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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 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.

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAV sense-and-avoid technologies

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAV sense-and-avoid technologies

LAUREL, Md., 27 June 2014. U.S. government aviation authorities will meet with industry this fall to discuss lightweight sense-and-avoid technologies to enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate safely with manned aircraft in crowded civil airspace.

DHS to buy Raytheon maritime search radars

Homeland Security officials to order broad-area airborne maritime search radars from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 26 June 2014. Maritime surveillance experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington needed airborne radar systems for searching the surface of the ocean for a variety of security applications. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas.

Army seeks drastic reductions in the size and power consumption of embedded GPS modules

Army seeks drastic reductions in the size and power consumption of embedded GPS modules

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 24 June 2014. U.S. Army navigation experts are seeking drastic reductions in the size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) of embedded GPS satellite navigation modules for use in future wearable and handheld computing, communications, and navigation devices for infantry soldiers.

TDK-Lambda chooses digital controllers from Powervation for POL power electronics modules

TDK-Lambda chooses digital controllers from Powervation for POL power electronics modules

CORK, Ireland, 24 June 2014. Power electronics designers at TDK-Lambda Americas Inc. in San Diego needed digital controllers for the company's iJB series high-current digital point-of-load (POL) modules. They found their solution from Powervation Ltd. in Cork, Ireland.

Homeland Security to brief industry next month on standoff explosives-detection project

Homeland Security to brief industry next month on standoff explosives-detection project

WASHINGTON, 23 June 2014. U.S. homeland security experts will brief industry late next month on an upcoming project to give early warning of explosives in vehicles approaching security checkpoints.

Global altimeter and pitot tube market set to grow 12.2 percent over next five years

Global altimeter and pitot tube market set to grow 12.2 percent over next five years

DALLAS, 19 June 2014. The global market for aircraft altimeter systems and pitot tubes will rise 12.2 percent from an estimated $2.3 billion this year to $2.62 billion in 2019, predict analysts at market researcher Markets and Markets in Dallas. These sensors measure aircraft altitude and speed.

Reliance on geographical information to drive geospatial technology spending to $2.43 billion in 2018

Reliance on geographical information to drive geospatial technology spending to $2.43 billion in 2018

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 18 June 2014. U.S. military spending for geospatial technologies will reach $2.43 billion in 2018, predict analysts at market researcher Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, Calif.

Navy researchers try to kick-start industry development and prototyping of non-lethal weapons

Navy researchers try to kick-start industry development and prototyping of non-lethal weapons

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 June 2014. U.S. Navy researchers are kick-start industry development of non-lethal weapons for uses such as stopping vehicles and boats, moving or dispersing crowds, and discouraging attackers or aggressive human behavior.

Saudi national guard chooses air traffic control system from Exelis for Khashm al-An Airfield

Saudi national guard chooses air traffic control system from Exelis for Khashm al-An Airfield

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 11 June 2014. Leaders of the Saudi Arabian National Guard at Khashm al-An Airfield, Saudi Arabia, needed an aircraft ground control approach system for air traffic control operations for Saudi Arabian National Guard aviation. They found their solution from the Exelis Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems segment in Van Nuys, Calif.

Navy eyes multispectral shipboard surveillance

Navy considers 360-degree multispectral persistent surveillance for surface ship defense

CRANE, Ind., 10 June 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are sending feelers out to industry to find companies interested in developing an electro-optical sensor that provides 360-degree multispectral persistent surveillance capability.

Navy to take a page from commercial undersea cable industry for new ocean surveillance technology

Navy to take a page from commercial undersea cable industry for new ocean surveillance technology

SAN DIEGO, 9 June 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts are trying to tap into the commercial undersea cable industry to find recent technological advances that might be useful in maritime surveillance systems (MSS).

Army researchers set sights on multispectral night-vision sensors for situational awareness

Army researchers set sights on multispectral night-vision sensors for situational awareness

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 5 June 2014. U.S. Army researchers are looking for electro-optics companies able to develop small long-range multispectral sensor technology to aid U.S. and allied warfighters with situational awareness as well as with surveillance operations during the day and at night.

DARPA takes another look at precise positioning without GPS in upcoming STOIC program

DARPA takes another look at precise positioning without GPS in upcoming STOIC program

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 June 2014. U.S. military researches will brief industry this month on an upcoming program to develop military positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) technology with the performance of the Global Positioning System (GPS), but which operations independently of the GPS satellite navigation system.

Head-mounted display market to hit $12.8 billion

Global demand for head-mounted displays to reach $12.8 billion by 2020, forecast says

DALLAS, 2 June 2014. Global demand for head-mounted displays (HMDs) will grow to $12.8 billion by 2020 -- a combined annual growth rate of 57 percent -- predict analysts at market researcher Markets and Markets in Dallas.

Navy to brief industry this month on automatic test equipment for shipboard missile launchers

Navy to brief industry this month on automatic test equipment for shipboard missile launchers

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 2 June 2014. Have an idea for automatic test equipment for the U.S. Navy's MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)? Then experts at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) want to hear from you.

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