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Aurora Flight Sciences moves to next phase of DARPA aircraft automation project

Aurora Flight Sciences moves to next phase of DARPA aircraft automation project

Aug 27, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 Aug. 2015. Avionics designers at Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. in Manassas, Va., are moving forward with a U.S. defense research program to develop and insert new aircraft automation into existing planes and helicopters to enable operation with reduced onboard crew.

Marines make transition from gallium arsenide to gallium nitride in air-defense radar

Marines make transition from gallium arsenide to gallium nitride in air-defense radar

Aug 26, 2015

QUANTICO, Va., 26 Aug. 2015. Systems designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. are inserting new electronic technology into a new U.S. Marine Corps air-defense radar to make the system more effective in detecting rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and other low observables.

Wrong again: UAV market heading nowhere but up over the next decade

Wrong again: UAV market heading nowhere but up over the next decade

Aug 25, 2015

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Aug. 2015. I have to admit I was wrong about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically about the UAV market. I was under the impression that UAVs -- popularly called drones -- were starting to represent a market that was leveling off after years of steep growth. Gazing out over the military UAV landscape, it seemed to me that about everyone in the U.S military who wanted a UAV already had one.

Navy orders night-vision helmet-mounted displays to help combat pilots fly at night

Navy orders night-vision helmet-mounted displays to help combat pilots fly at night

Aug 25, 2015

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 25 Aug. 2015. Combat avionics experts at Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. military with 120 head-up helmet-mounted displays for high-performance fighter-bomber aircraft under terms of a $20.9 million order.

SRI International taking on DARPA Brandeis cyber security project to safeguard private data

SRI International taking on DARPA Brandeis cyber security project to safeguard private data

Aug 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO, 24 Aug. 2015. Cyber security experts at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., are developing ways to keep proprietary and private data private, as well as to understand how to build information systems that ensure private information can be used only for its intended purpose and for no other.

Navy announces $880.8 million in military communications contracts for MIDS LVT terminals

Navy announces $880.8 million in military communications contracts for MIDS LVT terminals

Aug 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO, 24 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy military communications experts are earmarking more than three-quarters of a billion dollars for new military situational awareness communications terminals that enable U.S. and allied aircraft, ships, and ground forces to exchange their tactical pictures in near-real time.

Military researchers gather contractors for fast, energy-efficient undersea vehicles

Military researchers gather contractors for fast, energy-efficient undersea vehicles

Aug 21, 2015

KEYPORT, Wash., 21 Aug. 2015. U.S. government researchers are gathering contractors for a program to develop revolutionary underwater propulsion and drag-reduction technologies to enable manned and unmanned undersea vehicles to move through the water faster and more energy-efficiently than ever before.

Military intelligence research projects seeks to uncover threats from social media, other text

Military intelligence research seeks to uncover threats from social media, other text

Aug 20, 2015

ROME, N.Y., 20 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force military intelligence experts are asking industry for new ways of uncovering existing and future global military threats from mountains of openly available text data, such as social media, blogs, and chat rooms.

Raytheon pushing LAV-AT Modernization forward with order for 13 anti-tank missile turrets

Raytheon pushing LAV-AT Modernization forward with order for 13 anti-tank missile turrets

Aug 20, 2015

WARREN, Mich., 20 Aug. 2015. U.S. Army armored combat vehicle experts are asking engineers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, to provide upgraded anti-tank missile systems for the anti-tank version of the General Dynamics Light Armored Vehicle (LAV).

Navy researchers ask industry for ideas on how to defend against helicopter RPG attacks

Navy researchers ask industry for ideas on how to defend against helicopter RPG attacks

Aug 19, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy researchers are asking industry for ways to design equipment that can detect, track, and shoot down incoming rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) that threaten helicopter RPG attacks on U.S. and allied aircraft operating on or near the ground.

Sikorsky moves forward with aircraft automation and optionally piloted helicopter technologies

Sikorsky moves forward with aircraft automation and optionally piloted helicopter technologies

Aug 19, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Aug. 2015. Avionics designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., are moving forward with a U.S. defense research program to develop and insert new aircraft automation into existing planes and helicopters to enable operation with reduced onboard crew.

Army looking for electro-optics companies to build 10,000 drivers night vision systems

Army looking for electro-optics companies to build 10,000 drivers night vision systems

Aug 17, 2015

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 17 Aug. 2015. U.S. Army night vision experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to manufacture as many as 10,000 devices that help drivers operate wheeled and tracked combat vehicles safely in darkness, in battlefield smoke, or in bad weather.

Boeing joins Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to develop multi-warhead killer missile defense

Boeing joins Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to develop multi-warhead killer missile defense

Aug 14, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 14 Aug. 2015. The Boeing Co. is joining rivals Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. in an effort to develop a ballistic missile defense multi-warhead killer weapon that would be able to detect, track, and kill several different incoming enemy missile warheads and decoys with only one counter-missile launch.

Navy hires two companies for potential $1.7 billion job to install C4ISR gear aboard ships

Navy hires two companies for potential $1.7 billion job to install C4ISR gear aboard ships

Aug 14, 2015

SAN DIEGO, 14 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy intelligence and communications experts are spending as much as $1.7 billion to install and certify electronics equipment aboard Navy surface ships, submarines and shore sites that handles command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR).

Defense companies move forward with effort to repackage Joint STARS radar for smaller aircraft

Defense companies move forward with effort to repackage Joint STARS radar for smaller aircraft

Aug 13, 2015

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 13 Aug. 2015. Three U.S. defense prime contractors are moving forward with a cost-cutting program to redesign the sophisticated ground-monitoring radar system of the U.S. Air Force Joint Surveillance and Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) for a business jet or other relatively small aircraft.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to design weapon to kill several incoming missile warheads

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to design weapon to kill several incoming missile warheads

Aug 12, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 12 Aug. 2015. Two major U.S. defense companies are starting work on developing a ballistic missile defense weapon that would be able to detect, track, and kill several different incoming enemy missile warheads and decoys with only one counter-missile launch.

Air Force chooses 25 companies in $20.9 billion contract for simulation and training

Air Force chooses 25 companies in $20.9 billion contract for simulation and training

Aug 12, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 12 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force simulation and training experts are spending as much as $20.9 billion and involving 25 U.S. flight simulation companies in an effort to streamline their simulation and training acquisition and procurement process.

Are we seeing a renaissance in radiation-hardened space electronics?

Are we seeing a renaissance in radiation-hardened space electronics?

Aug 11, 2015

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Aug. 2015. Microelectronics experts at BAE Systems have achieved the U.S. Department of Defense Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Level V radiation-hardened certification for the company's next-generation 45-nanometer application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for use in space applications.

Navy chooses imaging sonar systems from EdgeTech to support of arctic research projects

Navy chooses imaging sonar systems from EdgeTech to support of arctic research projects

Aug 10, 2015

SAN DIEGO, 10 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy submarine research experts needed imaging sonar systems to help evaluate the performance of nuclear-powered submarines operating in the arctic. They found their solution from EdgeTech in West Wareham, Mass.

Navy to buy as many as 80 L-3 Wescam MX-20HD EO/IR sensor pods for P-8A maritime patrol jets

Navy to buy as many as 80 L-3 Wescam MX-20HD EO/IR sensor pods for P-8A maritime patrol jets

Aug 10, 2015

LAKEHURST, N.J., 10 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy maritime surveillance experts will buy as many as 70 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor pods from L-3 Wescam in Burlington, Ontario, for use aboard U.S. and Australian Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

NASA taking proposals for scientific and educational CubeSat missions from 2016 to 2019

NASA taking proposals for scientific and educational CubeSat missions from 2016 to 2019

Aug 7, 2015

GREENBELT, Md., 7 Aug. 2015. Space exploration experts at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are inviting government researchers, non-profits, and schools to propose tiny satellite CubeSat spacecraft and missions to be scheduled over the next four years.

DARPA to brief industry next month cyber security defenses against denial of service

DARPA to brief industry next month cyber security defenses against denial of service

Aug 6, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Aug. 2015. U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on an upcoming cyber security project to develop fundamentally new defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks on U.S. military data networks.

Navy orders shipboard radios from General Dynamics for surface warships and submarines

Navy orders shipboard radios from General Dynamics for surface warships and submarines

Aug 5, 2015

SAN DIEGO, 5 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard communications experts are placing a $29 million order with General Dynamics Corp. to provide AN/USC-61(C) digital modular shipboard radios for Navy surface warships and submarines.

Navy asks Rockwell Collins for advanced prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction

Navy asks Rockwell Collins for advanced prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction

Aug 5, 2015

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 5 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed a precision Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation system for a differential GPS based carrier landing system. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Son of a Hellfire: JAGM meets long-overdue need for improved air-to-ground missile

Son of a Hellfire: JAGM meets long-overdue need for improved air-to-ground missile

Aug 4, 2015

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Aug. 2015. The U.S. Army and Navy are taking another step toward deploying a new-generation air-to-ground missile for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the form of a $66.4 million development contract last week to Lockheed Martin for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM).

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