Photo courtesy of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.
Kratos Mobile Laboratory Product deployed in COVID-19 fight.

Photo courtesy of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. Kratos Mobile Laboratory Product deployed in COVID-19 fight.

Genasys Inc. formerly LRAD, a provider of communications systems and solutions, recently announced a $12.6 million follow-on order from the U.S. Army.

The order is for LRAD 450XL acoustic hailing devices (“AHDs”), spares and accessories. This is the third LRAD 450XL order received under the $110 million Army AHD program.

Another order is expected later this quarter, according to the company.

“The LRAD 450XL provides the Army with critical communications and scalable escalation of force capabilities,” said Richard Danforth, chief executive officer of Genasys Inc. “These LRAD systems will be fielded with active duty, Reserve, and National Guard military police, PSYOPS and transportation security units.”

The equipment is low profile, lightweight and designed to be mounted on tripods, vehicles, small vessels, and Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS), the LRAD 450XL uses Genasys’ patented technology to generate the audio output of a unit almost twice its size and weight with the same high level of clarity and intelligibility consistent with the LRAD product line.

Defense, homeland security and various public safety agencies throughout the world use LRAD systems to deliver audible voice messages and alert tones with industry-leading vocal clarity and distance to safely warn and notify, establish large standoff zones, determine intent, resolve uncertain situations, and save lives, according to the company.

Genasys is a global provider of critical communications solutions. Genasys’ systems are in service in 72 countries in diverse applications, including public safety, national emergency warning systems, mass notification, defense, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection and many more, according to Genasys.

Mobile Laboratory Deployed in COVID-19 Fight

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. a National Security Solutions provider, announced that its Mobile Laboratory Product, developed in part by the Kratos Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Division for the Department of Defense’s Analytical Laboratory System, Modified Work Order (ALS MWO) program, has been deployed as part of the National Guard’s efforts to combat COVID-19, according to the company.

The ALS program, run through the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND), provides a common, mobile laboratory capability to DoD field analytic units across multiple domain spaces. The system provides on-site capability to detect and/or identify a wide range of CBRNE materials in environmental samples. These mobile units have been adapted to conduct clinical specimen testing in support of COVID-19 response efforts and are being deployed to the epicenters of the pandemic within the United States to provide additional laboratory capacity and capabilities to support increased testing activities, according to Kratos.

Tom Mills, president of Kratos C5ISR Division, said, “Kratos C5ISR is a key collaborator on the team of suppliers that provides the ALS mobile laboratory system to the Warfighter. This critical platform was specifically designed and put in place to increase our nation’s readiness against a number of chemical and biological threats. We are proud to deliver a product in support of the fight against COVID-19.”

Eric DeMarco, president and CEO of Kratos, said, “Kratos prides itself on our affordable, leading-edge technologies that enhance the resiliency of our nation’s security. As America confronts this new type of enemy, we are proud to have our product on the front lines of the pandemic to bolster essential testing capabilities and assist our health care heroes.”

In August 2015, Kratos was awarded an initial contract to design and manufacture four (4) prototype, next generation ALS shelter systems. These units featured several design enhancements over existing systems, addressed obsolescence issues and optimized the Warfighter’s ability to analyze data. Since initial prototype production, Kratos C5ISR has been awarded three (3) additional orders for a total of 67 ALS units, with production ongoing as of May 2020.

Kratos C5ISR Division is a leading provider of products, hardware, systems and subsystems in support of unmanned aerial vehicle, high powered directed energy, missiles, missile defense, radar, surface combatant and other combat and weapon systems and program.

Kratos Get $4.9M Satellite Station Deal

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., a national security solutions provider, announced that it had been awarded a $4.9 million contract to modernize the infrastructure and systems that interconnect the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) sites under the AFSCN Network Edge Transport System (ANETS) program. The ANETS system will enable the AFSCN to meet the growing needs of its user community, Kratos said.

“Kratos is deeply experienced with the AFSCN, having provided services to support the AFSCN in the past,” said Mike Rice, vice president of Kratos Space Federal SATCOM & Ground Systems. “The new ANETS system will enable the AFSCN to more efficiently scale to meet the increasing demands from AFSCN users.”

According to the company, it will provide CACI, the prime contractor for this program, and the government a modular, low-risk, turnkey, integrated solution based on mature Commercial Off-the Shelf (COTS) technology. The solution will be comprised of two systems: Wide Area Network Interface Function (WANIF) and a Wide Area Network (WAN) Resource Manager (WRM) system. 

Kratos will supply the WANIF units, based on a highly modular and scalable design, to interconnect AFSCN sites. The WANIF units utilize Kratos’ cutting-edge technology that provides protection against data loss during IP network transport. Kratos will also supply the WRM, which is based on COTS software applications running on COTS hardware (dedicated servers or private cloud), to proactively manage and control the WANIF units that are deployed globally. The WRM encompasses Kratos’ suite of network management and control products for terrestrial and enterprise network operations, satellite networks and network devices. The core COTS technologies for ANETS are currently in operation supporting some of the largest and most critical space-ground systems in the world for the intelligence community, U.S. Department of Defense and commercial sectors.

San Diego Gets Small Role in Missile Work

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $19,061,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-5404 to exercise options for fiscal 2020 Navy Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Mod 5 Guided Missile Launching System (GMLS) requirements. Work will be performed in St. Petersburg, Florida (36%); Louisville, Kentucky (21%); Tucson, Arizona (15%); Huntsville, Alabama (10%); Ottobrunn, Germany (8%); San Diego, California (4%, or $762,000); Tulsa, Oklahoma (3%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (3%). The RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under an international cooperative program between the U.S. and Federal Republic of Germany governments. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. This contract is to procure material, fabricate parts, assemble and test, and deliver RAM MK 49 Mod 5 GMLS and GMLS ordnance alteration kits. Work is expected to be complete by December 2022. Federal Republic of Germany funds in the amount of $19,061,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured under the exception 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4), international agreement. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.