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30 years later, Marine Corps Boeing AV-8B jump jet still being upgraded as front-line attack jet

30 years later, Marine Corps Boeing AV-8B jump jet still being upgraded as front-line attack jet

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 April 2015. The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet is one of the most upgraded military combat aircraft 30 years after its first deployments, and even longer than that since its initial design back in the 1970s.

Not your grandfather's submarine periscope

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 7 April 2015. We've all seen the movies -- Run Silent, Run Deep; Das Boot; U-571, and others -- in which the submarine captain orders "up periscope," a big tube rises, the captain quickly unfolds a pair of handles, swivels his hat backwards, and looks through eyepieces while rotating the tube around 360 degrees to see what's on the surface.

House and Senate seeing eye-to-eye on defense spending for next year

House and Senate seeing eye-to-eye on defense spending for next year

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 31 March 2015. At this early stage, the U.S. House and Senate are seeing eye-to-eye on next year's defense spending, as the two houses of Congress are placing roughly equal amounts for the Pentagon in their respective fiscal 2016 budget resolutions.

Should some smart munitions be classified as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)?

Should some smart munitions be classified as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 24 March 2015. We live in an era of dizzying technological sophistication. It seems that everything electronic has some sort of "intelligence," from autonomous flying drones to late-model kitchen appliances.

Congress takes its first look at next year's DOD budget, and early indications are good

Congress takes its first look at next year's DOD budget, and early indications are good

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 17 March 2015. We're starting to get some early indications from Congress on prospects for defense spending next year. as you might expect, it's a mixed bag, with good news and bad news.

Laser weapons: things just keep getting better and better

Laser weapons: things just keep getting better and better

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 10 March 2015. Laser weapons, they're just around the corner, right? We've been hearing that now for years; it's like so many other things -- always just two years away.

Watertight connector for avionics, night-vision, and simulation introduced by LEMO

Watertight connector for avionics, night-vision, and simulation introduced by LEMO

ROHNERT PARK, Calif., 5 March 2015. LEMO USA Inc. in Rohnert Park, Calif., is introducing the 0T series small-size watertight connector for aerospace and defense applications like aircraft communications, land vehicles, night-vision equipment, and simulation.

Arctic surveillance is the result of East-West political tensions in the polar regions

Arctic surveillance is the result of East-West political tensions in the polar regions

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 3 March 2015. What's going on in the Arctic? Rising political tensions between East and West are giving rise to a new generation of rugged Arctic surveillance sensor technologies that are designed to detect and track aircraft, surface ships, submarines, and even cold-weather warfighters on foot.

Army to buy more than 2,000 Hellfire missiles for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia

Army to buy more than 2,000 Hellfire missiles for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 25 Feb. 2015. U.S. Army anti-armor missile experts are ordering more than 2,000 U.S.-made Hellfire II tactical missiles for the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia.

Army orders 84 advanced helicopters over the last month worth a total of $1.1 billion

Army orders 84 advanced helicopters over the last month worth a total of $1.1 billion

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 24 Feb. 2015. The past month has seen the U.S. military on a buying spree for advanced helicopters designed for a wide range of tasks from reconnaissance to attack. Since late January U.S. Army aviation authorities have announced orders for 84 helicopters worth about $1.1 billion.

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John Keller is editor-in-chief of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine, which provides extensive coverage and analysis of enabling electronic and optoelectronic technologies in military, space, and commercial aviation applications. A member of the Military & Aerospace Electronics staff since the magazine's founding in 1989, Mr. Keller took over as chief editor in 1995.

Courtney E. Howard, as executive editor, enjoys writing about all things electronics and avionics in PennWell’s burgeoning Aerospace and Defense Group, which encompasses Military & Aerospace Electronics, Intelligent Aerospace, the Intelligent Aerospace Conference & Exhibition, and much more. She’s also a self-proclaimed social-media maven, mil-aero nerd, and avid avionics geek. Connect with Courtney at Courtney@Pennwell.com, @coho on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

Mil & Aero Magazine

April 2015
Volume 26, Issue 4
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