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Army pushes forward with project to design lightweight maneuverable vehicle with soldier protection

Army pushes forward with project to design lightweight maneuverable vehicle with soldier protection

WARREN, Mich., 30 July 2014. U.S. Army combat vehicle designers are moving forward with a project to design maneuverable and lightweight land vehicles that protect warfighters inside from explosive blast, crashes, and rollovers.

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

RIDGECREST, Calif., 29 July 2014. U.S. Navy airborne weapons experts are ready to kick off a program to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

FLIR Systems to provide Star Safire 380 thermal imaging systems to Austrian military

FLIR Systems to provide Star Safire 380 thermal imaging systems to Austrian military

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 29 July 2014. Surveillance and reconnaissance experts in the Austrian military needed long-range high-definition thermal imaging systems for a variety of intelligence applications. They found their solution from FLIR Systems Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore.

Navy chooses 150-Watt power supplies from Daitron for underwater warfare systems support

Navy chooses 150-Watt power supplies from Daitron for underwater warfare systems support

KEYPORT, Wash., 28 July 2014. U.S. Navy underwater warfare experts needed 150-Watt single-channel power supplies for a variety of support for submarines, torpedoes, land-attack systems, and fleet training systems. They found their solution from Daitron Inc. in Wilsonville Ore.

U.S. spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to reach $15 billion by 2020, market researcher says

U.S. spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to reach $15 billion by 2020, market researcher says

BOSTON, 24 July 2014. The U.S. market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will triple in size over the next five years, and should grow from $5 billion in 2013 to $15 billion in 2020, predict analysts at market researcher Information Gatekeepers Inc. (IGI) in Boston.

Army approaches industry for ideas on RF interference mitigation in future electronic warfare

Army approaches industry for ideas on RF interference mitigation in future electronic warfare

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 24 July 2014. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to reduce or eliminate RF interference in future electronic warfare (EW) systems.

Threats of a technological over-reaction to the Malaysia 17 shoot-down over Ukraine

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 July 2014. The tragedy surrounding the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 keeps getting stranger and stranger, with accusations flying freely yet no real information on who might have been at fault.

Milpower Source to provide battery power for digitizing Army M119A3 field artillery

Milpower Source to provide battery power for digitizing Army M119A3 field artillery

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 22 July 2014. U.S. Army artillery experts needed portable universal battery systems for the project to digitize the M119A3 towed 105-millimeter howitzer. They found their solution from Milpower Source in Belmont, N.H.

Communications and Power to provide traveling wave tubes for Navy shipboard EW systems

Communications and Power to provide traveling wave tubes for Navy shipboard EW systems

CRANE, Ind., 21 July 2014. U.S. Navy electronic warfare (EW) experts needed traveling wave tubes (TWTs) to repair and refurbish the AN/SLQ-32 shipboard EW systems. The found their solution from Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) in Palo Alto, Calif.

Rockwell Collins to provide fly-by-wire control for next-generation Boeing 777 jumbo jet

Rockwell Collins to provide fly-by-wire control for next-generation Boeing 777 jumbo jet

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 21 July 2014. Avionics designers at BAE Systems in London needed a flight-control module (FCM) for the integrated flight control electronics (IFCE) fly-by-wire (FBW) system that BAE Systems is designing for the Boeing 777x widebody passenger jet. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Northrop Grumman to correct software deficiencies in advanced radar for Global Hawk Block 40 UAV

Northrop Grumman to correct software deficiencies in advanced radar for Global Hawk Block 40 UAV

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 18 July 2014. The cost of a Northrop Grumman Corp. project to develop a next-generation airborne radar to track slow-moving ground vehicles and low-flying cruise missiles has grown to $1.53 billion after a contract modification was announced this week to make software corrections.

777 jumbo jet flying straight and level at 33,000 feet over Ukraine no match for SA-17 missile

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 17 July 2014. It looks like Malaysia Airlines is having another really bad day. Breaking news reports that a Malaysia 777 jumbo jet en-route from Amsterdam is missing and may have been shot down over Ukraine where government forces and Russian-backed separatists are locked in a civil war in the eastern region of the country.

Navy orders new supplies of anti-submarine sonobuoys for ocean surveying, tracking, and attack

Navy orders new supplies of anti-submarine sonobuoys for ocean surveying, tracking, and attack

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 July 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.

Navy asks embedded computing industry to supply 83 6U VME32 circuit cards for LCAC

Navy asks embedded computing industry to supply 83 6U VME32 circuit cards for LCAC

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 17 July 2014. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are asking industry to supply electronic circuit cards for planned upgrades to the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessel that brings warfighters and supplies ashore from nearby surface ships.

Raytheon avionics radio demonstrates paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet

Raytheon avionics radio demonstrates paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 16 July 2014. Avionics radio experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., are providing the first major helicopter radio upgrade since to the U.S. Army rotorcraft fleet since 2005 with the company's RT-1987 radio, Raytheon officials say.

Train derailment a cautionary tale for today's complicated aerospace manufacturing supply chain

Train derailment a cautionary tale for today's complicated aerospace manufacturing supply chain

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 15 July 2014. Army commanders have known for centuries about the dangers of dangling a crucial military operation at the end of a long and vulnerable logistics string.

Air Force names 10 NETCENTS-2 Application contractors to share $960 million in IT orders

Air Force names 10 NETCENTS-2 Application contractors to share $960 million in IT orders

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 15 July 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 10 companies to compete for a decade's worth of IT services contracts as part of the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services program.

Bulgaria shopping for all-weather 10-pound reconnaissance drones to fly in daylight and at night

Bulgaria shopping for all-weather 10-pound reconnaissance drones to fly in daylight and at night

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 14 July 2014. The U.S. Army is surveying the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry for 10-pound drones with hover and stare capability that would be suitable for the Bulgarian armed forces.

Raytheon to provide avionics radios for United Arab Emirates helicopters and fixed-wing planes

Raytheon to provide avionics radios for United Arab Emirates helicopters and fixed-wing planes

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 14 July 2014. U.S. Army procurement experts are buying AN/ARC-231 avionics radio systems from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Fort Wayne, Ind. for military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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

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.

Lockheed Martin chooses flight-control computers from NAI for DARPA ARES unmanned helicopter

Lockheed Martin chooses flight-control computer systems from NAI for DARPA ARES unmanned helicopter

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 10 July 2014. Aircraft designers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Skunk Works segment in Palmdale, Calif., needed a navigation system for an experimental unmanned cargo helicopter for future military forces. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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