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Lockheed Martin to develop open-systems software to enhance Air Force mission planning

DENVER, 14 Feb. 2014. Software engineers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Information Systems & Global Solutions segment in Denver are developing an open-systems software planner that integrates air operations and missile defense systems to enable Air Force experts to visualize and understand dynamic global situations.

Halls were buzzing and exhibitors were happy at AFCEA West trade show: have we turned a corner?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 13 Feb. 2014. Well, there's good news and there's bad news. First the bad news: I'm stuck today due to the severe winter weather sweeping through the South and up the East Coast. The good news is we might be seeing something of an industry turnaround in the military electronics business, which has been on its back for months.

Army tells industry to be ready for upcoming solicitation to detect chemical residue in fingerprints

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 13 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army researchers are notifying industry to be ready for a formal solicitation later this month to develop a security system able to detect traces of explosives, poisons, or other chemical materials left behind from a person's hands.

After yearlong delay, Data Link Solutions set to upgrade military shipboard data networks

SAN DIEGO, 12 Feb. 2014. Military communications experts at Data Link Solutions LLC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won a long-delayed contract Tuesday for a major data communications system upgrade that will enhance the ability of Navy surface warships to exchange text and imagery data with aircraft and ground forces.

Army to brief industry in March on contracting opportunities for aviation research

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 12 Feb. 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts will brief industry early next month on upcoming contracting opportunities involved in moving the Army's aviation research closer to useful and deployable technologies.

DARPA trying to re-invent Internet search ... after inventing the Web in the first place

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Feb. 2014. Imagine an Internet that enabled its users to slice and dice content into subsets of content relevant to their interests and needs, rather than top-down keyword-based searches that commercial search engines like Google and Bing offer.

Navy security experts ask Navmar to develop biometrics security for Patuxent River NAS

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 10 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy security authorities needed a biometrics system to control access to sensitive areas of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. They found their solution from Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC) in Warminster, Pa.


U.S. Navy selects Behlman COTS power supplies for airborne missions

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., 8 Feb. 2014. Behlman Electronics Inc., a provider of power products for military airborne, shipboard, and mobile programs and a subsidiary of Orbit International Corp., won an order for its Model 00389 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) power supplies. These power supplies have been used by the U.S. Navy since 1999, to support anti-submarine and anti-ship surveillance and targeting systems.  


Profitable alternative to component end of life exists, advises GDCA CEO Plotkin

PHOENIX, 8 Feb. 2014. “Innovation is a double-edged sword: offering new product improvements, with diminishing support for aging products,” says Ethan Plotkin, CEO of GDCA Inc. in Livermore, Calif., which specializes in managing the obsolescence of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components.

Raytheon to upgrade Fire Scout UAV control system

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade UAV control system with open-systems standards and Linux software

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts will continue working with the Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Dulles, Va., to switch a major unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities.

DARPA to brief industry 18 Feb. on program to create new Internet search paradigm

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches will conduct industry briefings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 18 Feb. 2014 on a program to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

DARPA envisions new Internet search paradigm; could help counter slavery and prostitution

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches are trying to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that unlike Google and Bing offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

IBM and PARC to design sensitive electronics for military that shatter to dust on command

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Feb. 2014. Two U.S. companies are joining a military research program to develop sensitive electronic components able to self-destruct on command to keep them out of the hands of potential adversaries who would attempt to counterfeit them for their own use.

Next-generation jammer, digitized tanks, and advanced sensors highlight Rapid Fire chat

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Feb. 2014. Raytheon gets back to work on the Next-Generation Jammer, the U.S. Army orders 12 digitized main battle tanks, and the Air Force prepares industry for an upcoming radar and electro-optical sensors research program highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Raytheon resumes work on the Next-Generation Jammer: was a seven-month delay worth it?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Feb. 2014. Most of us welcome competition among private companies -- particularly in the U.S. defense industry -- for big government jobs to ensure that taxpayers get the best deal and the best quality possible. Still, I wonder at what stage does tooth-and-nail competition for defense contracts become destructive not only for the companies involved, but also -- and most importantly -- for the nation's defense?

General Dynamics gets contract to build 12 advanced main battle tanks with digital vetronics

WARREN, Mich., 4 Feb. 2014. Armored combat vehicle designers at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., will build 12 M1A2 Abrams System Enhanced Package (SEP) Version 2 (V2) main battle tanks with digital vetronics under terms of a $72.7 million contract modification announced Friday from the U.S. Army.

Raytheon to resume work on NGJ after BAE Systems protest held program up for nearly seven months

McKINNEY, Texas, Calif., 3 Feb. 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, are getting back to work on a major U.S. Navy airborne EW program this week after Navy leaders confirmed Raytheon in the job following an industry protest.

Exelis to provide SINCGARS aviation radios to link helicopters with infantry units

FORT WAYNE, Ind., 3 Feb. 2014. Exelis in Fort Wayne, Ind., won a $10.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., to provide ARC-201D aviation radios for U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters, Exelis announced last week.

Navy to brief industry on acquisition strategies for UAVs, EW, and air warfare technologies

RIDGECREST, Calif., 2 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts will brief industry on their acquisition strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic warfare (EW), biofuels, and other important technologies on 26 Feb. at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif.


General Dynamics UK to provide tactical systems for installation on AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters

HASTINGS, U.K., 1 Feb. 2014. General Dynamics UK won an order for eight Tactical Processors and Security Enhanced Data Transfer Units for installation on the AgustaWestland’s AW159 helicopters. Both products are integrated into the U.K. Ministry of Defence AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters.

Air Force tells industry to prepare for upcoming RF and electro-optical research program

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force sensors experts are notifying industry to be ready for the launch of an RF radar and electro-optical (E/O) research program within the next two months to investigate electromagnetic technologies that contribute to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs.

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.

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