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Floating fiber, buoys back up tactical networks

DARPA to keep military communications open with floating optical fiber and networking buoys

ARLINGTON, Va., 22 April 2014. When military communications go down in the midst of battle due to electronic jamming or other interference, commanders want it restored fast, and military researchers are looking into ways of restoring disrupted links with undersea fiber-optic networks.

UAV market headed upward, led by Chinese company

Global UAV market to reach $2.3 billion by 2023; Chinese company to be largest UAV builder

NEWTOWN, Conn., 21 April 2014. The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than double over the next decade, rising from $942 million this year to $2.3 billion 2023, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

Big opportunities for automation in a reduced-manpower Navy

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 15 April 2014. U.S. military campaigns in South Asia are winding down, which is translating into noticeable reductions in numbers of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. The fiscal 2015 Pentagon budget calls for a reduction 36,700 active-duty military personnel next year to bring the total force down to about 1.31 million.

Bluefin wins $7.1 million Navy advanced UUV deal

Bluefin Robotics wins $7.1 million contract to develop Navy's next-generation underwater drones

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 14 April 2014. U.S. Navy researchers needed next-generation unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for research programs in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasure (MCM) missions. They found their solution from Bluefin Robotics Corp. in Quincy, Mass.

TriQuint RFMD

Executive provides insight into TriQuint-RFMD merger into $2 billion RF company

EXECUTIVE Q&A: TriQuint and RFMD have merged to form a new company (name to be announced) with combined revenue of more than $2 billion, serving the defense/aerospace, network infrastructure, and mobile device communities. A senior manager talks specifically about infrastructure and defense.

R-COTS Ethernet switches picked for rocket launch

Rocket designers choose R-COTS Ethernet switches from Curtiss-Wright for Atlas and Delta launch

SALT LAKE CITY, 11 April 2014. Rocket scientists at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Centennial, Colo., needed rugged Ethernet switches for the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

Air Force eyes electronic upgrades to AWACS

Air Force considers major electronic upgrades to AWACS aircraft computers and sensors

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 10 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are surveying industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the E-3 Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

Army picks four in SRW Appliqué Radio program

Army chooses four companies to provide radios in SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 10 April 2014. Four U.S. military radio manufacturers will share nearly a billion dollars in a program to add software-defined-radio (SDR) networking to the U.S. Army's legacy VRC-92 Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

Optics In Motion tapped for fast-steering mirrors

Air Force chooses fast-steering mirrors from Optics In Motion for weapons test facility

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air force weapons experts needed fast-steering mirrors for the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (GWEF) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., They found their solution from Optics In Motion LLC in Long Beach, Calif.

Air Force chooses RF amplifiers from Ophir RF

Air Force aircraft technicians choose Ophir RF to provide RF amplifier support equipment

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance technicians needed radio frequency (RF) amplifiers to support test and measurement equipment used for troubleshooting electronic faults in aircraft. They found their solution from Ophir RF in Los Angeles.

DDC gets $1.9 million power controller card order

Army to receive solid-state power controller boards from DDC in $1.9 million contract award

WARREN, Mich., 8 April 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts needed rugged power-controller circuit boards for upgrades to the power-distribution system in the turret of the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They found their solution from Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Navy buys 16 submarine sensor masts from L-3 KEO

Navy to buy an additional 16 Universal Modular Mast Systems from L-3 KEO in $15 million contract

WASHINGTON, 7 April 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts needed non-penetrating sensor masts for the fleet of Virginia-class fast-attack submarines. They found their solution from L-3 KEO (formerly Kollmorgen Electro-Optical) in Northampton, Mass.

FAA to establish center of excellence to conduct research into unmanned aircraft issues

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., 7 April 2014. U.S. aviation authorities say they will create a center of excellence for unmanned aircraft within the next year, consisting of representatives from government, academia, and industry to conduct unmanned aircraft research, education, and training.

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. “We are at an inflection point, and have opportunity now,” says Skot Butler, vice president, satellite networks & space services at Intelsat General Corp. “Technology advances, mounting government pressures, emerging new launch access, and more present the opportunity to have a meaningful new dialog about a national space architecture that benefits us all.”

Air Force to brief industry on opportunities and challenges in C4I June 10 and 11 in Utica, N.Y.

UTICA, N.Y., 4 April 2014. U.S. Air Force officials will brief industry on 10 and 11 June 2014 on challenges and research opportunities in information systems and technology for U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense (DOD) applications.

Raytheon focuses on advanced EW, radar antennas

Raytheon to help DARPA develop RF and microwave arrays for communications, radar, EW, and SIGINT

ARLINGTON, Va., 3 April 2014. RF and microwave experts at the Raytheon Co. will help U.S. military researchers find new ways of shortening the time it takes to develop, deploy, and upgrade arrays for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Navy looks to NAI for synchro-to-digital cards

Navy asks North Atlantic to supply synchro-to-digital cards for shipboard interrogator system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 April 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed spare VME synchro-to-digital converter (SDC) circuit card assemblies (CCA) for the AN/UPX-29(V) Interrogator System Mode 5 shipboard identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.

test

Aviation test equipment market to reach $7.15 billion by 2020

DALLAS, 29 March 2014. The global aviation test equipment market—including electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and power solutions—will reach $7.15 billion by 2020, according to Yajan Dua, research associate, Aerospace and Defense business unit at MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

Covert electronic ambushes at sea take shape

DARPA moves forward with project to lay sea-based electronic ambushes for enemy naval forces

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 March 2014. U.S. military researchers are moving forward with a program to hide ruggedized electronic devices at the bottom of the world's oceans that when called on will float to the surface to jam, disrupt, and spy on enemy forces.

Building trust between man and machine

Air Force asks for industry's help to enable autonomous vehicles to work together with humans

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 25 March 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking for help from industry to develop formal procedures for designing systems that enable humans to work together with several different autonomous unmanned vehicles to plan and carry out military missions.

L-3 realigns business segments to drive growth, create value

L-3 realigns business segments for operational efficiency

NEW YORK, 22 March 2014. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) has reorganized its business segments to better align its organizational structure with customer priorities and increase operational efficiencies, officials say.

DARPA eyes drones that share data, work together

DARPA readies program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

ARLINGTON, Va., 21 March 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry in April on an upcoming project to enable surveillance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to work together on missions involving electronic jamming, degraded communications, and other difficult operating conditions.

Airborne networking when forces are outgunned

Air Force eyes layered airborne networking for degraded, outmanned, and outgunned conditions

ROME, N.Y., 20 March 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry for ideas to improve military airborne networking that involves mid-altitude aerial layered voice and data communications in contested and operationally limited conditions.

Exelis wins another big airborne EW contract

Exelis to provide EW jammer pods to Turkish air force F-16 jets in $75.3 million contract

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 17 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) designers at the Exelis Electronic Systems segment in Clifton, N.J., will build ALQ-211(V)-9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) pods for F-16D Block 50 jet fighters of the Turkish air force under terms of a potential $75.3 million contract announced Friday.

Navy lets contracts for radar power amplifiers

Navy chooses shipboard radar power amplifiers from L3 Electron and CPI Beverly Microwave

CRANE, Ind., 12 March 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard radar experts needed double-duty cross field amplifiers for the Navy Lockheed Martin AN/SPY-1D(V) radar system. They found their solution from two companies: the Communications & Power Industries (CPI) LLC Beverly Microwave Division (BMD) in Beverly, Mass., and the L3 Communications Electron Devices segment in Williamsport, Pa.

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