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Towed-array sonar for Navy surface warships

Lockheed Martin to provide Navy with advanced towed-array sonar for surface warships

WASHINGTON, 20 May 2014. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are adding towed-array sonar systems to the fleet to enable surface warships to hunt and attack quiet enemy submarines lurking at a variety of ocean depths.

Army to build EMP- and blast-proof launch center

Army to build blast- and EMP-proof launch-control building for Alaska-based missile defense

FORT GREELY, Alaska, 19 May 2014. U.S. Army missile-defense officials are constructing a special building hardened against blast and electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) at Fort Greely, Alaska, for command and control of anti-ballistic missiles to protect help protect the United States from enemy nuclear missile attack.

Flying drone market shifting from big to small

Unmanned aerial drone market shifting from large to small UAVs: the Mil & Aero video blog

THE MIL & AERO VIDEO BLOG, 19 May 2014. Pilotless aircraft still dominate the unmanned vehicles market, but applications appear to be shifting away from large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military applications and toward small UAVs for a wide variety of civil applications like agriculture, first responders, and oil and gas pipeline inspections.

Army orders 10 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters

Army asks Airbus to build another 10 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters in $55.4 million contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 16 May 2014. Airbus Helicopters in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build 10 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters for the U.S. Army under terms of a $55.4 million contract awarded Thursday.

Ballard cards to bridge Navy PCs to MIL-STD-1553

Navy chooses PCI Express cards from Ballard to connect MIL-STD-1553 systems to PCs

RIDGECREST, Calif., 15 May 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed a way for PC computers to communicate with military avionics systems based on the MIL-STD-1553 databus. They found their solution from Ballard Technology Inc. in Everett, Wash.

Matrix to acquire and track targets in jamming

Air Force researchers choose Matrix for CERFER program to track targets amid RF jamming

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 15 May 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are moving ahead with a project to develop radar and electronic warfare (EW) technology that improves target detection, tracking, imaging, classification, and identification in the midst of enemy RF jamming, spoofing, and other challenging conditions.

UUV makes new deep dive to locate missing jet

Bluefin-21 UUV set this week to make another deep dive in efforts to locate missing Malaysia 370

ORLANDO, Fla., 14 May 2014. A deep-diving unmanned submarine designed by a Massachusetts company is set to make another attempt to locate the disappeared Malaysia Flight 370 Boeing 777 jumbo jet that disappeared in early March with 239 people on board and presumed lost.

The threat of a cloned Iranian stealth UAV

Iran claims to have copied U.S. unmanned drone; what's the threat from this captured technology?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 13 May 2014. Leaders of the Iranian government claim to have copied a U.S. stealth unmanned drones, which the Iranians captured three years ago while the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reportedly was flying a surveillance mission over Iranian nuclear and military sites.

OceanServer to refurbish Navy Iver2 research UUV

Navy undersea warfare experts ask OceanServer to refurbish Iver2 research UUV

NEWPORT, R.I., 12 May 2014. Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts at OceanServer Technology Inc. in Fall River, Mass., will refurbish one of the company's Iver2 UUVs for researchers at the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I.

NUWC officials announced a plan last Thursday to contract with OceanServer to refurbish and upgrade a NUWC-owned Iver2. The value of the upcoming contract has yet to be negotiated.

DARPA picks four to apply biology to sensors

One company and three colleges help DARPA tap engineered biology for advanced sensor technologies

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 May 2014. U.S. military researchers are hiring four organizations and spending more than $5.67 million on a program that seeks to find ways of easily engineering biology for advanced sensor capabilities, chemicals, materials, and therapeutics.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have announced four contracts for the Living Foundries: 1000 Molecules project to develop a biology-engineering infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and for the engineering biology community.

Army orders 100 FMTV military trucks with integrated vetronics on SAE digital databuses

WARREN, Mich., 9 May 2013. U.S. Army land vehicles experts are asking military vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, Wis., to build an additional 100 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) under terms of a $21.8 million contract announced Wednesday.

Army picks DRS and BAE Systems to develop integrated night-vision goggles and weapon sights

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 8 May 2014. U.S. Army night vision experts are looking to two electro-optics companies to develop the next generation of military night-vision weapon sights to enable soldiers to fight effectively at night.

Navy asks GTS for rugged shipboard computers

GTS to provide air- and water-cooled shipboard computers for Navy cruisers and destroyers

WASHINGTON, 8 May 2014. Shipboard electronics designers at Global Technical Systems (GTS) in Virginia Beach, Va., will provide the U.S. Navy with air- and water-cooled open-architecture rugged computers under terms of an $84.9 million contract announced Tuesday.

Hoffman Engineering to provide night-vision test gear to Air Force in $6.7 million deal

Hoffman Engineering to provide night-vision test gear to Air Force in $6.7 million deal

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 7 May 2014. Night-vision test and measurement experts at Hoffman Engineering Corp. in Stamford, Conn., will provide the U.S. Air Force with test equipment for night-vision goggles under terms of a $6.7 million contract announced Monday.

Congress wants Navy to beef-up offensive strike capabilities of UCLASS unmanned aircraft

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 6 May 2014. It's no secret that the U.S. Navy's project to develop a carrier-based fighting drone is in trouble. Navy leaders have criticized how the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program has evolved for its lightweight strike capability.

Feds eye synthetic vision for snowplow drivers

Federal transportation officials consider synthetic vision technology for snowplow drivers

WASHINGTON, 6 May 2014. It might be a warm thought to those just emerging from a brutal winter that U.S. government transportation experts are ready to borrow from defense and aerospace synthetic vision technology to develop an enhanced vision system to enable snowplow drivers to see clearly in blizzard conditions.

Artificial intelligence and electronic warfare

Lockheed Martin wins $13.4 million deal for counter-adaptive-EW artificial intelligence

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 May 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 a $13.4 million contract modification announced last Wednesday.

Army orders UAV control for attack helicopters

Longbow LLC engineers to build 17 radar- and UAV-control subsystems for AH-64D attack helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 2 May 2014. Military RF communications experts at Longbow LLC in Orlando, Fla., will build 17 sensor and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control subsystems for the Army's AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter under terms of a $22.2 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Navy orders 10 Virginia-class attack submarines

Navy orders 10 Virginia-class attack submarines from Electric Boat in $17.8 billion contract

WASHINGTON, 30 April 2014. U.S. Navy leaders moved this week to safeguard the nation's advanced submarine capability over the next decade and beyond with a potential $17.8 billion contract to build 10 Virginia-class fast-attack submarines from General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.

Unmanned vehicles for the carrier strike force

Could unmanned vehicles be just the help that a thinly stretched carrier force needs?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 29 April 2014. It's difficult to gauge the importance of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. When an international crisis flares up, it's usually the carrier that is first on scene to handle a military confrontation or disaster relief.

Navy upgrading sub-launched nuclear missiles

Navy asks Draper Lab to update computers and navigation in submarine-launched nuclear missiles

WASHINGTON, 28 April 2014. U.S. Navy ballistic missile experts are continuing a program to fine-tune the accuracy of the Navy's Trident II D5 submarine-launched nuclear missiles under terms of a $283.1 million contract announced Friday to the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

Raytheon tapped to upgrade Navy UAV control system

Raytheon to upgrade Navy unmanned helicopter control system with Linux software and intuitive controls

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control experts at the Raytheon Co. Technical Services segment in Dulles, Va., will switch a major unmanned helicopter control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities under terms of a $15.8 million contract announced last week.

Lightweight SAR radars ordered for Army UAVs

Army orders as many as 94 lightweight synthetic-aperture radar systems for surveillance UAVs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 25 April 2014. U.S. Army surveillance experts needed lightweight radar systems suitable to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and light manned aircraft. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum Heights, Md.

Navy orders new batch of radar-killing missiles

Navy orders advanced radar-killing air-to-ground missiles and missile upgrades in $83.4 million deal

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 24 April 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts are ordering another batch of radar-killing air-to-ground missiles and missile upgrades to equip the service's carrier-based fighter-bombers and electronic warfare jets.

Army orders computer-controlled air-drop systems

Army places order for 100 GPS- and computer-controlled parachute cargo delivery systems

NATICK, Mass., 23 April 2014. Cargo air drop specialists at Airborne Systems North America in Pennsauken, N.J., will provide the U.S. Army with 110 computer-controlled parachute cargo air delivery systems under terms of a contract announced Tuesday.

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