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Navy asks industry for 160 obsolescent PMC Ethernet controllers for shipboard communications

Navy asks industry for 160 obsolescent PMC Ethernet controllers for ship communications

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 13 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard weapons experts are reaching out to industry to find 160 obsolescent PCI mezzanine card (PMC) Ethernet controllers that the Navy purchased originally a decade ago to replace then-obsolescent Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) technology in various Navy programs.

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Record-breaking DSEI opens in London

LONDON, 12 Sept. 2013. The staff of PennWell’s Aerospace & Defense Media Group, which includes Military & Aerospace ElectronicsAvionics Intelligence, and the Avionics International conference & expo, is on hand at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), the biennial land, sea, and air defense and security exhibition, in London this week.

Northrop Grumman orders airborne radar signal processors from Curtiss-Wright for Joint STARS aircraft

Northrop Grumman orders airborne radar signal processors from Curtiss-Wright for Joint STARS

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., 11 Sept. 2013. Aircraft surveillance experts from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Melbourne, Fla., needed radar processing technology for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Guest blog: the dilemma of finding spare electronics parts for space satellites

Guest blog: the dilemma of finding spare electronics parts for space satellites

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., 10 Sept. 2013. Satellite electronic technology usually isn't an issue of concern unless spacecraft are damaged, don't work, or are about to fall to Earth as space junk. Public and private communications networks,. however, rely heavily on satellites, which for electronics is a big business.

Raytheon chooses stores management system from GE for close-air-support technology

Raytheon chooses stores management system from GE for close-air-support technology

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 10 Sept. 2013. Systems designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., needed a stores management system for a program that aims at increasing the tempo at which military tactical air controllers can call in air strikes from piloted and autonomous attack aircraft to support U.S. and allied ground troops.

Northrop Grumman joins L-3 in DARPA program to help AC-130 gunship attack targets in bad weather

Northrop Grumman joins L-3 in DARPA program to help AC-130s attack targets in bad weather

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 Sept. 2013. Advanced radar designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum, Md., will build and flight test a prototype imaging radar system that enables U.S. aircraft to engage maneuvering ground targets through clouds, dust, and other obscurants.

Army looks for small businesses for long-term EW, cyber warfare, CREW, and RCIED capabilities

Army looks for small businesses for long-term EW, cyber warfare, CREW, and RCIED capabilities

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 9 Sept. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are looking for small businesses capable of providing electronic warfare (EW) and cyber warfare hardware and software, as well as training in counter radio electronic warfare (CREW) and radio counter improvised explosive devises (RCIED).

Latest contract brings to six the number of companies designing DARPA 100G wireless network

Latest contract brings to six the companies designing DARPA 100G wireless network

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 Sept. 2013. U.S. military researchers are looking to a total of six RF communications companies to develop a military wireless data link able to transmit data at speeds as fast as 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel.

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U.S. Army selects DRS Technologies computers, displays for next-gen network

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 Sept. 2013. U.S. Army officials needed next-generation network computing technology for its Mounted Family of Computing Systems (MFoCS), to be installed on ground vehicles and weapons platforms. They found their solution at DRS Technologies Inc.’s Network and Imaging Systems group in Arlington, Va.  

Wanted: special-ops battle suit with cooling, embedded computers, radios, and sensors

Wanted: special-ops battle suit with cooling, embedded computers, radios, and sensors

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 6 Sept. 2013. U.S. military researchers are asking industry for ideas on a futuristic uniform for Special Operations warfighters that involves agile air-conditioned armor with embedded sensors, communications radios and antennas, signal processors, wearable displays, and health-monitoring systems.

AeroVironment gets Army order for manpackable killer drones able to seek out and destroy targets

AeroVironment gets Army order for manpackable killer drones able to seek out and destroy targets

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 5 Sept. 2013. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, Calif., are building manpackable killer drones for the U.S. Army under terms of a $6.6 million contract announced Wednesday.

Lockheed Martin Aculight to develop 60-kilowatt laser to kill UAVs, rockets, and mortars

Lockheed Martin Aculight to develop 60-kilowatt laser to kill UAVs, rockets, and mortars

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 4 Sept. 2013. Laser weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Aculight on Bothell, Wash., will help the U.S. Army 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.

General Atomics to provide lithium ion batteries for special operations mini-submarines

General Atomics to provide lithium ion batteries for special operations mini-submarines

CRANE, Ind., 3 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy power electronics experts needed lithium-ion batteries for prototype mini-submarines designed to transport combat swimmers such as Navy SEALs covertly while minimizing swim time to maintain combat effectiveness. They found their solution from General Atomics in San Diego.

Raytheon and Battelle join DARPA program to create 100-gigabit-per-second wireless links

Raytheon and Battelle join DARPA program to create 100-gigabit-per-second wireless links

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 Sept. 2013. U.S. military researchers are looking so far to five RF communications companies to develop a military wireless data link able to transmit data at speeds as fast as 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel.

Navy chooses Lockheed Martin to provide electro-optical sensor suite for AH-1Z combat helicopter

Navy chooses Lockheed Martin to provide electro-optical sensor for AH-1Z helicopter

CRANE, Ind., 1 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed a multi-sensor electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) fire-control system for the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter as part of the H-1 upgrades program. They found their solution from the Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla.

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NASA, FAA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and industry collaborate on helicopter crash test

HAMPTON, Va., 30 Aug. 2013. Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., dropped a former Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with crash-test dummy occupants and myriad electronics from a height of roughly 30 feet to test improved seats and seatbelts, as well as to gather data related to helicopter crash survivability.

Northrop Grumman picked to build improved control for networks of remote-fired battlefield grenades

Northrop Grumman picked to build improved control for networks of remote-fired grenades

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 30 Aug. 2013. U.S. Army munitions experts are asking engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Herndon, Va., to design an improved remote control unit (RCU) for a network of soldier-controlled anti-personnel grenades that can sense enemy intrusions and enable warfighters to fire the explosives remotely.

Navy chooses multi-sensor electro-optical targeting systems from FLIR for helicopters and UAVs

Navy chooses multi-sensor electro-optical targeting pods from FLIR for copters and UAVs

CRANE, Ind., 29 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed multi-sensor electro-optical targeting systems for the UH-1 manned helicopter, the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, and other unmanned vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They found their solution from FLIR Systems Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore.

Navy continues to expand infrastructure for future fleet of long-range maritime patrol UAVs

Navy continues to expand infrastructure for future fleet of long-range maritime patrol UAVs

VENTURA COUNTY NAVAL BASE, Calif., 28 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy leaders are continuing their expansion of basing and infrastructure to support the Navy's future fleet of Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

DARPA releases BAA for unmanned submersible mothership able to launch UAVs and UUVs

DARPA releases BAA for unmanned submersible mothership able to launch UAVs and UUVs

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 Aug. 2013. U.S. military researchers have released an industry solicitation to develop an unmanned submersible over the next five years that can transport and deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) stealthily close to enemy operations.

General Dynamics prevails in SOCOM competition to build Ground Mobility Vehicle GMV 1.1

General Dynamics wins SOCOM competition to build Ground Mobility Vehicle GMV 1.1

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 25 Aug. 2013. U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will spend half a billion dollars over the next seven years to buy a fleet of fast, lightweight, and highly mobile combat vehicles from the General Dynamics Corp. Ordnance and Tactical Systems segment in St. Petersburg, Fla., U.S. military officials announced late last week.

Philippines government selects Raytheon for border security automatic identification system, integration, and training

DULLES, Va., 24 Aug. 23 2013. Raytheon Co. (NYSE:RTN) won a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) maritime border security contract for the Philippines. The contract, worth up to$18 million if all options are exercised, is Raytheon's first border security-related agreement in Southeast Asia.

DARPA awards contract for TERN program to develop long-endurance UAVs launched from small ships

DARPA awards contract for TERN program for long-endurance UAVs launched from small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 Aug. 2013. Researchers at Maritime Applied Physics Corp. (MAPC) in Baltimore will help U.S. military researchers develop a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for long-term maritime surveillance that can launch and recover from relatively small ships to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock.

DRS to provide vetronics rugged computers for Army FBCB2 program in $61.6 million contract

DRS to provide vetronics rugged computers for Army FBCB2 program in $61.6 million contract

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 22 Aug. 2013. U.S. Army leaders needed rugged computers and displays to support the Force Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program. They found their solution from DRS Tactical Systems in Melbourne, Fla.

NOAA asks industry for long-endurance UUV to profile ocean temperatures and salinity

NOAA asks industry for long-endurance UUV to profile ocean temperatures and salinity

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 21 Aug. 2013. Researchers at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are asking industry to provide a long-endurance unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to conduct ocean temperature and salinity tests.

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