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Military eyes Special Forces radio headsets

Army researchers reach out to industry for ideas on next-generation Special Forces radio headsets

NATICK, Mass., 4 March 2014. U.S. Army researchers are looking into new technologies for next-generation tactical communications headsets and push-to-talk (PTT) controls for Special Operations warfighters, and are asking industry experts for their best ideas. Companies interested should respond by 10 March 2014.

MH-65E helicopter to get Collins weather radar

Coast Guard chooses weather radar from Rockwell Collins for future MH-65E utility helicopters

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 4 March 2014. U.S. Coast Guard aviation experts needed a weather radar system for the service's future MH-65E Dolphin helicopter. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Radar helps UAVs sense and avoid other aircraft

SRCTec to build ground-based radars to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 3 March 2014. U.S. Army surveillance experts are asking SRCTec Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., to provide ground-based radar systems that enable military officials to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in controlled civil airspace without a chase plane or ground observer.

Aculight to move laser weapons forward

Aculight gets long-delayed contract for a 60-kilowatt laser to shoot down rockets, mortars, UAVs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 3 March 2014. Laser weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Aculight in Bothell, Wash., won a long-delayed contract Friday to develop a 60-kilowatt fiber laser module for a truck-mounted laser weapon system intended to shoot down enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), rockets, artillery rounds, and mortars.

Boeing gets order for 3,500 laser guidance kits to turn dumb bombs into smart munitions

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 March 2014. Precision-guidance munitions experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis will provide 3,500 laser-guidance sections for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) under terms of a $49.8 million contract modification announced late last week.

Lockheed Martin wins U.S. Army contract for autonomous SMSS and K-MAX demo

Lockheed Martin wins U.S. Army contract for autonomous SMSS and K-MAX experiment

DALLAS, 1 March 2014. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) won a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct an autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition experiment using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle.

Teledyne Scientific to own the night

Army looks to Teledyne Scientific to refine infrared focal plane array night-vision technology

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 28 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army night-vision researchers are moving forward with a program to refine and demonstrate superlattice focal plane arrays (FPAs) for high-resolution military thermal imaging.

DARPA to brief industry March 7 on MUSE project that aims at big-code software engineering

DARPA to brief industry March 7 on MUSE project that aims at big-code software engineering

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 Feb. 2014. U.S. defense researchers will brief industry next week on a program to improve the reliability and verification of large software programs, as well as to reduce the vulnerabilities of large and complex software programs to the threats posed by computer hackers.

Navy orders 16 Boeing P-8A maritime patrol jets, as program reaches full-rate production

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy aircraft experts ordered 16 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jets from the Boeing Co. in Seattle Tuesday in a contract modification worth $2.1 billion.

Hyperspectral flight tests, asteroid camera, and laser weapon this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 Feb. 2014. Hyperspectral flight tests, an asteroid camera, and a laser weapon highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Each week the Military & Aerospace Electronics exclusive Rapid Fire interview at Google Hangouts highlights and discusses the top three stories of this week, chosen by John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

After big defense cuts, what lies ahead?

Cutting the Army to historic low troop levels: do we realize where this might lead?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Feb. 2014. A resurgent People's Republic of China is in the midst of a military buildup, terrorism is rampant through the Middle East, and Venezuela and the Ukraine are nearing civil war. In short, the world is as dangerous as it's ever been.

Army asks industry for turn-key 50-kilowatt laser that fits on 8-by-53-foot truck trailer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 25 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army missile-defense experts are asking industry to supply an adjustable-power 50-kilowatt laser that with its cooling subsystem can fit on an 8-by-53-foot full-sized flatbed trailer.

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils medium-endurance UAV that runs on jet fuel, not gasoline

LOD, Israel, 24 Feb. 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Lod, Israel, have revealed the company's Super Heron heavy-fuel UAV with advanced avionics, triple redundancy, and advanced computerized systems for growth potential.

Companies compete for Marine counter-IED systems

Sierra Nevada and Northrop Grumman square-off for Marine Corps counter-IED technology program

QUANTICO, Va., 24 Feb. 2014. Two U.S. defense contractors who are specialists in RF and microwave systems design will compete for as much as $180 million worth of business to build counter-IED systems to detect and defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Raytheon to move hyperspectral sensor program ACES Hy forward with podded flight tests

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 Feb. 2014. U.S. Air Force airborne sensors experts will flight-test a new hyperspectral sensor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can see objects on the ground not visible to the human eye, such as hidden improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or illicit opium crops by detecting their spectral signatures.

Robinson offers glass-cockpit helicopter avionics in move away from mechanical-only instruments

TORRANCE, Calif., 22 Feb. 2014. Light helicopter expert Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, Calif., is moving away from its traditional simple mechanical avionics panels with a new line of instrument panels and avionics for the R22, R44, and R66 light helicopters.

Army orders four UH-72 Lakota light helicopters and radios from Airbus in $22.9 million deal

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 21 Feb. 2014. Airbus Helicopters in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build four UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters for the U.S. Army under terms of a $22.9 million contract awarded Tuesday.

Navy to buy three AN/AQS-20A mine-hunting sonars from Raytheon in potential $199.7 million deal

WASHINGTON, 21 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy counter-mine experts needed mine-detecting sonar systems for the mine countermeasures mission package of for the littoral combat ship. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I.

Field tests begin for head-up displays designed for infantry soldiers by BAE Systems

ROCHESTER, England, 20 Feb. 2014. Military electro-optics experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Rochester, England, have begun field testing a lightweight head-up display for warfighters operating on foot.

Open-source software for unattended sensors and exciting trade show highlight Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 19 Feb. 2014. Open-source software for unattended sensors and mission planning, and a vibrant AFCEA West trade show highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

DARPA to brief industry on software tools to plan air battles with manned aircraft and UAVs

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry on 28 Feb. 2014 on a program to develop software decision aids to plan aerial battles involving manned combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Navmar to upgrade TigerShark medium-endurance UAV with new sensors and airframe enhancements

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 18 Feb. 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. in Warminster, Pa., will upgrade their TigerShark medium-sized UAV with electro-optical sensor payload and airframe improvements under terms of a $44.7 million U.S. Navy contract announced late last week.

Northrop Grumman wins $12.4 million Army contract for SATCOM spectrum-monitoring gear

ROCK ISLAND, Ill., 17 Feb. 2014. Engineers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Technical Services segment in Herndon, Va. will provide an important electronic subsystem for a military global satellite communication (SATCOM) network under terms of a $12.4 million contract announced Friday.

Military looks to Disan Engineering to provide backplane interconnect for C-130 aircraft

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 17 Feb. 2014. U.S. military logistics experts needed an electronic backplane interconnect system for the Lockheed Martin C-130 four-engine turboprop utility aircraft. They found their solution from Disan Engineering Corp., a military electronics manufacturer in Nowata, Okla.

L-3 Mission Integration and industry partners customize Bombardier Q400 commercial aircraft for maritime, ISR missions

Aerospace firms modify Bombardier Q400 commercial aircraft and avionics for maritime, ISR missions

GREENVILLE, Texas, 15 Feb. 2014. Prime contractor L-3 Mission Integration, in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace, Marshall Aerospace, and Cascade Aerospace, announces a modified version of Bombardier’s Q400 commercial aircraft for multimission maritime and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

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