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Navy looks to Exelis for avionics test systems for MH-60R and S-70B maritime helicopters

Navy looks to Exelis for avionics test systems for MH-60R and S-70B maritime helicopters

LAKEHURST, N.J., 22 Nov. 2013. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed radar signal simulators for the MH-60R and S-70B Seahawk maritime helicopters. They found their solution from Exelis Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind.

DHS lays out six-point research plan for airport, passenger, and freight security technology

DHS lays out six-point research plan for airport, passenger, and freight security technology

WASHINGTON, 21 Nov. 2013. Research leaders at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are releasing a six-point plan to focus research attention and money on technologies to safeguard the United States from terrorist threats to trade and travel.

Hypersonic space plane, wind farm radar clutter, and slow MILCOM this week on Rapid Fire

Hypersonic space plane, wind farm radar clutter, and slow MILCOM this week on Rapid Fire

SAN DIEGO, 19 Nov. 2013. A research initiative to build a hypersonic space plane, concerns about radar clutter caused by wind turbines, an export maritime patrol aircraft, and a slow year at the MILCOM trade show highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Boeing chooses Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet for export maritime patrol plane

Boeing chooses Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet for export maritime patrol plane

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 19 Nov. 2013. Maritime surveillance experts ast the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis are choosing the Challenger 605 business jet from Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal as the airframe for the planned Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program for international export.

Air Force eyes modeling software to understand how wind farms create radar dead spots

Air Force eyes modeling software to understand how wind farms create radar dead spots

PETERSON AFB, Colo., 18 Nov. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking a Pennsylvania computer simulation company to design modeling software to help radar systems designers compensate for the dead spots that renewable energy wind farms cause in military air-defense radar, commercial air traffic control radar, and weather radar.

Industry asked for radar-evading software planning tools for special-ops helicopter pilots

Industry asked for radar-evading software planning tools for special-ops helicopter pilots

FORT EUSTIS, Va., 17 Nov. 2013. U.S. special operations aviation experts are asking industry for new software tools to help helicopter pilots evade enemy radar and radar-guided missiles and weapons.

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Boeing delivers P8I maritime aircraft based on Next-Generation 737 to Indian Navy

SEATTLE, 16 Nov. 2013. Boeing [NYSE:BA] has delivered a second P-8I aircraft to India, effectively doubling the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.  

DARPA issues first-phase solicitation for XS-1 hypersonic space plane for deploying satellites

DARPA issues first-phase solicitation for XS-1 hypersonic space plane for deploying satellites

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Nov. 2013. U.S. military researchers are asking industry to begin work on developing a reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft able to carry and deploy 3,000-to-5,000-pound satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) for less than $5 million per launch.

BAE Systems adds to contract for upgrading Paladin artillery with new engine and vetronics

BAE Systems adds to contract for upgrading Paladin artillery with new engine and vetronics

WARREN, Mich., 13 Nov. 2013. Armored combat vehicle experts at the BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP segment in York, Pa., are adding to their company's lucrative contract to begin low-rate production of an upgraded version of the U.S. Army M109 self-propelled field artillery cannon.

Urgent COMINT, chem-bio defense, and big destroyers highlight this week on M&AE Rapid Fire

Urgent COMINT, chem-bio defense, and big destroyers highlight this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 12 Nov. 2013. An urgent call for Army airborne communications intelligence (COMINT), trends in chemical and biological agent detection and defense, and the launch of a REALLY big Navy destroyer highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Industry asked to nominate technologies to detect and counter chemical and biological weapons

Industry asked for technologies to detect and counter chemical and biological weapons

ARLINGTON, Va., 12 Nov. 2013. U.S. government researchers are asking industry to nominate technologies to demonstrate their potential to detect, predict, and counter threats of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Hydroid asked to repair and upgrade Navy's fleet of MK 18 unmanned underwater vehicles

Hydroid asked to repair and upgrade Navy's fleet of MK 18 unmanned underwater vehicles

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 11 Nov. 2013. U.S. Navy officials are asking Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass., to repair and upgrade the Navy's fleet of MK 18 Kingfish unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), as well as to help train Navy personnel to use the unmanned submersibles.

Siemens, Carnegie Mellon, and HRL pursue artificial intelligence to analyze images and text

Siemens, Carnegie Mellon, and HRL pursue artificial intelligence to analyze images and text

WASHINGTON, 10 Nov. 2013. Artificial intelligence experts at the Siemens Corp. Corporate Research And Technology Division in Princeton, N.J., are joining those at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and HRL Laboratories LLC in Malibu, Calif., on a military research project to unlock secrets in the nature of knowledge in an effort to improve tools and training available to intelligence analysts.

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ATV-4 completes mission to deliver cargo to ISS and remove waste from space

PARIS, 9 Nov. 2013. Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) number 4, referred to as ATV-4 or “Albert Einstein,” designed and built by Astrium, has completed its mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Army asks industry to fill urgent need for COMINT system aboard Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft

Army asks industry to fill urgent need for COMINT aboard Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 8 Nov. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to design and build a communications intelligence (COMINT) system sized appropriately for installation aboard a Bombardier Dash-8 twin-engine turboprop aircraft.

Oshkosh to build 246 additional military vehicles equipped with SAE electronic databuses

Oshkosh to build 246 additional military vehicles equipped with SAE electronic databuses

WARREN, Mich., 7 Nov. 2013. U.S. Army leaders are asking military vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, Wis., to build an additional 246 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) under terms of a $74.1 million contract announced Wednesday.

Latest awards bring total number of Air Force NETCENTS-2 COTS computer contractors to 25

Latest awards bring total number of Air Force NETCENTS-2 COTS computer contractors to 25

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 6 Nov. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials are making further expansions of their pool of information technology (IT) network-centric computer suppliers under the Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) program.

Military & Aerospace Electronics video interview discusses week's most important stories

Military & Aerospace Electronics video interview discusses week's most important stories

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Nov. 2013. Watch an exclusive Google Hangout video interview with Military & Aerospace Electronics Chief Editor John Keller, who discusses the top three stories of this week.

Three companies win contracts to upgrade MIDS-LVT situational awareness terminals

Three companies win contracts to upgrade MIDS-LVT situational awareness terminals

SAN DIEGO, 5 Nov. 2013. U.S. Navy communications experts are asking three U.S. defense contractors to upgrade the software in military situational awareness communications terminals that enable U.S. and allied aircraft, ships, and ground forces to exchange their tactical pictures in near-real time.

Air Force approaches industry for COTS-based computer targeting system for forward air controllers

Air Force approaches industry for COTS-based targeting system for forward air controllers

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 4 Nov. 2013. U.S. Air Force close-air-support experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to design a production-ready operational control system (OCS) based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to help ground controllers direct attack aircraft to their targets.

General Dynamics C4 to prepare WIN-T Increment 3 for deployment in $475 million contract

GDC4 Systems to prepare WIN-T Increment 3 for deployment in $475 million contract

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 3 Nov. 2013. Military networking experts at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Taunton, Mass., are pushing ahead with one of the U.S. Army cornerstone military communications and battlefield networking programs.

Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network and unmanned aircraft systems to protect personnel, assist in border surveillance

Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network and UAS for protection, surveillance

WASHINGTON, 2 Nov. 2013. The Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network (SPAN), a wireless ground sensor system from Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md., will soon be able to connect with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) to provide pervasive coverage and persistent surveillance of designated areas.

BAE Systems joins Boeing in DARPA program to advance electronics thermal management

BAE Systems joins Boeing in DARPA program to advance electronics thermal management

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 1 Nov. 2013. Microelectronics experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Merrimack, N.H., are joining a U.S. military research program to break through design limitations in electronics thermal-management, size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) in military embedded systems and RF MMICs.

Boeing chip experts eye design breakthroughs in electronics thermal management

Boeing chip experts eye design breakthroughs in electronics thermal management

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Oct. 2013. Microelectronics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in El Segundo, Calif., will try to break through design limitations in thermal-management, size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) in military embedded systems and RF MMICs under terms of a contract awarded Tuesday.

HRL Laboratories to help DARPA maintain military wireless comms in presence of bad nodes

HRL Laboratories helps DARPA maintain military wireless comms in presence of bad nodes

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 Oct. 2013. U.S. military researchers are looking to HRL Laboratories LLC in Malibu, Calif., to find ways of helping military voice and data wireless networks continue to function if the network has bad wireless nodes.

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