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Army looks to Benchmark Electronics for special Air Warrior helicopter air crew transceivers

Army looks to Benchmark Electronics for special Air Warrior helicopter air crew transceivers

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 7 March 2013. U.S. Army helicopter warfare experts needed special RF transceivers for the Army's Air Warrior program to improve the effectiveness and survivability of Army helicopter crew members. They found their solution from The Benchmark Electronics Inc. Minnesota Division in Rochester, Minn.

BAE Systems to help lead extended Army research to develop battlefield micro robots

BAE Systems to help lead extended Army research to develop battlefield micro robots

MERRIMACK, N.H., 6 March 2013. Micro robot experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector in Merrimack, N.H., will help U.S. Army researchers develop bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces under terms of a $43 million contract extension announced Tuesday.

DARPA TERN program seeks to operate long-endurance UAVs from fleets of small ships

DARPA TERN program seeks to operate long-endurance UAVs from fleets of small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 March 2013. U.S. government researchers are trying to develop a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for long-term maritime surveillance that can launch and recover from small ships to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock.

Army looks to iRobot for lightweight throwable robots for battlefield situational awareness

Army looks to iRobot for lightweight throwable robots for battlefield situational awareness

WARREN, Mich., 4 March 2013. U.S. Army officials are ordering a five-pound throwable unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to provide infantrymen with hasty situational awareness, persistent observation, and the ability to investigate confined spaces on the battlefield.

Sikorsky, Boeing partner to submit X2 Technology helicopter design to support U.S. Army Future Vertical Lift initiative

WASHINGTON, 2 March 2013. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are submitting a joint proposal to build a demonstrator aircraft based on Sikorsky's X2 Technology rotorcraft design for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) Phase 1 program.

DARPA to brief industry 18 March on program to create common RF phased array building blocks

DARPA to brief industry 18 March on program to create common RF phased array building blocks

ARLINGTON, Va., 1 March 2013. Military researchers are trying to save time and money in the development of RF phased arrays for radar, communications, and electronic warfare (EW) by creating common building blocks to help designers avoid starting from scratch every time they build a new RF array.

Embedded computing expert VersaLogic sets up new headquarters near Portland, Ore.

Embedded computing expert VersaLogic sets up new headquarters near Portland, Ore.

TUALATIN, Ore., 1 March 2013. VersaLogic Corp., which provides rugged industrial computers for embedded control and industrial control, has moved its headquarters from Eugene, Ore., to the Portland, Ore., metro area.

Army eyes mast-mounted infrared sensors able to detect and track humans and aerial drones

Army eyes mast-mounted infrared sensors able to detect and track humans and aerial drones

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 28 Feb. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to build ground-based wide-area infrared search and track (IRST) sensors that can track unmanned aerial drones, as well as humans on foot, art ranges as far as several kilometers.

Air Force places urgent order for VarTech 20.1-inch displays for F-15 avionics test bench

Air Force places urgent order for VarTech 20.1-inch displays for F-15 avionics test bench

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 27 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials are placing an urgent order to VarTech Systems Inc. in Baton, Rouge, La., for 27 of the company's VT201R 20.1-inch rack-mount liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for an upgrade to avionics test benches for the Boeing F-15 jet fighter aircraft.

Specification enhancements approved to speed PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 data rates

Specification enhancements approved to speed PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 data rates

NUREMBERG, Germany, 26 Feb. 2013. The PC/104 Consortium, the embedded computing organization that maintains specifications supporting the PC/104 form factor, has approved enhancements to the PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 specifications, with provisions for PCI Express Generation 2 and Generation 3.

A & J to provide mil-spec electronics enclosures for two Navy littoral combat ships

A & J to provide mil-spec electronics enclosures for two Navy littoral combat ships

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 26 Feb 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts will look to A & J Manufacturing Co. in Tustin, Calif., to provide mil-spec electronic equipment enclosures and related equipment for the Multiple Vehicle Communications Systems (MVCS) on two new littoral combat ships (LCS).

Thales to operate Visionix and InterSense HMD acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.

Thales to operate Visionix and InterSense HMD acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Feb. 2013. Thales USA in Arlington, Va., has completed the acquisition of the Visionix helmet-mounted display (HMD) and InterSense motion tracking businesses formerly owned by Gentex Corp. in Zeeland, Mich., and is operating the combined acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.,a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thales.

Air Force asks Boeing for compact laser targeting system for forward-deployed combat controllers

ORLANDO, Fla., 22 Feb. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Orlando, Fla., will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system under terms of a $3 million contract announced this week to help direct Air Force combat controllers direct combat aircraft pilots to their correct targets.

Air Force takes first step in replacing obsolete CRT displays in F-15E jet fighter-bomber

Air Force takes first step in replacing obsolete CRT displays in F-15E jet fighter-bomber

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 21 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are taking the first steps in replacing obsolescent cathode ray tube (CRT) displays in the Boeing F-15E jet fighter-bomber with contemporary technology such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) or other flat-panel technology.

DARPA moves ahead with Active Authentication (AA) to secure computers without passwords

DARPA moves ahead with Active Authentication (AA) to secure computers without passwords

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Feb. 2013. Government researchers are looking into software approaches for securing military computer systems with advanced biometrics rather than user passwords in ways that focus on the unique aspects of the individual.

Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking commercial companies and universities to join a program aimed at using lasers and other light source technology to develop applications in medicine, photobiology, surgery, and closely related materials sciences for military needs.

Boeing joins Tawazun ADASI to develop unmanned vehicles and payloads in Middle East

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 19 Feb. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security in St. Louis and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Co. (ADASI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are working together to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems, Boeing officials say.

IARPA kicks off superconducting research program for high-performance computing

IARPA kicks off superconducting research program for high-performance computing

WASHINGTON, 18 Feb. 2013. Computer scientists at the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington will brief industry 12 March on an upcoming project to investigate substituting superconducting computing technology for conventional computing technologies and metal interconnects in an attempt to cut the power demands of high-performance computing.

Laird boosts expertise in electronics cooling and energy harvesting with Nextreme acquisition

Laird boosts expertise in electronics cooling and energy harvesting with Nextreme acquisition

EARTH CITY, Mo., 15 Feb. 2013. Executives of Laird Technologies Inc. in Earth City, Mo., are boosting their company's expertise in electronics cooling and electronics thermal management with their acquisition of Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc. in Durham, N.C., officials announced this week.

Green Hills operating system chosen for Marine Corps helicopter avionics computer upgrade

Green Hills operating system chosen for Marine Corps helicopter avionics computer upgrade

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., 14 Feb. 2013. Military avionics designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment needed a multicore software operating system for the company's Gen II mission computer for the U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter avionics upgrades. They found their solution from Green Hills Software in Santa Barbara, Calif.

DARPA to brief industry 26 Feb. on SSPARC program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

DARPA to brief industry 26 Feb. on SSPARC program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 14 Feb. 2013. U.S. military researchers will brief industry Feb. 26 on a new program to develop technology for radio frequency spectrum sharing among radar and communications systems with the goal of improving overall radar and communications capability.

Navy Boeing P-8 maritime patrol jet to receive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system upgrades

Navy Boeing P-8 maritime patrol jet to receive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system upgrades

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 13 Feb. 2013. The U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, a military maritime patrol version of the Boeing 737 single-aisle passenger jet, will receive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system upgrades and support services under terms of a $7.2 million contract modification announced Monday.

NASA looks to SEAKR Engineering for optical communications space digital processor

NASA looks to SEAKR Engineering for optical communications space digital processor

GREENBELT, Md., 12 Feb. 2013. Spacecraft designers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., needed a radiation-hardened space digital processor to demonstrate laser communications relay technology to establish optical communications between geosynchronous satellites and Earth. They found their solution from SEAKR Engineering Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Cooper Interconnect adds Dixie Aerospace as a global distributor of ground power products

CAMARILLO, Calif., 11 Feb. 2013. Cooper Interconnect, a provider of harsh-environment interconnect solutions, has added Dixie Aerospace as a global distributor for aviation ground power products.


Air Force to brief industry on infrared surveillance sensor for commercial satellite

Air Force to brief industry on infrared surveillance sensor for commercial satellite

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 10 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials will brief industry on 12 March to present an overview of the upcoming Wide Field of View (WFOV) Hosted Payload (HP) project and get industry feedback on objectives, requirements, definitions, and costs.

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