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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.

Navy asks Hydroid to upgrade UUV with WiFi networking and new onboard computer

Navy asks Hydroid to upgrade UUV with WiFi networking and new onboard computer

SAN DIEGO, 13 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy officials are asking unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) engineers at Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass., to upgrade a REMUS UUV operated by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., with a variety of new capabilities.

Navy reaches out to industry to find Orange Tree ZestET1 Gigabit Ethernet boards

Navy reaches out to industry to find Orange Tree ZestET1 Gigabit Ethernet boards

DAHLGREN, Va., 13 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy is asking embedded computing suppliers and distributors to provide 51 ZestET1 Gigabit Ethernet TCP/IP Offload Engine and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board, which are designed and manufactured by Orange Tree Technologies Ltd. in Didcot, England.

High-speed networking upgrade helps EA-18G jets share electronic intelligence in real time

High-speed networking upgrade helps EA-18G jets share electronic intelligence in real time

ST. LOUIS, 12 Aug. 2013. Avionics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis have upgraded and demonstrated an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare (EW) jet with a new secure high-speed network and onboard sensors to enable to the carrier-based electronic-attack aircraft to locate threats more quickly and accurately, company officials say.

Wanted: companies able to design beam controllers for future Army high-energy laser weapon

Wanted: companies able to design beam controllers for future high-energy laser weapon

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 12 Aug. 2013. U.S. Army laser weapons experts are surveying industry to find companies able to design a beam controller for a future truck-mounted 50-to-100-kilowatt high-energy laser able to shoot down enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), rockets, artillery rounds, and mortars.

Aircraft

Exelis equips U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy tactical aircraft with advanced radar jamming pods

AMITYVILLE, N.Y., 10 Aug. 2013. Exelis (NYSE:XLS) will continue to supply the Advanced Capability Pod (ACaP) for U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 tactical aircraft under a new $68 million multiyear indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

Army looking for companies with secret facilities able to do cyber warfare research work

Army looking for companies that have secret facilities able to do cyber warfare research work

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 9 Aug. 2013. U.S. Army electronic warfare (EW) experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to develop future offensive and defensive cyber warfare technologies while operating with top-secret facilities and procedures.

Army eyes exoskeleton technology to reduce wear and tear on soldiers from wearing helmets

Army eyes exoskeleton technology to reduce wear and tear on soldiers from wearing helmets

ADELPHI, Md., 8 Aug. 2013. Experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md., have developed a prototype exoskeletal device to give gunners, patrol personnel, cooks, medics, and other soldiers who wear helmets for long periods of time much-needed head and neck relief, Army officials say.

Air Force moves program forward to host a staring infrared sensor on a commercial satellite

Air Force moves program forward to host a staring infrared sensor on a commercial satellite

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 7 Aug. 2013. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are moving closer to releasing an formal solicitation for a much-delayed major project to develop a staring overhead persistent infrared sensor payload for a commercial satellite.

Curtiss-Wright to provide turret drive servo system for British Warrior vetronics upgrade

Curtiss-Wright to provide turret drive servo system for British Warrior vetronics upgrade

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland, 7 Aug. 2013. Vetronics designers at Lockheed Martin UK in Ampthill, England, needed a turret drive servo system for a major upgrade to the British Army's FV510 Warrior armored combat vehicle. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Drive Technology in Neuhausen, Switzerland.

Navy makes order of submarine-hunting sonobuoys for helicopters and patrol aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are buying 9,400 AN/SSQ-53F advanced passive sonobuoys from ERAPSCO Inc. in Columbia City, Ind. under terms of a $7.2 million contract modification announced Monday.

ViaSat and Data Link Solutions get orders for MIDS-LVT situational-awareness data terminals

ViaSat and Data Link Solutions get orders for MIDS-LVT situational-awareness data terminals

SAN DIEGO, 6 Aug. 2013. Two U.S. defense communications organizations are receiving orders from the U.S. Navy to provide military communications systems designed to enable aircraft, surface ships, ground vehicles, and fixed-site installations share situational awareness information in real time.

Navy uses UAVs to gather data to improve performance and stealth of communications and radar

Navy uses UAV data to improve performance and stealth qualities of communications and radar

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Aug. 2013. U.S. Navy researchers are using small ship-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather ocean and atmospheric data necessary to improve the performance and stealth qualities of maritime communications, radar, and other crucial RF and microwave technologies.

Russian commercial passenger jet manufacturer looks to Curtiss-Wright for data recorder

Russian commercial passenger jet manufacturer looks to Curtiss-Wright for flight data recorder

CHRISTCHURCH, England, 4 Aug. 2013. Avionics designers at Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corp. in Moscow needed a flight data recording system for the MC-21 single-aisle passenger jetliner. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics division in Christchurch, England.

missile

BAE Systems wins $534 million to maintain readiness of U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles

WASHINGTON, 3 Aug. 2013. BAE Systems won an eight-year, $534 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to maintain the readiness of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.

BAE Systems to help DARPA unify imaging and other battlefield intelligence sensors

BAE Systems to help DARPA unify imaging and other battlefield intelligence sensors

ARLINGTON, Va., 1 Aug. 2013. Military intelligence sensor processing experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Solutions segment in Burlington, Mass., are beginning an advanced project to design a next-generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) exploitation and resource management system that fills gaps in today’s military intelligence analysis capability.

Boeing P-8A ASW aircraft production ramps-up with $2 billion contract for 13 more planes

Boeing P-8A ASW aircraft production ramps-up with $2 billion contract for 13 more planes

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 Aug. 2013. Aircraft designers at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Seattle are making plans to build an additional 13 P-8A Poseidon long-range maritime patrol jets for the U.S. Navy under terms of a $2 billion contract modification announced late Wednesday.

3 companies to develop multispectral camera for helmets and weapon sights for DARPA

3 companies to develop multispectral camera for helmets and weapon sights for DARPA

ARLINGTON, Va., 31 July 2013. Three U.S. electro-optics companies are working to develop a small multispectral camera to help infantrymen and small combat units detect, recognize, and identify battlefield threats in daylight, at night, in bad weather, or in smoke and dust for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Metronome Software to focus on cyber and mobile app security for DARPA Transformative Apps

Metronome Software aims at cyber and mobile app security for DARPA Transformative Apps

ARLINGTON, Va. 30 July 2013. U.S. military researches have awarded another contract aimed at placing the right mobile software applications into the hands of warfighters for use on rugged smartphones and tablet computers -- this one involving cyber security and mobile applications security.

DRS to develop enabling technologies for special-ops multispectral night-vision goggles

DRS to develop enabling technologies for special-ops multispectral night-vision goggles

MacDILL AFB, Fla., 29 July 2013. Night vision experts at the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., needed advanced night-vision goggles that enable warfighters to see several different spectra of light. They found their solution from DRS RSTA in Dallas.

BAE Systems protest could hold up Navy Raytheon NGJ program for three months or more

BAE Systems protest could hold up Navy Raytheon NGJ program for three months or more

WASHINGTON, 29 July 2013. Electronic warfare (EW) designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, have been ordered to stop work on the U.S. Navy Next-Generation Jammer (NGJ) project after rival BAE Systems formally protested the NGJ award to Raytheon.

Data Device Corp. to provide Navy with PC/104 1553 and 429 cards in $4.4 million contract

Data Device Corp. to provide Navy with PC/104 1553 and 429 cards in $4.4 million contract

CRANE, Ind., 28 July 2013. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed PC/104-based ARINC 429 and MIL-STD-1553 interface electronic circuit cards for a portable system designed to load flight software on Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. They found their solution from Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y.

JASSM

Lockheed Martin wins $34 million contract to integrate JASSM onto Finnish Air Force F-18

ORLANDO, Fla., 27 July 2013. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) won a $34.2 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) onto Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft.

SRC gets Navy order for 200 color displays to upgrade avionics in T-45 advanced training jets

SRC gets Navy order for 200 color displays to upgrade avionics in T-45 advanced training jets

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 July 2013. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed color flat-panel displays to upgrade the monochrome cathode ray tube (CRT) displays in the Navy's T-45 Goshawk trainer jet. They found their solution from Scientific Research Corp. (SRC) in Atlanta.

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