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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.

Raytheon to provide midwave infrared sensor turrets for CH-53K and HH-60 military helicopters

Raytheon to provide midwave infrared sensor turrets for CH-53K and HH-60 military helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 Oct. 2013. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor pods for CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters and for HH-60 special operations helicopter. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif.

Navy orders 40 F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft in contracts worth $4.15 billion

Navy orders 40 Lockheed-Martin F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft in contracts worth $4.15 billion

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 Oct. 2013. U.S. Navy aviation leaders placed orders last week for 40 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Fort Worth, Texas, in two separate orders collectively worth $4.15 billion.

HRL to explore artificial intelligence for drawing hidden intelligence from images and text

HRL to explore artificial intelligence for drawing hidden intelligence from images and text

WASHINGTON, 30 Sept. 2013. Artificial intelligence experts at HRL Laboratories LLC in Malibu, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers unlock secrets in the nature of knowledge in an effort to improve tools and training available to intelligence analysts.

Raytheon to provide 13 more ocean- and land-surveillance radar systems for Navy P-8A patrol jet

Raytheon to provide 13 more ocean- and land-surveillance radars for Navy P-8A patrol jet

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 Sept. 2013. Radar systems designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, will build 13 additional AN/APY-10 radar systems for the U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and multi-mission aircraft under terms of a $48.8 million contract announced this past week.

DOD

U.S. defense and homeland security spending to increase through 2018, says Research and Markets

DUBLIN, 28 Sept. 2013. U.S. defense spending is expected to increase from 2013 to 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.93 percent, with homeland security expenditures growing at CAGR of 2.15 percent, with increased investments in such homeland security products as surveillance equipment and patrol vessels, according to Research and Markets’ "Future of the U.S. Defense Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2018" report.

Boeing to provide Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol jet flight simulators in $225 million contract

Boeing to provide Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol jet flight simulators in $225 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 Sept. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis will provide the U.S. Navy with 14 aircraft flight simulators and related support equipment for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet under terms of a $225 million contract modification announced this week.

Army chooses Harris to provide voice, data, and video networking to  the battlefield front lines

Army chooses Harris to provide voice, data, and video networking to the battlefield front lines

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 26 Sept. 2013. U.S. Army leaders needed multi-channel tactical radios for military vehicles to extend voice, data and imagery services from brigade and battalion radio networks to companies and platoons operating in the field. They found their solution from the Harris Corp. RF Communications segment in Rochester, N.Y.

FLIR Systems to design thermal imaging sensors for Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats

FLIR Systems to design thermal imaging sensors for Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats

CRANE, Ind., 25 Sept. 2013. Long-range sensor designers at FLIR Systems Inc. in Billerica, Mass., will build maritime thermal imaging sensors to enhance nighttime operations capabilities for U.S. Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats.

Lockheed Martin and SAIC seek to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 Sept. 2013. U.S. military researchers have chosen two companies to develop technology for radio frequency spectrum sharing among radar and communications systems with the goal of improving overall radar and communications capability.

General Dynamics to help U.S. National Guard with vehicle SATCOM-on-the-move capability

General Dynamics to help U.S. National Guard with vehicle SATCOM-on-the-move capability

LAKEHURST, N.J., 23 Sept. 2013. Satellite communications experts at General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies Inc. in Duluth, Ga., are installing satellite communications equipment to enable U.S. National Guard vehicles communicate by satellite while on the move.

EFW to provide replacement avionics displays for F/A-18 E/F combat jets in $19.8 million contract

EFW to provide replacement avionics displays for F/A-18 E/F jets in $19.8 million contract

PHILADELPHIA, 23 Sept. 2013. Avionics display designers at EFW Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. Navy with multi-purpose color display (MPCD) units under terms of a $19.8 million contract awarded Friday.

Harris wins Air Force contracts worth $38 million for Falcon III JTRS-certified digital radios

Harris wins Air Force contracts worth $38 million for Falcon III JTRS-certified digital radios

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 22 Sept. 2013. The Harris Corp. RF Communications segment in Rochester, N.Y., received $38 million in orders during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 for tactical radios that will expand deployment of wideband tactical communications across the U.S. Air Force, company officials say.

F-15

Boeing selects L-3 Display Systems remote interface unit for F-15C/D Eagle military aircraft

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 21 Sept. 2013. Engineers at The Boeing Company needed a Remote Interface Unit (RIU) for the F-15C/D Advanced Display Core Processor (ADCP) II aircraft. They found their solution at L-3 Display Systems (L-3 DS).

DARPA asks Boston Dynamics to build enhanced version of legged infantry-support robot

DARPA asks Boston Dynamics to build enhanced version of legged infantry-support robot

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Sept. 2013. A U.S. military project to develop a donkey-sized legged robot to help infantry warfighters haul ammunition, food, and other gear through rugged terrain is moving ahead with a research contract this week.

Navy asks Hydroid to build large and small unmanned submersibles in $36.3 million contract

Navy asks Hydroid to build large and small unmanned submersibles in $36.3 million contract

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 19 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts needed unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for ocean mine countermeasures, reconnaissance, and mapping. They found their solution from Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass.

BAE Systems to upgrade more Navy shipboard machine guns with electro-optical sensors

BAE Systems to upgrade more Navy shipboard machine guns with electro-optical sensors

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 18 Sept. 2013. The U.S. Navy is asking the BAE Systems Land and Armament segment in Louisville, Ky., to upgrade 29 MK 38 shipboard, 25-millimeter machine guns with remote-control capability, two-axis stabilization, day/night electro-optical sensors, and an eye-safe laser range finder under terms of a $31.8 million contract announced Friday.

Obsolescent technology needed: Navy needs old computer boards to keep ship systems running

Obsolescent technology needed: Navy needs old computer boards to keep ship systems running

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 17 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are sending word out to industry that they need 180 6U VME single-board computers, which first were introduced nine years ago and are no longer recommended by the manufacturer, to keep weapon systems on surface warships in working order.

RF technology to keep military communications open amid EW jamming introduced by Exelis

RF technology to keep military communications open amid EW jamming introduced by Exelis

BASINGSTOKE, England, 15 Sept. 2013. Exelis Defence Limited in Basingstoke, England, is introducing a system to allow continued communications in a heavily jammed battlefield environment.

MOD

U.K. Ministry of Defence orders 24 additional Foxhound vehicles from General Dynamics

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., 14 Sept. 2013. General Dynamics Land Systems - Force Protection Europe won a $36.3 million (€23 million) contract to add 24 Foxhound light tactical blast-protected vehicles to the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) fleet.

Navy asks industry for 160 obsolescent PMC Ethernet controllers for shipboard communications

Navy asks industry for 160 obsolescent PMC Ethernet controllers for ship communications

PORT HUENEME, Calif., 13 Sept. 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard weapons experts are reaching out to industry to find 160 obsolescent PCI mezzanine card (PMC) Ethernet controllers that the Navy purchased originally a decade ago to replace then-obsolescent Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) technology in various Navy programs.

DSEI

Record-breaking DSEI opens in London

LONDON, 12 Sept. 2013. The staff of PennWell’s Aerospace & Defense Media Group, which includes Military & Aerospace ElectronicsAvionics Intelligence, and the Avionics International conference & expo, is on hand at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), the biennial land, sea, and air defense and security exhibition, in London this week.

Northrop Grumman orders airborne radar signal processors from Curtiss-Wright for Joint STARS aircraft

Northrop Grumman orders airborne radar signal processors from Curtiss-Wright for Joint STARS

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., 11 Sept. 2013. Aircraft surveillance experts from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Melbourne, Fla., needed radar processing technology for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Guest blog: the dilemma of finding spare electronics parts for space satellites

Guest blog: the dilemma of finding spare electronics parts for space satellites

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., 10 Sept. 2013. Satellite electronic technology usually isn't an issue of concern unless spacecraft are damaged, don't work, or are about to fall to Earth as space junk. Public and private communications networks,. however, rely heavily on satellites, which for electronics is a big business.

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