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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.


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.


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.


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.

Raytheon chooses Octagon Systems to supply FLEET rugged computers for LPD-17 shipboard electronics

Raytheon chooses Octagon Systems to supply FLEET rugged computers for LPD-17 shipboard electronics

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 10 Jan. 2013. Shipboard electronics integrators from the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Tewksbury, Mass., needed rugged computers for the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25). They found their solution from Octagon Systems in Westminster, Colo.

Curtiss-Wright gets nod for vetronics computers

Curtiss-Wright lands $2.1 million Army contract for M1A2 Abrams tank embedded fire-control computers

WARREN, Mich., 10 Jan. 2013. U.S. Army armored combat vehicle experts needed embedded computers for ballistic fire control applications aboard the Army General Dynamics M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Laser target designators augment GPS with celestial navigation to enhance accuracy

Laser target designators augment GPS with celestial navigation to enhance accuracy

APOPKA, Fla., 9 Jan. 2014. Laser targeting systems designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed celestial navigation capability to enhance the accuracy of the company's military surveillance equipment that helps infantrymen recognize and designate targets. They found their solution from Trex Enterprises Corp. in San Diego.

Air Force chooses embedded computing from GE for experimental computer that mimics brain processing

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 9 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers needed high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) technology for powerful experimental data processors built to emulate the information paths of the human nervous system. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Kongsberg Maritime introduces MUNIN unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for 34-hour offshore surveillance

Kongsberg Maritime offers MUNIN unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for 24-hour offshore surveillance

KONGSBERG, Norway, 6 Jan. 2014. Unmanned systems experts at Kongsberg Maritime AS in Kongsberg, Norway, are introducing the MUNIN unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for offshore surveillance and survey.

Navy works with Teledyne for long-duration UUVs

Navy looks to Teledyne Benthos for long-duration UUV sea glider persistent surveillance of ocean depths

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers are working with unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts at Teledyne Benthos Inc. in Fall River, Mass., to develop long-range and long-duration UUV technology that can harvest energy from the difference of ocean temperatures at different depths.

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