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Navy orders new supplies of anti-submarine sonobuoys for ocean surveying, tracking, and attack

Navy orders new supplies of anti-submarine sonobuoys for ocean surveying, tracking, and attack

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 July 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.

Navy asks embedded computing industry to supply 83 6U VME32 circuit cards for LCAC

Navy asks embedded computing industry to supply 83 6U VME32 circuit cards for LCAC

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 17 July 2014. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are asking industry to supply electronic circuit cards for planned upgrades to the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessel that brings warfighters and supplies ashore from nearby surface ships.

Raytheon avionics radio demonstrates paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet

Raytheon avionics radio demonstrates paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 16 July 2014. Avionics radio experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., are providing the first major helicopter radio upgrade since to the U.S. Army rotorcraft fleet since 2005 with the company's RT-1987 radio, Raytheon officials say.

Train derailment a cautionary tale for today's complicated aerospace manufacturing supply chain

Train derailment a cautionary tale for today's complicated aerospace manufacturing supply chain

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 15 July 2014. Army commanders have known for centuries about the dangers of dangling a crucial military operation at the end of a long and vulnerable logistics string.

Air Force names 10 NETCENTS-2 Application contractors to share $960 million in IT orders

Air Force names 10 NETCENTS-2 Application contractors to share $960 million in IT orders

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 15 July 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 10 companies to compete for a decade's worth of IT services contracts as part of the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services program.

Bulgaria shopping for all-weather 10-pound reconnaissance drones to fly in daylight and at night

Bulgaria shopping for all-weather 10-pound reconnaissance drones to fly in daylight and at night

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 14 July 2014. The U.S. Army is surveying the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry for 10-pound drones with hover and stare capability that would be suitable for the Bulgarian armed forces.

Raytheon to provide avionics radios for United Arab Emirates helicopters and fixed-wing planes

Raytheon to provide avionics radios for United Arab Emirates helicopters and fixed-wing planes

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 14 July 2014. U.S. Army procurement experts are buying AN/ARC-231 avionics radio systems from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Fort Wayne, Ind. for military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

DARPA Blue Wolf program seeks revolutionary breakthroughs in undersea vehicle speed and efficiency

DARPA Blue Wolf program seeks revolutionary breakthroughs in undersea vehicle speed and efficiency

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 July 2014. U.S. military researchers are trying to develop revolutionary propulsion and drag-reduction technologies to enable manned and unmanned undersea vehicles to move through the water faster and more energy-efficiently than ever before.

Lockheed Martin chooses flight-control computers from NAI for DARPA ARES unmanned helicopter

Lockheed Martin chooses flight-control computer systems from NAI for DARPA ARES unmanned helicopter

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 10 July 2014. Aircraft designers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Skunk Works segment in Palmdale, Calif., needed a navigation system for an experimental unmanned cargo helicopter for future military forces. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Northrop Grumman to begin upgrading Kearfott navigation systems in MQ-8B/C Fire Scout UAVs

Northrop Grumman to begin upgrading Kearfott navigation systems in MQ-8B/C Fire Scout UAVs

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 9 July 2014. U.S. Navy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts plan to upgrade the navigation systems in Northrop Grumman MQ-8B/C Fire Scout shipboard unmanned helicopters to improve the UAV's precision and reliability.

Counter-artillery rockets, shrinking GPS receivers, and GPS-guided artillery on Rapid Fire

Counter-artillery rockets, shrinking GPS receivers, and GPS-guided artillery on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 9 July 2014. Counter-artillery rockets, tiny embedded GPS receivers, and GPS-guided artillery shells highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

How Pentagon budgets are hitting America's defenses where it hurts

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 July 2014. I ran across a news story this week that starkly illustrates the bind the U.S. military finds itself in as defense budgets continue to shrink while the military services continue to insist on ever-more-expensive weapon systems.

Lockheed wins $200 million DARPA contract to prepare new anti-ship missile for 2017 acquisition

Lockheed wins $200 million DARPA contract to prepare new anti-ship missile for 2017 acquisition

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 July 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking Lockheed Martin Corp. to prepare an experimental advanced anti-ship missile for acquisition within the next three years for use on the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter bomber, as well as the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber.

Honeywell upgrades satellite-control electronics

Honeywell to upgrade antenna electronics for Air Force satellite-control station

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 7 July 2014. Satellite control experts at Honeywell Aerospace will upgrade the electronics at Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., under terms of a $12.9 million contract modification announced last week.

Boeing to install infrared search and track systems on Navy carrier-based jet fighters

Boeing to install infrared search and track systems on Navy carrier-based jet fighters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 July 2014. U.S. Navy air combat experts are asking electro-optics engineers at the Boeing Co. to produce passive sensors for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber to enable the aircraft to detect, track, and attack enemy aircraft in a stealthy way without making its presence known.

Raytheon to provide 757 satellite-guided artillery shells in $51.8 million Army contract

Raytheon to provide 757 satellite-guided artillery shells in $51.8 million Army contract

PICATINNY ARSENAL, Ala., 2 July 2014. Artillery munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build 757 M982 Excalibur satellite-guided heavy artillery shells to the U.S. Army under terms of a $51.8 million contract announced late last week.

The risks they ran for a new way of life

The risks they ran for a new way of life

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 July 2014. Friday is Independence Day, so I'm thinking this week about the risks taken by the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence when they put their names to the founding document of the United States.

Raytheon to provide long-range multi-spectral sensors for Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft

Raytheon to provide long-range multi-spectral sensors for Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft

CRANE, Ind., 30 June 2014. Electro-optics designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, will build advanced multi-spectral sensors for U.S. Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft under terms of a $19.7 million contract modification announced late Friday.

Naval criminal investigators reach out to industry for tiny convert surveillance camera

Naval criminal investigators reach out to industry for tiny convert surveillance camera

QUANTICO, Va., 27 June 2014. U.S. Navy criminal investigators are surveying industry to find electro-optics companies able to build a tiny surveillance camera roughly the size of a stick of chewing gum.

Raytheon nets quarter-billion dollars in contracts for advanced air- and ship-launched missiles

Raytheon nets quarter-billion dollars in contracts for advanced air- and ship-launched missiles

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 June 2014. Missile designers at the Raytheon Co., won contracts worth more than a quarter-billion dollars Wednesday for aircraft- and ship-launched advanced anti-aircraft missiles.

Lockheed Martin gets $1.86 billion contract to complete fifth and sixth SBIRS GEO satellites

Lockheed Martin gets $1.86 billion contract to complete fifth and sixth SBIRS GEO satellites

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 25 June 2014. Missile defense experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Space Systems segment in Sunnyvale, Calif., will build two Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite under terms of a $1.86 billion U.S. Air Force contract modification announced late Tuesday.

DARPA to brief industry in July on new directions for the Microsystems Technology Office

DARPA to brief industry in July on new directions for the Microsystems Technology Office

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 June 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on a plan to enable entirely new classes of technology-driven capabilities for national security, as opposed to creating single end-point solutions.

GPS electronics getting smaller than ever before

Ever-shrinking GPS electronics could bring satellite navigation to everyone

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 24 June 2014. Two U.S. military research initiatives are taking aim at shrinking the size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation electronics in orbit and on the ground.

Sikorsky to provide nine MH-60R maritime helicopters to Danish navy in $115.7 million contract

Sikorsky to support nine MH-60R maritime helicopters to Danish navy in $115.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 24 June 2014. Helicopter designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., will support nine MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopters for the Royal Danish Navy under terms of a $115.7 million contract announced Friday.

BAE Systems to develop advanced digital focal plane array detectors for missile defense

BAE Systems to develop advanced digital focal plane array detectors for missile defense

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 23 June 2014. Electro-optics engineers at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will design special sensitive infrared sensors to enhance the ability of anti-air missiles to detect, track, and destroy incoming ballistic missile warheads.

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