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Notes from ground-zero of the Great Northeast Blizzard of 2015

Notes from ground-zero of the Great Northeast Blizzard of 2015

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 27 Jan. 2015. It's 10:30 a.m. Tuesday of the so-called Winter Storm Juno, or the Great Northeast Blizzard of 2015. Like most of New England, I'm holed-up at home in Milford, N.H., waiting for the worst of the storm to hit.

Navy orders AN/ARQ-59 tactical data link equipment from L-3 to link helicopters with surface ships

Navy orders AN/ARQ-59 tactical data link equipment from L-3 to link helicopters with surface ships

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 Jan. 2015. Command and control experts at L-3 Communications Systems-West in Salt Lake City will provide advanced digital communications to enable airborne terminals to share information with land- and ship-based data terminals under terms of a contract modification announced last week.

Northrop Grumman gets ready to install two-color electro-optical sensors P-8A missile-defense system

Northrop Grumman gets ready to install two-color electro-optical sensors P-8A missile-defense system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Jan. 2015. Electro-optics experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. will begin upgrading the sensors in the airborne missile-defense system aboard the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet under terms of an order announced Friday.

Raytheon joins L-3 in program to speed modernized GPS receiver fielding with new circuit cards

Raytheon joins L-3 in program to speed modern anti-jam GPS receivers to the warfighter

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif. 23 Jan. 2015. Satellite navigation experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., will help the U.S. military develop anti-jam Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers with special M-code capability for military operations.

Air Force takes up open-systems standards for ISR sensor pods in hopes of spreading military-wide

Air Force takes up open-systems standards for ISR sensor pods in hopes of spreading military-wide

PHOENIX, 22 Jan. 2015. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are spearheading a initiative to define a standard electronics architecture for complex intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor pods on military aircraft.

RF and microwave electronics industry sets sights on common modules and open-systems standards

RF and microwave electronics industry sets sights on common modules and open-systems standards

PHOENIX, 21 Jan. 2015. The U.S. military and defense industry are trying to do for RF and microwave design what has been done for the embedded computing industry -- create open-systems industry standards to help speed systems development, reduce costs, and facilitate systems upgrades.

Embedded computing community seeks to push I/O speeds in exploring new frontier of optical interconnects

Embedded computing community seeks to push I/O speeds in exploring new frontier of optical interconnects

PHOENIX 21 Jan. 2015. Designers of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems are exploring the use of optical fiber-based interconnects among circuit cards in electronic enclosures, and among the enclosures themselves, in efforts speed system performance.

2015 expected to be breakout year for VITA 74 VNX small-form-factor embedded computing

2015 expected to be breakout year for VITA 74 VNX small-form-factor embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 20 Jan. 2015. Long-anticipated VITA 74 VNX small-form-factor embedded computing technology should see its first major design wins this year, driven by applications in land vehicles and manned aircraft, industry experts say.

Navy expands MQ-4C Triton UAV facilities at Point Mugu in preparation for activation this year

Navy expands MQ-4C Triton UAV facilities at Point Mugu in preparation for activation this year

VENTURA COUNTY NAVAL BASE, Calif., 19 Jan. 2015. U.S. Navy leaders are expanding the basing and infrastructure to support the Navy's future fleet of Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Southern California.

Air Force asks L-3 IEC to help speed modernized GPS receiver fielding with prototype circuit cards

Air Force asks L-3 IEC to help speed modernized GPS receiver fielding with prototype circuit cards

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif. 19 Jan. 2015. Satellite navigation experts at L-3 Interstate Electronics Corp. (IEC) in Anaheim, Calif., are helping the U.S. military develop anti-jam Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers with special M-code capability for military operations.

Navy to beef-up carrier-based jet fighter IRST ability to search for enemy planes without radar

Navy to beef-up carrier-based jet fighters' ability to search for enemy planes without radar

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 16 Jan. 2015. Electro-optics engineers at the Boeing Co. are equipping additional U.S. Navy carrier-based jet fighters with passive search gear to detect and track enemy aircraft without the use of radar.

SRI International joins Northrop and Draper to safeguard military from counterfeit electronics

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 Jan., 2015. SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., is the third contractor selected for a U.S. military research program to develop new technologies to safeguard the U.S. military electronics supply chain from substandard used and counterfeit electronics.

Northrop Grumman joins Draper Lab in program to combat military counterfeit electronics

Northrop Grumman joins Draper Lab in program to combat military counterfeit electronics

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Jan., 2015. Defense microelectronics experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum, Md., are joining the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., in a program to develop new technologies to safeguard the U.S. military electronics supply chain from substandard used and counterfeit electronics.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Army's early model tactical missiles into safe, low-cost munitions

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Army's early model tactical missiles into safe, low-cost munitions

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 15 Jan. 2015. Fire support experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are upgrading U.S. Army long-range tactical missiles to reduce the weapon's costs and threats of unexploded ordnance.

BAE Systems to develop MAD ASW drone to help Navy P-8A find submarines from high altitudes

BAE Systems to develop MAD ASW drone to help Navy P-8A find submarines from high altitudes

ARLINGTON, Va., 14 Jan. 2015. Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts at BAE Systems are developing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sensor payload able to look for submerged enemy submarines by detecting small variations in the Earth's magnetic field.

The critical value of human intelligence in the cockpit

THE MIL & AERO BLOG 13 Jan. 2015. Modern avionics represents truly amazing technology. Sensors are growing in sophistication, digital satellite communications is helping guide aircraft to their destinations more efficiently than ever before, and small powerful computers are blending sensor inputs to produce on-board real-time situational awareness.

Carnegie Mellon to apply synthetic vision technology to help keep snow plows safe on the road

Carnegie Mellon to apply synthetic vision technology to help keep snow plows safe on the road

WASHINGTON, 12 Jan. 2015. Federal transportation authorities are asking researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to borrow from defense and aerospace synthetic vision technology to develop an enhanced vision system to enable snowplow drivers to see clearly in blizzard conditions.

Navy resolves CANES shipboard networking protest with selection of two more equipment vendors

Navy resolves CANES shipboard networking protest with selection of two more equipment vendors

SAN DIEGO, 9 Jan. 2015. U.S. Navy communications experts are expanding their stable of communications and computing contractors from five to seven for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program after a contractor protest last September brought the multi-billion-dollar program to a temporary halt.

Lockheed Martin Hellfire Systems to build 2,232 air-to-ground missiles for U.S., foreign militaries

Lockheed Martin Hellfire Systems to build 2,232 air-to-ground missiles for U.S., foreign militaries

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 8 Jan. 2015. U.S. Army anti-armor missile experts are ordering a couple of thousand U.S.-made Hellfire tactical missiles for the Army, as well as for the governments of Australia, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Indonesia, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Army reaches out to industry for GPS tracking technology for vehicles at Fort Bliss

Army reaches out to industry for GPS tracking technology for vehicles at Fort Bliss

FORT BLISS, Texas, 7 Jan. 2015. U.S. Army vehicle fleet management experts are surveying industry to find companies able to provide a Global Positioning System (GPS)-based fleet vehicle tracking system at Fort Bliss, Texas, that locate military vehicles anywhere in the continental U.S.

Boeing Argon ST to provide Navy with five torpedo-spoofing decoys to protect surface warships

Boeing Argon ST to provide Navy with five torpedo-spoofing decoys to protect surface warships

WASHINGTON, 7 Jan. 2015. Torpedo-defense experts at Argon ST Inc. in Fairfax, Va., are building five shipboard electronics systems for the U.S. Navy that use torpedo-spoofing decoys to lure enemy torpedoes away from U.S. and allied surface ships.

Parade of changes over the years as Military & Aerospace Electronics celebrates 25th-year anniversary

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 6 Jan. 2015. At Military & Aerospace Electronics we are celebrating our 25th year in publication, and we've seen a lot of changes in our first quarter-century. Twenty-five years ago Military & Aerospace was much different from how it is today. Those were the days before the ubiquitous Internet, on-line publications, Google, social networking, and electronic newsletters. When we put volume 1, number 1 to bed in December 1989 we were a print magazine. Period.

Draper Lab takes aim at military counterfeit electronics in work on DARPA SHIELD program

Draper Lab takes aim at military counterfeit electronics in work on DARPA SHIELD program

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Jan., 2015. Defense microelectronics experts at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., are developing new technologies to safeguard the U.S. military electronics supply chain from substandard used and counterfeit electronics.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., announced $4.1 million contract to Draper Lab last week for the agency's Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) program.

Navy orders three RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical UAVs for Navy and Marine Corps surveillance

Navy orders three RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical UAVs for Navy and Marine Corps surveillance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 5 Jan. 2015. U.S. Navy officials are buying three new RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide surveillance capability for U.S. Marine Corps and Navy tactical commanders.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced a $41.1 million contract this week to Boeing Insitu Inc. in Bingen, Wash., for three low-rate-initial-production Blackjack UAVs, to include air vehicles, ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, and spare parts.

Lockheed Martin to build 14 electro-optical fire-control systems for Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra gunships

Lockheed Martin to build 14 electro-optical fire-control systems for Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra gunships

CRANE, Ind., 2 Jan. 2015. Electro optics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are building 14 multi-sensor electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) fire-control systems for U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters.

Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., have announced a $43.4 million contract to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., for 14 AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems (TSS).

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