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Boeing to upgrade onboard computers and electronics for Japan's fleet of E-767 AWACS aircraft

Boeing to upgrade onboard computers and electronics for Japan's fleet of E-767 AWACS aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 30 Oct. 2014. Airborne electronics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Kent, Wash., will upgrade electronic systems on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $25.6 million contract announced this week.

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million AN/ARC-210 airborne radio contract for foreign sales

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million AN/ARC-210 airborne radio contract for foreign sales

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 Oct. 2014. Military radio communications experts at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide 1,160 AN/ARC-210 airborne radios and related equipment for foreign militaries under terms of a $101.1 million contract announced Tuesday.

Air Force researchers look to Stellar Science for advanced laser weapons simulations

Air Force researchers look to Stellar Science for advanced laser weapons simulations

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 29 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force laser weapons experts are supervising a project to develop advanced computer simulations of directed-energy weapons to help determine the effects and utility of high-energy laser weapons.

Military chooses resolver motion-control devices from Kearfott to help keep tank guns on target

Military chooses resolver motion-control devices from Kearfott to help keep tank guns on target

WARREN, Mich., 28 Oct. 2014. U.S. military vetronics experts needed precision electronic motion-control devices to help keep the 120-millimeter main gun on the General Dynamics M1 Abrams main battle tank on target. They found their solution from Kearfott Corp. in Black Mountain, N.C.

Military & Aerospace Electronics launches quarterly e-newsletter focused on electronic warfare (EW)

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Oct. 2014. Electronic warfare is one of today's most pressing priorities of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Properly done, electronic warfare -- or just EW for short -- can ensure that crucial U.S. and allied communications go through, and can deny this capability to hostile forces.

DRS unveils next-generation RF and microwave digital and analog tuners aimed at UAV applications

DRS unveils next-generation RF and microwave digital and analog tuners aimed at UAV applications

MERRIMACK, N.H., 27 Oct. 2014. RF and microwave experts at the DRS Technologies Inc. Signal Solutions segment in Merrimack, N.H., are moving VHF and UHF wideband tuner technology forward with the introduction of the company's Polaris tuner for cognitive radio, spectrum monitoring, signals intelligence, direction finding, and beam forming.

Jordanian air force buys eight Robinson R44 helicopters to replace fleet of old Hughes 500Ds

Jordanian air force buys eight Robinson R44 helicopters to replace fleet of old Hughes 500Ds

TORRANCE, Calif., 27 Oct. 2014. The Royal Jordanian Air Force in Amman, Jordan, needed light helicopters to replace its fleet of ageing Hughes 500D helicopters that have been in service since 1981. They found their solution from Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, Calif.

After nine years, Marine Corp finally may have full production of G/ATOR radar in sight

After nine years, Marine Corp finally may have full production of G/ATOR radar in sight

QUANTICO, Va., 24 Oct. 2014. U.S. Marine Corps leaders are moving forward with ordering prototypes 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.

Army orders 17 radio-equipped UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters from Airbus in $82.9 million deal

Army orders 17 radio-equipped UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters from Airbus in $82.9 million deal

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 23 Oct. 2014. Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build 17 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters with airborne radios for the U.S. Army under terms of a $82.9 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Crane to provide power conditioning and batteries for Boeing 777X passenger jet flight control

Crane to provide power conditioning and batteries for Boeing 777X passenger jet flight control

LYNNWOOD, Wash., 23 Oct. 2014. Avionics integrators at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector in Nashua, N.H., needed power electronics components for the integrated flight control electronics (IFCE) fly-by-wire (FBW) system that BAE is providing for the Boeing 777X twin-engine passenger jumbo jet. They found their solution from the Crane Aerospace & Electronics Power Solutions segment in Lynwood, Wash.

Boeing tapestry Solutions takes over hardware integration and support for Navy TacMobile program

Boeing tapestry Solutions takes over hardware integration and support for Navy TacMobile program

SAN DIEGO, 22 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts needed a contractor to provide hardware and support for the Navy's Tactical Mobile (TacMobile) program for fixed-site and mobile command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I capability. They found their solution from Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing company in San Diego.

Air Seeks to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

Air Force seeks to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 21 Oct. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $23.5 million contract Monday to Defense Research Associates (DRA) Inc. in Beavercreek, Ohio, for the Collision Warning Using Existing Sensors (CUES) program.

Video Blog explores how gaming technology influences high-performance embedded computing

Video Blog explores how gaming technology influences high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO VIDEO BLOG, 20 Oct. 2014. What can happen when systems designers apply digital high-end gaming technology military embedded computing? The answer is a lot, as technologies such as general-purpose graphics processors (GPGPUs) -- designed originally for gamers -- yield space- and power-efficient parallel processing capability.

Air Force chooses Boeing to upgrade submarine communications for airborne command post

Air Force chooses Boeing to upgrade submarine communications for airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 20 Oct 2014. Strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co., are developing a system to enable military emergency command post aircraft to communicate with submerged submarines in the event of nuclear war or other global disasters.

A U.S. military stuck in the ditch

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 17 Oct. 2014. The U.S. military's mission in the Middle East is drawing to a close -- with the exception of scattered and largely ineffective bombing raids to annoy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Australian navy buys L-3 Link flight simulators for EA-18G pilot training and mission rehearsal

Australian navy buys L-3 Link flight simulators for EA-18G pilot training and mission rehearsal

ORLANDO, Fla., 17 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy simulation and training experts are asking the L-3 Communications Corp. Link Simulation & Training segment in Arlington, Texas, to build simulation, training, and mission rehearsal equipment for Australian navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jet aircraft crews.

General Dynamics chooses rugged servers from Crystal for Prophet signals intelligence vetronics

General Dynamics chooses rugged servers from Crystal for Prophet signals intelligence vetronics

HIAWATHA, Iowa, 16 Oct 2014. Vetronics designers at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., needed rugged computer servers for a combat vehicle signals intelligence (SIGINT) system. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Cyber security is more pressing than ever, yet U.S. and its allies are just getting started

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 Oct. 2014. Cyber warfare and cyber security are hot issues these days in the aerospace and defense electronics business. Cyber security is considered to be one of the few growth areas in the defense business, and the Pentagon is pouring millions of dollars into safeguarding the military from malicious computer hackers.

Air Forces asks Textron to upgrade military AN/USM-670 JSECST flightline test equipment

Air Forces asks Textron to upgrade military AN/USM-670 JSECST flightline test equipment

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 14 Oct. 2014. Flightline test experts at Textron Systems Corp. will upgrade the U.S. military AN/USM-670A Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST) to resolve severe component obsolescence issues, Air Force officials say.

Navy asks Orbital Sciences to build supersonic target drones for anti-ship missile training

Navy asks Orbital Sciences to build supersonic target drones for anti-ship missile training

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 13 Oct. 2014. Target drone experts at Orbital Sciences Corp. in Chandler, Ariz., are building supersonic target air vehicles for the U.S. Navy to help surface warship crews practice ways to detect and defeat incoming supersonic anti-ship missiles.

Navy awards $2.2 million contract to FLIR to provide IR cameras for military test ranges

Navy awards $2.2 million contract to FLIR to provide IR cameras for military test ranges

CORONA, Calif., 10 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy surveillance experts are asking FLIR Systems Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore., to provide 25 infrared cameras for weapons practice ranges in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia under terms of a $2.2 million contract announced this week.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to stiffen Global Hawk UAV defenses against cyber attacks

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to stiffen Global Hawk UAV defenses against cyber attacks

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 9 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade the abilities of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to resist computer hackers' attempts to commandeer the unmanned aircraft while in flight.

Air Force chooses Raytheon to build next-generation radar to protect Marines from planes and missiles

Air Force chooses Raytheon to build next-generation radar to protect Marines from planes and missiles

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 8 Oct. 2014. Radar experts at the Raytheon Co. are beginning full-scale development of a portable search radar system intended to detect, identify and track enemy missiles as well as manned and unmanned aircraft.

Navy chooses Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., as home base for Pacific Fleet F-35 aircraft

Navy chooses Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., as home base for Pacific Fleet F-35 aircraft

LEMOORE NAS, Calif., 8 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy carrier aviation leaders say they plan to base future Navy F-35C Lightning II fighter-bombers at Lemoore Naval Air Station, a master jet base in California's San Joaquin Valley with a history of intensive military jet aircraft operations.

Flightline technicians need a stronger voice in the test equipment business

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 7 Oct. 2014. The flightline test experts buying and specifying test equipment need to improve their communications with the technicians using that equipment, or risk playing a guessing game that could lead to the wrong choices.

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