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Army focuses on augmented reality for NIE 15.1

Army reaches out to industry for ideas on augmented-reality training for NIE 15.1 this fall

WARREN, Mich., 20 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies interested in demonstrating mature technologies to enhance military simulation and training at home bases, as well as the ability to link live, virtual, and constructive training, in preparation for major field exercises scheduled for this fall.

Livermore Lab seeks to partner with industry to develop new high-power laser diode arrays

LIVERMORE, Calif., 19 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., would like to partner with industry to share research work and technology payoffs in high-power laser diode arrays.

C-130H

Elbit to upgrade Israeli C-130H aircraft with new digital cockpit, head-up display, and radar system

HAIFA, Israel, 18 Jan. 2014. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) won a roughly $15 million contract from the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to upgrade the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) C-130H Hercules transport aircraft with a new digital cockpit, head-up display, and radar system.

BAE Systems names industry team to help DARPA unify imaging and military intelligence sensors

MERRIMACK, N.H., 16 Jan. 2014. Military intelligence sensor processing experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Solutions segment in Merrimack, N.H., have named their team to carry out a military project to design a next-generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) exploitation and resource management system that fills gaps in today’s military intelligence analysis capability.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade electro-optical imaging systems for Navy submarine fleet

WASHINGTON, 15 Jan. 2014. Submarine combat systems experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will make another in a planned schedule of system upgrades to a U.S. Navy electro-optical surveillance system designed for several classes of Navy submarines.

Defense spending highlights Rapid Fire

Military spending, tracking space junk, and celestial navigation this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 15 Jan. 2014. Military spending takes a cut in the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, Lockheed Martin will continue tracking space junk, and celestial navigation comes to battlefield laser designators highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Blog: military spending takes hits in 2014, but cuts aren't as bad as they could have been

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 Jan. 2014. The congressional appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 is out, and ... well, there's good news and there's bad news for the military.

BriarTek to provide man-overboard shipboard warning

Navy looks to BriarTek to provide man-overboard warning systems for surface ship fleet

PHILADELPHIA, 14 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard safety experts needed automatic warning systems to alert authorities if sailors fall overboard during operations aboard Navy surface warships. They found their solution from BriarTek Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

Ocean researchers at China's SOA choose multibeam echo sounder from Atlas Hydrographic

BREMEN, Germany, 14 Jan. 2014. Ocean researchers at the State Oceanographic Administration (SOA) in Xiamen, China, needed a multibeam echo sounder to conduct hydrographic surveying in oceans deeper than 6,000 feet. They found their solution from Atlas Hydrographic GmbH in Bremen, Germany.

Lockheed to continue tracking space junk to help prevent collisions between spacecraft and debris

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 13 Jan. 2014. Computer experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) segment in Colorado Springs, Colo., will continue tracking and sharing data on orbiting spacecraft and debris as part of the U.S. Air Force Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) program.

Battery

Erigo Technologies taps EaglePicher technology for microgrid energy storage for defense applications

JOPLIN, Mo., 11 Jan. 2014. Engineers at Erigo Technologies LLC in Enfield, N.H., needed an energy storage technology for their work on the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). They found their solution at EaglePicher Technologies LLC (EPT), a producer of specialty batteries and energy storage solutions, in Joplin, Mo.

Sikorsky to build 37 ship-based Navy helicopters in half-billion-dollar contract

Sikorsky to build 37 ship-based Navy helicopters in half-billion-dollar contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 10 Jan. 2014. Military helicopter designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., will build 37 sophisticated maritime helicopters for the U.S. Navy under terms of a $549.9 million contract modification announced late Thursday.

Raytheon chooses Octagon Systems to supply FLEET rugged computers for LPD-17 shipboard electronics

Raytheon chooses Octagon Systems to supply FLEET rugged computers for LPD-17 shipboard electronics

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 10 Jan. 2013. Shipboard electronics integrators from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Tewksbury, Mass., needed rugged computers for the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25). They found their solution from Octagon Systems in Westminster, Colo.

Curtiss-Wright gets nod for vetronics computers

Curtiss-Wright lands $2.1 million Army contract for M1A2 Abrams tank embedded fire-control computers

WARREN, Mich., 10 Jan. 2013. U.S. Army armored combat vehicle experts needed embedded computers for ballistic fire control applications aboard the Army General Dynamics M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Laser target designators augment GPS with celestial navigation to enhance accuracy

Laser target designators augment GPS with celestial navigation to enhance accuracy

APOPKA, Fla., 9 Jan. 2014. Laser targeting systems designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed celestial navigation capability to enhance the accuracy of the company's military surveillance equipment that helps infantrymen recognize and designate targets. They found their solution from Trex Enterprises Corp. in San Diego.

Air Force chooses embedded computing from GE for experimental computer that mimics brain processing

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 9 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers needed high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) technology for powerful experimental data processors built to emulate the information paths of the human nervous system. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Kongsberg Maritime introduces MUNIN unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for 34-hour offshore surveillance

Kongsberg Maritime offers MUNIN unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for 24-hour offshore surveillance

KONGSBERG, Norway, 6 Jan. 2014. Unmanned systems experts at Kongsberg Maritime AS in Kongsberg, Norway, are introducing the MUNIN unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for offshore surveillance and survey.

Navy works with Teledyne for long-duration UUVs

Navy looks to Teledyne Benthos for long-duration UUV sea glider persistent surveillance of ocean depths

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers are working with unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts at Teledyne Benthos Inc. in Fall River, Mass., to develop long-range and long-duration UUV technology that can harvest energy from the difference of ocean temperatures at different depths.

SRI International to design vanishing battery for DARPA decomposing electronics program

SRI International to design vanishing battery for decomposing electronics program

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 Jan. 2014. Microelectronics experts at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., are developing embedded computing and other electronic components able to decompose into the surrounding environment when no longer needed, as part of the Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

General Dynamics to provide military mobile radios in $107.3 million contract

General Dynamics to provide military mobile radios in $107.3 million contract

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 1 Jan. 2014. Military communications systems designers at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., will provide mobile software-defined radios for the U.S. Army under terms of a $107.3 million contract modification.

Rockwell Collins to manufacture VLF communications system for B-2 strategic jet bomber

Rockwell Collins to manufacture VLF communications system for B-2 jet bomber

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 Dec. 2013. Communications experts at Rockwell Collins Inc. in Richardson, Texas, are starting full-scale development of a very low frequency (VLF) radio for the U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit strategic bomber to enable the aircraft crew to communicate with national command authorities while on long-range missions.

Northrop Grumman predictive-maintenance models to head-off Air Force airframe cracks

Northrop Grumman predictive-maintenance models to head-off Air Force airframe cracks

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 Dec. 2013. U.S. Air Force maintenance experts need better ways to predict cracking on aircraft and other airframe structural problems through modeling and simulation. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Navy eyes complex undersea simulation to help emulate near-real-world marine sensor data

Navy eyes complex undersea simulation to help emulate near-real-world marine sensor data

WASHINGTON, 22 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy underwater warfare experts are overseeing a project to develop simulation capability so detailed that it can substitute for real-world data in efforts to help engineers build and test physics-based marine sensors such as sonar, lasers, and hyperspectral sensors.

Raytheon to provide 216 satellite-guided heavy artillery shells to attack moving targets

Raytheon to provide 216 satellite-guided heavy artillery shells to attack moving targets

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 20 Dec. 2013. Precision-attack munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build 216 advanced satellite-guided shells for U.S. Army heavy artillery units that can hit targets as far away as 25 miles, or detect and attack moving targets in cities and other complex terrain after being fired at high angles and high altitudes.

Army looks to Encompass Digital Media for SATCOM imagery distribution from Middle East

Army looks to Encompass Digital Media for SATCOM imagery distribution from Middle East

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill., 19 Dec. 2013. U.S. Army communications experts needed satellite communications (SATCOM) media-distribution hub to connect worldwide media with military forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. They found their solution from Encompass Digital Media Inc. in Atlanta.

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