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Navy wants explosives-detection technologies from direct contact with surfaces

Navy surveys industry for new technologies to detect trace amounts of explosives on surfaces

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy explosives-detection efforts are asking industry for ideas on non-vapor-collecting ways of detecting trace amounts of explosives by contacting sample surfaces directly.

 Finding needle in a haystack: IARPA searches for ways to find and track foreign ships at sea

Finding needle in a haystack: IARPA searches for ways to find and track foreign ships at sea

WASHINGTON, 20 Nov. 2014. U.S. intelligence experts are trying come to grips with thorny issues like international arms smuggling, nuclear materials exchanges, and inter-continental illegal drug trafficking with one of today's most difficult surveillance challenges: finding and tracking foreign ships at sea.

Global demand for military electro-optical and infrared systems to reach $16.35 Billion by 2020

Global demand for military electro-optical and infrared systems to reach $16.35 Billion by 2020

DALLAS, 17 Nov. 2014. Global demand for military electro-optical and infrared sensors is expected to reach $16.35 billion by 2020, rising at a combined annual growth rate of 7.71 percent, predict analysts at market research MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

Worldwide software-defined radio demand to reach $27.3 billion by 2020 says MarketsandMarkets

Worldwide software-defined radio demand to reach $27.3 billion by 2020 says MarketsandMarkets

DALLAS, 14 Nov. 2014. Worldwide demand for software-defined radio (SDR) systems and components will be worth nearly $27.3 billion by 2020, increasing at a combined annual growth rate of 12.5 percent from this year, predict analysts at market researcher MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

Light military helicopter market to decline over the next 15 years, says Forecast International

Light military helicopter market to decline over the next 15 years, says Forecast International

NEWTOWN, Conn., 13 Nov. 2014. Rotorcraft manufacturers throughout the world will build 208 light military helicopters in 2016, but that production level will fall to only 55 light military helicopters by 2028, report analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

North American electronic circuit board sales to remain flat through the rest of 2014, IPC says

North American electronic circuit board sales to remain flat through the rest of 2014, IPC says

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., 12 Nov. 2014. Industry shipments of printed circuit boards increased in September by 10.1 percent in the U.S. and Canada over the previous month, yet were down 2.8 percent from the same month last year, say analysts at the IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries in Bannockburn, Ill.

Astrodyne boosts expertise in high-power electronics with its acquisition of TDI Power

Astrodyne boosts expertise in high-power electronics with its acquisition of TDI Power

MANSFIELD, Mass., 7 Nov. 2014. Executives of power electronics specialist Astrodyne Corp. in Mansfield, Mass., are boosting their company's expertise in high-power technologies with their acquisition of TDI Power in Hackettstown, N.J.

TDI designs and manufactures power supplies and integrated systems for military and aerospace, semiconductor manufacturing, industrial, medical, and other applications, with an emphasis in demanding applications requiring precise voltage and current in harsh or variable conditions, company officials say.

VITA trade group approves air-flow-by cooling standard for VPX and VPX REDI embedded computing

VITA trade group approves air-flow-by cooling standard for VPX and VPX REDI embedded computing

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., 6 Nov. 2014. The VITA embedded computing trade association has approved a thermal-management standard to enable systems integrators to create rugged and deployable high-performance embedded computing systems.

Navy sends word out to industry for its need for nearly 12,000 feet of mil-spec shipboard cabling

Navy sends word out to industry for its need for nearly 12,000 feet of mil-spec shipboard cabling

CRANE, Ind., 3 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are asking industry to supply nearly 12,000 feet of rugged, temperature-resistant mil-spec wiring and cable for use aboard Navy surface warships.

Airbus Helicopters chooses Northrop Grumman navigation units for several kinds of rotorcraft

Airbus Helicopters chooses Northrop Grumman navigation units for several kinds of rotorcraft

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, Germany, 31 Oct. 2014. Avionics designers at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France needed an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) for several different kinds of helicopters. They found their solution from Northrop Grumman Litef GmbH in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Curtiss-Wright gets nod to provide embedded computing components for Army UH-60V helicopter avionics

Curtiss-Wright gets nod to provide embedded computing components for Army UH-60V helicopter avionics

ASHBURN, Va., 30 Oct. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing components for a project to install glass cockpits in Army UH-60 utility helicopters. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

BAE Systems boosts expertise in cyber warfare and cyber security with acquisition of SilverSky

BAE Systems boosts expertise in cyber warfare and cyber security with acquisition of SilverSky

LONDON, 28 Oct. 2014. Executives of BAE Systems in London are boosting their company's expertise in cyber warfare and cyber security with their proposed acquisition of cyber expert SilverSky in Milford, Conn. SilverSky is the trade name of Perimeter Internetworking Corp.

Industry standards for integrating RF and microwave components in EW and SIGINT proposed by Mercury

Industry standards for integrating RF and microwave components in EW and SIGINT proposed by Mercury

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 23 Oct. 2014. Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is proposing industry standards in efforts to streamline the integration of RF and digital subsystems in advanced sensor processing applications.

Army researchers to take ideas from industry on soldier load-bearing technologies Dec. 11 and 12

Army researchers to take ideas from industry on soldier load-bearing technologies Dec. 11 and 12

NATICK, Mass., 22 Oct 2014. U.S. Army researchers plan to brainstorm with industry in December on new technologies for augmenting soldiers on the battlefield with exoskeleton devices and other load-bearing aides to help with future technology development.

Air Force launches Space Operations Initiative to find technologies to control orbital space

Air Force launches Space Operations Initiative to find technologies to control orbital space

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 21 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking for industry's help to find technologies that will enable U.S. military forces to control orbital space above the Earth in similar ways to how they control military air space below.

Teal analysts name nation's top 11 defense electronics companies expected over next decade

Teal analysts name nation's top 11 defense electronics companies expected over next decade

WASHINGTON, 16 Oct. 2014. Eleven U.S. prime defense contractors will dominate the defense electronics market over the next decade, with the top three -- Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman -- expected to take the lion's share of military electronics contracts through 2023. The total value of defense electronics contracts through 2023 is expected to be $373.4 billion.

BAE Systems chooses embedded computing from GE for embedded training on Bradley Fighting Vehicle

WASHINGTON, 15 Oct. 2014. Vetronics designers at the BAE Systems Platforms and Services segment in Santa Clara, Calif., needed rugged computers for embedded training capability on the U.S. Army BAE Systems M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Mercury to provide Navy with additional DRFM radar-spoofing jammers in $2.6 million order

Mercury to provide Navy with additional DRFM radar-spoofing jammers in $2.6 million order

CYPRESS, Calif., 13 Oct. 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Mercury Defense Systems (MDS) subsidiary of Mercury Systems Inc. in Cypress, Calif., will provide the U.S. Navy with electronic radar-spoofing devices under terms of a $2.6 million order announced last week.

Mercury announced a Navy order for advanced Digital RF Memory (DRFM) jammers. Mercury Defense Systems, formerly KOR Electronics, won a $1.5 million Navy order last June for the Mercury Airborne 1225 advanced DRFM electronic warfare (EW) jammers.

Navy chooses contract manufacturer Sechan to build components for ship self-defense system

Navy chooses contract manufacturer Sechan to build components for ship self-defense system

DAHLGREN, Va., 10 Oct. 2014. Electronics contract manufacturer Sechan Electronics Inc. in Lititz, Pa., will build hardware for the U.S. Navy's Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) Mk2 under terms of a $24.3 million contract.

TE Connectivity boosts pressure sensor expertise with acquisition of American Sensor Technologies

TE Connectivity boosts pressure sensor expertise with acquisition of American Sensor Technologies

HARRISBURG, Pa., 9 Oct. 2014. Executives of interconnect technology expert TE Connectivity Ltd. in Harrisburg, Pa., are boosting their company's expertise in pressure and position sensing with their acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc. in Budd Lake, N.J.

Navy choosing rugged fiber optic cable from TE SubCom to connect subsea instruments

Navy choosing rugged fiber optic cable from TE SubCom to connect subsea instruments

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 6 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy subsea instrument specialists needed optical fiber-based submarine cable to connect deep ocean measurement instruments to shore monitoring stations. They found their solution from Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications LLC (TE SubCom) in Eatontown, N.J.

Army taps Quantum Research to build imaging nano-satellites for front-line warfighters

Army taps Quantum Research to build imaging nano-satellites for front-line warfighters

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., 2 Oct. 2014. U.S. Army strategic reconnaissance experts needed an imaging satellite company to build small satellites to provide deployed warfighters with real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery. They found their solution from Quantum Research International, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.

Navy nearing end of competition to develop helicopter-based EW to protect ships from missiles

Navy nearing end of competition to develop helicopter-based EW to protect ships from missiles

WASHINGTON, 1 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy surface-warfare experts will begin deciding next month on a contractor to design and build a helicopter-based long-range electronic warfare (EW) system to counter existing and future advanced anti-ship missiles.

Air Force Research Lab asks Leidos to redefine the state of the art in aircraft missile defense

Air Force Research Lab asks Leidos to redefine the state of the art in aircraft missile defense

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 24 Sept. 2014. Aerial missile defense experts at Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va., will attempt to advance the state of the art in aircraft missile warning and countermeasures under terms of a $49.4 million U.S. Air Force research contract announced this week.

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.

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