BAE Systems also won a $699 million contract from the U.S. Army to support high performance computing for the DoD
September 26, 2022
In recent years, U.S. defense applications have increasingly incorporated commercial off-the-shelf semiconductor technology. But military-grade technology requires domestically developed custom capabilities that go beyond commercially available technology. According to a release from BAE Systems, the development lags associated with customizing commercial technology have led to significant time gaps between chip-level technology and the fielding of defense applications.
Under a strategic agreement begun last year, BAE Systems, Inc.’s FAST Labs™ research and development organization gained early access to select Intel technologies. The agreement is expected to enable BAE Systems to develop and field next-generation defense applications more quickly, based on Intel’s most advanced technology.
“Early access to Intel’s developing technology can speed the timetable of producing defense applications and maintain our country’s technological edge,” said Chris Rappa, director at BAE Systems’ FAST Labs, in the release. “Closing the development gap—potentially by years in some cases—will deliver a critical advantage to our country.”
The strategic agreement followed other recent collaborations between BAE Systems and Intel. In one, the companies collaborate on Intel’s recently launched Field Programmable Gate Array technology. In another, they’re teaming up on the SHIP-Digital program, which aims to extend Intel’s wideband radio frequency signal processing platform to the most size, weight, and power-constrained defense applications. According to BAE Systems, this collaboration will enable it to continue “to deliver the most advanced capabilities at significantly lower costs.”
“We are excited to extend our existing relationship with BAE Systems and look forward to working with them to protect national security, critical infrastructure, and vital information,” said Frank Ferrante, senior director of Military Aerospace and Defense Division at Intel, in the release.
New five-year contract will enable BAE Systems to support the Computing Modernization Program, providing DoD with supercomputing capabilities
Earlier this year, the U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems a $699 million, five-year contract for Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) operations, maintenance, and management services. These include program-wide services for high performance computer (HPC) users, as BAE Systems will support the Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), the company said in a release.
The program provides the Department of Defense (DoD) supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications, and computational science expertise that enable DoD scientists and engineers to conduct a wide range of focused research and development, test and evaluation, and acquisition engineering activities. According to BAE Systems, the partnership puts advanced technology in the hands of U.S. forces more quickly, less expensively, and with greater certainty of success.
The company said the program provides a complete advanced computing environment for the DoD that includes unique expertise in software development and system design, powerful high-performance computing systems, and a premier wide-area research network. The program is managed on behalf of the DoD by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.
“Our team brings the high performing computing capabilities necessary to support the invaluable work of the DSRCs around the U.S.,” said Lisa Hand, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions, in the release. “This award reaffirms the best-in-class experience our Huntsville team delivers for our government partners as a leading systems integrator of solutions and advanced technologies.”
BAE Systems will provide the Army with management and technical support to advance HPC services, capabilities, infrastructure, and technologies for the Navy DSRC, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; the Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) DSRC, Vicksburg, Mississippi; the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) DSRC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) DSRC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the company said.
BAE Systems said it provides expert systems engineering, integration, and sustainment services, as well as advanced electronics, intelligence, security, and IT solutions and support services to enhance mission effectiveness. Its solutions are deployed across the Department of Defense and federal civilian agency platforms and networks in land, air, sea, space, and cyber domains.