NEWS & ANALYSIS

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Army night-vision researchers look to Raytheon to develop advanced IR focal plane arrays

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army experts in night-vision sensors are working together with Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) to develop advanced infrared focal plane array technology to enhance military infrared sensor capabilities.

Air Force chooses rugged network switches from Crystal Group for AC-130U Special Operations aircraft gunship

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed ruggedized Cisco network switches for the AC-130U Spooky gunship. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Attack helicopter conversions, B-1 upgrades, and COTS replacements highlight Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 29 Jan. 2014. A kit to convert civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters, industry suggestions for terms to replace COTS, and big avionics upgrades for the venerable B-1 bomber highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Moog pushing conversion kit that can transform civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Jan. 2014. Attack helicopters like the Boeing AH-64 Apache and the Bell AH-1W Super Cobra have proven their worth supporting American soldiers and Marines on the battlefield, or making surgical strikes on important targets.

Rockwell Collins to provide AN/ARC-210(V) aircraft radios to Navy in $8 million contract win

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed line-of-sight and satellite communications (SATCOM) radios for a variety of Navy aircraft. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Navy asks all MUOS SATCOM providers to step forward for evaluation tests this March or April

SAN DIEGO, 27 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts are surveying industry to find companies able to demonstrate their ability to develop and build Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-capable radio terminals this spring as part of continuing MUOS terminal system evaluations.

L3 shipboard data link to control Fire Scout UAVs

Navy chooses shipboard data link from L3 Communications-West to communicate with UAVs

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts needed a digital data link to control the MQ-8B and MQ-8C unmanned helicopters operating from the Littoral Combat Ship. They found their solution from L3 Communications-West in Salt Lake City.

V-22

U.S. to sell Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, engines, and advanced electronics to Israel

WASHINGTON, 25 Jan. 2014. Israel Defense Forces want to purchase six Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for special operations and search-and-rescue missions. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress 13 January 2014 of a roughly $1.13 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Israel for V-22B Block C Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical support. Congress has two weeks, or until 27 Jan. 2014, to object to the sale.

Air Force starts taking delivery of B-1 bombers with biggest avionics upgrade in jet's history

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 24 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force jet bomber squadrons have begun taking delivery of the latest versions of the venerable Boeing B-1 Lancer jet bomber, which has the most extensive avionics upgrade in the aircraft's long history.

Elbit to provide more helmet display tracker systems that add punch to Marine attack helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 23 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics experts at EFW Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with helmet-mounted head-up displays (HUDs) for pilots of the Bell AH-1W attack helicopter under terms of a contract modification announced Wednesday.

Harris to provide military Special Operations radios for sensitive and covert missions

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 22 Jan. 2014. Communications experts at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., needed manpack and handheld radios for a wide variety of sensitive and covert missions. They found their solution from the Harris Corp. RF Communications segment in Rochester, N.Y.

Results are in: industry suggests new terms to replace COTS

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 21 Jan. 2014. Three weeks ago I put the question to the aerospace and defense electronics industry: do we need a new term for COTS? Well the first results are in, and the answer, overwhelmingly, is yes.

Northrop Grumman to flight-test advanced navigation that works with or without the aid of GPS

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 21 Jan. 2014. Engineers from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Advanced Navigation Systems business unit in Woodland Hills, Calif., will conduct advanced flight testing of new navigation technology designed to operate precisely even without the use of GPS satellite navigation signals.

Army focuses on augmented reality for NIE 15.1

Army reaches out to industry for ideas on augmented-reality training for NIE 15.1 this fall

WARREN, Mich., 20 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies interested in demonstrating mature technologies to enhance military simulation and training at home bases, as well as the ability to link live, virtual, and constructive training, in preparation for major field exercises scheduled for this fall.

Livermore Lab seeks to partner with industry to develop new high-power laser diode arrays

LIVERMORE, Calif., 19 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., would like to partner with industry to share research work and technology payoffs in high-power laser diode arrays.

C-130H

Elbit to upgrade Israeli C-130H aircraft with new digital cockpit, head-up display, and radar system

HAIFA, Israel, 18 Jan. 2014. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) won a roughly $15 million contract from the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to upgrade the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) C-130H Hercules transport aircraft with a new digital cockpit, head-up display, and radar system.

BAE Systems names industry team to help DARPA unify imaging and military intelligence sensors

MERRIMACK, N.H., 16 Jan. 2014. Military intelligence sensor processing experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Solutions segment in Merrimack, N.H., have named their team to carry out a military 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.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade electro-optical imaging systems for Navy submarine fleet

WASHINGTON, 15 Jan. 2014. Submarine combat systems experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will make another in a planned schedule of system upgrades to a U.S. Navy electro-optical surveillance system designed for several classes of Navy submarines.

Defense spending highlights Rapid Fire

Military spending, tracking space junk, and celestial navigation this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 15 Jan. 2014. Military spending takes a cut in the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, Lockheed Martin will continue tracking space junk, and celestial navigation comes to battlefield laser designators highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Blog: military spending takes hits in 2014, but cuts aren't as bad as they could have been

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 Jan. 2014. The congressional appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 is out, and ... well, there's good news and there's bad news for the military.

BriarTek to provide man-overboard shipboard warning

Navy looks to BriarTek to provide man-overboard warning systems for surface ship fleet

PHILADELPHIA, 14 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard safety experts needed automatic warning systems to alert authorities if sailors fall overboard during operations aboard Navy surface warships. They found their solution from BriarTek Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

Ocean researchers at China's SOA choose multibeam echo sounder from Atlas Hydrographic

BREMEN, Germany, 14 Jan. 2014. Ocean researchers at the State Oceanographic Administration (SOA) in Xiamen, China, needed a multibeam echo sounder to conduct hydrographic surveying in oceans deeper than 6,000 feet. They found their solution from Atlas Hydrographic GmbH in Bremen, Germany.

Lockheed to continue tracking space junk to help prevent collisions between spacecraft and debris

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 13 Jan. 2014. Computer experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) segment in Colorado Springs, Colo., will continue tracking and sharing data on orbiting spacecraft and debris as part of the U.S. Air Force Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) program.

Battery

Erigo Technologies taps EaglePicher technology for microgrid energy storage for defense applications

JOPLIN, Mo., 11 Jan. 2014. Engineers at Erigo Technologies LLC in Enfield, N.H., needed an energy storage technology for their work on the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). They found their solution at EaglePicher Technologies LLC (EPT), a producer of specialty batteries and energy storage solutions, in Joplin, Mo.

Sikorsky to build 37 ship-based Navy helicopters in half-billion-dollar contract

Sikorsky to build 37 ship-based Navy helicopters in half-billion-dollar contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 10 Jan. 2014. Military helicopter designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., will build 37 sophisticated maritime helicopters for the U.S. Navy under terms of a $549.9 million contract modification announced late Thursday.

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