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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.


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.

Industry, college partner on quantum computing

Advances in quantum computing is goal of Lockheed Martin-University of Maryland partnership

COLLEGE PARK, Md., 8 March 2014. Quantum computing may represent the biggest leap in computer technology since the invention of semiconductor transistors more than six decades ago, and computer scientists at Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda, Md., and University of Maryland in College Park, Md., are working together to bring about this fundamental transformation.

Raytheon tapped for airborne multispectral sensors

Raytheon wins two contracts to provide multispectral sensors for search helicopters and turboprops

CRANE, Ind., 7 March 2014. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, won two contracts late Thursday worth a collective $22.9 million to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Military spending for electronics and communications stable after steep decline

WASHINGTON, 7 March 2014. Leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) propose spending $10.67 billion in federal fiscal year 2015 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

Elbit to provide cards for AH-64 targeting

Elbit to provide spare circuit cards for Apache helicopter helmet-mounted targeting system

WARREN, Mich., 6 March 2014. U.S. military aviation experts needed spare electronic circuit cards for the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) of the U.S. Army Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

TriQuint and RFMD to combine, create new $2B RF company

TriQuint Semiconductor to combine with RF Micro Devices to create $2 billion RF and microwave company

HILLSBORO, Ore., 1 March 2014. Radio-frequency (RF) solutions supplier TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. (Nasdaq:TQNT) and RF Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD), a designer and manufacturer of high-performance solutions, will merge into a new company with a new name and shared leadership team.

Air Force sets sights on crypto modernization

Air Force cyber warfare experts eye next generation of cryptographic information security

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas, 28 Feb. 2014. U.S. Air Force cyber researchers are reaching out to industry for ideas on modernizing existing Air Force cryptographic systems with an eye to laying the foundation for the next generation of Air Force cryptographic information security solutions.

DARPA kicks off MUSE program to validate big-code software, and protect it from hackers

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 Feb. 2014. U.S. military software researchers are kicking off a program to improve the reliability and verification of large software programs, as well as to reduce the vulnerabilities of large and complex software programs to the threats posed by computer hackers.

DARPA releases solicitation for DBM program to plan air battles with limited communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking industry to develop software decision aids to plan complex aerial battles that involve manned combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but that offer limited sensor and communications networking.

Insitu upgrades unmanned aircraft system common command and control system

Insitu upgrades unmanned aircraft system common command and control system

BINGEN, Wash., 22 Feb. 2014. Insitu introduces version 2.0 of its ICOMC2 common command and control system, enabling a single operator to control multiple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with small-footprint, mobile hardware that features an open-architecture design able to be customized with plug-ins and new applications.

JPL scientists ask industry for CubeSat camera able to take color images of near-Earth asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., 20 Feb. 2014. U.S deep-space researchers are asking industry for ideas on how to develop space-qualified cameras for CubeSat spacecraft.

Military researchers reach out to industry for open-source software for unattended ground sensors

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 16 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking for industry's help to develop open-systems software that will enable unattended ground sensors to work together, and increase the flexibility and lower the costs of developing and deploying unattended sensors.

Air Force officials select Ball Aerospace to develop Ion Velocity Meter to fly on microsatellite

Air Force officials select Ball Aerospace to develop Ion Velocity Meter to fly on microsatellite

BOULDER, Colo., 15 Feb. 2014. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. won a $5.8 million contract from the Defense Weather System Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, Calif., for the production of the Ion Velocity Meter (IVM) under the U.S. Air Force Space Situational Awareness Environmental Monitoring program to fly aboard COSMIC-2, the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate-2.

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