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Navy chooses VXI backplanes from Tracewell Systems for submarine communications routing

Navy chooses VXI backplanes from Tracewell Systems for submarine communications routing

NEWPORT, R.I., 22 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts needed embedded computing to route signals and information among various antennas and communications systems aboard Navy submarines. They found their solution from Tracewell Systems Inc. in Westerville, Ohio.

Army and Boeing work together to beef-up electrical system on advanced CH-47 Chinook helicopters

Army and Boeing work together to beef-up electrical system on advanced CH-47 Chinook helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 18 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army helicopter aviation experts are working with the Boeing Co. to improve the electrical system on the CH-47 Chinook medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter to incorporate additional on-board power.

IARPA to brief industry on upcoming projects, goals, and contract opportunities 29-30 Oct.

IARPA to brief industry on upcoming projects, goals, and contract opportunities 29-30 Oct.

COLLEGE PARK, Md., 12 Sept. 2014. Experts from the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington will brief industry on the breadth and depth of IARPA's research initiatives on 29 and 30 Oct. 2014 in the College Park, Md., area.

Microsemi to boost expertise in optical and Ethernet communications with Centellax acquisition

Microsemi to boost expertise in optical and Ethernet communications with Centellax acquisition

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 12 Sept. 2014. Executives of Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., seek to boost their company's expertise in high-speed analog and RF semiconductor products for the optical communications and Ethernet data communications applications with their acquisition of Centellax in Santa Rose, Calif.

Demand for military armored vehicle upgrades and retrofits to hit $4.76 billion this year

Demand for military armored vehicle upgrades and retrofits to hit $4.76 billion this year

LONDON, 11 Sept. 2014. Global demand for military armored vehicle upgrades and retrofits will reach $4.76 billion this year, predict analysts at market researcher Visiongain Ltd. in London.

Global military spending for electro-optical and infrared technologies to reach $8.38 billion this year

Global military spending for electro-optical and infrared technologies to reach $8.38 billion this year

AMSTERDAM, 8 Sept. 2014. Worldwide military spending for military electro optical and infrared systems will reach $8.38 billion this year, with steady growth over the next decade, say analysts at market researcher ASD Media BV in Amsterdam.

Global demand for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to grow five-fold over next six years

Global demand for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to grow five-fold over next six years

DALLAS, 5 Sept. 2014. The worldwide market for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will grow five-fold over the next six years, reaching $8.26 billion in 2020 compared to this year's $1.51 billion, predict analysts at market researcher MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

Infineon to boost expertise in GaN power semiconductors in buy of International Rectifier

Infineon to boost expertise in GaN power semiconductors in buy of International Rectifier

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 25 Aug. 2014. Executives of semiconductor specialist Infineon Technologies AG in Neubiberg, Germany, are boosting their company's expertise in power electronics with their announced acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. in El Segundo, Calif.

U.S. Special Operations Command picks ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals for infantry communications

U.S. Special Operations Command picks ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals for infantry communications

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 15 Aug. 2014. U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) needed small networking terminals to link ground vehicles, small boats, ships, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.

Navy scraps anticipated program to develop prototype laser weapons for helicopter operations at sea

RIDGECREST, Calif., 14 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy laser weapons experts say they are scrapping a plan to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

NASA chooses image-generating rackmount visual servers for simulation from Concurrent Computer

NASA chooses image-generating rackmount visual servers for simulation from Concurrent Computer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 12 Aug. 2014. Space researchers at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., needed real-time computers to help them develop flight sensors and emulators. They found their solution from Concurrent Computer Corp. in Duluth, Ga.

Exelis boosts airport networking know-how with acquisition of Barco Orthogon

Exelis boosts airport networking know-how with acquisition of Barco Orthogon

McLEAN, Va., 11 Aug. 2014. 2014 Leaders of aerospace and defense contractor Exelis in McLean, Va., are boosting their company's expertise in commercial aviation networks their acquisition of Barco Orthogon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barco NV in Bremen, Germany.

Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls

Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls

EVERETT, Wash., 8 Aug. 2014. Avionics integrators at Cathay Pacific airlines in Hong Kong needed avionics interface technology to protect flight-critical aircraft control systems aboard long-range passenger jets from potential corruption from in-flight entertainment and other non-flight-critical systems. They found their solution from Ballard Technology Inc. in Everett, Wash.

Pentagon's lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) guideline is latest attempt to attack costs

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 5 Aug. 2014. The U.S. Department of Defense has a long history of trying to balance the quality and price of the nation's weapon systems. With tight budgets the rule these days -- and the threat of another round of sequestration as early as 2016 -- the scales may be tipping in favor of price over quality.

Printed circuit board bookings increase in June: first year-on-year increase in eight months

Printed circuit board bookings increase in June: first year-on-year increase in eight months

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., 4 Aug. 2014. Bookings of printed circuit boards in the U.S. and Canada increased 4.2 percent in June, which was the first year-on-year bookings increase in eight months, say officials of the IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill.

Army looks to BDS for technologies to detect explosives hidden on potential suicide bombers

Army looks to BDS for technologies to detect explosives hidden on potential suicide bombers

NATICK, Mass., 1 Aug. 2014. U.S. Army explosives-detection experts needed multi-sensor systems to detect improvised weapons hidden on human suicide bombers at safe distances before these suicide bombers can do widespread damage. They found their solution from Broadband Discovery Systems (BDS) Inc. in Scotts Valley, Calif.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Natick, Mass., announced a $9 million contract to BDS on Wednesday to build, test, and assess multi-sensor stand-off person-borne improvised explosive device (IED) detection systems.

DARPA pushes forward with second and third phases of WND program to protect wireless tactical networks

DARPA pushes forward with second and third phases of WND program to protect wireless tactical networks

ARLINGTON, Va., 28 July 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking industry to develop situational awareness of wireless tactical networks with an eye to fortifying network control against attack or other sources of misinformation.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have released a solicitation to industry for the second and third phases of the Wireless Network Defense (WND) program, which includes applying techniques to a representative wireless platform.

Air Force considers developing advanced staring infrared search and track for combat aircraft

Air Force considers developing advanced staring infrared search and track for combat aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 July 2014. U.S. Air Force electro-optics researchers are reaching out to industry for ideas and enabling technologies for a next-generation infrared search-and-track (IRST) system to provide advanced passive surveillance, tracking, and target-acquisition capability for military combat aircraft.

Lee Air chooses ARINC 429 databus interfaces for avionics aboard Cessna aircraft

Lee Air chooses ARINC 429 databus interfaces from GE for avionics aboard Cessna aircraft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 23 July 2014. Avionics designers at Lee Air Inc. in Wichita, Kan., needed ARINC 429 databus interface for PC/104-Plus embedded computing systems for Cessna aircraft. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Global demand for commercial passenger jets over next two decades set at 36,770 worth $5.2 trillion

Global demand for commercial passenger jets over next two decades set at 36,770 worth $5.2 trillion

FARNBOROUGH, England, 18 July 2014. Analysts at the Boeing Co. in Seattle predict global demand for commercial passenger aircraft will be 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years worth $5.2 trillion. Boeing, one of the world's largest commercial jet manufacturers, made its announcement this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England.

DARPA HERMES program seeks to defeat RF jamming and interference with low-power wideband signals

DARPA HERMES program seeks to defeat RF jamming and interference with low-power wideband signals

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 July 2014. U.S. military researchers are trying to find ways to use wideband low-power RF signals to mitigate the effects of RF jamming and interference that threaten to disrupt important military operations.

Global demand for flexible electronics predicted to hit $13.23 billion by 2020

Global demand for flexible electronics predicted to hit $13.23 billion by 2020

DALLAS, 15 July 2014. The global market for flexible electronics like flexible solar cell arrays and flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) electronics on plastic substrates will grow to $13.23 billion by 2020, which represents a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.73 percent.

Navy chooses long-range thermal cameras from FLIR Systems for air-to-ground range surveillance

Navy chooses long-range thermal cameras from FLIR Systems for air-to-ground range surveillance

NORCO, Calif., 11 July 2014. U.S. Navy surveillance experts needed high-definition long-range infrared surveillance cameras for a variety of U.S. military ranges and similar facilities. They found their solution from FLIR Systems Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore.

Global market for military land vehicles and upgrades to grow 29 percent through 2022

Global market for military land vehicles and upgrades to grow 29 percent through 2022

LONDON, 10 July 2014. The global military land vehicles market should grow by nearly 29 percent through 2022, increasing from $23.55 billion in 2013 to $30.33 billion by 2022, predict analysts at market researcher Frost & Sullivan in London.

Army reaches out to industry for advanced visible/near infrared focal plane array technology

Army reaches out to industry for advanced visible/near infrared focal plane array technology

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 8 July 2014. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry for companies able to develop advanced visible-light and near-infrared focal plane array (FPA) sensors for applications such as electro-optical payloads, weapon sights, night vision, and sensors for unmanned vehicles.

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