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ITT Exelis to help Navy with new EW system to protect ships from recently discovered threat

ITT Exelis to help Navy with new EW system to protect ships from recently discovered threat

WASHINGTON, 9 July 2013. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the ITT Exelis Electronic Systems division in Van Nuys, Calif., are helping U.S. Navy researchers develop an add-on advanced EW system to protect surface warships from a newly discovered, yet undisclosed, immediate threat to Navy fleet operations.

Northrop Grumman prepares to build five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-based aircraft

Northrop Grumman prepares to build five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-based aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 8 July 2013. Aircraft designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems sector in Bethpage, N.Y., are preparing to build an additional five E-2D Hawkeye carrier-based surveillance and early warning aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

Army chooses Sotera to provide EW planner to jam enemy RF, safeguard friendly systems

Army chooses Sotera to provide EW planner to jam enemy RF, safeguard friendly systems

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 3 July 2013. U.S. Army electronic warfare (EW) experts needed a planning tool to enable warfighters to jam enemy communications, remotely controlled explosives, radar systems, and other RF assets while safeguarding U.S. and allied RF systems. They found their solution from Sotera Defense Solutions Inc. in Herndon, Va.

Raytheon to upgrade sonar systems in towed mine-hunting remotely operated vehicle

Raytheon to upgrade sonar systems in towed mine-hunting remotely operated vehicle

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 2 July 2013. Sonar experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., are upgrading the U.S. Navy AN/AQS-20A mine hunting sonar under terms of a $14.2 million order announced Monday.

Army invites industry to demonstrate COTS tactical biometrics technology

Army invites industry to demonstrate COTS tactical biometrics technology

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 2 July 2013. U.S. Army biometrics experts are inviting companies and colleges that have developed tactical biometric devices to participate in field demonstrations to determine the effectiveness of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tactical biometric collection devices for use on the battlefield.

Air Force awards nine contracts to build advanced components for electronic warfare

Air Force awards nine contracts to build advanced components for electronic warfare

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 1 July 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers awarded nine research contracts Friday for a pivotal initiative similar to the Microwave and Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuit (MIMIC) program decades ago to develop some of the world's most advanced and capable electronic and photonic components for tomorrow's electronic warfare (EW) systems.

Lockheed Martin wins contract to provide Army with counter-fire target-acquisition radar

Lockheed Martin wins contract to provide Army with counter-fire target-acquisition radar

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 30 June 2013. Radar experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) segment in Liverpool, N.Y., will build anti-artillery and anti-mortar radar systems for the U.S. Army under terms of a $605.1 million contract announced last week.

CAE wins $100 million in military contracts for Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, Turkish Army, and Coptersafety simulation and training

MONTREAL, 29 June 2013. CAE won roughly $100 million (Canadian) in military contracts from customers in more than 15 countries, including: a contract to design and manufacture a CAE 3000 Series AW139 full-flight simulator for Coptersafety, a foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Navy to provide KC-130R aircrew and maintenance training services to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and a contract from Havelsan to provide the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator for T-129 attack helicopter full-mission simulators.

NASA chooses 3U CompactPCI FPGA board from 4DSP for high-performance space computing

NASA chooses 3U CompactPCI FPGA board from 4DSP for high-performance space computing

HAMPTON, Va., 28 June 2013. Computer scientists at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) needed 3U CompactPCI single-board computers for an embedded computing test bed for advanced space instruments. They found their solution from 4DSP LLC in Reno, Nev.

General Dynamics continues project to upgrade submarine electronics with COTS computers

General Dynamics continues project to upgrade submarine electronics with COTS computers

WASHINGTON, 27 June 2013. U.S. Navy officials are asking General Dynamics Information Systems in Fairfax, Va., to continue a project that seeks to upgrade the combat systems aboard U.S. missile and fast-attack submarines with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers.

Navy to purchase MMP-30 bomb-disposal robots from The Machine Lab for use in Afghanistan

Navy to purchase MMP-30 bomb-disposal robots from The Machine Lab for use in Afghanistan

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 26 June 2013. U.S. Navy bomb-disposal experts needed small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) in Afghanistan. They found their solution from The Machine Lab Inc. in Fort Collins, Colo.

Northrop Grumman contract aims at improving GPS-challenged navigation and geo-registration

Northrop Grumman contract aims at improving GPS-challenged navigation and geo-registration

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 25 June 2013. Engineers from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Advanced Navigation Systems business unit in Woodland Hills, Calif., will continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications -- even in GPS-denied conditions -- under terms of a navigation research contract awarded Monday from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

Elta enhances jet fighter radar reconnaissance pod with electronic intelligence capability

IAI Elta enhances jet fighter radar reconnaissance pod with electronic intelligence capability

ASHDOD, Israel, 24 June 2013. IAI ELTA Systems Ltd. in Ashdod, Israel is unveiling an integrated electronic support measure/electronic intelligence (ESM/ELINT) capability for its ELM-2060 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) reconnaissance pod.

DARPA to brief industry on upcoming research contracting opportunities next month

DARPA to brief industry on upcoming research contracting opportunities next month

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 June 2013. U.S. government researchers will brief industry next month on upcoming contracting opportunities in communications, electronic warfare, surveillance, navigation, and battle management.

U.S. Marine Corps selects Cubic Defense for laser-based immersive training and simulation system

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 22 June 2013. United States Marine Corps officials needed an immersive training capacity that replicates the stresses and threats of actual combat to replace older-generation simulation and training systems at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. They found their solution at Cubic Defense Applications, the defense systems business unit of Cubic Corp. (NYSE:CUB), and issued a delivery order for an advanced Instrumented-Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS) II.

Air Force searches for companies able to build satellite sensors to monitor space radiation

Air Force searches for companies able to build satellite sensors to monitor space radiation

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 21 June 2013. U.S. Air Force space experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to design small sensor pods for commercial and government satellites that are able to measure space radiation in Earth orbits that can interfere with communications, damage spacecraft, and affect human health.

DRS Tactical Systems to provide rugged in-vehicle computers in $455 million contract

DRS Tactical Systems to provide rugged in-vehicle computers in $455 million contract

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 19 June 2013. Rugged computer designers at DRS Tactical Systems Inc. in Melbourne, Fla., will build a variety of vehicle-mounted command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment under terms of a potential $455 million U.S. Army contract announced Tuesday.

Navy chooses rugged Ethernet switch from GE for MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter

Navy chooses rugged Ethernet switches from GE for MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 18 June 2013. U.S. Navy aircraft experts needed rugged Ethernet switches for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Army to buy 30 Russian-designed Mi-17 helicopters for use in high, hot areas of Afghanistan

U.S. Army to buy 30 Russian Mi-17 helicopters for use in high, hot areas of Afghanistan

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 18 June 2013. U.S. Army officials are buying 30 Russian-designed medium lift and military attack helicopters for use in Afghanistan. These helicopters perform particularly well in the hot weather and high altitude of Afghanistan.

Radioelectronic Technologies introduces precision navigation avionics at Paris Air Show

Radioelectronic Technologies introduces precision navigation avionics at Paris Air Show

PARIS, 17 June 2013. Radioelectronic Technologies holding company in Moscow is introducing the SINS-SP2 avionics navigation system this week at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France. The SINS-SP2, which helps determine the location of an aircraft in the absence of satellite navigation and communications with ground-based services, is part of the Russian Sukhoi Su-35S multrole jet fighter.

Bombardier predicts demand for 12,800 small- and medium-sized commercial jets over next two decades

12,800 small- and medium-sized commercial jets to be delivered over next two decades

MONTREAL, 17 June 2013. Worldwide commercial aviation demand for small- and medium-sized commercial jets will be for 12,800 deliveries from 2013 to 2032, generating more than $646 billion in sales revenues, according to the Bombardier Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast released Friday in anticipation of this week's Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

Business jet demand from 2013 to 2032 to reach 24,000 aircraft worth $650 billion, Bombardier predicts

Business jet demand from 2013 to 2032 to reach 24,000 aircraft worth $650 billion

MONTREAL, 17 June 2013. Worldwide business aviation demand will be for 24,000 business aircraft worth about $650 billion between 2013 and 2013, according to the Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft Market Forecast released Friday in anticipation of this week's Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

Army chooses low-light imaging cameras from Intevac Photonics for Apache attack helicopters

Army chooses low-light imaging cameras from Intevac Photonics for Apache attack helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 16 June 2013. U.S. Army helicopter avionics experts needed electro-optical sensors for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. They found their solution from Intevac Photonics Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif.

Military services order 99 new V-22 tiltrotor aircraft in $4.9 billion contract modification

Military services order 99 new V-22 tiltrotor aircraft in $4.9 billion contract modification

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 14 June 2013. U.S. Navy leaders are ordering 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas, for the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps under terms of a $4.9 billion contract modification announced this week.

Navy orders embedded computers and data converters from Aitech for LCAC landing vessels

Navy orders embedded computers and data converters from Aitech for LCAC landing vessels

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 13 June 2013. U.S. Navy landing craft designers are looking to Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif. to provide rugged single-board computers and other embedded computing components for command, control, communications, computers, and navigation (C4N) equipment aboard the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious assault vessel.

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