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Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin to develop pod-mounted aircraft and UAV laser defenses

Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin to develop pod-mounted aircraft and UAV laser defenses

ARLINGTON, Va., 29 Oct. 2013. U.S. military researchers are hiring two defense companies to develop technology for pod-mounted laser weapons to protect manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR)-guided surface-to-air missiles.

Army asks Norwegian company to design Black Hornet pocket UAV helicopter for foot soldiers

Army asks Norwegian company to design Black Hornet pocket UAV helicopter for foot soldiers

NATICK, Mass., 28 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are asking a Norwegian company to develop a pocket-sized helicopter drone to provide a personal reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for infantrymen and Special Forces warfighters.

Lockheed Martin to provide image-enhancement for Navy submarines in $8.8 million contract

Lockheed Martin to provide image-enhancement for Navy submarines in $8.8 million contract

WASHINGTON, 27 Oct. 2013. Submarine combat systems experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will build 20 image-enhancement systems for three types of U.S. Navy submarines under terms of a $8.8 million contract announced Friday.

Enstrom selects L-3 Trilogy electronic standby instrument for flagship 480B helicopter

LAS VEGAS, 26 Oct. 2013. Officials at Enstrom Helicopter Corp. have selected the Trilogy ESI-2000 electronic standby instrument from L-3 Aviation Products (AP) as an additional safety feature option for the 480B helicopter platform.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade obsolete data and graphics processors in C-130 aircraft displays

Lockheed Martin to upgrade obsolete data and graphics processors in C-130 aircraft displays

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 25 Oct. 2013. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are working together with Lockheed Martin Corp. to upgrade embedded computers in primary flight displays aboard the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in an effort to improve capability and stave-off component obsolescence.

BAE Systems to manufacture three more mine-hunting sonar systems for Avenger-class ships

BAE Systems to manufacture three mine-hunting sonar systems for Avenger-class ships

WASHINGTON, 24 Oct. 2013. U.S. Navy leaders are asking engineers at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., to build another three AN/SQQ-32(V)4 mine-hunting sonar systems for Navy Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships under terms of a $11 million contract announced this week.

Raytheon to provide Air Force UAV electro-optical targeting systems in $50.2 million contract

Raytheon to provide UAV electro-optical targeting systems in $50.2 million contract

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 Oct. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials needed electro-optical targeting systems for the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper hunter-killer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), as well as for manned helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas.

Air Force to buy 24 late-model Reaper hunter-killer UAVs under terms of $377.4 million contract

Air Force to buy 24 late-model Reaper hunter-killer UAVs under terms of $377.4 million contract

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 21 Oct. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials are buying 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., under terms of a $377.4 million contract announced Friday.

Army to buy six IED-hunting ground-penetrating radars from NIITEK for pre-procurement testing

Army to buy six IED-hunting ground-penetrating radars from NIITEK for pre-procurement testing

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 21 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army counter-landmine experts are moving ahead with a long-term procurement of a tractor-mounted ground-penetrating radar system designed to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried in roadways.

Astrium wins new ESA development contracts for Ariane 6, Ariane 5 ME launchers

PARIS, 19 Oct. 2013. Astrium won three new European Space Agency (ESA) contracts: two for continued development of the Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution (A5ME) launcher and the sub-assemblies common to Ariane 5 and Ariane 6, and one to start development studies for the Ariane 6 launcher.

Space scientists at NovaWurks to help DARPA reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

Space scientists at NovaWurks to help DARPA reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 Oct. 2013. U.S. military researchers are looking to designers at NovaWurks Inc. in Los Alamitos Calif., for advanced work in a project to reuse satellite antennas, apertures, and other components from decommissioned satellites.

Navy chooses NTDS networking gear from X-COM for land-based Aegis weapon test sites

Navy chooses NTDS networking gear from X-COM for land-based Aegis weapon test sites

DAHLGREN, Va., 17 Oct. 2013. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts needed Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) shipboard networking components to support the Aegis shipboard combat system at land-based test sites. They found their solution from X-COM Systems LLC in Reston, Va.

Thales Communications expands portfolio, changes name to Thales Defense & Security

Thales Communications expands portfolio, changes name to Thales Defense & Security

CLARKSBURG, Md., 17 Oct. 2013. Leaders of military radio communications specialist Thales Communications Inc. in Clarksburg, Md., are changing the company's name to Thales Defense & Security Inc. to reflect the company’s increased technology base and product portfolio.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade computers in Marine Corps TPS-59 deployable air search radar

Lockheed Martin to upgrade computers in Marine Corps TPS-59 deployable air search radar

QUANTICO MARINE CORPS BASE, Va., 15 Oct. 2013. U.S. Marine Corps leaders needed upgraded computers for the AN/TPS-59A(V)3 radar system. They found their solution from the Lockheed Martin Corp. Mission Systems and Training segment in Syracuse, N.Y.

Carnegie Mellon joins HRL in artificial intelligence project to analyze images and text

Carnegie Mellon joins HRL in artificial intelligence project to analyze images and text

WASHINGTON, 14 Oct. 2013. Artificial intelligence experts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh are joining those at 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.

SAZE Technologies joins program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

SAZE Technologies joins program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 13 Oct. 2013. Radio researchers at SAZE Technologies LLC in Silver Spring, Md., are joining a U.S. military research program to develop technology for RF spectrum sharing among radar and radio communications systems to improve capability and avoid cross-platform interference.

Bell Helicopter

Bell appoints Moog to Team Valor, selects flight control system for Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor

FORT WORTH, Texas, 12 Oct. 2013. Officials at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT), needed an integrated flight control solution for the company’s Bell V-280 Valor third-generation tiltrotor. They found their solution at Moog Inc., headquartered in East Aurora, N.Y.

Thales IFF

Embraer selects Thales identification friend or foe systems for military aircraft upgrades

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, 12 Oct. 2013. Engineers at Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer sought identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders to upgrade A1M fighters and E-99 airborne early warning (AEW) surveillance aircraft that are in service with the Brazilian Air Force. They found their solution at Thales Group, headquartered in Paris.

Air Force surveys industry for companies able to design UAV common sense-and-avoid system

Air Force surveys industry for companies able to design UAV common sense-and-avoid system

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 Oct. 2013. U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts are looking for defense contractors able to design an airborne sense-and-avoid system that could be installed on a wide variety of UAVs to enable the unmanned aircraft to operate safely alongside commercial aircraft in civil airspace.

Honeywell to repair and upgrade embedded navigation systems that combine GPS and inertial

Honeywell to upgrade embedded navigation systems that combine GPS and inertial

ROBINS AFB, Ga., 10 Oct 2013. Navigation and guidance experts at the Honeywell Inc. Aerospace segment in Clearwater, Fla., will repair and upgrade the multiservice Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation System (EGI) that combines GPS and inertial technologies under terms of a $485.5 million contract.

Honeywell to refurbish and upgrade Navy shipboard precision-approach landing systems

Honeywell to refurbish and upgrade Navy shipboard precision-approach landing systems

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 8 Oct. 2013. Shipboard electronics experts at the Honeywell Inc. Aerospace sector in Clearwater, Fla., are preparing to upgrade precision landing systems aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

Crane Microwave to repair B-1 bomber electronic warfare components in $12.4 million contract

Crane Microwave to maintain B-1 electronic warfare components in $12.4 million contract

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 7 Oct. 2013. Electronic warfare experts at Crane Electronics Microwave Solutions in Chandler, Ariz., will repair several kinds of electronic components and subassemblies in the AN/ALQ-161A defensive avionics system aboard the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic jet bomber under terms of $12.4 million contract.

DARPA program to build long-range UAVs launchable from small ships expands to five contractors

DARPA program to launch long-range UAVs from small ships expands to five contractors

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Oct. 2013. A U.S. military research program that seeks to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can launch and recover from relatively small ships for long-term maritime surveillance has grown to five separate contractors.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter benefits from modern software testing, quality assurance

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a novel aircraft for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is its software. The fifth-generation fighter jet reportedly comprises more than 10 million lines of software code, segmented into blocks and largely written in C and C++; yet, it also uses software code in the Ada computer programming language from the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor military fighter aircraft.

Three companies to develop synthetic-vision avionics to help land helicopters in choking dust

Three companies to develop synthetic-vision avionics to help land helicopters in choking dust

FORT EUSTIS, Va., 3 Oct. 2013. Three U.S. defense contractors are developing synthetic-vision helicopter avionics that capitalizes on data from existing onboard sensors to help U.S. Special Operations helicopter pilots deal with brownout conditions and other degraded visual environments (DVE) during challenging missions.

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