniques and tools required to protect their systems and processes against threats.

The contractual work will be performed at Edaptive Computing’s facility in Dayton, Ohio, US, until May 2025.

The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) has awarded a contract worth $24m to multiple companies to provide joint multi-INT precision reference.

The contractors, including Rockwell Collins Government Systems Inc, Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp, as well as Microsemi Frequency and Time Corp will research and develop solutions that increase the precision, accuracy, utility and security of inter-platform two-way time and frequency transfer systems.

The contractual work is expected to be completed in April 2024.

The Cubic Global Defense (CGD) and Federal Resources partnership has secured a contract to supply PRISim Suite PortableTrainer systems and software capabilities to the US Air National Guard (ANG).

The deal includes the supply of 95 units of the PRISim Suite PortableTrainer systems, including recoil and less-lethal training weapons and devices.

The systems will be deployed at ANG bases to train security forces.