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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.

Navy searches for small business to manufacture shipboard Common Processing System (CPS)

Navy searches for small business to manufacture shipboard Common Processing System (CPS)

WASHINGTON, 9 July 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are reaching out to industry to find a qualified small business for the build to print production of the Common Processing System (CPS) -- a shock-resistant open-architecture computing system for Navy cruisers, destroyers, and other programs.

FAA seeks to collaborate with industry on aviation cybersecurity research initiatives

FAA seeks to collaborate with industry on aviation cybersecurity research initiatives

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 8 July 2013. Information security experts at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington are looking for private companies, colleges, and government agencies to collaborate on cybersecurity research work.

Navy considers Meggitt for MEMS retard sensors designed to measure bomb fuze deceleration

Navy considers Meggitt for MEMS retard sensors designed to measure bomb fuze deceleration

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 3 July 2013. U.S. Navy munitions experts needed Micro-Electromechanical System (MEMS)-based retard sensors to function as prototypes to measure deceleration in a bomb fuze for Navy air weapon applications. They found their solution from Meggitt PLC in Bournemouth, England.

Navy asks industry for electro-optical sensor payload small enough for RQ-21A Integrator UAV

Navy asks industry for electro-optical sensor payload small enough for RQ-21A Integrator UAV

ARLINGTON, Va. 1 July 2013. U.S. Navy researches are asking industry to build sophisticated electro-optical sensor payloads small enough for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Integrator, but with high-resolution and wide-area coverage, autonomous identification of objects, and other advanced capabilities.

Sensintel acquires BAE Systems Unmanned Aircraft Program business

TUCSON, Ariz., 29 June 2013. Sensintel Inc.--a newly formed company and provider of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), sensors, and related services--has acquired BAE Systems’ Unmanned Aircraft Programs business.

Navy asks industry to automate information gathering for Marines on the front lines

Navy asks industry to automate information gathering for Marines on the front lines

ARLINGTON, Va., 28 June 2013. U.S. Navy researchers are asking industry for ideas on how to pull out actionable information for battlefield commanders at the front lines in real time from sensor data.

Navy chooses AN/SRQ-4 ship-to-helicopter datalink radios from L3 for situational awareness

Navy chooses AN/SRQ-4 ship-to-helicopter datalink radios from L3 for situational awareness

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 June 2013. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed a digital data link to enable helicopters to share sensor information in real time with Navy and Coast Guard surface ships. They found their solution from L3 Communications-West in Salt Lake City.

Army launches program to advance quantum computing techniques for parallel processing

Army launches program to advance quantum computing techniques for parallel processing

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., 25 June 2013. U.S. Army researchers are working with industry to break new ground in the field of quantum computing -- a new approach to high-performance parallel processing that represents bits of data as more than simply ones and zeros that holds broad potential for military digital signal processing.

Navy chooses 6U CompactPCI single-board computers from Concurrent for LCAC C4N upgrades

Navy chooses 6U CompactPCI single-board computers from Concurrent for LCAC C4N

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 24 June 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed 6U CompactPCI single-board computers for upgrades to the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)-class hovercraft. They found their solution from Concurrent Technologies in Woburn, Mass.

TransDigm to acquire GE Aviation electromechanical actuation business

CLEVELAND, 22 June 2013. TransDigm Group Inc. (NYSE:TDG) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of GE Aviation's Electromechanical Actuation Division for approximately $150 million in cash.

Parvus DuraCOR rugged computers get another design-in: picked for OH-58D combat helicopter

Parvus DuraCOR rugged computers get another design-in: picked for OH-58D combat helicopter

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 21 June 2013. U.S. Army helicopter avionics experts needed rugged airborne computers for the OH-58D Kiowa combat helicopter. They found their solution from Parvus Corp. in Salt Lake city.

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