exelis inc (XLS) Key Developments
Exelis Wins $15.3 Million U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Contract to Perform Essential Sustainment Work on ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System
Jan 26 15
Exelis has received a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The technology will also be provided to the Australian government through a Foreign Military Sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available to an internationally. Under the contract, the company will redesign three modules -- components of the ALQ-99’s universal exciter upgrade shop-replaceable assembly -- to extend the service life of the Navy’s principal standoff jammer. As part of the redesign, the company will replace legacy application-specific electronic components with modern field-programmable technology, enhancing reliability and the system’s ability to adapt to changing mission needs. The work will also include extensive qualification testing to ensure that the aircraft can operate successfully in challenging environments. For the first time, this contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia through a Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program. Work is expected to be completed by June 2017. The ALQ-99 is part of a suite of electronic warfare (EW) technologies designed to enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions. Leveraging its decades of innovation and experience in the electromagnetic spectrum, Exelis has identified EW as one of the company’s four strategic growth platforms.
Exelis Inc. Receives $27 Million from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Jan 21 15
Exelis recently received a follow-on contract valued at more than $27 million from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to continue producing and supplying the BRU-71/A ejector rack for the predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system. Under the contract, Exelis will produce 619 BRU-71/A units for U.S. Government MQ-9s. The BRU-71/A is a pneumatic carriage and release system that uses compressed air rather than pyrotechnic cartridges to deploy payloads. The use of pneumatic technology reduces wear-and-tear and overall system maintenance and life-cycle costs.
Exelis Wins $17 Million Contract to Provide Swedish Subs with Electronic Support Measures Technology
Jan 13 15
Exelis Inc. won a $17 million contract to provide electronic support measures (ESM) technology and services to Sweden's Navy through a subcontract with shipbuilder Saab. Under the contract, Exelis will provide Swedish submarines with ES-3701 electronic warfare system to boost the fleet's situational awareness, targeting, self-protection and surveillance capabilities.
Exelis Delivers 2,000Th PLM-4 Radar Signal Simulator to US Military and International Customers
Jan 12 15
Exelis Inc. has delivered the 2,000th AN/PLM-4 Radar Signal Simulator (RSS) to the US military. The AN/PLM-4  is designed to test radar warning receivers on various military aircraft during ground testing by simulating the electronic signals generated by various threats the aircraft could face in a hostile environment. The 2,000th AN/PLM-4 RSS was provided to the Air Force as part of a task order from a previously awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Exelis recently announced the award of a $6.3 million order from the same IDIQ contract. The AN/PLM-4 has also been delivered to other branches of the U.S. military and International customers over the course of the 2,000 deliveries. The RSS is a portable radar simulator that tests radar warning receivers, electronic surveillance measures and electronic countermeasures systems. The system tests the detection and identification capabilities of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and can also be used for testing systems on surface ships, submarines and land vehicles against the latest hostile threats.
Exelis Releases Three Application Program Interfaces for Weather Forecasters, Product Managers, and Enterprise Logistics Operations Managers
Jan 6 15
Exelis has released three new application program interfaces (API) for weather forecasters, product managers and enterprise logistics operations managers. Delivered directly into their applications and systems, the APIs make it easy and convenient to access information products from the Helios™ platform. Helios generates unique information products, not available from any other company, by processing millions of images from an aggregated and growing set of thousands of public and private traffic and web cameras in major U.S. markets. Exelis uses proprietary methods and algorithms that can uniquely detect and validate weather conditions, as well as provide visual reference to the current weather. Helios detection and surveillance capabilities reflect the company’s focus and expertise in the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and analytics strategic growth area. Helios provides information products for companies and organizations that need accurate and timely weather conditions for validation, incorporation into commercial offerings, or as actionable information for real-time decision-making within their enterprises. Helios4Forecast™, Helios4Apps™ and Helios4Enterprise™ allow developers, programmers and integrators direct interface with the Helios Digital Platform to access multiple information products to develop their own weather applications or add value to their existing products. Helios4Forecast provides detected conditions including rain, wet roads, and visibility for improved accuracy for near-term, local forecasts. Helios4Apps offers product managers, who work for companies that develop weather apps, original and relevant content to differentiate their applications. Helios4Enterprise helps logistics managers by providing critical weather updates that can help improve operational efficiency, delivery time and safety. Exelis offers custom APIs that enable companies like TrafficLand and AccuWeather, that have very specific requirements and distribution channel needs, to use Helios in a variety of ways. These include complementing internal business processes, generating new content, and enhancing web and mobile phone applications, and forecasting tools.