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Sechan to improve target-detection and fire-control functions on Navy's underwater mines

Sechan to improve target-detection and fire-control for Navy's underwater mines

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 11 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy littoral and mine warfare experts needed smart weapons control for air-dropped anti-ship and anti-submarine mines. They found their solution from Sechan Electronics Inc. in Lititz, Pa.

Submarine-launched drones and protecting RF systems from jamming this week on Rapid Fire

Submarine-launched drones and protecting RF systems from jamming this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 10 Dec. 2013. New capability for U.S. Navy submarines to launch reconnaissance drones while submerged, and separate-but-related DARPA and Air Force research projects to safeguard U.S. and allied radar and radio communications from enemy jamming highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

DARPA to brief industry 19 Dec. on C2E program to develop jamming-resistant communications

DARPA to brief industry 19 Dec. on C2E program to develop jamming-resistant communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 Dec. 2013. U.S. military researchers will brief industry this month on a program to develop jamming-resistant communications systems and difficult-to-detect-communications technology to keep battlefield networks functioning amid a variety of spectrum-warfare threats.

Guest opinion: a three-tier business model for the global semiconductor industry

Guest opinion: a three-tier business model for the global semiconductor industry

It is an open secret that, for a variety of reasons, the U.S. manufacturing base has sharply deteriorated over the past three decades, and the semiconductor industry is no exception. In fact, the semiconductor industry may have suffered harder than some other American enterprises. The purpose of this paper is to explain the causes of this decline and offer some common-sense economic policies that may lead to the industry’s revival.

Army asks EADS to provide six UH-72A light utility helicopters and aircraft data radios

Army asks EADS to provide six UH-72A light utility helicopters and aircraft data radios

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 9 Dec. 2013. U.S. Army aviation leaders are buying six UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters and six Raytheon AN/ARC-231 aircraft voice and data radios under terms of a $33.2 million contract announced Friday.

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Lockheed Martin test pilot discusses fighter aircraft innovations in situational awareness, sensor payloads

MONTREAL, 7 Dec. 2013. Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Billie Flynn opened the second day of the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal with a talk about innovations in military fighter aircraft.

Navy demonstrates ability to launch surveillance UAVs stealthily from submerged submarines

Navy demonstrates ability to launch surveillance UAVs stealthily from submerged submarines

WASHINGTON, 6 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy researchers have demonstrated a long-sought-after capability to launch unmanned surveillance aircraft stealthily from submerged submarines, which vastly extends the reach of the Navy's submarine force as a long-range reconnaissance asset.

Honeywell to investigate transient electronic components able to decompose on demand

Honeywell to investigate transient electronic components able to decompose on demand

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Dec. 2013. Microelectronics experts at Honeywell Aerospace are helping U.S. military researchers develop embedded computing and other electronic components with only limited physical lifetimes that decompose into the surrounding environment when no longer needed.

Army opts for obsolescent electronic technology to keep soldier and ground systems running

Army opts for obsolete electronic technology to keep soldier and ground systems running

WARREN, Mich., 5 Dec. 2013. U.S. Army officials are buying obsolescent field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors to keep soldier and ground systems functioning for as long as possible in today's tight defense budgets.

Raytheon joins Army program to create command post electronic warfare planning tool

Raytheon joins Army program to create command post electronic warfare planning tool

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 4 Dec. 2013. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Raytheon Co. are joining those at Sotera Defense Solutions Inc. in Herndon, Va., on a U.S. Army project to develop planning software to help managing jamming of enemy communications, remotely controlled explosives, radar systems, and other RF assets while safeguarding U.S. and allied RF systems.

Army considers upgrading night-vision sensors with mid- and long-wave IR imaging components

Army considers upgrading night-vision sensors with mid- and long-wave IR imaging components

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 3 Dec. 2013. U.S. Army electro-optics experts say they plan to develop dual-band mid-wave infrared (MWIR)/long-wave infrared (LWIR) imaging subassemblies and electronic modules to replace the Army's existing Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (HTI 2GF) B-Kit sub-assemblies and electronic modules.

Navy chooses rugged glass axial lead PIN diodes for sensors and electronics from Aeroflex

Navy chooses rugged glass axial lead PIN diodes for sensors and electronics from Aeroflex

CRANE, Ind., 2 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy experts needed glass axial lead PIN diodes for sensors, electronics, electronic warfare, and special warfare weapons. They found their solution from Aeroflex/Metelics in Londonderry, N.H.

BAE Systems to build hundreds of fiber-optic decoys to protect combat jets from missiles

BAE Systems to build hundreds of fiber-optic decoys to protect combat jets from missiles

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 Dec. 2013. Electronic warfare experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will build 262 AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) and 70 electronic frequency converters (EFC) under terms of a $28.2 million U.S. Navy contract announced last week.

Navy buys one Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAV in preparation of ramping-up the system's production

Navy buys one Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAV in preparation for ramping-up production

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Nov. 2013. U.S. Navy officials are buying one new tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended as an organic and dedicated multi-intelligence UAV for U.S. Marine Corps and Navy tactical commanders, in preparation for ramping-up production of the front-line tactical unmanned aircraft.

Raytheon moves toward full production of upgraded multispectral avionics targeting sensor

Raytheon moves toward full production of upgraded multispectral avionics targeting sensor

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 27 Nov. 2013. Engineers at Raytheon Co. are taking another step toward full-scale production of an upgraded avionics sensor system that provides visible-light, infrared, laser designation, and laser illumination capabilities integrated in a single sensor package.

Artificial intelligence, spectrum warfare, and DOD Mothball Strategy this week on Rapid Fire

Artificial intelligence, spectrum warfare, and DOD Mothball Strategy this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 Nov. 2013. An artificial intelligence program to help intelligence analysts, a new era of spectrum warfare, and the Pentagon's Mothball Strategy highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Teledyne Scientific joins researchers pursing artificial intelligence for image analysis

Teledyne Scientific joins researchers pursuing artificial intelligence for image analysis

WASHINGTON, 26 Nov. 2013. Artificial intelligence experts at Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC in Thousand Oaks, Calif., are joining those at the Siemens Corp. Corporate Research And Technology Division in Princeton, N.J., Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and HRL Laboratories LLC in Malibu, Calif., on an intelligence research project to unlock secrets in the nature of knowledge in an effort to improve tools and training available to intelligence analysts.

Catapult-launched Bat UAV from Northrop Grumman being adapted to electronic warfare role

Catapult-launched Bat UAV from Northrop Grumman being adapted to electronic warfare

RIDGECREST, Calif., 25 Nov. 2013. An era may be dawning when relatively small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) may be put into action as electronic warfare (EW) aircraft to enable warfighters operating on the forward edge of the battlefield to jam enemy radar, communications, and other RF systems.

Raytheon to provide Army with latest versions of wireless TOW missile in $57.8 million contract

Raytheon to provide Army with latest versions of wireless TOW missile in $57.8 million contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 24 Nov. 2013. The Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build the latest versions of a radio-controlled anti-tank missile that has been in the U.S. inventory since 1970 under terms of a multi-million-dollar contract announced late last week.

Simthetiq delivers high-end 3D visual models for Fidelity next-gen training solutions

MONTREAL, Canada, 23 Nov. 2013. Simthetiq sold a large series of 3D models to Fidelity Technologies for use in the company’s next-generation FidViewEX Image Generator.

Navy looks to Exelis for avionics test systems for MH-60R and S-70B maritime helicopters

Navy looks to Exelis for avionics test systems for MH-60R and S-70B maritime helicopters

LAKEHURST, N.J., 22 Nov. 2013. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed radar signal simulators for the MH-60R and S-70B Seahawk maritime helicopters. They found their solution from Exelis Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind.

DHS lays out six-point research plan for airport, passenger, and freight security technology

DHS lays out six-point research plan for airport, passenger, and freight security technology

WASHINGTON, 21 Nov. 2013. Research leaders at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are releasing a six-point plan to focus research attention and money on technologies to safeguard the United States from terrorist threats to trade and travel.

Hypersonic space plane, wind farm radar clutter, and slow MILCOM this week on Rapid Fire

Hypersonic space plane, wind farm radar clutter, and slow MILCOM this week on Rapid Fire

SAN DIEGO, 19 Nov. 2013. A research initiative to build a hypersonic space plane, concerns about radar clutter caused by wind turbines, an export maritime patrol aircraft, and a slow year at the MILCOM trade show highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Boeing chooses Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet for export maritime patrol plane

Boeing chooses Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet for export maritime patrol plane

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 19 Nov. 2013. Maritime surveillance experts ast the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis are choosing the Challenger 605 business jet from Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal as the airframe for the planned Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program for international export.

Air Force eyes modeling software to understand how wind farms create radar dead spots

Air Force eyes modeling software to understand how wind farms create radar dead spots

PETERSON AFB, Colo., 18 Nov. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking a Pennsylvania computer simulation company to design modeling software to help radar systems designers compensate for the dead spots that renewable energy wind farms cause in military air-defense radar, commercial air traffic control radar, and weather radar.

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