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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.

Teal: orldwide spending for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to double over next decade

Teal: worldwide spending for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to double over next decade

WASHINGTON, 15 Aug. 2013. Worldwide spending for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will double over the next decade, rising from $5.2 billion in 2014 to $11.9 billion in 2023, predict analysts at market researcher the Teal Group Corp. in Fairfax, Va.

NASA prepares $100 million in contract opportunities for planned 2020 mission to Mars

NASA prepares $100 million in contract opportunities for planned 2020 mission to Mars

GREENBELT, Md., 14 Aug. 2013. Space exploration experts at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are preparing $100 million worth of industry contracting opportunities, including unmanned vehicles, for an upcoming space flight mission to Mars planned for 2020.

North American printed circuit board industry to see modest growth by year's end, IPC says

North American printed circuit board industry to see modest growth by year's end, IPC says

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., 11 Aug. 2013. Printed circuit board production in the U.S. and Canada should see a return to modest growth by the end of 2013, say analysts at IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill.

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.

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