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Navy orders year's worth of AN/ALE-55 aircraft fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) from BAE Systems

Navy orders year's worth of AN/ALE-55 aircraft fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) from BAE Systems

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 25 Nov. 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will build 283 AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) under terms of a $19.9 million U.S. Navy contract announced Friday.

Navy to upgrade shipboard radar systems with Compact PCI architectures and Acromag circuit cards

Navy to upgrade shipboard radar systems with Compact PCI architectures and Acromag circuit cards

CRANE, Ind., 24 Nov. 2014. Electronics experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., are upgrading the U.S. Navy AN/SPS-73(V)12 short-range, two-dimensional, surface search and navigation radar system that provides contact range and bearing information for Navy surface ships.

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Nine companies share $800 million contract to support nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, and C4ISR

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. military authorities in charge of space, cyber warfare, missile defense, global command and control, and nuclear weapons are spending as much as $800 million over the next five years for support services.

Worldwide demand for telemetry to grow from $109.54 billion this year to $243 billion in 2020

Worldwide demand for telemetry to grow from $109.54 billion this year to $243 billion in 2020

DALLAS, 20 Nov. 2014. Worldwide demand for telemetry is expected to grow from $109.54 billion this year to $243 billion in 2020 -- a combined annual growth rate of 14.2 percent -- predict analysts at market researcher MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

Northrop Grumman reveals details of VME-based flight computers on Marine Corps combat helicopters

Northrop Grumman reveals details of VME-based flight computers on Marine Corps combat helicopters

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 19 Nov. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems sector in Woodland Hills, Calif., are revealing details of a $25 million U.S. Navy contract awarded last May to provide flight computers for the U.S. Marine Corps.UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters.

Intelligence experts ask for speech-recognition software that works in noisy, echo-ridden rooms

Intelligence experts ask for speech-recognition software that works in noisy, echo-ridden rooms

WASHINGTON, 19 Nov. 2014. U.S. intelligence experts are asking industry, colleges, and the public to design speech-recognition software that can decipher conversations and other speech that happens over microphones in noisy, echo-ridden environments.

SWATs, SWEATERs, and ANSWERs: Air Force gets serious about spectrum warfare

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 Nov. 2014. Three new military technology research programs are showing us two things. First, the term "spectrum warfare" is evolving quickly well-understood mainstream usage, and second, spectrum warfare rapidly is taking its place as a top U.S. military priority.

Navy researchers consider arming future large unmanned submersible with anti-submarine weaponry

Navy researchers consider arming future large unmanned submersible with anti-submarine weaponry

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers will brief industry this week on a plan to outfit a future large unmanned submersible with anti-submarine weapons. Briefings are this Friday, 21 Nov. 2014 in Arlington, Va.

Woods Hole to develop and upgrade underwater drone technologies for minehunting, ASW, and surveillance

Woods Hole to develop and upgrade underwater drone technologies for minehunting, ASW, and surveillance

NEWPORT, R.I., 18 Nov. 2014. Military undersea experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., develop and upgrade a variety of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) programs that involve underwater communications, underwater mine hunting, and anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

Air Force launches SWAT program to help develop and evaluate spectrum warfare technologies

Air Force launches SWAT program to help develop and evaluate spectrum warfare technologies

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 17 Nov. 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are ready to ask industry to help them develop and evaluate technologies to help determine the value of new spectrum warfare systems and technologies.

Arête to build UAV multispectral sensor payload to protect attacking Marines from hidden mines

Arête to build UAV multispectral sensor payload to protect attacking Marines from hidden mines

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 14 Nov. 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sensor payload experts at Arête Associates in Tucson, Ariz., are building UAV-based multispectral sensors to detect and pinpoint mines and obstacles in beach surf zones to help keep Marines safe during amphibious attacks.

Air Force to enable smart weapons to track and kill sources of electronic warfare (EW) jamming

Air Force to enable smart weapons to track and kill sources of electronic warfare (EW) jamming

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 13 Nov. 2014. The U.S. Air Force is developing special versions of two smart munitions that track and attack sources of electronic warfare (EW) jamming directed to throw the weapons off from their intended targets.

Air Force eyes digital radio technologies for spectrum warfare and jam-resistant AESA radar

Air Force eyes digital radio technologies for spectrum warfare and jam-resistant AESA radar

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 12 Nov. 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are trying to use software-defined radio and cognitive radio technologies to develop new kinds of radar jamming capabilities, as well as active electrically scanned array (AESA) radar that can resist advanced electronic warfare (EW) jamming.

Veterans Day and the legacy of spite at Arlington National Cemetery

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Nov. 2014. Today is Veterans Day -- the anniversary of the armistice the ended World War I -- and is an appropriate time to consider the nation's chief cemetery for veterans at Arlington, Va., which was established 150 years ago.

Navy looks to BAE Systems Australia to repair and upgrade Nulka shipboard EW missile defense

Navy looks to BAE Systems Australia to repair and upgrade Nulka shipboard EW missile defense

CRANE, Ind., 11 Nov. 2014. Electronic warfare experts at BAE Systems Australia in Abbotsford, Australia will maintain, test, and upgrade a U.S. and Australian naval electronic warfare (EW) system designed to protect fast, maneuverable surface warships from radar-guided anti-ship missiles.

VNX Marketing Alliance launched to promote standards for rugged small-form-factor embedded computing

VNX Marketing Alliance launched to promote standards for rugged small-form-factor embedded computing

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., 11 Nov. 2014. The embedded computing industry is ramping up its support for rugged small-form-factor embedded computing with formation of the VNX Marketing Alliance to promote adoption of VITA 74 NanoX Small Form Factor specification and technology.

Navy to beef-up supply of anti-submarine warfare sonobuoys in $195.2 million deal with ERAPSCO

Navy to beef-up supply of anti-submarine warfare sonobuoys in $195.2 million deal with ERAPSCO

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 10 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are replenishing their supplies of air-launched sonobuoys with a variety of capabilities ranging from taking the temperature of ocean layers at different depths, to detonating submerged explosive charges.

Marine Corps chooses 3D weather radar avionics from Honeywell for upgrade of KC-130T aircraft

Marine Corps chooses 3D weather radar avionics from Honeywell for upgrade of KC-130T aircraft

PHOENIX, 10 Nov. 2014. U.S. Marine Corps avionics experts needed an advanced weather radar system for a planned upgrade to 14 KC-130T aircraft. They found their solution from Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

Pentagon asks industry for ideas on defeating enemy UAVs carrying chemical and biological weapons

Pentagon asks industry for ideas on defeating enemy UAVs carrying chemical and biological weapons

FALLS CHURCH, Va., 7 Nov. 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking industry for ideas on how to use small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to detect chemical and biological warfare agents, as well as how to counter enemy small UAVs carrying chemical and biological weapons payloads.

Boeing to extend anticipated life spans of Air Force One aircraft with major avionics upgrades

Boeing to extend anticipated life spans of Air Force One aircraft with major avionics upgrades

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 6 Nov. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co. are preparing 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.

Army orders five mobile air traffic control towers from Sierra Nevada for deployed operations

Army orders five mobile air traffic control towers from Sierra Nevada for deployed operations

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 5 Nov. 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts are asking for five mobile air traffic control towers from manufacturer Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., to help coordinate air traffic in battlefield and other temporary airfields.

Terahertz chips, reusing electronic designs, and farewell to frigates this week on Rapid Fire

Terahertz chips, reusing electronic designs, and farewell to frigates this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Nov. 2014. Terahertz chips enable new applications, how to develop complex electronics quickly, and the last days of the U.S. Navy Perry-class frigates highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

A once-proud class of U.S. Navy surface warships is quickly fading away

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Nov. 2014. Throughout the Cold War U.S. Navy frigates were essential pieces in the Navy's role of first line of defense. These relatively small, fast, and maneuverable surface warships were designed for the vital role of screening aircraft carriers from aircraft and missile attack, as well as protecting Marine Corps amphibious invasion forces and cargo ships from enemy submarines.

DARPA seeks to speed defense electronics development by recycling blocks of IP tools

DARPA seeks to speed defense electronics development by recycling blocks of IP tools

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 Nov. 2014. U.S. military researchers are trying to find ways to speed how long it takes to develop new defense electronics through the reuse and integration of blocks of intellectual property (IP).

Terahertz chip offers new applications in sensors, communications, and collision avoidance

Terahertz chip offers new applications in sensors, communications, and collision avoidance

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., 3 Nov. 2014. Microelectronics experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., are paving the way to future RF and microwave applications in collision avoidance, atmospheric sensing, and radio astronomy with a electronic component called the terahertz monolithic integrated circuit (TMIC).

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