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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.

SRI International to design vanishing battery for DARPA decomposing electronics program

SRI International to design vanishing battery for decomposing electronics program

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 Jan. 2014. Microelectronics experts at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., are developing embedded computing and other electronic components able to decompose into the surrounding environment when no longer needed, as part of the Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

General Dynamics to provide military mobile radios in $107.3 million contract

General Dynamics to provide military mobile radios in $107.3 million contract

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 1 Jan. 2014. Military communications systems designers at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., will provide mobile software-defined radios for the U.S. Army under terms of a $107.3 million contract modification.

Rockwell Collins to manufacture VLF communications system for B-2 strategic jet bomber

Rockwell Collins to manufacture VLF communications system for B-2 jet bomber

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 Dec. 2013. Communications experts at Rockwell Collins Inc. in Richardson, Texas, are starting full-scale development of a very low frequency (VLF) radio for the U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit strategic bomber to enable the aircraft crew to communicate with national command authorities while on long-range missions.

Northrop Grumman predictive-maintenance models to head-off Air Force airframe cracks

Northrop Grumman predictive-maintenance models to head-off Air Force airframe cracks

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 Dec. 2013. U.S. Air Force maintenance experts need better ways to predict cracking on aircraft and other airframe structural problems through modeling and simulation. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Navy eyes complex undersea simulation to help emulate near-real-world marine sensor data

Navy eyes complex undersea simulation to help emulate near-real-world marine sensor data

WASHINGTON, 22 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy underwater warfare experts are overseeing a project to develop simulation capability so detailed that it can substitute for real-world data in efforts to help engineers build and test physics-based marine sensors such as sonar, lasers, and hyperspectral sensors.

Raytheon to provide 216 satellite-guided heavy artillery shells to attack moving targets

Raytheon to provide 216 satellite-guided heavy artillery shells to attack moving targets

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 20 Dec. 2013. Precision-attack munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build 216 advanced satellite-guided shells for U.S. Army heavy artillery units that can hit targets as far away as 25 miles, or detect and attack moving targets in cities and other complex terrain after being fired at high angles and high altitudes.

Army looks to Encompass Digital Media for SATCOM imagery distribution from Middle East

Army looks to Encompass Digital Media for SATCOM imagery distribution from Middle East

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill., 19 Dec. 2013. U.S. Army communications experts needed satellite communications (SATCOM) media-distribution hub to connect worldwide media with military forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. They found their solution from Encompass Digital Media Inc. in Atlanta.

Lockheed Martin chalks up another order for Marine attack helicopter electro-optical avionics

Lockheed Martin chalks up another order for Marine attack helicopter electro-optical avionics

CRANE, Ind., 18 Dec. 2013. Electro-optical sensor experts at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., have won another contract to provide a multi-sensor electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) fire-control system for the U.S. Marine Corps Bell Cobra attack helicopter avionics.

Sequestration relief, tiltrotor technology, and bomber upgrades this week on Rapid Fire

Sequestration relief, tiltrotor technology, and bomber upgrades this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 17 Dec. 2013. A sequestration deal that could add tens of millions of dollars to the Pentagon's budget, two companies are designing the next-generation tiltrotor aircraft, and major new B-52 bomber upgrades highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Mil & Aero e-newsletters to take holiday break; will resume on 8 Jan.

Mil & Aero e-newsletters to take holiday break; will resume on 8 Jan.

NASHUA, N.H., 17 Dec. 2013. Anyone ready for a short break over the Christmas holidays? Thought so. We are, too. The weekly Military & Aerospace Electronics e-newsletter that hits your inboxes on 18 Dec. will be the last one issued in calendar 2013. Look for the next weekly e-newsletter from us on Wednesday 8 Jan. 2014.

Northrop to operate man-hunting airborne radar system for operations in Afghanistan

Northrop to operate man-hunting airborne radar system for operations in Afghanistan

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 16 Dec. 2013. Airborne radar experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum, Md., will continue to operate and support a system designed to detect and follow people traveling on foot, as well as moving land vehicles, under terms of a $65.3 million contract modification announced Friday.

Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences face off on DARPA VTOL X-Plane advanced tiltrotor project

Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences face off on DARPA VTOL X-Plane advanced tiltrotor project

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Dec. 2013. Engineers from two U.S. aeronautics companies are starting to develop a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft with the hover capability of a helicopter that can fly nearly 50 percent faster than the Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

Scorpion

Textron AirLand Scorpion ISR/strike aircraft achieves first flight

WICHITA, Kan., 14 Dec. 2013. The Scorpion intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)/strike aircraft from Textron AirLand LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) and AirLand Enterprises LLC, has completed its first flight.


New teeth for an old dog: Air Force seeks to give a bigger bite to B-52H bomber firepower

New teeth for an old dog: Air Force seeks to give a bigger bite to B-52H bomber firepower

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 13 Dec. 2013. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are surveying industry to find companies with the expertise to upgrade power control and distribution systems aboard the B-52H jet bomber to apply MIL-STD-1760 power to the B-52H's bomb-bay and underwing weapons.

Navy chooses NTDS boards from L3 IEC to bridge legacy shipboard computers to VME processors

Navy chooses NTDS boards from L3 IEC to bridge legacy shipboard computers to VME

SAN DIEGO, 12 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy communications and information experts needed Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) shipboard networking interface cards for a variety of information-processing and communications applications. They found their solution from the L3 Communications Interstate Electronic Corp. (IEC) segment in Anaheim, Calif.

Sechan to improve target-detection and fire-control functions on Navy's underwater mines

Sechan to improve target-detection and fire-control for Navy's underwater mines

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 11 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy littoral and mine warfare experts needed smart weapons control for air-dropped anti-ship and anti-submarine mines. They found their solution from Sechan Electronics Inc. in Lititz, Pa.

Submarine-launched drones and protecting RF systems from jamming this week on Rapid Fire

Submarine-launched drones and protecting RF systems from jamming this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 10 Dec. 2013. New capability for U.S. Navy submarines to launch reconnaissance drones while submerged, and separate-but-related DARPA and Air Force research projects to safeguard U.S. and allied radar and radio communications from enemy jamming highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

DARPA to brief industry 19 Dec. on C2E program to develop jamming-resistant communications

DARPA to brief industry 19 Dec. on C2E program to develop jamming-resistant communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 Dec. 2013. U.S. military researchers will brief industry this month on a program to develop jamming-resistant communications systems and difficult-to-detect-communications technology to keep battlefield networks functioning amid a variety of spectrum-warfare threats.

Guest opinion: a three-tier business model for the global semiconductor industry

Guest opinion: a three-tier business model for the global semiconductor industry

It is an open secret that, for a variety of reasons, the U.S. manufacturing base has sharply deteriorated over the past three decades, and the semiconductor industry is no exception. In fact, the semiconductor industry may have suffered harder than some other American enterprises. The purpose of this paper is to explain the causes of this decline and offer some common-sense economic policies that may lead to the industry’s revival.

Army asks EADS to provide six UH-72A light utility helicopters and aircraft data radios

Army asks EADS to provide six UH-72A light utility helicopters and aircraft data radios

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 9 Dec. 2013. U.S. Army aviation leaders are buying six UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters and six Raytheon AN/ARC-231 aircraft voice and data radios under terms of a $33.2 million contract announced Friday.

F-22

Lockheed Martin test pilot discusses fighter aircraft innovations in situational awareness, sensor payloads

MONTREAL, 7 Dec. 2013. Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Billie Flynn opened the second day of the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal with a talk about innovations in military fighter aircraft.

Navy demonstrates ability to launch surveillance UAVs stealthily from submerged submarines

Navy demonstrates ability to launch surveillance UAVs stealthily from submerged submarines

WASHINGTON, 6 Dec. 2013. U.S. Navy researchers have demonstrated a long-sought-after capability to launch unmanned surveillance aircraft stealthily from submerged submarines, which vastly extends the reach of the Navy's submarine force as a long-range reconnaissance asset.

Honeywell to investigate transient electronic components able to decompose on demand

Honeywell to investigate transient electronic components able to decompose on demand

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Dec. 2013. Microelectronics experts at Honeywell Aerospace are helping U.S. military researchers develop embedded computing and other electronic components with only limited physical lifetimes that decompose into the surrounding environment when no longer needed.

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