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Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

DOHA, Qatar, 29 March 2014. Thales officials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle – Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, and the delivery of an end-to-end training solution.

Raytheon to build hypertemporal space sensor

Air Force Research Lab taps Raytheon to build hypertemporal multispectral space sensor

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 28 March 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

Video: Could R-COTS be the next magic term?

Video: R-COTS the right direction for redefining COTS, but still misses mark, panelists say

NASHUA, N.H., 28 March 2014. It looks like R-COTS -- short for ruggedized commercial off the shelf -- is emerging as the term of choice to describe commercially developed electronic technology that can operate in environmental extremes and offer the market long-term manufacturer support.

New computer and radar systems for C-5M airlifter

Lockheed Martin to install new mission computers and weather radars in Air Force C-5M cargo jets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 March 2014. Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract announced late Tuesday.

VTOLs, SAT launches, and networks on Rapid Fire

Osprey replacements, assured networking, and inexpensive satellite launches this week on Rapid fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 March 2014. A new generation of vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, inexpensive satellite launches from conventional aircraft, and keeping networked communications open in dire conditions highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Google Hangout discussion this week ponders if high-rel industry needs a new term for COTS

Google Hangout discussion this week ponders if high-rel industry needs a new term for COTS

NASHUA, N.H., 25 March 2014. Join a panel of embedded computing experts at 3 p.m. eastern time on Thursday 27 March 2014 for a Google Hangout discussion of the term COTS -- short for commercial off-the-shelf -- and whether it's time for a new term to describe today's new generation of high-reliability COTS components.

With robots like these, who needs humans?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 March 2014. U.S. military researchers have been reasonably successful over the past several years at designing robotic technology that enables unmanned aircraft, ships, and land vehicles to operate autonomously.

Boeing eyes satellite launches from aircraft

Boeing to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 March 2014. Rocket scientists at the Boeing Co. Advanced Network & Space Systems segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop rapid and inexpensive launch capability to place small satellites in orbit at a cost of less than $10,000 per pound.

Raytheon gets another multispectral sensor win

Raytheon wins another contract for Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Navy helicopters

CRANE, Ind., 24 March 2014. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, won another contract Friday to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. Navy helicopters.

CSCI to network warplanes with ground control centers

Navy taps CSCI for secure video networking of Marine combat aircraft and ground centers

RIDGECREST, Calif., 23 March 2014. U.S. Navy aerial warfare experts needed special network-security software to enable combat aircraft to exchange video and imagery data securely with tactical control centers. They found their solution from Computer Systems Center Inc. (CSCI) in Springfield, Va.

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Intelsat and Airbus to provide global satellite communications with secure access to Ku-band channels

LUXEMBOURG, 22 March 2014. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE:I), a provider of satellite services, has entered into a new agreement with Airbus Defense & Space that bridges maritime very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services to Intelsat’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Epic platform.

Four set to develop advanced tiltrotor technology

DARPA competitors vying to design fast vertical-takeoff aircraft expands to four

ARLINGTON, Va., 21 March 2014. Aeronautical experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have expanded their stable of companies to four that are competing to design a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft as an alternative to today's Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Pilots ready to control UAVs over the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 20 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade EW on Egyptian F-16s

Lockheed Martin to upgrade airborne electronic warfare systems aboard Egyptian F-16 jet fighters

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 19 March 2014. Lockheed Martin Corp., maker of the F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter, will upgrade airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems aboard Egyptian F-16 jet fighters under terms of a $6.9 million contract modification announced Tuesday.

<p><B>NASHUA, N.H., 18 March 2014.</B> Potentially dangerous cuts in military research, a software upgrade for NASA mission control, and the end in sight for development of the next-generation anti-ship missile highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.</p>  <p>Each week the Military & Aerospace Electronics exclusive Rapid Fire interview at Google Hangouts highlights and discusses the top three stories of this week, chosen by John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics.</p>

Research cuts, a new anti-ship missile, and NASA software upgrades this week on Rapid fire

NASHUA, N.H., 19 March 2014. Potentially dangerous cuts in military research, a software upgrade for NASA mission control, and the end in sight for development of the next-generation anti-ship missile highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Military research spending continues to trend down; when do we risk a budget cut too far?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 March 2014. Cutting-edge U.S. military technology relies increasingly on innovations in commercial industry. We know this because the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget earmarked for military technology research and development is on a long downward slide.

Demonstration of new anti-ship missile nears end with $175 million contract to Lockheed Martin

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 March 2014. A U.S. military research program to develop an advanced anti-ship missile to replace the ageing Harpoon missile is nearing the end of its demonstration phase, and the program to develop and deploy the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) should switch over to the U.S. Navy by early 2016.

Navy orders two Burke-class destroyer warships

Navy orders two Burke-class destroyer warships from two manufacturers in deals worth $1.24 billion

WASHINGTON, 17 March 2014. U.S. Navy shipbuilding authorities are ordering two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers packed with a wide variety of anti-aircraft and anti-submarine sensors and weapons under terms of two contracts announced Friday worth a collective one and a quarter billion dollars.

L3 picked for fast battlefield data networking

L3 researchers to develop technology to extend Internet connectivity to the front lines

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 March 2014. Military communications experts at L-3 Communication Systems-West in Salt Lake City will develop technology to extend high-speed Internet services to U.S. Army and Marine Corps infantrymen operating on the front lines beyond the reach even of forward-operating bases (FOBs) and tactical operations centers (TOCs).

Boeing selects Harris Corp. antennas for Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite

Boeing selects Harris Corp. antennas for Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite

MELBOURNE, Fla., 15 March 2014. Boeing engineers needed reliable Ka-band antennas for their work on the fourth Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite, part of Inmarsat’s $1.6 billion investment in the Global Xpress globally available, high-bandwidth, Ka-band network delivered by a single operator. They found their solution at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) in Melbourne, Fla.

Exelis wins $91.7 million Navy jet EW contract

Exelis to provide 42 airborne electronic warfare systems to U.S. Navy in $91.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 14 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Exelis Electronic Systems segment in Clifton, N.J., will provide the U.S. Navy with 42 sophisticated EW systems designed to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles.

Tietronix to advance NASA mission software

NASA chooses Tietronix to perform software research and maintenance at mission control

HOUSTON, 13 March 2014. Mission control specialists at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston needed advanced software programming to support the agency's Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) and human spaceflight programs at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. They found their solution from Tietronix Software Inc. in Houston.

Covert laser designators keep weapons on target

Northrop Grumman to supply Special Forces with lightweight laser target designators

CRANE, Ind., 12 March 2014. Laser targeting experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Laser Systems segment in Apoka, Fla., will provide U.S. Special Forces with specialized laser target designator viewing devices under terms of a $12.3 million U.S. Navy contract announced Monday.

Vanished Malaysia 370: anybody know what happened to that plane?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 March 2014. So where's that airplane?

I'd like to say I'm no conspiracy theorist, but the longer there's no hard evidence -- ANY evidence -- of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the more likely it is that I'll succumb.

Is AESA radar in the future of B-1 and B-52?

Air Force considering AESA radar upgrades for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 March 2014. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are considering upgrading the Air Force fleet of B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress long-range jet bombers with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to improve bomber surveillance and targeting capability.

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