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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.

NASA Langley scientists choose space-qualified FPGAs from Microsemi for spacecraft research

NASA Langley scientists choose space-qualified FPGAs from Microsemi for spacecraft research

HAMPTON, Va., 21 Aug. 2013. Scientists at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., needed radiation-tolerant field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for their investigations into aeronautics and spacecraft. They found their solution from the Microsemi Corp. SoC Products Group in Mountain View, Calif.

DARPA seeks human brain-like computers for complex signal processing and data analysis

DARPA seeks human brain-like computers for complex signal processing and data analysis

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Aug. 2013. U.S. government computer scientists are trying to emulate human brain functions in advanced computing, and applying this approach to complex signal processing and data analysis.

AAI Corp. to build six RQ-7 shadow UAVs for U.S. Army in $11.8 million contract modification

AAI Corp. to build six RQ-7 shadow UAVs for U.S. Army in $11.8 million contract modification

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 20 Aug. 2013. U.S. Army officials are asking AAI Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md., to provide six RQ-7 Shadow trailer-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under terms of a $11.8 million contract modification announced Monday.

Air Force issues industry solicitation to provide 1-Watt high-power laser system

Air Force issues industry solicitation to provide 1-Watt high-power laser system

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 19 Aug. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to supply a high-power laser system. The Air Force Material Command AFTC/PZIO Operational Contracting Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has issued a solicitation (F1T0EB3170AG04) for a High Power Laser System.

Eclipse Aerospace chooses Curtiss-Wright to provide computer for Eclipse 550 business jet

Eclipse Aerospace chooses Curtiss-Wright to provide computer for Eclipse 550 business jet

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., 18 Aug. 2013. Business aviation aircraft builder Eclipse Aerospace Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M., needed aircraft computer system avionics for the company's Eclipse 550 six-seat twin-engine business jet. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics group in City of Industry, Calif.

UAV

GA-ASI demonstrates Predator B electronic attack capabilities

WASHINGTON, 17 Aug. 2013. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA‑ASI), maker of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, demonstrated the Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV’s) electronic attack capability.

Navy to locate mission-control center for fleet of maritime-patrol UAVs at Jacksonville NAS

Navy to locate mission-control center for fleet of maritime-patrol UAVs at Jacksonville NAS

JACKSONVILLE NAS, Fla., 16 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy officials plan to build a mission-control complex for unmanned maritime patrol aircraft at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Fla. The complex will provide command and control for the Navy's future fleet of Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Air Force readies radar and EW research program to improve target tracking and imaging

Air Force readies radar and EW research program to improve target tracking and imaging

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 14 Aug. 2013. U.S. Air Force Researchers are making plans for a program to advance radar and electronic warfare (EW) technology with hardware, software, and algorithms to improve target detection, tracking, imaging, classification, and identification in the midst of enemy RF jamming, spoofing, and other challenging conditions.

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