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Mohawk Valley firms participate in $50M Air Force contract

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Black River Systems Inc. of Utica

ROME, N.Y. — Black River Systems Inc. of Utica and North Point Defense Inc. of Rome, along with a Maryland company, were recently awarded a nearly $50 million contract from the U.S. Air Force.

The Mohawk Valley companies and Geon Technologies LLC of Columbia, Maryland have been awarded up to a maximum $49.9 million order for technical documentation, technical reports, software, and hardware. The scope of this contract is to perform research, development, enhancement, and integration of technologies to develop digital-signal processing capabilities that will scan through the Radio Frequency spectrum to detect high-priority emissions, according to a Department of Defense contract announcement. 

The pact will also provide for research and the development/integration of technologies that will provide collection, detection, exploitation and geo-location capabilities of emerging signals of interest to various collection platforms. 

The work will be performed in Rome and is expected to be completed by July 15, 2028, per the contract announcement. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 10 offers received. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test, and evaluation funds totaling more than $4.4 million are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome is the contracting authority.

Black River Systems designs, develops, deploys, and analyzes radar, infrared, acoustic, and electronic-warfare sensing systems for the Department of Defense and prime contractors. The company, headquartered at 162 Genesee St in Utica, also has offices in Ohio, Minnesota, and California. 

North Point Defense says it provides critical capabilities to the national-intelligence community by developing communications-network access tools and advanced methods for communications-signal exploitation. The company’s areas of research and development include analog and digital multiplexing, signal conditioning, automated end-to-end processing from radio-frequency detection to intelligence end-product, network exploitation, parallel processing, and system miniaturization. North Point Defense is headquartered at 1300B Floyd Ave. in Rome.

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