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Growler

U.S. Navy pilots fly Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft with enhanced targeting and data systems

ST. LOUIS, 10 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy pilots demonstrated Boeing (NYSE:BA) EA-18G Growler aircraft with sensor system upgrades and its newest data network, enhanced technologies designed to enable aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately.

Advanced cyber security for C4ISR computer systems is aim of Air Force cyber program

Advanced cyber security for C4ISR computer systems is aim of Air Force cyber program

ROME, N.Y., 9 Aug. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry for ideas on a broad range of computer and information technologies to enable U.S. and allied warfighters to avoid, fight through, survive, and recover from advanced cyber threats.

GE finishes acquisition of Avio Aero, which will become a business of GE Aviation

GE finishes acquisition of Avio Aero, which will become a business of GE Aviation

FAIRFIELD, Conn., 8 Aug. 2013. General Electric Co. (GE) in Fairfield, Conn., has completed the acquisition of Avio Aero, the aviation business of Avio S.p.A., in Turin, Italy that provides automation systems, combustion technology, mechanical transmission systems, and low-pressure turbines for military and civil aircraft.

Latest cyber security technologies to be demonstrated to industry this month in San Jose

Latest cyber security technologies to be demonstrated to industry this month in San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif., 5 Aug. 2013. Cyber warfare experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are going to Silicon Valley to demonstrate recently developed cyber security technologies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 22 Aug. 2013 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, Calif.

EADS

EADS combines entities in single defense and space division, changes name to Airbus Group

TOULOUSE, France, 3 Aug. 2013. Officials at the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) in Toulouse, France, announced two significant changes: Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian will be integrated into one defense and space division, and the company will be renamed to the Airbus Group. 

Underwater navigation

Special Operations Command looking for next-gen underwater navigation instruments

MacDILL AFB, Fla., 2 Aug. 2013. Underwater navigation experts at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., are reaching out to industry to find companies able to design a next-generation Doppler velocity log (DVL) navigation instrument for manned and unmanned submarines.

Air Force researchers set sights on reducing the size and cost of next-generation AESA radar

Air Force researchers set sights on reducing the size and cost of next-generation AESA radar

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 2 Aug. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to find ways to reduce cost, cycle time, part count, and touch labor of manufacturing advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for next-generation military planes.

IARPA releases solicitation for superconducting research in high-performance computing (HPC)

IARPA releases solicitation for superconducting research in high-performance computing (HPC)

WASHINGTON, 31 July 2013. U.S. government researchers are asking industry to develop a small computer based on superconducting logic and cryogenic memory that is energy-efficient, scalable, and able to solve interesting problems -- particularly those that involve intelligence gathering and analysis.

Army to compete spare electronic parts job in August for manpack counter IED systems

Army to compete spare electronic parts job in August for manpack counter IED systems

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 30 July 2013. U.S. Army electronic warfare (EW) experts are preparing an industry competition to procure electronic spare parts for the manpack Thor III and Baldr counter improvised explosive device (IED) systems.

Webinar outlines U.S. government contracting opportunities in border-protection technologies

Webinar outlines U.S. government contracting opportunities in border-protection technologies

WASHINGTON, 29 July 2013. U.S. government researchers will conduct a two-hour webinar on 13 Aug. 2013 outlining strategies and enabling technologies for U.S. border protection. The webinar, from 2 to 4 p.m. eastern time is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington.

F-35

Saft to infuse F-35 with high-power Li-ion aviation battery power

VALDOSTA, Ga., 27 July 2013. Saft engineers are designing unprecedented Li-ion technology for Lockheed Martin’s 5th Gen F-35 Lightning II single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation multirole jet fighters under a $6.5 million contract with General Electric Aviation for low-rate initial production (LRIP).

Army revisits troposcatter communications technology as alternative to long-range SATCOM

Army revisits troposcatter communications technology as alternative to long-range SATCOM

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 26 July 2013. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry for fresh ideas on tropospheric scatter (troposcatter) technologies for fixed-site and on-the-move long-range communications as an alternative to satellite communications (SATCOM).

FAA reaches out to industry for fresh technology ideas to prevent runway incursions

FAA reaches out to industry for fresh technology ideas to prevent runway incursions

WASHINGTON, 25 July 2013. Researchers at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington are surveying industry to find companies with interest and expertise in technologies to help prevent runway incursions. Runway incursions describe dangerous situations at airports where an unauthorized aircraft, vehicle, or person is on a runway and threatens collision with aircraft landing or taking off.

Navy eyes Oceaneering International for robotic arm, but is open to offers from other companies

Navy eyes Oceaneering International for robotic arm, but is open to offers from other companies

WASHINGTON, 23 July 2013. Underwater scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington needed an underwater robotic manipulator arm with a precise control system. They found their solution from Oceaneering International Inc. in Houston.

Military and aerospace circuit board sales outpace sales to other markets, say IPC analysts

Military and aerospace circuit board sales outpace sales to other markets, say IPC analysts

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., 22 July 2013. Printed circuit board sales growth to the military and aerospace market continues to outpace sales to other vertical markets in North America, say analysts at IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill.

Parkway Aerospace & Defense aerospace composite manufacturing, engineering business sold to EDAC Technologies

FLORENCE, Ky., 20 July 2013. Parkway Products has completed the sale of its Parkway Aerospace & Defense business to EDAC Technologies Corp. (EDAC), a wholly-owned portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group LLC.

Company to develop enabling technologies for 100-gigabit-per-second wireless data link

Company to develop enabling technologies for 100-gigabit-per-second wireless data link

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 July 2013. Wireless data communications experts at Applied Communication Sciences in Basking Ridge, N.J., are developing a military wireless data link able to transmit data at 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel under terms of a $4.3 million contract announced this week by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Improved ground moving target-indicating (GMTI) aircraft radar is aim of Army request for information

Improved ground moving target-indicating (GMTI) aircraft radar is aim of Army survey

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 18 July 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry for the latest in wide-area ground moving target indicator (GMTI), dismount moving target indicator (DMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technologies for a planned radar upgrade of the Airborne Reconnaissance Low, Enhanced (ARL-E) program.

Navy chooses SESCo to assemble and test communications transponder in $15.2 million contract

Navy chooses SESCo to build communications transponder in $15.2 million SPAWAR contract

SAN DIEGO, 17 July 2013. U.S. Navy communications experts needed a contract manufacturer to assemble, test, and package the U.S. government's Communication Transponder Family of Systems (CT FoS). They found their solution from Systems Engineering Support Company Inc. (SESCo) in San Diego.

DARPA to define manufacturing process for molecules in sensors, chemicals, and materials

DARPA to define manufacturing process for molecules in sensors, chemicals, and materials

ARLINGTON, Va., 26 July 2013. Scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., are approaching industry to find ways of easily engineering biology for advanced sensing capabilities, chemicals, materials, and therapeutics.

Army eyes breakthroughs in infrared sensors with 3D ROIC for cooled dual-band IR arrays

Army eyes breakthroughs in infrared sensors with 3D ROIC for cooled dual-band IR arrays

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 15 July 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to push infrared sensor technology forward by designing 3D readout integrated circuit (ROIC) technology for infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPAs).

Northrop Grumman X-47B taps advanced aerospace/defense technologies from Pratt & Whitney, Wind River to achieve milestone

USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS), 13 July 2013. Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D), a modern military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia with the help of various industry technologies, including Pratt & Whitney’s engine and exhaust system and Wind River’s software.

Avionics designers for C-130 transport plane choose AR Modular communications amplifiers

Avionics designers for C-130 transport plane choose AR Modular communications amplifiers

BOTHELL, Wash., 12 July 2013. Avionics designers for the Lockheed Martin C-130 four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft needed new RF amplifiers for onboard airborne communications systems. They found their solution from AR Modular RF in Bothell, Wash.

DARPA picks six companies to define enabling technologies for U.S. cyber warfare strategy

DARPA picks six companies to define enabling technologies for U.S. cyber warfare strategy

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 July 2013. Information security experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have chosen six companies so far to define ways of understanding, planning, and managing military cyber warfare operations in real-time, large-scale, and dynamic networks.

L-3 to upgrade flight simulators for Navy and Marine Corps jets with high-definition imagery

L-3 to upgrade flight simulators for Navy and Marine Corps jets with high-definition imagery

ORLANDO, Fla., 10 July 2013. Simulation and training experts at the L-3 Communications Link Simulation & Training segment in Arlington, Texas, are making plans to upgrade tactical operational flight trainers for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 combat jet pilots with high-definition (HD) imagery.

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