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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
MFoCS systems photo DRS technologies

MFoCS systems photo DRS technologies


March 20, 2015 By Tom Kington - Defense News


ROME — After hinting for months that he would consider selling DRS, Finmeccanica CEO Mauro Moretti said on Thursday he was taking stock of the firm's improving results and putting off all decisions until September.

Moretti first suggested last summer he could sell the US electronics unit that Finmeccanica bought in 2008. Then, in January, he told analysts that he would seek a partner to help run the unit, while selling off activity worth €200 million (US $214.6 million), including DRS' Aviation and Logistics, as well as Training Communications and Network solutions units.

At the time, Moretti said DRS' volumes had halved since Finmeccanica bought the firm for $5.2 billion, citing slowing US defense spending.

There were also, he said, "Clear difficulties managing the business effectively as a true domestic player if you are not American."

After finding a partner, Moretti said, "We will look at longer term options." Analysts at the time said the partnership could be a prelude to selling.

But on Thursday, at a meeting with analysts to discuss Finmeccanica's 2014 results, Moretti appeared more upbeat about DRS.


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27 janvier 2015 2 27 /01 /janvier /2015 17:35
EA-18G Growler aircraft. (photo US Navy)

EA-18G Growler aircraft. (photo US Navy)


26 January 2015 airforce-technology.com


DRS Technologies has been awarded a contract to supply joint tactical terminal-receivers (JTT-R) systems to the Australian Defence Force and the US Navy.


Under the $12m indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, the Finmeccanica subsidiary will manufacture and supply up to 180 JTT-Rs for installation onboard the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) and the US Navy's EA-18 Growler aircraft.


The foreign military sales contract was awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. The agreement combines purchases for the navy and the Australian Government, and covers JTT-R production engineering, test set racks, fixtures, and tooling.


DRS Technologies C4ISR business group president Sally Wallace said: "It's critical threat, targeting and mission planning data provides improved communications for delivering a distinct advantage to the US Navy and Australian Growler aviators flying the most advanced naval airborne electronic attack platform in the world."


The JTT-R has been developed since 2009. It is an ultra-high-frequency receiver, and is designed to provide near real-time, over the horizon threat data for situational awareness and assessment, as well as threat avoidance, targeting, mission planning and communications.


In particular, the receiver presents critical situational awareness information to the user by receiving near real-time threat, survivor and Blue Force Tracking data through integrated broadcast service and common interactive broadcast waveforms over UHF satellite communications links.


JTT-R serves as a replacement to the conventional multi-mission advanced tactical terminal (MATT) that is nearing end-of-life with the impending transition to the common interactive broadcast waveform.


A derivative of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II aircraft, the EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack that can disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including radars and communications systems.


The aircraft's primary missions are electronic attack and suppression of enemy air defences, particularly at the start and on-going early stages of hostilities.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:35
DRS Technologies Canada To Provide Communications Systems For Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC-class Frigates


March 25, 2014. David Pugliese Defence Watch


News release from DRS Technologies:


ARLINGTON, Va., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that its Canadian subsidiary will be providing communications systems in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) ANZAC-class frigates.

The subcontract was awarded to DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (DRS TCL) in support of a communications modernization contract by Selex ES. DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (TCL) is the primary subcontractor to Selex ES.

Under the subcontract DRS will provide all internal tactical and secure voice switching systems and terminals, including the SHINCOM 3100 central switching unit, wideband audio network data switching system, console dual screen terminals, outdoor terminals, jackboxes and ancillaries.

SHINCOM 3100 is the latest generation of shipboard communications switch technology; and provides reliable, red/black secure tactical communications for Navy operators.

DRS TCL will produce and deliver eight ship-sets and two shore systems under the subcontract.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for DRS TCL to deliver the SHINCOM 3100 system to the Royal Australian Navy. This system, leverages the existing installed base with the Royal Canadian Navy and the United States Navy,” says Steve Zuber, vice president and general manager, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. “This program will allow these Navies to share key interoperability, technology and applications, ensuring that SHINCOM 3100 remains the premier internal communications system for years to come,” Zuber said.

About DRS Technologies
DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.

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