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Navy looks to BAE Systems Australia to repair and upgrade Nulka shipboard EW missile defense

Navy looks to BAE Systems Australia to repair and upgrade Nulka shipboard EW missile defense

CRANE, Ind., 11 Nov. 2014. Electronic warfare experts at BAE Systems Australia in Abbotsford, Australia will maintain, test, and upgrade a U.S. and Australian naval electronic warfare (EW) system designed to protect fast, maneuverable surface warships from radar-guided anti-ship missiles.

VNX Marketing Alliance launched to promote standards for rugged small-form-factor embedded computing

VNX Marketing Alliance launched to promote standards for rugged small-form-factor embedded computing

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., 11 Nov. 2014. The embedded computing industry is ramping up its support for rugged small-form-factor embedded computing with formation of the VNX Marketing Alliance to promote adoption of VITA 74 NanoX Small Form Factor specification and technology.

Navy to beef-up supply of anti-submarine warfare sonobuoys in $195.2 million deal with ERAPSCO

Navy to beef-up supply of anti-submarine warfare sonobuoys in $195.2 million deal with ERAPSCO

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 10 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are replenishing their supplies of air-launched sonobuoys with a variety of capabilities ranging from taking the temperature of ocean layers at different depths, to detonating submerged explosive charges.

Marine Corps chooses 3D weather radar avionics from Honeywell for upgrade of KC-130T aircraft

Marine Corps chooses 3D weather radar avionics from Honeywell for upgrade of KC-130T aircraft

PHOENIX, 10 Nov. 2014. U.S. Marine Corps avionics experts needed an advanced weather radar system for a planned upgrade to 14 KC-130T aircraft. They found their solution from Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

Pentagon asks industry for ideas on defeating enemy UAVs carrying chemical and biological weapons

Pentagon asks industry for ideas on defeating enemy UAVs carrying chemical and biological weapons

FALLS CHURCH, Va., 7 Nov. 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking industry for ideas on how to use small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to detect chemical and biological warfare agents, as well as how to counter enemy small UAVs carrying chemical and biological weapons payloads.

Boeing to extend anticipated life spans of Air Force One aircraft with major avionics upgrades

Boeing to extend anticipated life spans of Air Force One aircraft with major avionics upgrades

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 6 Nov. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co. are preparing 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.

Army orders five mobile air traffic control towers from Sierra Nevada for deployed operations

Army orders five mobile air traffic control towers from Sierra Nevada for deployed operations

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 5 Nov. 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts are asking for five mobile air traffic control towers from manufacturer Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., to help coordinate air traffic in battlefield and other temporary airfields.

Terahertz chips, reusing electronic designs, and farewell to frigates this week on Rapid Fire

Terahertz chips, reusing electronic designs, and farewell to frigates this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Nov. 2014. Terahertz chips enable new applications, how to develop complex electronics quickly, and the last days of the U.S. Navy Perry-class frigates highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

A once-proud class of U.S. Navy surface warships is quickly fading away

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Nov. 2014. Throughout the Cold War U.S. Navy frigates were essential pieces in the Navy's role of first line of defense. These relatively small, fast, and maneuverable surface warships were designed for the vital role of screening aircraft carriers from aircraft and missile attack, as well as protecting Marine Corps amphibious invasion forces and cargo ships from enemy submarines.

DARPA seeks to speed defense electronics development by recycling blocks of IP tools

DARPA seeks to speed defense electronics development by recycling blocks of IP tools

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 Nov. 2014. U.S. military researchers are trying to find ways to speed how long it takes to develop new defense electronics through the reuse and integration of blocks of intellectual property (IP).

Terahertz chip offers new applications in sensors, communications, and collision avoidance

Terahertz chip offers new applications in sensors, communications, and collision avoidance

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., 3 Nov. 2014. Microelectronics experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., are paving the way to future RF and microwave applications in collision avoidance, atmospheric sensing, and radio astronomy with a electronic component called the terahertz monolithic integrated circuit (TMIC).

Navy taps General Micro Systems to provide rugged embedded computing for airborne electronic warfare

Navy taps General Micro Systems to provide rugged embedded computing for airborne electronic warfare

POINT MUGU, Calif., 31 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed rugged general-purpose processors for a rapidly deployable electronic warfare (EW) system for U.S. Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. They found their solution from General Micro Systems Inc. (GMS) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Boeing to upgrade onboard computers and electronics for Japan's fleet of E-767 AWACS aircraft

Boeing to upgrade onboard computers and electronics for Japan's fleet of E-767 AWACS aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 30 Oct. 2014. Airborne electronics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Kent, Wash., will upgrade electronic systems on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $25.6 million contract announced this week.

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million AN/ARC-210 airborne radio contract for foreign sales

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million AN/ARC-210 airborne radio contract for foreign sales

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 Oct. 2014. Military radio communications experts at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide 1,160 AN/ARC-210 airborne radios and related equipment for foreign militaries under terms of a $101.1 million contract announced Tuesday.

Air Force researchers look to Stellar Science for advanced laser weapons simulations

Air Force researchers look to Stellar Science for advanced laser weapons simulations

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 29 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force laser weapons experts are supervising a project to develop advanced computer simulations of directed-energy weapons to help determine the effects and utility of high-energy laser weapons.

Military chooses resolver motion-control devices from Kearfott to help keep tank guns on target

Military chooses resolver motion-control devices from Kearfott to help keep tank guns on target

WARREN, Mich., 28 Oct. 2014. U.S. military vetronics experts needed precision electronic motion-control devices to help keep the 120-millimeter main gun on the General Dynamics M1 Abrams main battle tank on target. They found their solution from Kearfott Corp. in Black Mountain, N.C.

Military & Aerospace Electronics launches quarterly e-newsletter focused on electronic warfare (EW)

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Oct. 2014. Electronic warfare is one of today's most pressing priorities of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Properly done, electronic warfare -- or just EW for short -- can ensure that crucial U.S. and allied communications go through, and can deny this capability to hostile forces.

DRS unveils next-generation RF and microwave digital and analog tuners aimed at UAV applications

DRS unveils next-generation RF and microwave digital and analog tuners aimed at UAV applications

MERRIMACK, N.H., 27 Oct. 2014. RF and microwave experts at the DRS Technologies Inc. Signal Solutions segment in Merrimack, N.H., are moving VHF and UHF wideband tuner technology forward with the introduction of the company's Polaris tuner for cognitive radio, spectrum monitoring, signals intelligence, direction finding, and beam forming.

Jordanian air force buys eight Robinson R44 helicopters to replace fleet of old Hughes 500Ds

Jordanian air force buys eight Robinson R44 helicopters to replace fleet of old Hughes 500Ds

TORRANCE, Calif., 27 Oct. 2014. The Royal Jordanian Air Force in Amman, Jordan, needed light helicopters to replace its fleet of ageing Hughes 500D helicopters that have been in service since 1981. They found their solution from Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, Calif.

After nine years, Marine Corp finally may have full production of G/ATOR radar in sight

After nine years, Marine Corp finally may have full production of G/ATOR radar in sight

QUANTICO, Va., 24 Oct. 2014. U.S. Marine Corps leaders are moving forward with ordering prototypes 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.

Army orders 17 radio-equipped UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters from Airbus in $82.9 million deal

Army orders 17 radio-equipped UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters from Airbus in $82.9 million deal

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 23 Oct. 2014. Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build 17 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters with airborne radios for the U.S. Army under terms of a $82.9 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Crane to provide power conditioning and batteries for Boeing 777X passenger jet flight control

Crane to provide power conditioning and batteries for Boeing 777X passenger jet flight control

LYNNWOOD, Wash., 23 Oct. 2014. Avionics integrators at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector in Nashua, N.H., needed power electronics components for the integrated flight control electronics (IFCE) fly-by-wire (FBW) system that BAE is providing for the Boeing 777X twin-engine passenger jumbo jet. They found their solution from the Crane Aerospace & Electronics Power Solutions segment in Lynwood, Wash.

Boeing tapestry Solutions takes over hardware integration and support for Navy TacMobile program

Boeing tapestry Solutions takes over hardware integration and support for Navy TacMobile program

SAN DIEGO, 22 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts needed a contractor to provide hardware and support for the Navy's Tactical Mobile (TacMobile) program for fixed-site and mobile command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I capability. They found their solution from Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing company in San Diego.

Air Seeks to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

Air Force seeks to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 21 Oct. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $23.5 million contract Monday to Defense Research Associates (DRA) Inc. in Beavercreek, Ohio, for the Collision Warning Using Existing Sensors (CUES) program.

Video Blog explores how gaming technology influences high-performance embedded computing

Video Blog explores how gaming technology influences high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO VIDEO BLOG, 20 Oct. 2014. What can happen when systems designers apply digital high-end gaming technology military embedded computing? The answer is a lot, as technologies such as general-purpose graphics processors (GPGPUs) -- designed originally for gamers -- yield space- and power-efficient parallel processing capability.

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