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DARPA Blue Wolf program seeks revolutionary breakthroughs in undersea vehicle speed and efficiency

DARPA Blue Wolf program seeks revolutionary breakthroughs in undersea vehicle speed and efficiency

Jul 11, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 July 2014. U.S. military researchers are trying to develop revolutionary 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.

Navy chooses long-range thermal cameras from FLIR Systems for air-to-ground range surveillance

Navy chooses long-range thermal cameras from FLIR Systems for air-to-ground range surveillance

Jul 11, 2014

NORCO, Calif., 11 July 2014. U.S. Navy surveillance experts needed high-definition long-range infrared surveillance cameras for a variety of U.S. military ranges and similar facilities. They found their solution from FLIR Systems Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore.

Global market for military land vehicles and upgrades to grow 29 percent through 2022

Global market for military land vehicles and upgrades to grow 29 percent through 2022

Jul 10, 2014

LONDON, 10 July 2014. The global military land vehicles market should grow by nearly 29 percent through 2022, increasing from $23.55 billion in 2013 to $30.33 billion by 2022, predict analysts at market researcher Frost & Sullivan in London.

Northrop Grumman to begin upgrading Kearfott navigation systems in MQ-8B/C Fire Scout UAVs

Northrop Grumman to begin upgrading Kearfott navigation systems in MQ-8B/C Fire Scout UAVs

Jul 9, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 9 July 2014. U.S. Navy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts plan to upgrade the navigation systems in Northrop Grumman MQ-8B/C Fire Scout shipboard unmanned helicopters to improve the UAV's precision and reliability.

Counter-artillery rockets, shrinking GPS receivers, and GPS-guided artillery on Rapid Fire

Counter-artillery rockets, shrinking GPS receivers, and GPS-guided artillery on Rapid Fire

Jul 9, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 9 July 2014. Counter-artillery rockets, tiny embedded GPS receivers, and GPS-guided artillery shells highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

How Pentagon budgets are hitting America's defenses where it hurts

Jul 8, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 July 2014. I ran across a news story this week that starkly illustrates the bind the U.S. military finds itself in as defense budgets continue to shrink while the military services continue to insist on ever-more-expensive weapon systems.

Army reaches out to industry for advanced visible/near infrared focal plane array technology

Army reaches out to industry for advanced visible/near infrared focal plane array technology

Jul 8, 2014

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 8 July 2014. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry for companies able to develop advanced visible-light and near-infrared focal plane array (FPA) sensors for applications such as electro-optical payloads, weapon sights, night vision, and sensors for unmanned vehicles.

Lockheed wins $200 million DARPA contract to prepare new anti-ship missile for 2017 acquisition

Lockheed wins $200 million DARPA contract to prepare new anti-ship missile for 2017 acquisition

Jul 7, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 July 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking Lockheed Martin Corp. to prepare an experimental advanced anti-ship missile for acquisition within the next three years for use on the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter bomber, as well as the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber.

Honeywell upgrades satellite-control electronics

Honeywell to upgrade antenna electronics for Air Force satellite-control station

Jul 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 7 July 2014. Satellite control experts at Honeywell Aerospace will upgrade the electronics at Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., under terms of a $12.9 million contract modification announced last week.

Boeing to install infrared search and track systems on Navy carrier-based jet fighters

Boeing to install infrared search and track systems on Navy carrier-based jet fighters

Jul 3, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 July 2014. U.S. Navy air combat experts are asking electro-optics engineers at the Boeing Co. to produce passive sensors for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber to enable the aircraft to detect, track, and attack enemy aircraft in a stealthy way without making its presence known.

Raytheon to provide 757 satellite-guided artillery shells in $51.8 million Army contract

Raytheon to provide 757 satellite-guided artillery shells in $51.8 million Army contract

Jul 2, 2014

PICATINNY ARSENAL, Ala., 2 July 2014. Artillery munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build 757 M982 Excalibur satellite-guided heavy artillery shells to the U.S. Army under terms of a $51.8 million contract announced late last week.

The risks they ran for a new way of life

The risks they ran for a new way of life

Jul 1, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 July 2014. Friday is Independence Day, so I'm thinking this week about the risks taken by the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence when they put their names to the founding document of the United States.

Raytheon to provide long-range multi-spectral sensors for Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft

Raytheon to provide long-range multi-spectral sensors for Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft

Jun 30, 2014

CRANE, Ind., 30 June 2014. Electro-optics designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, will build advanced multi-spectral sensors for U.S. Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft under terms of a $19.7 million contract modification announced late Friday.

Naval criminal investigators reach out to industry for tiny convert surveillance camera

Naval criminal investigators reach out to industry for tiny convert surveillance camera

Jun 27, 2014

QUANTICO, Va., 27 June 2014. U.S. Navy criminal investigators are surveying industry to find electro-optics companies able to build a tiny surveillance camera roughly the size of a stick of chewing gum.

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAV sense-and-avoid technologies

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAV sense-and-avoid technologies

Jun 27, 2014

LAUREL, Md., 27 June 2014. U.S. government aviation authorities will meet with industry this fall to discuss lightweight sense-and-avoid technologies to enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate safely with manned aircraft in crowded civil airspace.

DHS to buy Raytheon maritime search radars

Homeland Security officials to order broad-area airborne maritime search radars from Raytheon

Jun 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, 26 June 2014. Maritime surveillance experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington needed airborne radar systems for searching the surface of the ocean for a variety of security applications. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas.

Raytheon nets quarter-billion dollars in contracts for advanced air- and ship-launched missiles

Raytheon nets quarter-billion dollars in contracts for advanced air- and ship-launched missiles

Jun 26, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 June 2014. Missile designers at the Raytheon Co., won contracts worth more than a quarter-billion dollars Wednesday for aircraft- and ship-launched advanced anti-aircraft missiles.

DARPA to brief industry in July on new directions for the Microsystems Technology Office

DARPA to brief industry in July on new directions for the Microsystems Technology Office

Jun 25, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 June 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on a plan to enable entirely new classes of technology-driven capabilities for national security, as opposed to creating single end-point solutions.

GPS electronics getting smaller than ever before

Ever-shrinking GPS electronics could bring satellite navigation to everyone

Jun 24, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 24 June 2014. Two U.S. military research initiatives are taking aim at shrinking the size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation electronics in orbit and on the ground.

Army seeks drastic reductions in the size and power consumption of embedded GPS modules

Army seeks drastic reductions in the size and power consumption of embedded GPS modules

Jun 24, 2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 24 June 2014. U.S. Army navigation experts are seeking drastic reductions in the size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) of embedded GPS satellite navigation modules for use in future wearable and handheld computing, communications, and navigation devices for infantry soldiers.

Sikorsky to provide nine MH-60R maritime helicopters to Danish navy in $115.7 million contract

Sikorsky to support nine MH-60R maritime helicopters to Danish navy in $115.7 million contract

Jun 24, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 24 June 2014. Helicopter designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., will support nine MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopters for the Royal Danish Navy under terms of a $115.7 million contract announced Friday.

BAE Systems to develop advanced digital focal plane array detectors for missile defense

BAE Systems to develop advanced digital focal plane array detectors for missile defense

Jun 23, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 23 June 2014. Electro-optics engineers at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will design special sensitive infrared sensors to enhance the ability of anti-air missiles to detect, track, and destroy incoming ballistic missile warheads.

Homeland Security to brief industry next month on standoff explosives-detection project

Homeland Security to brief industry next month on standoff explosives-detection project

Jun 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, 23 June 2014. U.S. homeland security experts will brief industry late next month on an upcoming project to give early warning of explosives in vehicles approaching security checkpoints.

Navy asks Boeing to update obsolescent electronic modules in F/A-18 AESA airborne radar

Navy asks Boeing to update obsolescent electronic modules in F/A-18 AESA airborne radar

Jun 20, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 20 June 2014. Component obsolescence in advanced weapon systems is one of the most nagging and costly challenges of long-term systems development, but U.S. Navy officials are seeking to nip this problem in the bud for one of their newest airborne radar systems.

Raytheon to build radio-controlled TOW anti-tank missiles in $391.5 million contract

Raytheon to build radio-controlled TOW anti-tank missiles in $391.5 million contract

Jun 20, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 20 June 2014. The Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build radio-controlled anti-tank missiles for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as the governments of Saudi Arabia and Oman, under terms of a $391.5 million contract announced Thursday.

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