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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

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

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.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are asking Progeny Systems to provide the AN/WLY-1 system, AN/WSQ-9 interface kits, intercept and ranging systems, archival media center kits, and swinger kits systems and spares.

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

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

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)?

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.

Mercury Defense Systems to provide radar-spoofing electronic warfare jammers in $2 million contract

Mercury Defense Systems to provide radar-spoofing electronic warfare jammers in $2 million contract

CYPRESS, Calif., 24 March 2015. Mercury Defense Systems in Cypress, Calif., will provide the U.S. Navy with additional aircraft based electronic warfare (EW) jammers designed to spoof enemy radar under terms of a $2 million contract that Mercury announced last week.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Navy orders pinging active sonar ASW sonobuoys to locate and track stealthy enemy submarines

Navy orders pinging active sonar ASW sonobuoys to locate and track stealthy enemy submarines

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 11 March 2015. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are ordering as many as 5,000 specialized submarine-hunting sonobuoys designed to emit sonar pings that enable other kinds of sonobuoys to pick up echoes that help them detect, locate, and track enemy submarines.

Laser weapons: things just keep getting better and better

Laser weapons: things just keep getting better and better

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 10 March 2015. Laser weapons, they're just around the corner, right? We've been hearing that now for years; it's like so many other things -- always just two years away.

High-energy laser with 30 kilowatts of power shown to kill light truck in seconds from a mile away

High-energy laser with 30 kilowatts of power shown to kill light truck in seconds from a mile away

BETHESDA, Md., 10 March 2015. 2015 High-energy laser experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are moving laser weapons technology forward with a recent test that used a 30-kilowatt fiber laser to burn through the engine manifold of a small truck in a matter of seconds from more than a mile away.

Sonar signal processing job using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment goes to Lockheed Martin

Sonar signal processing job using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment goes to Lockheed Martin

WASHINGTON, 9 March 2015. Sonar signal processing experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will upgrade sonar signal processing capability in six U.S. Navy submarines under terms of a $29.2 million contract modification announced Friday.

U.S. air traffic control computers vulnerable to hackers and other cyber security threats, GAO says

U.S. air traffic control computers vulnerable to hackers and other cyber security threats, GAO says

WASHINGTON, 9 March 2015. The U.S. commercial air traffic control (ATC) system is vulnerable to hackers and other cyber security threats, say auditors at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, the investigative arm of Congress.

Navy shopping for 1553-to-Ethernet interface boxes for Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

Navy shopping for 1553-to-Ethernet interface boxes for Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. 6 March 2015. U.S. Navy avionics experts are reaching out to industry to find interface boxes that convert MIL-STD-1553 signals to Ethernet for use aboard the Marine Corps UH-1Y utility helicopter and the AH-1Z attack helicopter.

Navy picks nine companies to write and maintain software for important battle-management systems

Navy picks nine companies to write and maintain software for important battle-management systems

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 March 2015. Nine U.S. defense companies will share as much as $99 million to develop and maintain military software for U.S. Navy battle-management systems under terms of separate contracts announced Wednesday.

L-3 Warrior Systems to upgrade Special Forces night-vision equipment with new image-intensifier tubes

L-3 Warrior Systems to upgrade Special Forces night-vision equipment with new image-intensifier tubes

CRANE, Ind., 5 March 2015. U.S. Navy night-vision experts will upgrade the AN/PVS-15 series of night-vision goggles and AN/PVS-18 series of night-vision monoculars to make them suitable for covert special forces operations.

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