A decade and a half after military commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) procurement burst onto the scene in a big way, the scourge of high tech—counterfeit electronic parts—is still with us, but industry finally seems to be getting off the dime to do something about it.
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz.—Aerospace and defense applications were among the few bright spots for the VME embedded computing industry in 2009, as many VME military embedded systems vendors posted gains in what was probably the toughest year in the history of the VMEbus industry, says Ray Alderman, executive director of the VITA open standards, open markets trade association in Fountain Hills, Ariz.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif.—A solid-state laser system from Northrop Grumman Corp. which produces a powerful beam from a continuous-wave, electric laser is joining other speed-of-light weapons for field tests at the Army’s High Energy Laser System Test Facility (HELSTF), at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
SAN DIEGO—Eric George, director of mission systems and software for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, and Steve Vail, senior advisor for Global Air Traffic Operations at FedEx will deliver the keynote addresses at the 2010 Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum and Avionics USA conferences and exhibitions to be held June 3–4, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.
S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry to develop a data-processing workstation to help pinpoint concentrations of foot soldiers moving in thick forests and other dense foliage.
SAN DIEGO—Northrop Grumman Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. will provide the U.S. Navy with shipboard computers for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program, under terms of contracts awarded in March.
S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are launching a program to develop speech transcription, translation, and, speech signal processing technologies that function effectively in noisy places to support intelligence gathering.
Military COTS procurement created lucrative opportunities for unscrupulous electronic component manufacturers, brokers, and distributors to satisfy demand for hard-to-find parts, but industry and government organizations are gathering their forces to fight back.
“Solid-state storage devices are becoming more prevalent in military and aerospace applications,” explains Ken Owens, chief executive officer at solid-state memory specialist Conduant Corp. in Longmont, Colo. “Solid-state drives (SSDs) enjoy a number of advantages over spinning hard drives.”
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — U.S. Army field artillery experts are trying to replace primer-based firing systems with high-temperature, diode-pumped lasers in heavy artillery to improve reliability, affordability, and safety, Army officials say.
ARLINGTON, Va.—Astronomers at the U. S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., plan to develop a large, diffractive optics membrane and communications equipment for a geosynchronous orbit-based telescope, which is to be part of a space-based video surveillance system.
Systems designers at OASYS Technology LLC in Manchester, N.H., won a $10.6 million contract to develop an unmanned airborne multispectral sensor suite for advanced imaging technology in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Optics 1 Inc., an optical systems designer and manufacturer in Manchester, N. H., needed thermal imagers for clip-on thermal imager (COTI) systems that Optics 1 is building for the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind.
Raytheon Co. is modifying weapons data link equipment used in pilot training for F-15 fighter aircraft under terms of a $37.9 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for the Air Force Training Frequency Relocation (TFR) program.
Avionics computer systems designers at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Bloomington, Minn., will provide the U.S. Navy with 118 Type 3 advanced mission computers for carrier-based F/A-18 and E/A-18G jet fighter-bomber and electronic warfare aircraft under terms of a $30.6 million contract.
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in San Diego needed flight-control and mission-management computers for the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV program.
ITT Interconnect Solutions in Santa Ana, Calif., report their company’s APD Series plastic circular connectors are being specified for use as military connectors in military wheeled armored vehicles for onboard applications that do not require mil-spec connectors.
Raditek International Inc. in San Jose, Calif., report their company’s APD Series plastic circular connectors are being specified for use as military connectors in military wheeled armored vehicles for onboard applications that do not require mil-spec connectors.
Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) in Middleton, Wis., is introducing the XCalibur1531 6U VME computer board with Freescale Semiconductor’s dual-core MPC8572E PowerQUICC III processor for compute-intensive, embedded computer applications.
Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing its latest version of the NightHawk RCU, an Intel Atom-based rugged computer remote-control unit for unmanned vehicles, armored vehicles, and aircraft.
ITT Interconnect Solutions in Santa Ana, Calif., developed a 19-way commercial Pogo pin connector and cable assembly that meet electrical and mechanical specifications for aircraft electronics, medical test and diagnostic imaging equipment, and instrumentation and industrial equipment.
Emerson Network Power in Carlsbad, Calif., is introducing the DS760SL distributed power supply in a slimline form factor for space-constrained applications in server storage, industrial computing, and enterprise server racks.
Stealth Computer in Woodbridge, Ontario, is introducing the Model SR-2625F fanless quiet rack server in single- or dual-system designs for applications in embedded computer control, human/machine interfaces, thin clients, and interactive kiosks.
Analog Devices Inc. in Norwood, Mass., is introducing the Blackfin BF50x digital signal processor (DSP) chips with integrated analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) and flash memory for converged digital signal and control processing applications such as power inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), servo controls, and motor controls.
National Hybrid Inc. in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., is introducing the Terminal+ multi-protocol MIL-STD-1553 avionics data bus interface with integrated transformers, which can function as a simultaneous monitor/remote terminal, a programmable bus controller, a remote terminal, or a bus monitor.
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