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Army picks four in SRW Appliqué Radio program

Army chooses four companies to provide radios in SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 10 April 2014. Four U.S. military radio manufacturers will share nearly a billion dollars in a program to add software-defined-radio (SDR) networking to the U.S. Army's legacy VRC-92 Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

Optics In Motion tapped for fast-steering mirrors

Air Force chooses fast-steering mirrors from Optics In Motion for weapons test facility

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air force weapons experts needed fast-steering mirrors for the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (GWEF) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., They found their solution from Optics In Motion LLC in Long Beach, Calif.

Ocean pickets, standard design on Rapid Fire

Unmanned ocean sentinels, standard radar and satellite design this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 8 April 2014. A surveillance picket line of unmanned marine vehicles, seven companies and a $100 million investment in RF and microwave design, and a future of standard building blocks for satellites highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Think laser weapons are the stuff of fantasy? Next summer will see first Navy deployment

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 April 2014. I remember when laser weapons were the stuff of cartoons and comic books ... except that as kids we used to call them "death rays," "disintegrator rays," or just "ray guns."

Navy's first laser weapon deployment this summer

Navy announces plan to deploy laser weapon aboard amphibious assault ship late this summer

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 April 2014. U.S. Navy leaders plan to deploy the service's first laser weapon aboard a surface warship later this summer, say officials of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va.

DDC gets $1.9 million power controller card order

Army to receive solid-state power controller boards from DDC in $1.9 million contract award

WARREN, Mich., 8 April 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts needed rugged power-controller circuit boards for upgrades to the power-distribution system in the turret of the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They found their solution from Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Navy buys 16 submarine sensor masts from L-3 KEO

Navy to buy an additional 16 Universal Modular Mast Systems from L-3 KEO in $15 million contract

WASHINGTON, 7 April 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts needed non-penetrating sensor masts for the fleet of Virginia-class fast-attack submarines. They found their solution from L-3 KEO (formerly Kollmorgen Electro-Optical) in Northampton, Mass.

Unmanned vehicles wanted for offshore surveillance

Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

NEW LONDON, Conn., 6 April 2014. U.S. Coast Guard ocean surveillance experts are shopping for mature unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) to handle persistent-surveillance missions at sea such as watching for drug smugglers, icebergs, or illegal fishing.

Sikorsky Aircraft to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it overcharged Army for Black Hawk helicopter spare parts

Sikorsky Aircraft to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it overcharged Army for Black Hawk helicopter spare parts

WASHINGTON, 5 April 2014. Officials at helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., have agreed to settle a suit brought by U.S. government representatives alleging that the company charged inflated prices for spare parts used to maintain the U.S. Army’s current fleet of Black Hawk military helicopters. Sikorsky, part of United Technologies Corp., will pay $3.5 million, federal prosecutors say.

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. U.S. Government officials seek interoperable components that support a variety of [satellite] buses, providing an easy, standardized interface, to build satellites more efficiently and competitively, describes Bernard “Bernie” F. Collins II, senior advisor, office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Government, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Reinventing the military RF phased array antenna

DARPA hires seven companies, spends more than $100 million, to reinvent the RF phased array antenna

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF phased array antennas for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Navy asks for five long-range Fire Scout UAVs

Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build five long-range Fire Scout UAVs in $43.8 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced late Wednesday.

Progeny to upgrade Navy ASW planning systems

Progeny Systems to enhance and upgrade Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planning system

WASHINGTON, 2 April 2014. Systems integrators at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., will continue upgrading and enhancing a U.S. Navy decision-support system designed to help Navy commanders plan attacks on enemy submarines.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

Tomahawk SATCOM to receive new I/O circuit cards

Raytheon to replace obsolescent I/O circuit cards in Tomahawk missile communications system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 April 2014. Cruise missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will upgrade the satellite data link transceiver of the Tomahawk Block IV tactical land-attack missile under terms of an $8.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification announced Monday.

12 square-off for $5.79 billion in networking

Air Force picks 12 companies to compete for $5.79 billion worth of computer networking jobs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 31 March 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 12 companies to compete for as much as $5.79 billion to provide network operations and management services for a wide variety of military computer needs.

Navy orders three early model helicopter-based unmanned minehunting systems from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 30 March 2014. Undersea warfare experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., will provide the U.S. Navy with three Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) under terms of a $17.7 million contract modification announced this past week.

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

DOHA, Qatar, 29 March 2014. Thales officials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle – Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, and the delivery of an end-to-end training solution.

Raytheon to build hypertemporal space sensor

Air Force Research Lab taps Raytheon to build hypertemporal multispectral space sensor

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 28 March 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

Video: Could R-COTS be the next magic term?

Video: R-COTS the right direction for redefining COTS, but still misses mark, panelists say

NASHUA, N.H., 28 March 2014. It looks like R-COTS -- short for ruggedized commercial off the shelf -- is emerging as the term of choice to describe commercially developed electronic technology that can operate in environmental extremes and offer the market long-term manufacturer support.

New computer and radar systems for C-5M airlifter

Lockheed Martin to install new mission computers and weather radars in Air Force C-5M cargo jets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 March 2014. Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract announced late Tuesday.

VTOLs, SAT launches, and networks on Rapid Fire

Osprey replacements, assured networking, and inexpensive satellite launches this week on Rapid fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 March 2014. A new generation of vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, inexpensive satellite launches from conventional aircraft, and keeping networked communications open in dire conditions highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Google Hangout discussion this week ponders if high-rel industry needs a new term for COTS

Google Hangout discussion this week ponders if high-rel industry needs a new term for COTS

NASHUA, N.H., 25 March 2014. Join a panel of embedded computing experts at 3 p.m. eastern time on Thursday 27 March 2014 for a Google Hangout discussion of the term COTS -- short for commercial off-the-shelf -- and whether it's time for a new term to describe today's new generation of high-reliability COTS components.

With robots like these, who needs humans?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 March 2014. U.S. military researchers have been reasonably successful over the past several years at designing robotic technology that enables unmanned aircraft, ships, and land vehicles to operate autonomously.

Boeing eyes satellite launches from aircraft

Boeing to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 March 2014. Rocket scientists at the Boeing Co. Advanced Network & Space Systems segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop rapid and inexpensive launch capability to place small satellites in orbit at a cost of less than $10,000 per pound.

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