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DTRA surveys industry for expertise in rad-hard HF and analog RF semiconductors

DTRA surveys industry for expertise in rad-hard HF and analog RF semiconductors

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 30 Nov. 2012. The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at Fort Belvoir, Va., is surveying industry to find companies expertise in radiation hardening expertise in advanced high frequency analog and RF semiconductor technologies.

Military avionics market to drop 1.3 percent due to dwindling numbers of new aircraft

Military avionics market to drop 1.3 percent in 5 years due to dwindling numbers of new aircraft

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 29 Nov. 2012. The North American military avionics market will decline 1.3 percent over the next five years, dropping from 13.48 billion in 2011 to $13.31 billion in 2017, predict analysts at market researcher Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, Calif.

DARPA's Plan X program to define enabling technologies for U.S. cyber warfare strategy

DARPA's Plan X program to define enabling technologies for U.S. cyber warfare strategy

ARLINGTON, Va., 28 Nov. 2012. Information security experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry for ideas on understanding, planning, and managing military cyber warfare operations in real-time, large-scale, and dynamic networks.

DARPA to brief industry on through-clouds radar with imaging capability to match infrared

DARPA to brief industry on through-clouds radar with imaging capability to match infrared

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 Nov. 2012. Military radar experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., will brief industry in two weeks on an upcoming project to develop a new kind of synthetic aperture radar that can detect and track moving targets through clouds with the same ability that current infrared targeting systems have in clear weather.

Raytheon

Raytheon opens Standard Missile factory for final assembly, testing of SM-3, SM-6

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 26 Nov. 2012. Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) opened a new 70,000 square-foot Standard Missile production facility at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., where staff will complete final assembly and testing of the company's Standard Missile-3 and SM-6 interceptors.

Navy researchers approach industry for next-generation electronic warfare technologies

Navy researchers approach industry for next-generation electronic warfare technologies

ARLINGTON, Va., 26 Nov. 2012. Scientists at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., are reaching out to industry for technologies that will lead to the next generation of electronic warfare (EW) systems for Navy and Marine Corps. forces.

Chandler/May acquired by Lockheed Martin

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 22 Nov. 2012. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has announced the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of mission critical systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) missions.

Pentagon to boost anti-tank missile power of Indonesia and Oman with proposed Javelin sale

Pentagon to boost anti-tank missile power of Indonesia and Oman with proposed Javelin sale

WASHINGTON, 21 Nov. 2012. Pentagon leaders are considering boosting the anti-armor power of the governments of Indonesia and Oman with a proposed deal to transfer 580 Javelin missiles to the two countries worth a cumulative $156 million.

Army asks industry for ideas on developing stealthy radio antennas for military SUVs

Army asks industry for ideas on developing stealthy radio antennas for military SUVs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 20 Nov. 2012. U.S. Army communications researchers are approaching industry for ideas on developing a stealthy ultra-wideband antenna system for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) )that to outward appearances is completely indistinguishable from the rest of the vehicles on the road.

GMN Aerospace opens manufacturing center, signs contract of intent with Boeing

SEATTLE, 19 Nov. 2012. Officials from GMN Aerospace and The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) commemorated the opening of a new manufacturing plant dedicated to aerospace with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the signing of a new contract.

DHS to brief industry 19 Dec. on plans for detecting home-made explosives in air cargo

DHS to brief industry 19 Dec. on plans for detecting home-made explosives in air cargo

WASHINGTON, 15 Nov. 2012. Explosives-detection experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington will brief industry next month on the department's progress and plans for detecting and analyzing traces of potential home-made explosives in air cargo.

DARPA taps Teledyne to continue work on fabricating smart radar antenna technology

DARPA taps Teledyne to continue work on fabricating smart radar antenna technology

ARLINGTON, Va., 14 Nov. 2012. Advanced antenna designers at Teledyne Scientific and Imaging LLC in Thousand Oaks, Calif. will continue their work to develop smart reconfigurable RF transceivers for future military radar and communications systems under terms of an upcoming contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

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.

Sikorsky Black Hawk

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.

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