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Hyperspectral flight tests, asteroid camera, and laser weapon this week on Rapid Fire

Feb 26, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 26 Feb. 2014. Hyperspectral flight tests, an asteroid camera, and a laser weapon highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Each week the Military & Aerospace Electronics exclusive Rapid Fire interview at Google Hangouts highlights and discusses the top three stories of this week, chosen by John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

After big defense cuts, what lies ahead?

Cutting the Army to historic low troop levels: do we realize where this might lead?

Feb 25, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Feb. 2014. A resurgent People's Republic of China is in the midst of a military buildup, terrorism is rampant through the Middle East, and Venezuela and the Ukraine are nearing civil war. In short, the world is as dangerous as it's ever been.

Army asks industry for turn-key 50-kilowatt laser that fits on 8-by-53-foot truck trailer

Feb 25, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 25 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army missile-defense experts are asking industry to supply an adjustable-power 50-kilowatt laser that with its cooling subsystem can fit on an 8-by-53-foot full-sized flatbed trailer.

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

Feb 25, 2014

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.

Companies compete for Marine counter-IED systems

Sierra Nevada and Northrop Grumman square-off for Marine Corps counter-IED technology program

Feb 24, 2014

QUANTICO, Va., 24 Feb. 2014. Two U.S. defense contractors who are specialists in RF and microwave systems design will compete for as much as $180 million worth of business to build counter-IED systems to detect and defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Raytheon to move hyperspectral sensor program ACES Hy forward with podded flight tests

Feb 23, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 Feb. 2014. U.S. Air Force airborne sensors experts will flight-test a new hyperspectral sensor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can see objects on the ground not visible to the human eye, such as hidden improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or illicit opium crops by detecting their spectral signatures.

Army orders four UH-72 Lakota light helicopters and radios from Airbus in $22.9 million deal

Feb 21, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 21 Feb. 2014. Airbus Helicopters in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build four UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters for the U.S. Army under terms of a $22.9 million contract awarded Tuesday.

Navy to buy three AN/AQS-20A mine-hunting sonars from Raytheon in potential $199.7 million deal

Feb 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, 21 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy counter-mine experts needed mine-detecting sonar systems for the mine countermeasures mission package of for the littoral combat ship. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I.

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

Feb 20, 2014

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.

Open-source software for unattended sensors and exciting trade show highlight Rapid Fire

Feb 19, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 19 Feb. 2014. Open-source software for unattended sensors and mission planning, and a vibrant AFCEA West trade show highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

DARPA to brief industry on software tools to plan air battles with manned aircraft and UAVs

Feb 18, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry on 28 Feb. 2014 on a program to develop software decision aids to plan aerial battles involving manned combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Navmar to upgrade TigerShark medium-endurance UAV with new sensors and airframe enhancements

Feb 18, 2014

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 18 Feb. 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. in Warminster, Pa., will upgrade their TigerShark medium-sized UAV with electro-optical sensor payload and airframe improvements under terms of a $44.7 million U.S. Navy contract announced late last week.

Northrop Grumman wins $12.4 million Army contract for SATCOM spectrum-monitoring gear

Feb 17, 2014

ROCK ISLAND, Ill., 17 Feb. 2014. Engineers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Technical Services segment in Herndon, Va. will provide an important electronic subsystem for a military global satellite communication (SATCOM) network under terms of a $12.4 million contract announced Friday.

Military looks to Disan Engineering to provide backplane interconnect for C-130 aircraft

Feb 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 17 Feb. 2014. U.S. military logistics experts needed an electronic backplane interconnect system for the Lockheed Martin C-130 four-engine turboprop utility aircraft. They found their solution from Disan Engineering Corp., a military electronics manufacturer in Nowata, Okla.

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

Feb 16, 2014

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.

Army forced to buy obsolete FPGAs to keep systems running at White Sands Missile Range

Feb 14, 2014

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., 14 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army weapons test and evaluation experts are buying obsolescent field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors to keep systems functioning at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., for as long as possible in today's tight defense budgets.

Halls were buzzing and exhibitors were happy at AFCEA West trade show: have we turned a corner?

Feb 13, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 13 Feb. 2014. Well, there's good news and there's bad news. First the bad news: I'm stuck today due to the severe winter weather sweeping through the South and up the East Coast. The good news is we might be seeing something of an industry turnaround in the military electronics business, which has been on its back for months.

Army tells industry to be ready for upcoming solicitation to detect chemical residue in fingerprints

Feb 13, 2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 13 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army researchers are notifying industry to be ready for a formal solicitation later this month to develop a security system able to detect traces of explosives, poisons, or other chemical materials left behind from a person's hands.

After yearlong delay, Data Link Solutions set to upgrade military shipboard data networks

Feb 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO, 12 Feb. 2014. Military communications experts at Data Link Solutions LLC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won a long-delayed contract Tuesday for a major data communications system upgrade that will enhance the ability of Navy surface warships to exchange text and imagery data with aircraft and ground forces.

Army to brief industry in March on contracting opportunities for aviation research

Feb 12, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 12 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts will brief industry early next month on upcoming contracting opportunities involved in moving the Army's aviation research closer to useful and deployable technologies.

DARPA trying to re-invent Internet search ... after inventing the Web in the first place

Feb 11, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Feb. 2014. Imagine an Internet that enabled its users to slice and dice content into subsets of content relevant to their interests and needs, rather than top-down keyword-based searches that commercial search engines like Google and Bing offer.

Navy security experts ask Navmar to develop biometrics security for Patuxent River NAS

Feb 10, 2014

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 10 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy security authorities needed a biometrics system to control access to sensitive areas of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. They found their solution from Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC) in Warminster, Pa.

DARPA considers ASIC-based signal processing for the toughest EW and communications problems

Feb 9, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers are considering a program to develop new kinds of digital signal processing (DSP) based on application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology for advanced sensors for aircraft and space, as well as for the next generations of military communications systems and electronic warfare (EW).

Raytheon to upgrade Fire Scout UAV control system

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade UAV control system with open-systems standards and Linux software

Feb 7, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts will continue working with the Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Dulles, Va., to switch a major unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities.

DARPA to brief industry 18 Feb. on program to create new Internet search paradigm

Feb 6, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches will conduct industry briefings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 18 Feb. 2014 on a program to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

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