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UUV makes new deep dive to locate missing jet

Bluefin-21 UUV set this week to make another deep dive in efforts to locate missing Malaysia 370

May 14, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla., 14 May 2014. A deep-diving unmanned submarine designed by a Massachusetts company is set to make another attempt to locate the disappeared Malaysia Flight 370 Boeing 777 jumbo jet that disappeared in early March with 239 people on board and presumed lost.

Aeronix to provide MRAP Ethernet networking

Army chooses rugged computer Ethernet switches for MRAP vetronics networking to connect radios and sensors

May 14, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 14 May 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts needed rugged Gigabit Ethernet switches for the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored combat vehicle. They found their solution from Aeronix Inc. in Melbourne, Fla.

The threat of a cloned Iranian stealth UAV

Iran claims to have copied U.S. unmanned drone; what's the threat from this captured technology?

May 13, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 13 May 2014. Leaders of the Iranian government claim to have copied a U.S. stealth unmanned drones, which the Iranians captured three years ago while the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reportedly was flying a surveillance mission over Iranian nuclear and military sites.

Navy eyes new aircraft survival radios

Navy sets sights on new combat survivor evader locator survival radio for downed pilots

May 13, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 13 May 2014. U.S. Navy survival experts are reaching out to industry to find companies with the expertise to design a next-generation survival radio to help search-and-rescue teams find and rescue military pilots who have been shot down.

OceanServer to refurbish Navy Iver2 research UUV

Navy undersea warfare experts ask OceanServer to refurbish Iver2 research UUV

May 12, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I., 12 May 2014. Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts at OceanServer Technology Inc. in Fall River, Mass., will refurbish one of the company's Iver2 UUVs for researchers at the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I.

NUWC officials announced a plan last Thursday to contract with OceanServer to refurbish and upgrade a NUWC-owned Iver2. The value of the upcoming contract has yet to be negotiated.

DARPA picks four to apply biology to sensors

One company and three colleges help DARPA tap engineered biology for advanced sensor technologies

May 9, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 May 2014. U.S. military researchers are hiring four organizations and spending more than $5.67 million on a program that seeks to find ways of easily engineering biology for advanced sensor capabilities, chemicals, materials, and therapeutics.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have announced four contracts for the Living Foundries: 1000 Molecules project to develop a biology-engineering infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and for the engineering biology community.

Army orders 100 FMTV military trucks with integrated vetronics on SAE digital databuses

May 9, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 9 May 2013. U.S. Army land vehicles experts are asking military vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, Wis., to build an additional 100 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) under terms of a $21.8 million contract announced Wednesday.

Army picks DRS and BAE Systems to develop integrated night-vision goggles and weapon sights

May 8, 2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 8 May 2014. U.S. Army night vision experts are looking to two electro-optics companies to develop the next generation of military night-vision weapon sights to enable soldiers to fight effectively at night.

Blending planes and sensors for air superiority

Military seeks to blend aircraft and sensors to keep air superiority in dangerous airspace

May 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 May 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking industry for ideas on maintaining air superiority in dangerous airspace where pilots risk having their sensors and communications jammed or their aircraft shot down.

Navy asks GTS for rugged shipboard computers

GTS to provide air- and water-cooled shipboard computers for Navy cruisers and destroyers

May 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, 8 May 2014. Shipboard electronics designers at Global Technical Systems (GTS) in Virginia Beach, Va., will provide the U.S. Navy with air- and water-cooled open-architecture rugged computers under terms of an $84.9 million contract announced Tuesday.

Hoffman Engineering to provide night-vision test gear to Air Force in $6.7 million deal

Hoffman Engineering to provide night-vision test gear to Air Force in $6.7 million deal

May 7, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 7 May 2014. Night-vision test and measurement experts at Hoffman Engineering Corp. in Stamford, Conn., will provide the U.S. Air Force with test equipment for night-vision goggles under terms of a $6.7 million contract announced Monday.

Congress wants Navy to beef-up offensive strike capabilities of UCLASS unmanned aircraft

May 6, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 6 May 2014. It's no secret that the U.S. Navy's project to develop a carrier-based fighting drone is in trouble. Navy leaders have criticized how the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program has evolved for its lightweight strike capability.

Feds eye synthetic vision for snowplow drivers

Federal transportation officials consider synthetic vision technology for snowplow drivers

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, 6 May 2014. It might be a warm thought to those just emerging from a brutal winter that U.S. government transportation experts are ready to borrow from defense and aerospace synthetic vision technology to develop an enhanced vision system to enable snowplow drivers to see clearly in blizzard conditions.

Artificial intelligence and electronic warfare

Lockheed Martin wins $13.4 million deal for counter-adaptive-EW artificial intelligence

May 5, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 May 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will field-test a prototype artificial intelligence system designed to counter adaptive wireless communications threats under terms of a $13.4 million contract modification announced last Wednesday.

Army orders UAV control for attack helicopters

Longbow LLC engineers to build 17 radar- and UAV-control subsystems for AH-64D attack helicopters

May 2, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 2 May 2014. Military RF communications experts at Longbow LLC in Orlando, Fla., will build 17 sensor and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control subsystems for the Army's AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter under terms of a $22.2 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Unmanned vehicles for the carrier strike force

Could unmanned vehicles be just the help that a thinly stretched carrier force needs?

Apr 29, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 29 April 2014. It's difficult to gauge the importance of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. When an international crisis flares up, it's usually the carrier that is first on scene to handle a military confrontation or disaster relief.

Collaborating UAVs is aim of DARPA CODE program

DARPA launches CODE program for UAVs to share information and work together

Apr 29, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 29 April 2014. U.S. military researchers are launching a program to enable surveillance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to work together on missions involving electronic jamming, degraded communications, and other difficult operating conditions.

Navy upgrading sub-launched nuclear missiles

Navy asks Draper Lab to update computers and navigation in submarine-launched nuclear missiles

Apr 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, 28 April 2014. U.S. Navy ballistic missile experts are continuing a program to fine-tune the accuracy of the Navy's Trident II D5 submarine-launched nuclear missiles under terms of a $283.1 million contract announced Friday to the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

Raytheon tapped to upgrade Navy UAV control system

Raytheon to upgrade Navy unmanned helicopter control system with Linux software and intuitive controls

Apr 28, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control experts at the Raytheon Co. Technical Services segment in Dulles, Va., will switch a major unmanned helicopter control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities under terms of a $15.8 million contract announced last week.

Lightweight SAR radars ordered for Army UAVs

Army orders as many as 94 lightweight synthetic-aperture radar systems for surveillance UAVs

Apr 25, 2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 25 April 2014. U.S. Army surveillance experts needed lightweight radar systems suitable to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and light manned aircraft. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum Heights, Md.

Navy orders new batch of radar-killing missiles

Navy orders advanced radar-killing air-to-ground missiles and missile upgrades in $83.4 million deal

Apr 24, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 24 April 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts are ordering another batch of radar-killing air-to-ground missiles and missile upgrades to equip the service's carrier-based fighter-bombers and electronic warfare jets.

SPAWAR zeroes-in on VME 1553 boards from AIT

Navy calls out AIT VME 1553 databus interface cards, but would consider other company offers

Apr 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO, 24 April 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts needed MIL-STD-1553 databus interface cards in the VME form factor for a variety of test and measurement applications. They found their solution from Avionics Interface Technologies Inc. (AIT) in San Diego.

Army orders computer-controlled air-drop systems

Army places order for 100 GPS- and computer-controlled parachute cargo delivery systems

Apr 23, 2014

NATICK, Mass., 23 April 2014. Cargo air drop specialists at Airborne Systems North America in Pennsauken, N.J., will provide the U.S. Army with 110 computer-controlled parachute cargo air delivery systems under terms of a contract announced Tuesday.

Deploying unmanned vehicles from jet fighters

Raytheon and DARPA consider deploying unmanned air and marine vehicles from fighter aircraft

Apr 23, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 April 2014. U.S. military unmanned vehicle experts have developed many innovative ways to send drones on their missions. Unmanned vehicles can launch from runways and deploy from ships and submarines. But how about launching from the undercarriage of a jet fighter?

The next super weapon: believe me, nobody's ready for it

Apr 22, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2014. Military powers throughout history have based their strengths on revolutionary super weapons that adversaries couldn't match.

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