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Teal analysts name nation's top 11 defense electronics companies expected over next decade

Teal analysts name nation's top 11 defense electronics companies expected over next decade

WASHINGTON, 16 Oct. 2014. Eleven U.S. prime defense contractors will dominate the defense electronics market over the next decade, with the top three -- Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman -- expected to take the lion's share of military electronics contracts through 2023. The total value of defense electronics contracts through 2023 is expected to be $373.4 billion.

BAE Systems chooses embedded computing from GE for embedded training on Bradley Fighting Vehicle

WASHINGTON, 15 Oct. 2014. Vetronics designers at the BAE Systems Platforms and Services segment in Santa Clara, Calif., needed rugged computers for embedded training capability on the U.S. Army BAE Systems M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Mercury to provide Navy with additional DRFM radar-spoofing jammers in $2.6 million order

Mercury to provide Navy with additional DRFM radar-spoofing jammers in $2.6 million order

CYPRESS, Calif., 13 Oct. 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Mercury Defense Systems (MDS) subsidiary of Mercury Systems Inc. in Cypress, Calif., will provide the U.S. Navy with electronic radar-spoofing devices under terms of a $2.6 million order announced last week.

Mercury announced a Navy order for advanced Digital RF Memory (DRFM) jammers. Mercury Defense Systems, formerly KOR Electronics, won a $1.5 million Navy order last June for the Mercury Airborne 1225 advanced DRFM electronic warfare (EW) jammers.

Navy chooses contract manufacturer Sechan to build components for ship self-defense system

Navy chooses contract manufacturer Sechan to build components for ship self-defense system

DAHLGREN, Va., 10 Oct. 2014. Electronics contract manufacturer Sechan Electronics Inc. in Lititz, Pa., will build hardware for the U.S. Navy's Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) Mk2 under terms of a $24.3 million contract.

TE Connectivity boosts pressure sensor expertise with acquisition of American Sensor Technologies

TE Connectivity boosts pressure sensor expertise with acquisition of American Sensor Technologies

HARRISBURG, Pa., 9 Oct. 2014. Executives of interconnect technology expert TE Connectivity Ltd. in Harrisburg, Pa., are boosting their company's expertise in pressure and position sensing with their acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc. in Budd Lake, N.J.

Navy choosing rugged fiber optic cable from TE SubCom to connect subsea instruments

Navy choosing rugged fiber optic cable from TE SubCom to connect subsea instruments

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 6 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy subsea instrument specialists needed optical fiber-based submarine cable to connect deep ocean measurement instruments to shore monitoring stations. They found their solution from Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications LLC (TE SubCom) in Eatontown, N.J.

Army taps Quantum Research to build imaging nano-satellites for front-line warfighters

Army taps Quantum Research to build imaging nano-satellites for front-line warfighters

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., 2 Oct. 2014. U.S. Army strategic reconnaissance experts needed an imaging satellite company to build small satellites to provide deployed warfighters with real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery. They found their solution from Quantum Research International, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.

Navy nearing end of competition to develop helicopter-based EW to protect ships from missiles

Navy nearing end of competition to develop helicopter-based EW to protect ships from missiles

WASHINGTON, 1 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy surface-warfare experts will begin deciding next month on a contractor to design and build a helicopter-based long-range electronic warfare (EW) system to counter existing and future advanced anti-ship missiles.

Air Force Research Lab asks Leidos to redefine the state of the art in aircraft missile defense

Air Force Research Lab asks Leidos to redefine the state of the art in aircraft missile defense

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 24 Sept. 2014. Aerial missile defense experts at Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va., will attempt to advance the state of the art in aircraft missile warning and countermeasures under terms of a $49.4 million U.S. Air Force research contract announced this week.

Navy chooses VXI backplanes from Tracewell Systems for submarine communications routing

Navy chooses VXI backplanes from Tracewell Systems for submarine communications routing

NEWPORT, R.I., 22 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts needed embedded computing to route signals and information among various antennas and communications systems aboard Navy submarines. They found their solution from Tracewell Systems Inc. in Westerville, Ohio.

Army and Boeing work together to beef-up electrical system on advanced CH-47 Chinook helicopters

Army and Boeing work together to beef-up electrical system on advanced CH-47 Chinook helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 18 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army helicopter aviation experts are working with the Boeing Co. to improve the electrical system on the CH-47 Chinook medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter to incorporate additional on-board power.

IARPA to brief industry on upcoming projects, goals, and contract opportunities 29-30 Oct.

IARPA to brief industry on upcoming projects, goals, and contract opportunities 29-30 Oct.

COLLEGE PARK, Md., 12 Sept. 2014. Experts from the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington will brief industry on the breadth and depth of IARPA's research initiatives on 29 and 30 Oct. 2014 in the College Park, Md., area.

Microsemi to boost expertise in optical and Ethernet communications with Centellax acquisition

Microsemi to boost expertise in optical and Ethernet communications with Centellax acquisition

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 12 Sept. 2014. Executives of Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., seek to boost their company's expertise in high-speed analog and RF semiconductor products for the optical communications and Ethernet data communications applications with their acquisition of Centellax in Santa Rose, Calif.

Demand for military armored vehicle upgrades and retrofits to hit $4.76 billion this year

Demand for military armored vehicle upgrades and retrofits to hit $4.76 billion this year

LONDON, 11 Sept. 2014. Global demand for military armored vehicle upgrades and retrofits will reach $4.76 billion this year, predict analysts at market researcher Visiongain Ltd. in London.

Global military spending for electro-optical and infrared technologies to reach $8.38 billion this year

Global military spending for electro-optical and infrared technologies to reach $8.38 billion this year

AMSTERDAM, 8 Sept. 2014. Worldwide military spending for military electro optical and infrared systems will reach $8.38 billion this year, with steady growth over the next decade, say analysts at market researcher ASD Media BV in Amsterdam.

Global demand for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to grow five-fold over next six years

Global demand for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to grow five-fold over next six years

DALLAS, 5 Sept. 2014. The worldwide market for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will grow five-fold over the next six years, reaching $8.26 billion in 2020 compared to this year's $1.51 billion, predict analysts at market researcher MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

Infineon to boost expertise in GaN power semiconductors in buy of International Rectifier

Infineon to boost expertise in GaN power semiconductors in buy of International Rectifier

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 25 Aug. 2014. Executives of semiconductor specialist Infineon Technologies AG in Neubiberg, Germany, are boosting their company's expertise in power electronics with their announced acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. in El Segundo, Calif.

U.S. Special Operations Command picks ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals for infantry communications

U.S. Special Operations Command picks ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals for infantry communications

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 15 Aug. 2014. U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) needed small networking terminals to link ground vehicles, small boats, ships, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.

Navy scraps anticipated program to develop prototype laser weapons for helicopter operations at sea

RIDGECREST, Calif., 14 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy laser weapons experts say they are scrapping a plan to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

NASA chooses image-generating rackmount visual servers for simulation from Concurrent Computer

NASA chooses image-generating rackmount visual servers for simulation from Concurrent Computer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 12 Aug. 2014. Space researchers at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., needed real-time computers to help them develop flight sensors and emulators. They found their solution from Concurrent Computer Corp. in Duluth, Ga.

Exelis boosts airport networking know-how with acquisition of Barco Orthogon

Exelis boosts airport networking know-how with acquisition of Barco Orthogon

McLEAN, Va., 11 Aug. 2014. 2014 Leaders of aerospace and defense contractor Exelis in McLean, Va., are boosting their company's expertise in commercial aviation networks their acquisition of Barco Orthogon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barco NV in Bremen, Germany.

Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls

Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls

EVERETT, Wash., 8 Aug. 2014. Avionics integrators at Cathay Pacific airlines in Hong Kong needed avionics interface technology to protect flight-critical aircraft control systems aboard long-range passenger jets from potential corruption from in-flight entertainment and other non-flight-critical systems. They found their solution from Ballard Technology Inc. in Everett, Wash.

Pentagon's lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) guideline is latest attempt to attack costs

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 5 Aug. 2014. The U.S. Department of Defense has a long history of trying to balance the quality and price of the nation's weapon systems. With tight budgets the rule these days -- and the threat of another round of sequestration as early as 2016 -- the scales may be tipping in favor of price over quality.

Printed circuit board bookings increase in June: first year-on-year increase in eight months

Printed circuit board bookings increase in June: first year-on-year increase in eight months

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., 4 Aug. 2014. Bookings of printed circuit boards in the U.S. and Canada increased 4.2 percent in June, which was the first year-on-year bookings increase in eight months, say officials of the IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill.

Army looks to BDS for technologies to detect explosives hidden on potential suicide bombers

Army looks to BDS for technologies to detect explosives hidden on potential suicide bombers

NATICK, Mass., 1 Aug. 2014. U.S. Army explosives-detection experts needed multi-sensor systems to detect improvised weapons hidden on human suicide bombers at safe distances before these suicide bombers can do widespread damage. They found their solution from Broadband Discovery Systems (BDS) Inc. in Scotts Valley, Calif.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Natick, Mass., announced a $9 million contract to BDS on Wednesday to build, test, and assess multi-sensor stand-off person-borne improvised explosive device (IED) detection systems.

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