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Next-generation jammer, digitized tanks, and advanced sensors highlight Rapid Fire chat

Feb 5, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Feb. 2014. Raytheon gets back to work on the Next-Generation Jammer, the U.S. Army orders 12 digitized main battle tanks, and the Air Force prepares industry for an upcoming radar and electro-optical sensors research program highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Raytheon resumes work on the Next-Generation Jammer: was a seven-month delay worth it?

Feb 4, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Feb. 2014. Most of us welcome competition among private companies -- particularly in the U.S. defense industry -- for big government jobs to ensure that taxpayers get the best deal and the best quality possible. Still, I wonder at what stage does tooth-and-nail competition for defense contracts become destructive not only for the companies involved, but also -- and most importantly -- for the nation's defense?

General Dynamics gets contract to build 12 advanced main battle tanks with digital vetronics

Feb 4, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 4 Feb. 2014. Armored combat vehicle designers at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., will build 12 M1A2 Abrams System Enhanced Package (SEP) Version 2 (V2) main battle tanks with digital vetronics under terms of a $72.7 million contract modification announced Friday from the U.S. Army.

Navy to brief industry on acquisition strategies for UAVs, EW, and air warfare technologies

Feb 2, 2014

RIDGECREST, Calif., 2 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts will brief industry on their acquisition strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic warfare (EW), biofuels, and other important technologies on 26 Feb. at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif.

Air Force tells industry to prepare for upcoming RF and electro-optical research program

Jan 31, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force sensors experts are notifying industry to be ready for the launch of an RF radar and electro-optical (E/O) research program within the next two months to investigate electromagnetic technologies that contribute to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs.

Army night-vision researchers look to Raytheon to develop advanced IR focal plane arrays

Jan 31, 2014

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army experts in night-vision sensors are working together with Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) to develop advanced infrared focal plane array technology to enhance military infrared sensor capabilities.

Air Force chooses rugged network switches from Crystal Group for AC-130U Special Operations aircraft gunship

Jan 30, 2014

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed ruggedized Cisco network switches for the AC-130U Spooky gunship. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Tobyhanna Army Depot to buy display processors from Jupiter Systems for vision collaboration

Jan 30, 2014

TOBYHANNA, Pa., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army electronics repair and upgrade specialists at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Pa., needed display processors for a variety of collaborative visualization applications. They found their solution from Jupiter Systems in Hayward, Calif.

Air Force reaches out to industry for companies able to build advanced IR sensor processing

Jan 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 29 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force missile-defense experts are looking for defense companies with the expertise to develop ground-based advanced data processing for satellite infrared detectors designed to alert authorities to missile launches on Earth.

Attack helicopter conversions, B-1 upgrades, and COTS replacements highlight Rapid Fire

Jan 29, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 29 Jan. 2014. A kit to convert civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters, industry suggestions for terms to replace COTS, and big avionics upgrades for the venerable B-1 bomber highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Moog pushing conversion kit that can transform civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters

Jan 28, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Jan. 2014. Attack helicopters like the Boeing AH-64 Apache and the Bell AH-1W Super Cobra have proven their worth supporting American soldiers and Marines on the battlefield, or making surgical strikes on important targets.

Rockwell Collins to provide AN/ARC-210(V) aircraft radios to Navy in $8 million contract win

Jan 28, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed line-of-sight and satellite communications (SATCOM) radios for a variety of Navy aircraft. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Navy asks all MUOS SATCOM providers to step forward for evaluation tests this March or April

Jan 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO, 27 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts are surveying industry to find companies able to demonstrate their ability to develop and build Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-capable radio terminals this spring as part of continuing MUOS terminal system evaluations.

L3 shipboard data link to control Fire Scout UAVs

Navy chooses shipboard data link from L3 Communications-West to communicate with UAVs

Jan 26, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts needed a digital data link to control the MQ-8B and MQ-8C unmanned helicopters operating from the Littoral Combat Ship. They found their solution from L3 Communications-West in Salt Lake City.

Elbit to provide more helmet display tracker systems that add punch to Marine attack helicopters

Jan 23, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 23 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics experts at EFW Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with helmet-mounted head-up displays (HUDs) for pilots of the Bell AH-1W attack helicopter under terms of a contract modification announced Wednesday.

Results are in: industry suggests new terms to replace COTS

Jan 21, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 21 Jan. 2014. Three weeks ago I put the question to the aerospace and defense electronics industry: do we need a new term for COTS? Well the first results are in, and the answer, overwhelmingly, is yes.

Army focuses on augmented reality for NIE 15.1

Army reaches out to industry for ideas on augmented-reality training for NIE 15.1 this fall

Jan 20, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 20 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies interested in demonstrating mature technologies to enhance military simulation and training at home bases, as well as the ability to link live, virtual, and constructive training, in preparation for major field exercises scheduled for this fall.

Livermore Lab seeks to partner with industry to develop new high-power laser diode arrays

Jan 19, 2014

LIVERMORE, Calif., 19 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., would like to partner with industry to share research work and technology payoffs in high-power laser diode arrays.

NASA offers to partner with industry to develop advanced fuel cell technology for space

Jan 17, 2014

HOUSTON, 17 Jan. 2014. Researchers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are looking to partner with industry to speed development of next-generation hydrogen and hydrocarbon air-independent fuel cells for future space missions, as well as for applications on Earth.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade electro-optical imaging systems for Navy submarine fleet

Jan 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, 15 Jan. 2014. Submarine combat systems experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will make another in a planned schedule of system upgrades to a U.S. Navy electro-optical surveillance system designed for several classes of Navy submarines.

Defense spending highlights Rapid Fire

Military spending, tracking space junk, and celestial navigation this week on Rapid Fire

Jan 15, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 15 Jan. 2014. Military spending takes a cut in the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, Lockheed Martin will continue tracking space junk, and celestial navigation comes to battlefield laser designators highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Blog: military spending takes hits in 2014, but cuts aren't as bad as they could have been

Jan 14, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 Jan. 2014. The congressional appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 is out, and ... well, there's good news and there's bad news for the military.

BriarTek to provide man-overboard shipboard warning

Navy looks to BriarTek to provide man-overboard warning systems for surface ship fleet

Jan 14, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, 14 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard safety experts needed automatic warning systems to alert authorities if sailors fall overboard during operations aboard Navy surface warships. They found their solution from BriarTek Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

Air Force surveys industry to find companies able to upgrade GPS satellite waveform generators

Jan 14, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 13 Jan. 2013. U.S. Air Force navigation experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to improve the performance and shrink the size of the digital waveform generator on Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.

Sikorsky to build 37 ship-based Navy helicopters in half-billion-dollar contract

Sikorsky to build 37 ship-based Navy helicopters in half-billion-dollar contract

Jan 10, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 10 Jan. 2014. Military helicopter designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., will build 37 sophisticated maritime helicopters for the U.S. Navy under terms of a $549.9 million contract modification announced late Thursday.

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