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Air Force to convert 25 F-16 jet fighters to target drones in $28.5 million contract to Boeing

Air Force to convert 25 F-16 jet fighters to target drones in $28.5 million contract to Boeing

Mar 30, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 30 March 2015. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co. will convert 25 retired U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighters into sophisticated manned and unmanned target drones under terms of a $28.5 million contract announced Friday.

DARPA surveys industry for mature unmanned sensor payloads to detect and classify surface vessels

DARPA surveys industry for mature unmanned sensor payloads to detect and classify surface vessels

Mar 30, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 March 2015. U.S. military researchers are surveying industry to find mature electro-optic sensor payload and signal-processing technologies that can help unmanned surface vessels (USVs) detect and classify other surface ships in the area.

DARPA picks four companies to develop affordable sub-reflector-based imaging radar technologies

DARPA picks four companies to develop affordable sub-reflector-based imaging radar technologies

Mar 27, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 March 2015. U.S. Military researchers have chosen four companies for contracts worth a potential $11.3 million to carry out a project to design new kinds of imaging radar that rely on electronic sub-reflector designs, rather than on a moving platform or target, to perform scanning.

Progeny Systems to provide submarine torpedo-defense systems in $6.8 million contract modification

Progeny Systems to provide submarine torpedo-defense systems in $6.8 million contract modification

Mar 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, 27 March 2015. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts are asking engineers at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., to build torpedo-defense systems for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine fleet under terms of a $6.8 million contract modification announced this month.

Army scientists ask industry for camouflage fabrics that hide soldiers from electro-optical sensors

Army scientists ask industry for camouflage fabrics that hide soldiers from electro-optical sensors

Mar 26, 2015

NATICK, Mass., 26 March 2015. U.S. Army electro-optics experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to develop electro-optical camouflaged fabric to help warfighters hide from enemy short-wave infrared (SWIR) sensors.

Night Optics to provide 2,000 monocular military night-vision viewing devices for Jordanian military

Night Optics to provide 2,000 monocular military night-vision viewing devices for Jordanian military

Mar 26, 2015

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 26 March 2015. U.S. Army night-vision experts needed low-light vision equipment for the Jordanian armed forces. They found their solution from Night Optics Inc. in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Army orders as many as 32 Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in $713.9 million deal

Army orders as many as 32 Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in $713.9 million deal

Mar 25, 2015

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 25 March 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering as many as 32 Boeing CH-47 Chinook multi-mission, heavy-lift transport helicopters under terms of a $713.9 million contract announced earlier this month.

Air Force orders for AMRAAM air-to-air missiles exceed $1 billion over last three months

Air Force orders for AMRAAM air-to-air missiles exceed $1 billion over last three months

Mar 25, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 25 March 2015. U.S. Air Force airborne weapons experts are ordering several hundred of the nation's most sophisticated radar-guided air-to-air missiles under terms of a contract modification announced Tuesday.

Should some smart munitions be classified as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)?

Should some smart munitions be classified as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)?

Mar 24, 2015

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 24 March 2015. We live in an era of dizzying technological sophistication. It seems that everything electronic has some sort of "intelligence," from autonomous flying drones to late-model kitchen appliances.

Textron to provide directional antennas to help warfighters access imagery and video from UAVs

Textron to provide directional antennas to help warfighters access imagery and video from UAVs

Mar 24, 2015

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 24 March 2015. U.S. Army surveillance experts needed directional antennas to help warfighters in the field access reconnaissance imagery and video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned surveillance aircraft. They found their solution from Textron Systems Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md.

Air Force asks Raytheon to build 250 air-launched EW jamming drones to defeat enemy missile defenses

Air Force asks Raytheon to build 250 air-launched EW jamming drones to defeat enemy missile defenses

Mar 23, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 23 March 2015. U.S. Air Force airborne weapons experts are asking Raytheon Co. to build 250 electronic warfare (EW) jamming drones under terms of a $91.6 million contract announced last week.

Army taps Raytheon to build another 209 Excalibur heavy artillery smart munitions

Army taps Raytheon to build another 209 Excalibur heavy artillery smart munitions

Mar 23, 2015

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 23 March 2015. Artillery munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build 209 M982 Excalibur satellite-guided heavy artillery shells for the U.S. Army under terms of a $14.8 million contract modification announced last week.

Navy looking to BCI to extract weather radar data from tactical ship- and land-based radar systems

Navy looking to BCI to extract weather radar data from tactical ship- and land-based radar systems

Mar 20, 2015

SAN DIEGO, 20 March 2015. U.S. Navy weather experts needed a way to extract weather radar information from shipboard and land-based radar systems normally used to detect potentially hostile aircraft and other incoming threats. They found their solution from Basic Commerce & Industries Inc. (BCI) in Moorestown, N.J.

Army orders 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack drones for division aviation support

Army orders 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack drones for division aviation support

Mar 19, 2015

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 19 March 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack drones under terms of a $132.7 million contract announced this week to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif.

Electronics cooling moving forward at IBM in attempts to build thermal management into chip designs

Electronics cooling moving forward at IBM in attempts to build thermal management into chip designs

Mar 18, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 18 March 2015. Microelectronics experts at IBM Corp. are taking the next step in a U.S. military research program to design convective or evaporative microfluidic cooling directly into microchip designs and packaging.

Congress takes its first look at next year's DOD budget, and early indications are good

Congress takes its first look at next year's DOD budget, and early indications are good

Mar 17, 2015

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 17 March 2015. We're starting to get some early indications from Congress on prospects for defense spending next year. as you might expect, it's a mixed bag, with good news and bad news.

Electromagnetic spectrum sharing among radar and communications systems moving forward

Electromagnetic spectrum sharing among radar and communications systems moving forward

Mar 17, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 March 2015. U.S. military researchers are moving forward with a project to enable radar and communications systems to share radio frequencies in an effort to spur efficiency and alleviate congestion in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Latest order for Marine Corps G/ATOR radar systems brings total number of radars to six

Latest order for Marine Corps G/ATOR radar systems brings total number of radars to six

Mar 17, 2015

QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va., 17 March 2015. U.S. Marine Corps are ordering two more early versions of a long-delayed and expensive radar system designed to protect Marines on attack beaches from rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and other low observables.

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for ongoing upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for ongoing upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

Mar 16, 2015

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 16 March 2015. Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One.

DARPA moving forward with effort to develop 100-gigabit-per-second airborne wireless data links

DARPA moving forward with effort to develop 100-gigabit-per-second airborne wireless data links

Mar 16, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 March 2015. U.S. military researchers are moving forward on a project to develop a military wireless data link able to transmit data at speeds as fast as 100 gigabits per second within one RF and microwave frequency channel.

Marine Corps settles on Kollsman to build as many as 1,500 new handheld laser rangefinders

Marine Corps settles on Kollsman to build as many as 1,500 new handheld laser rangefinders

Mar 13, 2015

QUANTICO, Va., 13 March 2015. U.S. Marine Corps electro-optics experts are asking Kollsman Inc. in Merrimack, N.H., to build as many as 1,500 handheld tactical laser rangefinders small enough for individual Marine infantrymen to carry under terms of a $73.4 million contract announced Thursday.

Electronic warfare transmitters from Cobham chosen for radar jammers aboard Navy EA-18G jets

Electronic warfare transmitters from Cobham chosen for radar jammers aboard Navy EA-18G jets

Mar 13, 2015

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 13 March 2015. U.S. Navy electronic warfare (EW) experts are looking to Cobham plc to provide RF transmitters for electronic jammers aboard the Navy EA-18G jet aircraft that are designed to spoof and blind enemy low-frequency radar systems.

Cyber security program launched at DARPA to safeguard private and proprietary information

Cyber security program launched at DARPA to safeguard private and proprietary information

Mar 12, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 12 March 2015. U.S. military researchers are kicking off a cyber security program to develop ways to keep private and proprietary information private, as well as to understand how to build information systems that ensure private data can be used only for its intended purpose and no other.

Army shopping industry for rugged, lightweight handheld GPS receivers with 2.6-inch screens

Army shopping industry for rugged, lightweight handheld GPS receivers with 2.6-inch screens

Mar 12, 2015

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 12 March 2015. U.S. Army navigation and guidance experts are surveying industry companies able to provide rugged, lightweight Global Positing System (GPS) receivers with 2.6-inch screens for warfighters in the field.

Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from Lockheed Martin to be upgraded for countermine warfare

Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from Lockheed Martin to be upgraded for countermine warfare

Mar 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, 11 March 2015. Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are upgrading three versions of the company's Remote Multi-Mission Vehicles (RMMV) UUVs for use in countermine warfare aboard the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship.

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