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Vanished Malaysia 370: anybody know what happened to that plane?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 March 2014. So where's that airplane?

I'd like to say I'm no conspiracy theorist, but the longer there's no hard evidence -- ANY evidence -- of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the more likely it is that I'll succumb.

Is AESA radar in the future of B-1 and B-52?

Air Force considering AESA radar upgrades for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 March 2014. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are considering upgrading the Air Force fleet of B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress long-range jet bombers with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to improve bomber surveillance and targeting capability.

Intelligence tries to reason with uncertainty

Intelligence researchers try to focus on the big picture as significant events unfold

WASHINGTON, 11 March 2014. U.S. intelligence experts are asking industry for ideas on how to identify and track unfolding events and the people involved that could have significant influence on national security.

Cobham tapped to provide airborne EW antennas

Cobham to provide AN/ALQ-99 electronic warfare antennas for U.S. and Australian military forces

LANSDALE, Pa., 10 March 2014. U.S. Navy airborne electronic warfare (EW) experts needed antennas and adapter interface modules for the AN/ALQ-99 tactical electronic jamming system for the U.S. Navy and Australian military forces. They found their solution from the Cobham plc Defense Electronics segment in Lansdale, Pa.

Artificial intelligence to counter adaptive EW

Lockheed Martin to field-test artificial intelligence to counter adaptive electronic warfare

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will field-test a prototype artificial intelligence system designed to counter adaptive wireless communications threats under terms of an upcoming sole-source contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Pentagon drone spending to reach $2.45 billion

Pentagon plans to spend $2.45 billion next year on UAVs for surveillance and attack

WASHINGTON, 9 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and the experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance And Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

Pentagon to spend $6 billion on C4I in 2015

Pentagon plans to spend $6 billion on C4I next year to support radio networking to the edge

WASHINGTON, 6 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $6 billion next year for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems in efforts to network sensors, shooters, command, control, and intelligence activities, Pentagon officials announced this week.

Army focusing on counter-UAV weapons

Army considers counter-UAV weapons; surveys industry for promising enabling technologies

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 6 March 2014. U.S. Army aerial warfare experts are turning their attention to the threats of enemy attack and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and how to counter potentially hostile unmanned aircraft.

Boeing gets $1.2 billion AH-64E helicopter order

Army orders 82 advanced AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters in $1.2 billion contract to Boeing

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 5 March 2014. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) will provide 82 of the latest-version AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the U.S. Army under terms of a $1.2 billion contract announced late Tuesday.

2015 DOD budget, unmanned vehicle experiments, RF and microwave merger this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 5 March 2014. First look at the fiscal 2015 DOD budget request, unmanned vehicle experiments for dangerous areas, and a big union of RF and microwave companies highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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.

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