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Cobham to provide electronic warfare transmitter antennas for EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft

Cobham to provide electronic warfare transmitter antennas for EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft

LANSDALE, Pa., 7 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy combat aviation experts needed transmitter antennas for the Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B and EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft. They found their solution from the Cobham plc Sensor and Antenna Systems segment in Lansdale, Pa.

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Ball Aerospace changes organizational structure, divides Civil and Operational Space business unit

BOULDER, Colo., 7 Jan. 2013. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. officials have instituted an organizational structure change designed to position operating sectors for improved customer efficiency.

DARPA releases solicitation for 100G wireless airborne data communications program

DARPA releases solicitation for 100G wireless airborne data communications program

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Jan. 2013. Wireless data communications experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are asking industry to develop a communications link able to transmit data at 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel.

Aerospace chooses semiconductor laser from Avo Photonics for CubeSat small satellites

Aerospace chooses semiconductor laser from Avo Photonics for CubeSat small satellites

HORSHAM, Pa., 4 Jan. 2013. Satellite designers at the Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., needed a semiconductor laser illumination source for use on CubeSat miniaturized spaceborne satellites. They found their solution from Avo Photonics Inc. in Horsham, Pa.

General Dynamics to strengthen engineering programs with acquisition of Applied Physical Sciences

FALLS CHURCH, Va., 3 Jan. 2012. General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp., a provider of applied research and development services based in Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price.

Coherent boosts ultrafast lasers expertise with acquisition of Lumera Laser GmbH

Coherent boosts ultrafast lasers expertise with acquisition of Lumera Laser GmbH

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 2 Jan. 2013. Industrial and military laser specialist Coherent Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., has acquired Lumera Laser GmbH in Kaiserslautern, Germany, which manufactures ultrafast lasers for micro-electronics, and precision materials processing.

Army eyes all-digital SATCOM terminal to augment today's analog SATCOM Earth stations

Army eyes all-digital SATCOM terminal to augment today's analog SATCOM Earth stations

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 31 Dec. 2012. U.S. Army researchers are making plans to develop an all-digital satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal intended eventually to replace today's analog SATCOM terminals, which convert digital data to an analog signal in the modem.

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Consolidated Precision Products acquires Turbine Technologies Group from ESCO Corp.

POMONA, Calif., 31 Dec. 2012. Consolidated Precision Products Corp. (CPP) officials in Pomona, Calif., have completed the acquisition of Turbine Technologies Group from ESCO Corp. in Portland, Ore.

Dell acquires data protection company Credant Technologies

ROUND ROCK, Texas, 29 Dec. 2012. Dell has completed the acquisition of Credant Technologies, a provider of data protection solutions to secure, manage, and control data sent from endpoints to servers, storage, and the cloud.

Army to brief industry Jan. 18 about cloud computing needs for information warfare

Army to brief industry Jan. 18 about cloud computing needs for information warfare

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. 23 Dec. 2012. U.S. Army researchers will brief industry on 18 Jan. 2013 about the cloud computing technologies used and under development in the Army Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), and about the directorate's technology shortfalls and future needs.

Lockheed Martin acquires assets of unmanned vehicle control software developer CDL Systems

BETHESDA, Md., 22 Dec. 2012. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has acquired substantially all of the assets of CDL Systems Ltd., a software engineering firm that specializes in the development and licensing of vehicle control station software for unmanned systems.

Air Force looks for companies to design replacement modem for GPS antenna ground station

Air Force looks for companies to design replacement modem for GPS antenna ground station

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, 20 Dec. 2012. U.S. Air Force officials are surveying industry to find companies able to design a new space-ground link system (SGLS) modem to replace the outdated SGLS modem technology for the AN/FRC-178 antenna ground station.

DARPA to announce 100G program to build 100-gigabit-per-second air-to-air data links

DARPA to announce 100G program to build 100-gigabit-per-second air-to-air data links

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Dec. 2012. U.S. military researchers are about to let industry in on a plan to develop air, ground, and sea-based wireless communications links with speeds matching today's fiber-optic connections for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications.

Navy to buy rugged VME chassis from Kontron for littoral combat ships, missile-defense radar

Navy to buy rugged VME chassis from Kontron for littoral combat ships, missile-defense radar

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 18 Dec. 2012. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed rugged VME chassis assemblies for an identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system aboard Navy littoral combat ships and U.S. Coast Guard national security cutters. They found their solution from Kontron America Inc. in Poway, Calif.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to acquire Pratt & Whitney Power Systems from United Technologies

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., 17 Dec. 2012. United Technologies Corp. (UTC; NYSE:UTX) plans to sell its Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit, part of Pratt & Whitney, to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

Raytheon to enhance data protection with acquisition of Government Solutions business of SafeNet

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., 14 Dec. 2012. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has acquired the Government Solutions business of SafeNet Inc., a privately held data security firm.

DHS surveys industry for wireless IP mesh technology for covert federal law enforcement

DHS surveys industry for wireless IP mesh technology for covert federal law enforcement

WASHINGTON, 13 Dec. 2012. Wireless communications experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are surveying industry to gauge available capability for wireless internet protocol (IP) mesh transceivers for video data by federal law enforcement agencies.

Project moves ahead to develop mini-submarines for covert special operations forces

Project moves ahead to develop mini-submarines for covert special operations forces

MacDILL AFB, Fla., 12 Dec. 2012. Leaders of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., are moving ahead with a project to develop mini submarines able to transport combat swimmers such as Navy SEALs covertly while minimizing swim time to maintain combat effectiveness.

DARPA moves ahead with program to unify imaging and other battlefield intelligence sensors

DARPA moves ahead with program to unify imaging and other battlefield intelligence sensors

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 Dec. 2012. Intelligence analysts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are moving to the next phase of a program to design a next-generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) exploitation and resource management system that fills gaps in today’s military intelligence analysis capability.

Littlejohn & Co. to sell Synchronous Aerospace Group to Precision Castparts Corp.

GREENWICH, Conn., 10 Dec. 2012. Littlejohn & Co., a private investment firm based in Greenwich, Conn., signed a definitive agreement to sell Synchronous Aerospace Group to Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE:PCP).

Navy asks industry to upgrade integrated submarine communications system software

Navy asks industry to upgrade integrated submarine communications system software

SAN DIEGO, 9 Dec. 2012. U.S. Navy submarine communications experts are reaching out to industry for companies to develop and maintain a common integrated communications architecture for voice and data communications systems aboard U.S. Navy fast-attack and ballistic-missile submarines.

SAR imaging technology to match infrared to be developed by Raytheon, Nuvotronics, BAE Systems

SAR imaging technology to match infrared pursued by Raytheon, Nuvotronics, BAE Systems

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Dec. 2012. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) experts at three U.S. defense companies are developing a new kind of imaging radar technology intended to detect and track moving targets through clouds with the same ability that current infrared targeting systems have in clear weather.

IAI chooses space camera from Elop for Italian OPTSAT 3000 observation satellite

IAI chooses space camera from Elop for Italian OPTSAT 3000 observation satellite

HAIFA, Israel, 5 Dec. 2012. Satellite designers at Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel, needed a space camera for the OPTSAT 3000 observation satellite they are building for the Italian government. They found their solution from Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. (Elop) in Haifa, Israel.

Lockheed Martin to supply Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Iraq in $31.9 million contract

Lockheed Martin to supply Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Iraq in $31.9 million contract

ROBINS AFB, Ga., 4 Dec. 2012. U.S. Air Force air combat experts are asking engineers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., to build Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for the Iraqi air force under terms of a $31.9 million contract announced late last week.

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Carlisle to acquire Thermax-Raydex mission-critical, high-performance wire and cable business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 3 Dec. 2012. Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE:CSL) will acquire Thermax–Raydex, a unit of Belden Inc. of St. Louis and a global supplier of high-performance hook-up, data, and coaxial wire and cable for mission-critical applications in commercial aerospace and defense.

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