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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory announced Sept. 30, 2019, that it has awarded a contract to Valley Tech Systems, Inc., for development and testing of an open system signals intelligence (SIGINT) framework.

Air Force Selects Valley Tech Systems for Open Architecture

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“We are committed to supporting the United States Air Force as they embark on journey of incorporating open system technology into intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems,” said Ragan Wilkinson, chief technology officer, Valley Tech Systems. “Open system architectures encourage innovation, support best-of-breed technology insertion, enable new mission capabilities to be delivered at the pace of emerging threats and reduce lifecycle costs through reuse,” he added. “As the commercial world has discovered, open architectures and open software change everything.”

The U.S. Air Force announcement stated that the contract award is for $9.9 million and that work is expected to be complete by September 2022. The announcement explained that this contract will “enhance the body of knowledge in the cyber domain through the research and development of innovative concepts and advancement in the software defined radio state-of-the-art to support signal intelligence related capabilities including real-time collection, geolocation and signal exploitation.”

Valley Tech Systems’ innovative hot gas, throttling and extinguishment and reignition technologies regulate the use of solid propellant to achieve levels of precision and long-duration operation that approach those of liquid and cold-gas systems. Solid propulsion systems offer superior reliability, safety and affordability.