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Technology company outgrows embedded computing-only role; changes name to Mercury Systems

Technology company outgrows embedded computing-only role; changes name to Mercury Systems

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 13 Nov. 2012. Executives of Mercury Computer Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., say their company has outgrown its traditional role as a high-end embedded computing company with its recent expansion into RF and microwave technologies, and has changes the company's name to Mercury Systems to reflect the firm's growing capabilities.

Army to brief industry on developments and needs for keeping soldiers safe in vehicles

Army to brief industry on developments and needs for keeping soldiers safe in vehicles

WARREN, Mich., 9 Nov. 2012. U.S. Army combat vehicle researchers will brief industry on technology developments intended to keep infantry soldiers safe while riding in combat vehicles from 1:30 to 4 p.m. eastern time on 16 Nov. at the Army's Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich.

Lockheed Martin to assist IERUS in developing technical and business capabilities

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 8 Nov. 2012. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and IERUS Technologies Inc. have signed a three-year agreement under the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protege Program.

Marines ask four electro-optics companies to build rugged handheld laser targeting systems

Marines ask four electro-optics companies to build rugged handheld laser targeting systems

QUANTICO, Va., 8 Nov. 2012. The U.S. Marine Corps. is asking four electro-optics companies to develop handheld tactical laser rangefinders small enough for one infantryman to carry that would help deployed Marines detect, identify, and pinpoint targets during the day, at night, and in bad weather.

DARPA to develop situational-awareness multispectral camera for infantry helmets and weapon sights

DARPA to develop situational-awareness multispectral camera for infantry helmets and weapon sights

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 Nov. 2012. Electro-optics scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry to develop a small multispectral camera to help infantrymen and small combat units detect, recognize, and identify battlefield threats in daylight, at night, in bad weather, or in smoke and dust.

Sales of electro-optics, sensors, actuators, and discrete semiconductors slow to near zero

Sales of electro-optics, sensors, actuators, and discrete semiconductors slow to near zero

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 6 Nov. 2012. Quarterly growth in global sales of optoelectronics, sensors, actuators, and discrete semiconductors has slowed to nearly zero, and will post growth of only 2 percent in 2012, which is down from previous estimates, predict market researchers at IC Insights Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Sikorsky continues Colombia expansion with new business office, first Black Hawk flight training facility in South America

STRATFORD, Conn., 5 Nov. 2012. Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is opening a new office in Bogota, Colombia, and a Black Hawk helicopter training center in Melgar, Colombia.

Navy surveys industry for technologies able to detect sea mines quickly from helicopters

Navy surveys industry for technologies able to detect sea mines quickly from helicopters

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 4 Nov. 2012. U.S. Navy researchers are conducting a market survey to find companies able to design and build a prototype wide-area helicopter-mounted underwater mine-detection system that can tell the difference between explosives and turtles, seaweed, and other sea life within seconds of detection.

Raytheon-led team to continue development of UAV-based hyperspectral sensor to find hidden objects like IEDs

Raytheon-led team to continue development of UAV-based hyperspectral sensor to find hidden objects like IEDs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 2 Nov. 2012. Multispectral sensors designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, will move ahead with developing a new sensor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to see objects on the ground not visible to the human eye, such as hidden roadside bombs or illicit opium crops by detecting their spectral signatures.

Raytheon to design smart multifunction color displays for Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters

Raytheon to design smart multifunction color displays for Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters

McCLELLAN, Calif., 1 Nov. 2012. Avionics designers at Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Dulles, Va., will produce 62 smart multifunction color display (SMFCD) systems for U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters under terms of a proposed $17.2 million contract from the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) in McClellan, Calif.

Pentek chooses rugged chassis from Themis for rugged signal recorder for aerospace and defense

Pentek chooses rugged chassis from Themis for rugged signal recorder for aerospace and defense

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., 31 Oct. 2012. Solid-state storage experts at Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., needed a rugged chassis for the company's model RTX 2786 Extreme Talon IF signal recording and playback system. They found their solution from Themis Computer in Fremont, Calif.

Navy seeks protections and alternatives to GPS for precise ship and weapons time keeping

Navy seeks protections and alternatives to GPS for precise ship and weapons time keeping

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 Oct. 2012. U.S. Navy researchers are asking for industry's help to find new and innovative navigation technologies that will provide accurate, reliable, maintainable, and affordable time keeping Navy surface ships, submarines, aircraft, and ground stations in the event that Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite signals are degraded or not available.

Air Force eyes passive radar surveillance with initiative on wideband phased array antennas

Air Force eyes passive radar surveillance with initiative on wideband phased array antennas

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 28 Oct. 2012. U.S. Air Force researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies able to design revolutionary new wideband dual polarized phased array radar antenna technologies that may lead to covert passive radar surveillance for ground sites and aircraft.

L3 to develop high-resolution night-vision sensor payload for Marine Corps tactical UAVs

L3 to develop high-resolution night-vision sensor payload for Marine Corps tactical UAVs

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 25 Oct. 2012. U.S. Navy researchers are asking night-vision sensors experts at L-3 Integrated Optical Systems in Wilmington, Mass., to develop a prototype sensor that enables tactical nighttime wide-field-of-view persistent surveillance from an AAI Corp. Shadow-200 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Raytheon expands its cybersecurity offering with acquisition of Teligy Inc.

GARLAND, Texas, 24 Oct. 2012. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has acquired Teligy, Inc., a technology development company, in an effort to expand Raytheon's cybersecurity offerings in wireless communications, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering and custom kernel software and device driver development.

DARPA asks industry to find non-contact ways of detecting IEDs hidden in mud or meat

DARPA asks industry to find non-contact ways of detecting IEDs hidden in mud or meat

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 Oct. 2012. Improvised explosive device (IED) experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., are asking industry to develop non-contact ways to detect explosives hidden in opaque media with high water content such as mud, meat, and animal carcasses.

Army researchers eye reflective textiles to make soldiers invisible to electro-optic sensors

Army researchers eye IR-reflective textiles to make soldiers invisible to electro-optic sensors

NATICK, Mass., 23 Oct. 2012. Military camouflage experts at Rothtec Engraving Corp. in New Bedford, Mass., are developing new technology for the quick design and printing of new and existing camouflage patterns to help warfighters avoid detection by enemy infrared sensors.

Navy eyes handheld land mine detectors for Special Operations forces operating on foot

Navy eyes handheld land mine detectors for Special Operations forces operating on foot

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 19 Oct. 2012. U.S. Navy researchers are asking industry to design a handheld modified over ground access sensor (OGAS) to help special operations forces operating on foot to locate and neutralize land mines that are not made of metal.

JIEDDO seeks to shrink soldier-worn IED detector technology to less than 20 pounds

JIEDDO seeks to shrink soldier-worn IED detector technology to less than 20 pounds

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 Oct. 2012. U.S. military roadside bomb-eradication experts are reaching out to industry to find companies capable of building soldier-worn buried bomb detectors that weigh less than 20 pounds to replace larger systems deployed today in Afghanistan and other hot spots in the Middle East.

Generating power from infantryman's backpack is aim of Army contract to Lightning Packs

Generating power from infantryman's backpack is aim of Army contract to Lightning Packs

NATICK, Mass., 17 Oct. 2012. U.S. Army researchers are helping refine a special backpack technology that enables infantry soldiers to generate small amounts of electrical power as they walk, run, or otherwise operate in the field.

ITT to provide RF repeaters for SPS-48E land-based air-search radar sites in Egypt

ITT to provide RF repeaters for SPS-48E land-based air-search radar sites in Egypt

QUANTICO, Va., 16 Oct. 2012. Defense and aviation officials in the Government of Egypt needed RF repeaters and related support equipment for six SPS-48E land-based radar sites in Egypt. They found their solution from ITT Exelis Electronic Systems segment in Van Nuys, Calif.

Curtiss-Wright joins FACE Consortium to lend hand to open-systems avionics standardization

Curtiss-Wright joins FACE Consortium to lend hand in open-systems avionics standardization

ASHBURN, Va., 12 Oct. 2012. Embedded computing specialist Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va., are joining the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium in an effort to help cut the costs and reduce maintenance requirements of military avionics systems by increasing competition among defense contractors, reusing avionics components, and promoting rapid technology insertion for avionics upgrades.

BAE and EADS cease discussions of possible merger

LONDON, 12 Oct. 2012. BAE Systems and EADS have decided to terminate discussions of a possible combination of their businesses. The possible combination was announced on September 12, 2012 and would have formed the largest defense company in the world, had it occurred.

Army asks industry for cable and connectors suitable to Mortar Fire Control System (MFCS)

Army asks industry for cable and connectors suitable to Mortar Fire Control System (MFCS)

WARREN, Mich., 11 Oct. 2012. U.S. Army artillery experts are testing the waters in commercial cabling and connectors industry to determine if off-the-shelf cable assemblies are available for the Army's Mortar Fire Control System (MFCS) that helps infantry increase the accuracy and rate of fire for standard mortar rounds.

Lockheed Martin reorganizes Electronic Systems unit to cut costs and streamline operations

Lockheed Martin reorganizes Electronic Systems unit to cut costs and streamline operations

BETHESDA, Md., 10 Oct. 2012. Executives of Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda, Md., the largest U.S. defense contractor, are splitting their company's Electronic Systems business segment into two business areas in an effort to cut costs in continuing tough times for U.S. military spending.

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