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Northrop Grumman to shrink size of GPS satellite electronics with signal-generation upgrade

Northrop Grumman to shrink size of GPS satellite electronics with signal-generation upgrade

Jun 11, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 11 June 2014. U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites may be on the way to becoming smaller and more power efficient with a series of planned upgrades to the way the satellites generate navigation signals.

Anti-swarm surveillance, next-generation tiltrotors, and automatic shoot-back on Rapid Fire

Anti-swarm surveillance, next-generation tiltrotors, and automatic shoot-back on Rapid Fire

Jun 11, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 11 June 2014. Anti-swarm surround surveillance for Navy surface ships, the next-generation tiltrotor aircraft, and Army vehicles that can automatically return fire highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Who sees and shoots first wins; Navy demonstrates lesson with surveillance and laser weapons

Who sees and shoots first wins; Navy demonstrates lesson with surveillance and laser weapons

Jun 10, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 10 June 2014. It's a truism in military history and tactics that the force that sees its enemy first usually prevails in the ensuing battle. Just a few examples: colonial militia at Concord's North Bridge, the Union army at Gettysburg, and the U.S. Navy at Midway.

Navy eyes multispectral shipboard surveillance

Navy considers 360-degree multispectral persistent surveillance for surface ship defense

Jun 10, 2014

CRANE, Ind., 10 June 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are sending feelers out to industry to find companies interested in developing an electro-optical sensor that provides 360-degree multispectral persistent surveillance capability.

Aurora Flight Sciences joins Sikorsky in next phase of project to design new tiltrotor

Aurora Flight Sciences joins Sikorsky in next phase of project to design new tiltrotor

Jun 10, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 June 2014. Aircraft designers at Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, Va., are joining those at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., in the next phase of a U.S. military research project to design a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft as an alternative to today's Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Detect enemy fire; shoot back automatically

Army wants vehicle-protection systems that detect incoming enemy fire and shoot back automatically

Jun 10, 2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 10 June 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to develop vehicle-mounted sensors able to detect, track, and classify incoming bullets, missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, and other kinds of direct ground fire pointed at military combat vehicles.

Sikorsky moves forward with DARPA VTOL X-Plane project to design new military tiltrotor aircraft

Sikorsky moves forward with DARPA VTOL X-Plane project to design new military tiltrotor aircraft

Jun 9, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 June 2014. Aircraft designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., are moving forward on a U.S. military research project to design a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft as an alternative to today's Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Navy to take a page from commercial undersea cable industry for new ocean surveillance technology

Navy to take a page from commercial undersea cable industry for new ocean surveillance technology

Jun 9, 2014

SAN DIEGO, 9 June 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts are trying to tap into the commercial undersea cable industry to find recent technological advances that might be useful in maritime surveillance systems (MSS).

Air Force ground power comes from Essex Electro

Air Force orders ground power units from Essex Electro Engineers for aircraft maintenance

Jun 6, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 6 June 2014. U.S. Air Force maintenance experts needed ground-based electrical generators to supply a variety of different power voltages for military aircraft. They found their solution from Essex Electro Engineers Inc. in Schaumburg, Ill.

Army considers artificial intelligence and machine learning for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs)

Army considers artificial intelligence and machine learning for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs)

Jun 6, 2014

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 6 June 2014. U.S. Army researchers are turning their attention to developing technologies that can enable ground robots to learn from their surroundings and their mistakes to enhance the ability of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to operate independently without human intervention.

Air Force picks Raytheon and Northrop Grumman to attack costs and complexity of AESA radar

Jun 5, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 5 June 2014. Two of the nation's leading military radar houses are trying to develop new manufacturing processes for active phased array military radar to increase system reliability while reducing development time and costs.

Army researchers set sights on multispectral night-vision sensors for situational awareness

Army researchers set sights on multispectral night-vision sensors for situational awareness

Jun 5, 2014

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 5 June 2014. U.S. Army researchers are looking for electro-optics companies able to develop small long-range multispectral sensor technology to aid U.S. and allied warfighters with situational awareness as well as with surveillance operations during the day and at night.

Space junk and commercial MMICs on Rapid fire

Space junk-tracking radar, navigating without GPS, and commercial MMICs this week on Rapid Fire

Jun 4, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 4 June 2014. Space junk-tracking radar, navigation without GPS, and MMIC technology for commercial applications highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Appearance of three Chinese nuclear submarines is reminder that ASW remains a high priority

Jun 3, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 3 June 2014. As if we needed yet another reminder that the U.S. military's era of the uncontested battlefield is nearly over, intelligence experts have photographed three Chinese Type 094 nuclear missile submarines docked at a naval base in the South China Sea.

Sechan to manufacture digital signal processors for Navy CEC sensor-fusion system

Sechan to manufacture digital signal processors for Navy CEC sensor-fusion system

Jun 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, 3 June 2014. U.S. Navy leaders are looking to electronics contract manufacturing specialist Sechan Electronics Inc. in Lititz, Pa., to build digital signal processors (DSPs) that help Navy commanders create one common air defense tactical display, or "air picture," which is based on all sensor data available.

DARPA takes another look at precise positioning without GPS in upcoming STOIC program

DARPA takes another look at precise positioning without GPS in upcoming STOIC program

Jun 2, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 June 2014. U.S. military researches will brief industry this month on an upcoming program to develop military positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) technology with the performance of the Global Positioning System (GPS), but which operations independently of the GPS satellite navigation system.

Navy to brief industry this month on automatic test equipment for shipboard missile launchers

Navy to brief industry this month on automatic test equipment for shipboard missile launchers

Jun 2, 2014

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 2 June 2014. Have an idea for automatic test equipment for the U.S. Navy's MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)? Then experts at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) want to hear from you.

Military researchers set sights on leap-ahead technologies for high-performance embedded computing (HPEC)

Military researchers set sights on leap-ahead technologies for high-performance embedded computing (HPEC)

May 30, 2014

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 30 May 2014. U.S. military researchers are attempting major advances in military high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) by focusing on solutions to problems that are too difficult for today's technology as a way to refine the directions of future research.

Northrop Grumman to provide flight computers for Marine Corps helicopter upgrades

Northrop Grumman to provide flight computers for Marine Corps helicopter upgrades

May 29, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 May 2014. Flight computer designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems sector in Woodland Hills, Calif., will deliver 119 Gen II mission computers for the U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters under terms of a $25 million contract announced Wednesday.

Rockwell Collins and Elbit to provide night-vision capability to Navy pilot head-up displays

Rockwell Collins and Elbit to provide night-vision capability to Navy pilot head-up displays

May 28, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 May 2014. U.S. Navy combat aircraft experts needed night-vision capability for helmet-mounted head-up displays for high-performance fighter-bomber aircraft. They found their solution from a partnership of Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth, Texas -- otherwise known as Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems LLC.

Lockheed Martin to run cyber warfare center

Cyber warfare test and measurement at National Test Range is aim of Army contract to Lockheed Martin

May 28, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla., 28 May 2014. Cyber security experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Mission Systems and Training segment in Orlando, Fla., will maintain a key U.S. military training range in place to test and validate cyber warfare technologies and systems under terms of a sole-source contract announced Friday.

Looming global conflict could bring military technology development into focus

Looming global conflict could bring military technology development into focus

May 27, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 27 May 2014. Think about the greatest periods military technological innovations in recent history. World War I saw development of the main battle tank, the aircraft carrier, and the depth charge. For its part, the U.S. developed the pilotless drone and air traffic control during the 20th Century's first big war.

Emergency radios to be ordered from Boeing

Emergency radios from Boeing to be ordered for downed pilots and other isolated personnel

May 27, 2014

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 27 May 2014. U.S. Air Force radio communications experts have revealed a plan to order 512 AN/PRQ-7A hand-held emergency radios for downed aircraft pilots from the manufacturer, the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis.

ViaSat SATCOM modems ordered for $30.6 million

Army orders military-standard high-speed SATCOM modems from ViaSat in $30.6 million contract

May 23, 2014

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill., 23 May 2014. Satellite communications (SATCOM) experts at ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif., will provide the U.S. Army with military-standard high-speed SATCOM modems under terms of a $30.6 million contract announced this week from the Army Contracting Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

UAV camera

Special Operations Command asks industry for EO/IR cameras for 14-pound hand-launched UAV

May 23, 2014

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 23 May 2014. U.S. Special Operations experts are asking industry to supply an electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) camera with laser pointer for a 14-pound hand-launch unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in surveillance and reconnaissance applications.

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