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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.

Navy picks Creative Microsystems to design next-generation night-vision technology

Navy picks Creative Microsystems to design next-generation night-vision technology

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, 22 May 2014. U.S. Navy researchers are moving forward with a program to shrink the size and increase the capabilities of the next-generation military night-vision goggles, while drastically reducing the cost of manufacturing these night-vision devices.

Unmanned trends and EMP hardening on Rapid Fire

Small UAVs, thoughts on contested battlespace, and EMP hardening this week on Rapid Fire

May 21, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 21 May 2014. Unmanned vehicle trends, contested battlespace, and EMP hardening highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Era of uncontested battle coming to a close

Pentagon acknowledging that today's era of the uncontested battlefield may be coming to a close

May 20, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 20 May 2014. I'm seeing encouraging signs from the Pentagon that today's military senior leadership finally is acknowledging that military campaigns of the future probably won't be as easy as they've been for the past quarter century.


Towed-array sonar for Navy surface warships

Lockheed Martin to provide Navy with advanced towed-array sonar for surface warships

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, 20 May 2014. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are adding towed-array sonar systems to the fleet to enable surface warships to hunt and attack quiet enemy submarines lurking at a variety of ocean depths.

Army to build EMP- and blast-proof launch center

Army to build blast- and EMP-proof launch-control building for Alaska-based missile defense

May 19, 2014

FORT GREELY, Alaska, 19 May 2014. U.S. Army missile-defense officials are constructing a special building hardened against blast and electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) at Fort Greely, Alaska, for command and control of anti-ballistic missiles to protect help protect the United States from enemy nuclear missile attack.

Flying drone market shifting from big to small

Unmanned aerial drone market shifting from large to small UAVs: the Mil & Aero video blog

May 19, 2014

THE MIL & AERO VIDEO BLOG, 19 May 2014. Pilotless aircraft still dominate the unmanned vehicles market, but applications appear to be shifting away from large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military applications and toward small UAVs for a wide variety of civil applications like agriculture, first responders, and oil and gas pipeline inspections.

Army orders 10 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters

Army asks Airbus to build another 10 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters in $55.4 million contract

May 16, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 16 May 2014. Airbus Helicopters in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build 10 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters for the U.S. Army under terms of a $55.4 million contract awarded Thursday.

Ballard cards to bridge Navy PCs to MIL-STD-1553

Navy chooses PCI Express cards from Ballard to connect MIL-STD-1553 systems to PCs

May 15, 2014

RIDGECREST, Calif., 15 May 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed a way for PC computers to communicate with military avionics systems based on the MIL-STD-1553 databus. They found their solution from Ballard Technology Inc. in Everett, Wash.

Matrix to acquire and track targets in jamming

Air Force researchers choose Matrix for CERFER program to track targets amid RF jamming

May 15, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 15 May 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are moving ahead with a project to develop radar and electronic warfare (EW) technology that improves target detection, tracking, imaging, classification, and identification in the midst of enemy RF jamming, spoofing, and other challenging conditions.

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.

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