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Unmanned vehicles wanted for offshore surveillance

Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

Apr 6, 2014

NEW LONDON, Conn., 6 April 2014. U.S. Coast Guard ocean surveillance experts are shopping for mature unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) to handle persistent-surveillance missions at sea such as watching for drug smugglers, icebergs, or illegal fishing.

Reinventing the military RF phased array antenna

DARPA hires seven companies, spends more than $100 million, to reinvent the RF phased array antenna

Apr 4, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF phased array antennas for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Air Force to brief industry on opportunities and challenges in C4I June 10 and 11 in Utica, N.Y.

Apr 4, 2014

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.

Navy asks for five long-range Fire Scout UAVs

Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build five long-range Fire Scout UAVs in $43.8 million contract

Apr 3, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced late Wednesday.

Raytheon focuses on advanced EW, radar antennas

Raytheon to help DARPA develop RF and microwave arrays for communications, radar, EW, and SIGINT

Apr 3, 2014

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).

Progeny to upgrade Navy ASW planning systems

Progeny Systems to enhance and upgrade Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planning system

Apr 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, 2 April 2014. Systems integrators at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., will continue upgrading and enhancing a U.S. Navy decision-support system designed to help Navy commanders plan attacks on enemy submarines.

Navy looks to NAI for synchro-to-digital cards

Navy asks North Atlantic to supply synchro-to-digital cards for shipboard interrogator system

Apr 2, 2014

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.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

Apr 1, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

Tomahawk SATCOM to receive new I/O circuit cards

Raytheon to replace obsolescent I/O circuit cards in Tomahawk missile communications system

Apr 1, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 April 2014. Cruise missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will upgrade the satellite data link transceiver of the Tomahawk Block IV tactical land-attack missile under terms of an $8.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification announced Monday.

12 square-off for $5.79 billion in networking

Air Force picks 12 companies to compete for $5.79 billion worth of computer networking jobs

Mar 31, 2014

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 31 March 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 12 companies to compete for as much as $5.79 billion to provide network operations and management services for a wide variety of military computer needs.

Navy eyes next phase of A-RCI sonar processing

Navy awards sonar processing contract to General Dynamics; readies for next phase of A-RCI

Mar 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, 31 March 2014. Submarine sonar experts at General Dynamics Corp. will provide rugged commercial off-the-shelf (R-COTS) computer equipment for sonar signal processing aboard the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.

Navy orders three early model helicopter-based unmanned minehunting systems from Raytheon

Mar 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, 30 March 2014. Undersea warfare experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., will provide the U.S. Navy with three Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) under terms of a $17.7 million contract modification announced this past week.

Raytheon to build hypertemporal space sensor

Air Force Research Lab taps Raytheon to build hypertemporal multispectral space sensor

Mar 28, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 28 March 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

Video: Could R-COTS be the next magic term?

Video: R-COTS the right direction for redefining COTS, but still misses mark, panelists say

Mar 28, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 28 March 2014. It looks like R-COTS -- short for ruggedized commercial off the shelf -- is emerging as the term of choice to describe commercially developed electronic technology that can operate in environmental extremes and offer the market long-term manufacturer support.

New computer and radar systems for C-5M airlifter

Lockheed Martin to install new mission computers and weather radars in Air Force C-5M cargo jets

Mar 26, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 March 2014. Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract announced late Tuesday.

VTOLs, SAT launches, and networks on Rapid Fire

Osprey replacements, assured networking, and inexpensive satellite launches this week on Rapid fire

Mar 26, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 26 March 2014. A new generation of vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, inexpensive satellite launches from conventional aircraft, and keeping networked communications open in dire conditions highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

With robots like these, who needs humans?

Mar 25, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 March 2014. U.S. military researchers have been reasonably successful over the past several years at designing robotic technology that enables unmanned aircraft, ships, and land vehicles to operate autonomously.

Building trust between man and machine

Air Force asks for industry's help to enable autonomous vehicles to work together with humans

Mar 25, 2014

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.

Boeing eyes satellite launches from aircraft

Boeing to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

Mar 24, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 March 2014. Rocket scientists at the Boeing Co. Advanced Network & Space Systems segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop rapid and inexpensive launch capability to place small satellites in orbit at a cost of less than $10,000 per pound.

Raytheon gets another multispectral sensor win

Raytheon wins another contract for Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Navy helicopters

Mar 24, 2014

CRANE, Ind., 24 March 2014. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, won another contract Friday to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. Navy helicopters.

CSCI to network warplanes with ground control centers

Navy taps CSCI for secure video networking of Marine combat aircraft and ground centers

Mar 23, 2014

RIDGECREST, Calif., 23 March 2014. U.S. Navy aerial warfare experts needed special network-security software to enable combat aircraft to exchange video and imagery data securely with tactical control centers. They found their solution from Computer Systems Center Inc. (CSCI) in Springfield, Va.

DARPA eyes drones that share data, work together

DARPA readies program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

Mar 21, 2014

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.

Pilots ready to control UAVs over the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

Mar 20, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 20 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

Airborne networking when forces are outgunned

Air Force eyes layered airborne networking for degraded, outmanned, and outgunned conditions

Mar 20, 2014

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.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade EW on Egyptian F-16s

Lockheed Martin to upgrade airborne electronic warfare systems aboard Egyptian F-16 jet fighters

Mar 19, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 19 March 2014. Lockheed Martin Corp., maker of the F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter, will upgrade airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems aboard Egyptian F-16 jet fighters under terms of a $6.9 million contract modification announced Tuesday.

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