Technologies for fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aircraft

Army orders computer-controlled air-drop systems

Army places order for 100 GPS- and computer-controlled parachute cargo delivery systems

NATICK, Mass., 23 April 2014. Cargo air drop specialists at Airborne Systems North America in Pennsauken, N.J., will provide the U.S. Army with 110 computer-controlled parachute cargo air delivery systems under terms of a contract announced Tuesday.

Deploying unmanned vehicles from jet fighters

Raytheon and DARPA consider deploying unmanned air and marine vehicles from fighter aircraft

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 April 2014. U.S. military unmanned vehicle experts have developed many innovative ways to send drones on their missions. Unmanned vehicles can launch from runways and deploy from ships and submarines. But how about launching from the undercarriage of a jet fighter?

The next super weapon: believe me, nobody's ready for it

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2014. Military powers throughout history have based their strengths on revolutionary super weapons that adversaries couldn't match.

Safety-critical real-time software for Power Architecture avionics introduced by LynuxWorks

Safety-critical real-time software for Power Architecture avionics introduced by LynuxWorks

SAN JOSE, Calif., 22 April 2014. LynuxWorks Inc. in San Jose, Calif., is introducing the LynxOS-178 2.2.3 software release that brings this FAA Level A certifiable real-time operating system (RTOS) to Power Architecture-based platforms with features for avionics developers.

UAV market headed upward, led by Chinese company

Global UAV market to reach $2.3 billion by 2023; Chinese company to be largest UAV builder

NEWTOWN, Conn., 21 April 2014. The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than double over the next decade, rising from $942 million this year to $2.3 billion 2023, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

Combat UAV, AWACS, radio upgrades on Rapid Fire

Combat UAVs, upgrades to AWACS, and software-defined radio for SINCGARS this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 16 April 2014. Competition to build a carrier-based combat UAV, software-defined radio upgrades to a venerable military communications system, and attention turning to potential major upgrades to the AWACS surveillance aircraft highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

On your marks: UCLASS competion set to begin

Navy gets wheels in motion to start official competition to build carrier-based combat UAV

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 15 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a soliciation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

BAE Systems wins $6.7 million Navy IFF contract

Navy orders shipboard IFF interrogators from BAE Systems in $6.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 15 April 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft. They found their solution from the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Greenlawn, N.Y.

Army chooses aerial drone control stations from Micro Systems in $4 million contract

Army chooses aerial drone control stations from Micro Systems in $4 million contract

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., 14 April 2014. U.S. Army target drones experts needed unmanned aerial drone command and control systems. They found their solution from Micro Systems Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

U.S. Air Force selects Cubic for Moroccan P5 air combat training system

U.S. Air Force selects Cubic for Moroccan P5 air combat training system

SAN DIEGO, 12 April 2014. Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corp., won a U.S. Air Force contract valued at more than $5 million to supply its P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) to the Royal Moroccan Air Force.

TriQuint RFMD

Executive provides insight into TriQuint-RFMD merger into $2 billion RF company

EXECUTIVE Q&A: TriQuint and RFMD have merged to form a new company (name to be announced) with combined revenue of more than $2 billion, serving the defense/aerospace, network infrastructure, and mobile device communities. A senior manager talks specifically about infrastructure and defense.

POWER ELECTRONICS: DC-DC converter for military and civil aviation uses introduced by Modular Devices

Modular Devices Inc. (MDI) in Shirley, N.Y., is introducing the series 3090 compact DC-DC converter for aerospace, defense, and civil aviation airborne electronics applications.

DATABUSES AND NETWORKING: Crystal Group to provide rugged network switches for AC-130U Special Operations aircraft gunship

U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed ruggedized Cisco network switches for the AC-130U Spooky gunship.

POWER ELECTRONICS: Behlman to provide COTS power supplies for U.S. Navy airborne missions

Behlman Electronics Inc. in Hauppauge, N.Y., won a U.S. Navy order for its Model 00389 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) power supplies.

Raytheon to provide aircraft multispectral sensors

Electro-optics experts at Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems in McKinney, Texas, won two contracts worth $22.9 million total to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. military aircraft.

Army asks industry for 50-kilowatt laser

U.S. Army missile-defense experts are asking industry to supply an adjustable-power 50-kilowatt laser that with its cooling subsystem can fit on an 8-by-53-foot full-sized flatbed trailer.

Northrop Grumman to supply Special Forces laser target designators

Laser targeting experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Laser Systems segment in Apopka, Fla., will provide U.S. Special Forces with specialized laser target designator viewing devices under terms of a $12.3 million U.S. Navy contract.

Pentagon plans to spend $2.45 billion next year on UAVs for surveillance and attack

U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

SRCTec to build ground-based radars to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

U.S. Army surveillance experts are asking SRCTec Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., to provide ground-based radar systems that enable military officials to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in controlled civil airspace without a chase plane or ground observer.

Elbit tapped for night-vision data converters

Elbit to provide data conversion processors for Army helicopter night-vision equipment

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 11 April 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts needed special processors to convert electronic signals from helicopter sensors to trend information for display on night-vision equipment. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

High-speed controller and storage module for defense and industrial uses introduced by Elma

High-speed controller and storage module for defense and industrial uses introduced by Elma

FREMONT, Calif., 11 April 2014. Elma Electronic Inc. in Fremont, Calif., is introducing model 5335/6 high-speed controller and storage embedded computing module for defense and industrial applications ranging from ground, ship- and airborne systems to signals intelligence, engine and automation control, and mission critical information systems.

Powering and cooling embedded electronics

Engineers tap the power of commercial processors while combating power and thermal challenges with modern electronics.

Air Force eyes electronic upgrades to AWACS

Air Force considers major electronic upgrades to AWACS aircraft computers and sensors

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 10 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are surveying industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the E-3 Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

Sensor fusion heads for the field

Researchers from military, corporate, and college laboratories are combining their skills to solve the problems of information overload and incomplete and missing information.

Lockheed Martin to replace mission computers, weather radars in C-5M cargo jets

Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract.

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