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Air Force moves forward on upgrading situational-awareness tactical data links on B-52 bomber fleet

Air Force moves forward on upgrading situational-awareness tactical data links on B-52 bomber fleet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 Sept. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are reaching out to industry to find companies capable of manufacturing upgrade kits to enable the Boeing B-52 long-range strategic jet bomber to exchange crucial targeting data with command authorities while the aircraft is in flight.

Army chooses Carnegie Robotics to develop mine-hunting sensor payloads for ground robots

Army chooses Carnegie Robotics to develop mine-hunting sensor payloads for ground robots

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 10 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army counter-mine experts are choosing Carnegie Robotics LLC in Pittsburgh to develop the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV)-mounted Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) to detect, mark, and neutralize explosive hazards.

Contractor protests, navigating without GPS, and laser Maverick this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 10 Sept. 2014. Contractor protests, sobering defense assessments, navigating without GPS, and laser Maverick highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Multi-billion-dollar Navy CANES shipboard networking program held up for protest: here we go again

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 9 Sept. 2014. We live in an era of protest and contention; I understand that. You can't escape this facet of our culture even if you're just trying to relax in front of the game. NFL football routinely protests referee calls pending review on camera instant replay. Major League Baseball started something similar this season.

Contractor protests could hold up Navy CANES shipboard networking program until December

SAN DIEGO, 9 Sept. 2014. An important multi-billion-dollar U.S. Navy project to upgrade the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence (C4I), and networking equipment aboard the nation's surface warship fleet is being held up for as long as three months due to contractor protests.

Navy chooses Textron to provide test equipment to check-out IED jammers before missions

Navy chooses Textron to provide test equipment to check-out IED jammers before missions

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 9 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy bomb-disposal experts needed test and measurement gear to validate the performance of equipment designed to jam RF and microwave signals intended to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They found their solution from the Textron Systems Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Hunt Valley, Md.

DARPA asks industry for ideas on augmenting inertial navigation with non-GPS technologies

DARPA asks industry for ideas on augmenting inertial navigation with non-GPS technologies

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 Sept. 2014. U.S. military researchers are surveying industry for technologies that augment inertial navigation systems (INS) to enable precision long-endurance navigation and precise weapon and platform maneuvers.

Navy orders PMC daughter cards from GE for shipboard aircraft approach and landing system

Navy orders PMC daughter cards from GE for shipboard aircraft approach and landing system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 5 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy air traffic control experts needed data-transfer embedded computing cards for the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS). They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Raytheon to upgrade TV-guided Maverick air-to-ground missiles with the latest laser guidance

Raytheon to upgrade TV-guided Maverick air-to-ground missiles with the latest laser guidance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 4 Sept. 2014. Missile designers at the Raytheon Co. are upgrading versions of the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile by replacing relatively old optical TV-guided seekers with late-model precision-guided laser sensors.

Boeing gets production capacity in place to build 24 AH-6I light helicopter gunships

Boeing gets production capacity in place to build 24 AH-6I light helicopter gunships

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 4 Sept. 2014. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Mesa, Ariz., are preparing to build 24 new AH-6I light helicopter gunships.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., announced a $234.7 million contract to Boeing late last week for long-lead items for the production and delivery of 24 AH-6I helicopter gunships.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Terrain Awareness Warning System software on MH-60 ship-based helicopters

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Terrain Awareness Warning System software on MH-60 ship-based helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 Sept. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are preparing to improve the safety of U.S. Navy Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters with new software and other upgrades.

Shipboard networking, torpedo upgrades for ASW, and new landing craft this week on Rapid Fire

Shipboard networking, torpedo upgrades for ASW, and new landing craft this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 3 Sept. 2014. New command, control, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment for U.S. Navy ships, torpedo upgrades to enhance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, and rebuilding the Navy's fleet of hovercraft land-attack vessels highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Vacation's over; time to get back to work

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 2 Sept. 2014. Labor Day is behind us, vacation's over, the kids are back at school, and the afternoon shadows are getting progressively longer. We all know what this means; it begins the long sprint until Thanksgiving week in the rhythm of the business year.

Navy orders EW missile-control computers for U.S. and Australian combat aircraft

Navy orders EW missile-control computers for U.S. and Australian combat aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 Sept. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide airborne computers that link sensors aboard the U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G combat aircraft and the Raytheon AN/AGM-88 anti-radar missile.

Navy authorizes Textron to start building one of first LCAC replacement vessels

Navy authorizes Textron to start building one of first LCAC replacement vessels

WASHINGTON, 29 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy shipbuilding experts are authorizing construction of one of the first vessels that will replace the Navy's fleet of fast air-cushioned hovercraft designed to transport Marines, soldiers, combat vehicles, and other equipment ashore duirng land invasions.

Air Force orders three Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk UAVs for high-altitude surveillance

Air Force orders three Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk UAVs for high-altitude surveillance

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 28 Aug. 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in San Diego will build three advanced versions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under terms of a $240.7 million contract announced earlier this month.

Army researchers choose IMSAR to develop small radar systems for unmanned aerial vehicles

Army researchers choose IMSAR to develop small radar systems for unmanned aerial vehicles

NATICK, Mass., 27 Aug. 2014. U.S. Army researchers needed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems for a variety of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. They found their solution from IMSAR LLC in Springville, Utah.

 

Two torpedo-upgrade contracts in the same week signal determination to boost ASW capabilities

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 26 Aug. 2014. In this dangerous world of ours, it's heartening to see real progress made last week in boosting the nation's anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability.

Lockheed Martin Sippican provides kits to upgrade Navy's inventory of submarine-launched torpedoes

Lockheed Martin Sippican provides kits to upgrade Navy's inventory of submarine-launched torpedoes

WASHINGTON, 22 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy submarine warfare experts are asking Lockheed Martin Sippican Inc. in Marion, Mass., to help upgrade Navy submarine-launched Mark 48 torpedoes under terms of a $31.5 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Air Force special operations orders 1500 AN/PRC-152A software-defined radios from Harris RF

Air Force special operations orders 1500 AN/PRC-152A software-defined radios from Harris RF

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 22 Aug. 2014. U.S. Air Force special forces needed hand-held radios to conduct combat control, pararescue, tactical air control, and other sensitive operations. They found their solution from the Harris Corp. RF Communications segment in Rochester, N.Y.

Raytheon to repair and upgrade Navy's inventory of Mark 54 lightweight air-launched torpedoes

Raytheon to repair and upgrade Navy's inventory of Mark 54 lightweight air-launched torpedoes

WASHINGTON, 21 Aug. 2014. Undersea warfare experts from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., will build kits to repair and upgrade the Mark 54 lightweight hybrid torpedo under terms of a $59.2 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Navy chooses five companies to install shipboard networking equipment as part of CANES program

Navy chooses five companies to build shipboard networking equipment as part of CANES program

SAN DIEGO, 21 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts are choosing five companies to share as much as $2.53 billion over the next eight years to manufacture advanced command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) shipboard networking equipment for the Navy's surface warship fleet, Navy officials announced Wednesday.

General Dynamics receives $19.5 million contract to provide 15 SEWIP shipboard EW systems

General Dynamics receives $19.5 million contract to provide 15 SEWIP shipboard EW systems

WASHINGTON, 20 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy officials are asking engineers at the General Dynamics Corp. Advanced Information Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., to upgrade electronic warfare (EW) systems for Navy surface warships under terms of a maximum $19.5 million contract announced Monday.

Laser weapons, recycling vetronics technology, and embedded cyber security this week on Rapid Fire

Laser weapons, recycling vetronics technology, and embedded cyber security this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 20 Aug. 2014. Fast, maneuverable laser weapons, recycling combat vehicle technologies for the next generation, and protecting embedded systems from cyber attack highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Armored vehicle market can be a risky place for electronics suppliers

Armored vehicle market can be a risky place for electronics suppliers

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 19 Aug. 2014. Defense electronics suppliers must be getting a little gun-shy these days about participating in U.S. military armored combat vehicle programs.

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