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Raytheon to build radio-controlled TOW anti-tank missiles in $391.5 million contract

Raytheon to build radio-controlled TOW anti-tank missiles in $391.5 million contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 20 June 2014. The Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build radio-controlled anti-tank missiles for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as the governments of Saudi Arabia and Oman, under terms of a $391.5 million contract announced Thursday.

Navy chooses RDRTec to develop common sense-and-avoid radar for Fire Scout and Triton UAVs

Navy chooses RDRTec to develop common sense-and-avoid radar for Fire Scout and Triton UAVs

LAKEHURST, N.J., 19 June 2014. U.S. Navy avionics experts are overseeing a program to create a radar system to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to sense and avoid nearby aircraft to avoid mid-air collisions and other difficulties caused by airborne close encounters.

Navy and Air Force choose DRFM jammers from Mercury Systems to help spoof enemy radar

Navy and Air Force choose DRFM jammers from Mercury Systems to help spoof enemy radar

CYPRESS, Calif., 18 June 2014. U.S. Navy and Air Force electronic warfare experts needed advanced digital RF memory (DRFM) jammers for a variety of aircraft. They found their solution from the Mercury Systems Inc. Mercury Defense Systems subsidiary in Cypress, Calif.

Army asks Lockheed Martin to push forward with developing counter-mortar and artillery missile

Army asks Lockheed Martin to push forward with developing counter-mortar and artillery missile

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 17 June 2014. U.S. Army researchers are announcing plans to complete development of a hit-to-kill missile designed to destroy incoming rocket, artillery, and mortar rounds before they can do damage to U.S. and allied military forces.

Lockheed Martin to provide array electronics for TPS-59 air- and missile-search radar

Lockheed Martin to provide array electronics for TPS-59 air- and missile-search radar

TOBYHANNA, Pa., 16 June 2014. Radar experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Mission Systems and Training segment in Syracuse, N.Y., will provide array electronics for the AN/TPS-59A version 3 transportable long-range search radar system under term of a $35.7 million contract awarded Friday by the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Tobyhanna, Pa.

 

Navy reaches out to industry in preparation of major circuit card purchase for LCAC

Navy reaches out to industry in preparation of major circuit card purchase for LCAC

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 16 June 2014. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to supply electronic circuit cards for planned upgrades to the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessel that brings warfighters and supplies ashore from nearby surface ships.

Fast ground-penetrating radar for IED detection

Army to oversee development of ground-penetrating radar that works in real time at tactical speeds

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 13 June 2014. U.S. Army researchers are sponsoring development of a vehicle-mounted enhanced downward-looking ground-penetrating radar technology that can detect buried high- and low-metal terrorist bombs and land mines while operating at tactical speeds.

Boeing, Ball join Air Force project for new L-band RF amplifiers to shrink GPS satellites

Boeing, Ball join Air Force project for new L-band RF amplifiers to shrink GPS satellites

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 13 June 2014. Microelectronics experts at the Boeing Co. and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. are joining a U.S. military research program to reduce the size of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites with a series of planned upgrades to the way the satellites generate navigation signals.

Military collapse in Iraq: parallels with events leading to the end of the Vietnam War

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 12 June 2014. Iraq today is starting to look a lot like South Vietnam did in spring 1975, and the circumstances of the turmoil in both places is eerily similar.

Navy to pour more time and money into shipboard antenna project to cut RF cross interference

Navy to pour more time and money into shipboard antenna project to cut RF cross interference

ARLINGTON, Va., 12 June 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are pouring additional time and money into a project to cut RF interference among ship-based antennas by reducing the number of radar antennas on Navy ships by using integrated, multi-function, multi-beam arrays.

Northrop Grumman to shrink size of GPS satellite electronics with signal-generation upgrade

Northrop Grumman to shrink size of GPS satellite electronics with signal-generation upgrade

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 11 June 2014. U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites may be on the way to becoming smaller and more power efficient with a series of planned upgrades to the way the satellites generate navigation signals.

Anti-swarm surveillance, next-generation tiltrotors, and automatic shoot-back on Rapid Fire

Anti-swarm surveillance, next-generation tiltrotors, and automatic shoot-back on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 11 June 2014. Anti-swarm surround surveillance for Navy surface ships, the next-generation tiltrotor aircraft, and Army vehicles that can automatically return fire highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Who sees and shoots first wins; Navy demonstrates lesson with surveillance and laser weapons

Who sees and shoots first wins; Navy demonstrates lesson with surveillance and laser weapons

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 10 June 2014. It's a truism in military history and tactics that the force that sees its enemy first usually prevails in the ensuing battle. Just a few examples: colonial militia at Concord's North Bridge, the Union army at Gettysburg, and the U.S. Navy at Midway.

Aurora Flight Sciences joins Sikorsky in next phase of project to design new tiltrotor

Aurora Flight Sciences joins Sikorsky in next phase of project to design new tiltrotor

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 June 2014. Aircraft designers at Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, Va., are joining those at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., in the next phase of a U.S. military research project to design a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft as an alternative to today's Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Detect enemy fire; shoot back automatically

Army wants vehicle-protection systems that detect incoming enemy fire and shoot back automatically

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 10 June 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to develop vehicle-mounted sensors able to detect, track, and classify incoming bullets, missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, and other kinds of direct ground fire pointed at military combat vehicles.

Sikorsky moves forward with DARPA VTOL X-Plane project to design new military tiltrotor aircraft

Sikorsky moves forward with DARPA VTOL X-Plane project to design new military tiltrotor aircraft

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 June 2014. Aircraft designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., are moving forward on a U.S. military research project to design a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft as an alternative to today's Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Air Force ground power comes from Essex Electro

Air Force orders ground power units from Essex Electro Engineers for aircraft maintenance

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 6 June 2014. U.S. Air Force maintenance experts needed ground-based electrical generators to supply a variety of different power voltages for military aircraft. They found their solution from Essex Electro Engineers Inc. in Schaumburg, Ill.

Army considers artificial intelligence and machine learning for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs)

Army considers artificial intelligence and machine learning for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs)

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 6 June 2014. U.S. Army researchers are turning their attention to developing technologies that can enable ground robots to learn from their surroundings and their mistakes to enhance the ability of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to operate independently without human intervention.

Air Force picks Raytheon and Northrop Grumman to attack costs and complexity of AESA radar

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 5 June 2014. Two of the nation's leading military radar houses are trying to develop new manufacturing processes for active phased array military radar to increase system reliability while reducing development time and costs.

Raytheon to build secure military satellite communications terminals in $298 million deal

Raytheon to build secure military satellite communications terminals in $298 million deal

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 4 June 2014. Satellite communications (SATCOM) experts at the Raytheon Co. Protected Satellite Communications segment in Marlborough, Mass., will build jam-resistant, survivable SATCOM terminals for the U.S. military under terms of a $298 million contract announced this week.

Space junk and commercial MMICs on Rapid fire

Space junk-tracking radar, navigating without GPS, and commercial MMICs this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 4 June 2014. Space junk-tracking radar, navigation without GPS, and MMIC technology for commercial applications highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Appearance of three Chinese nuclear submarines is reminder that ASW remains a high priority

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 3 June 2014. As if we needed yet another reminder that the U.S. military's era of the uncontested battlefield is nearly over, intelligence experts have photographed three Chinese Type 094 nuclear missile submarines docked at a naval base in the South China Sea.

Air Force chooses Lockheed Martin to design and build Space Fence radar to track space junk

Air Force chooses Lockheed Martin to design and build Space Fence radar to track space junk

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 3 June 2014. Space radar experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will build a radar complex on an island in the Pacific Ocean that can track orbiting space junk to help protect satellites and manned spacecraft from potentially damaging on-orbit collisions.

Sechan to manufacture digital signal processors for Navy CEC sensor-fusion system

Sechan to manufacture digital signal processors for Navy CEC sensor-fusion system

WASHINGTON, 3 June 2014. U.S. Navy leaders are looking to electronics contract manufacturing specialist Sechan Electronics Inc. in Lititz, Pa., to build digital signal processors (DSPs) that help Navy commanders create one common air defense tactical display, or "air picture," which is based on all sensor data available.

Avionics Intelligence broadening beyond cockpit avionics; changes name to Intelligent Aerospace

Avionics Intelligence broadening beyond cockpit avionics; changes name to Intelligent Aerospace

NASHUA, N.H., 30 May 2014. The Avionics Intelligence Website, which readers have come to know as the in-depth information source for cutting-edge civil and military avionics, is changing its name to Intelligent Aerospace as of today because the Website isn't just about cockpit avionics anymore.

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