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Raytheon joins DARPA program to develop new kinds of 3D electro-optical imaging sensors

Raytheon joins DARPA program to develop new kinds of 3D electro-optical imaging sensors

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Sept. 2013. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop fundamentally new avionics and vetronics electro-optic sensors for target identification and tracking under terms of a $19.4 million contract announced last week.

Army searches for companies with epitaxial materials experience for advanced night vision

Army searches for companies with epitaxial materials experience for advanced night vision

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 24 Sept. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are looking for companies with experience in III-V epitaxial materials research such as superlattice (SL) and barrier structures for manufacturing advanced infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) with large-formats and reduced pixel size that are capable of mid-wavelength, long-wavelength, and mid- and long-dual-band infrared (IR) detection.

Scorpion

Textron AirLand Scorpion prototype military jet makes debut

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 21 Sept. 2013. Scorpion, a prototype intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike aircraft platform from Textron AirLand LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) and AirLand Enterprises LLC, is turning heads at the Air Force Association (AFA) Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Md.

Navy to brief industry in October on project to build large long-endurance unmanned submarine

Navy to brief industry in October on project to build large long-endurance unmanned submarine

WASHINGTON, 19 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts will brief industry next month on a project to develop a large unmanned submarine able to operate in the open ocean and in coastal waters and harbors on missions lasting more than 70 days to gather intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) information.

Rockwell Collins to upgrade processors in presidential helicopter navigation avionics

Rockwell Collins to upgrade processors in presidential helicopter navigation avionics

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 Sept. 2013. Helicopter avionics experts at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are upgrading avionics subsystems aboard the VH-60N Marine-One presidential helicopter under terms of an upcoming contract.

HEICO to expand portfolio in space and RF satellite payloads with acquisition of Lucix

HEICO to expand portfolio in space and RF satellite payloads with acquisition of Lucix

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., 16 Sept. 2013. Executives of HEICO Corp. in Hollywood, Fla., are boosting their company's expertise in satellite manufacturing and RF satellite payloads with their acquisition of Lucix Corp. in Camarillo, Calif.

Northrop Grumman to provide realistic flight crew threat training in $219.1 million contract

Northrop Grumman to provide realistic flight crew threat training in $219.1 million contract

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, 16 Sept. 2013. U.S. Air Force flight training experts needed realistic simulation and training equipment to help Air Force combat aircraft crews learn to evade anti-aircraft missiles and anti-aircraft artillery. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Amherst Systems segment in Buffalo, N.Y.

Meggitt Sensing Systems consolidates facilities, focuses on growth in California

IRVINE, Calif., 14 Sept. 2013. Meggitt PLC, a global engineering group specializing in extreme environment components and subsystems, is expanding its sensor and electronics manufacturing and consolidating facilities in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Londonderry, N.H., into a 190,000-square-foot location in Irvine.

Navy researchers choose underwater glider UUV sensors from AML Oceanographic

Navy researchers choose underwater glider UUV sensors from AML Oceanographic

MONTEREY, Calif., 13 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy researchers needed sensors for glider unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to collect oceanographic data and conduct technology demonstrations for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). They found their solution from AML Oceanographic in Sidney, British Columbia.

Boeing to provide Army Apache Longbow simulation and training systems in $14.4 million contract

Boeing to provide Apache Longbow simulation and training systems in $14.4 million contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 12 Sept. 2013. U.S. Army helicopter aviation experts are awarding a $14.4 million contract to the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis to supply four transportable simulation and training systems for pilots of the AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter.

Navy researchers order FPGA boards from Annapolis Micro Systems to go with CoreFire tools

Navy researchers order FPGA boards from Annapolis Micro Systems for CoreFire tools

WASHINGTON, 11 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy researches are ordering a variety of embedded computing hardware from Annapolis Micro Systems Inc. in Annapolis, Md., that is compatible with the Annapolis Micro Systems proprietary CoreFire development environment under terms of three contracts awarded on 7 Sept.

Air Force cryptography experts look to Mercury for embedded computing digital receivers

Air Force cryptography experts look to Mercury for embedded computing digital receivers

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 10 Sept. 2013. U.S. Air Force cryptography experts needed a field-programmable-gate-array (FPGA)-based channelizer to support a broad range of digital receiver applications. They found their solution from Mercury Systems in Chelmsford, Mass.

North American printed circuit board sales and orders trending upward, says IPC monthly report

North American printed circuit board sales and orders trending upward, says IPC monthly report

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., 6 Sept. 2013. Year-on-year sales growth of printed circuit boards in the United States and Canada has been improving steadily over the past three months, bolstered by solid growth in orders since the beginning of 2013, say analysts at IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill.

Trex Enterprises to help DARPA investigate new kinds of 3D electro-optical imaging sensors

Trex Enterprises to help DARPA investigate new kinds of 3D electro-optical imaging sensors

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Sept. 2013. Electro-optics scientists at Trex Enterprises Corp. in San Diego are helping U.S. military researchers develop fundamentally new avionics and vetronics electro-optic sensors for target identification and tracking under terms of a $23.6 million contract announced Tuesday.

AeroVironment joins DARPA program to develop long-endurance UAVs for launch from small ships

AeroVironment joins DARPA program to develop long-range UAVs for launch from small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 Sept. 2013. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, Calif., are joining a U.S. military research program to develop a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV for long-term maritime surveillance that can launch and recover from relatively small ships to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock.

Rockwell Collins to sell Kaiser Optical Systems to Endress+Hauser

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 31 Aug. 2013. Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE:COL) has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Kaiser Optical Systems Inc. subsidiary, a provider of spectrographic instrumentation and components for aircraft display systems, to Endress+Hauser.

Navy underwater warfare experts choose legacy memory PMC cards from GE for torpedo research

Navy underwater warfare experts choose legacy memory PMC cards from GE for torpedo research

NEWPORT, R.I., 29 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy underwater warfare experts needed legacy CompactFLASH memory adaptor circuit cards to support underwater testing of torpedoes and other undersea weapons. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Army awards $208.5 million contract to UTC Aerospace for helicopter laser threat warning systems

Army awards $208.5 million contract to UTC Aerospace for helicopter laser threat warning

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 28 Aug. 2013. U.S. Army aviation experts needed a laser-detection system to help protect helicopters from anti-aircraft weapons that use laser rangefinders, laser designators, and blinding lasers. They found their solution from the UTC Aerospace Systems ISR Systems segment in Danbury, Conn.

Air Force expands pool of NETCENTS-2 computer network-centric IT contractors from 8 to 16

Air Force expands pool of NETCENTS-2 computer network IT contractors from 8 to 16

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 27 Aug. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials have expanded their pool of information technology (IT) network-centric computer suppliers under the Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) program from eight to 16.

Silvus and Trex Enterprises join DARPA program to create 100-gigabit-per-second wireless links

Silvus and Trex Enterprises join DARPA program to create 100-gigabit-per-second wireless links

ARLINGTON, Va., 26 Aug. 2013. U.S. military researchers are looking to experts at two more RF communications companies to develop a military wireless data link able to transmit data at speeds as fast as 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel.

Combat aircraft experts to brief industry on latest technologies for achieving air supremacy

Combat aircraft experts to brief industry on latest technologies for achieving air supremacy

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., 22 Aug. 2013. U.S. combat air power experts will brief industry in September on the latest ideas and technologies to achieve and hold air supremacy with jet fighter aircraft and other weapon systems.

Air Force seeks modular crypto solutions to save time and money in information security

Air Force seeks modular crypto solutions to save time and money in information security

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 19 Aug 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking for industry's help to determine if modular cryptographic systems could be developed that would save time and money in military information security systems.

NIDays

National Instruments launches one-day conference series well suited to aerospace and defense engineers

AUSTIN, Texas, 17 Aug. 2013. National Instruments, a producer of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software in Austin, Texas, announced a series of free, one-day multitrack conferences in North America—specifically, San Jose, Washington, Boston, and Chicago.

Four companies still in running for Navy combat UAV job, but program's future may be in doubt

Four companies still in running for Navy combat UAV job, but program's future may be in doubt

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 16 Aug. 2013. Four major U.S. defense contractors remain in the running to build a future fighting unmanned aerial vehicle, yet as this project moves forward, its future may be in doubt, say naval experts.

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