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Boeing to provide fiber-optic high-speed shipboard networking for three new Navy destroyers

Boeing to provide fiber-optic high-speed shipboard networking for three new Navy destroyers

WASHINGTON, 24 April 2015. Military communications experts at the Boeing Co. will provide high-speed fiber-optic shipboard networking for three U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers under terms of an $11.1 million order announced this week.

Navy orders 25 maritime SATCOM antennas from Raytheon to for submarine EHF and SHF communications

Navy orders 25 maritime SATCOM antennas from Raytheon to for submarine EHF and SHF communications

SAN DIEGO, 23 April 2015. Satellite communications (SATCOM) experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide the U.S. Navy with 25 Submarine High Data Rate (Sub HDR) antenna systems under terms of an $89.1 million contract announced Wednesday.

Marine Corps looks to Kollsman for infrared surveillance and targeting for Cobra attack helicopters

Marine Corps looks to Kollsman for infrared surveillance and targeting for Cobra attack helicopters

CRANE, Ind., 23 April 2015. Military electro-optics experts at Kollsman Inc. in Merrimack, N.H., will provide night vision and targeting equipment for U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters under terms of a $43 million contract announced Tuesday.

Transition from low-def to high-def infrared will be a boon to military ISR and lens manufacturers

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2015. One of the biggest trends in military night vision these days involves the transition to high-definition (HD) infrared sensors, which will enhance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and provide big opportunities to infrared lens manufacturers who are tooling up to meet new demand.

General Dynamics to build and repair WIN-T tactical networking components in $36.4 million deal

General Dynamics to build and repair WIN-T tactical networking components in $36.4 million deal

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 21 April 2014. Military communications experts at General Dynamics Corp. will build and repair components of the U.S. Army's tactical communications network backbone that provides data, voice, and video communications on the battlefield under terms of a $36.4 million contract announced Monday.

General Dynamics to upgrade COTS signal-processing equipment on U.S. Navy submarines

General Dynamics to upgrade COTS signal-processing equipment on U.S. Navy submarines

WASHINGTON, 20 April 2015. Submarine sonar experts at General Dynamics Corp. are providing new-generation commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer equipment for sonar signal processing aboard U.S. Navy submarines.

Navy to test large unmanned submarine next year in open-ocean voyage down the California coast

Navy to test large unmanned submarine next year in open-ocean voyage down the California coast

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 April 2015. A U.S. Navy-developed large unmanned submarine, which is designed carry a wide range of sensor and weapons payloads, or to serve as a mothership for other unmanned submersibles, is ready for tests in the open ocean.

Raytheon moves to full-scale development of RIM-162 ESSM Block 2 ship-defense missile

Raytheon moves to full-scale development of RIM-162 ESSM Block 2 ship-defense missile

WASHINGTON, 17 April 2015. Missile experts at the Raytheon Co. are moving forward with a project to design a next-generation shipboard missile able to defeat a wide variety of aircraft and missile threats with an active radar seeker than can operate independently of the launch ship.

Navy researchers developing swarms of cooperating air drones for overwhelming land and sea attacks

Navy researchers developing swarms of cooperating air drones for overwhelming land and sea attacks

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 April 2015. U.S. Navy researchers have demonstrated swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed to overwhelm an adversary autonomously as the UAVs fly together like flocks of birds.

VPX embedded computing standard tailored for space applications ratified by ANSI and VITA

VPX embedded computing standard tailored for space applications ratified by ANSI and VITA

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., 16 April 2015. A new embedded computing open-systems industry standard for creating high performance fault-tolerant interoperable backplanes and modules for spacecraft electronics and other high-availability applications has been ratified.

Defense electronics industry concerned about cyber security, yet not sure where to turn for help

Defense electronics industry concerned about cyber security, yet not sure where to turn for help

NASHUA, N.H., 15 April 2015. The vast majority of those in the aerospace and defense electronics industry are deeply concerned with the susceptibility of their data and systems to cyber attack, yet are not investing in cyber security tools because of perceived high costs and lack of customer cyber security requirements.

30 years later, Marine Corps Boeing AV-8B jump jet still being upgraded as front-line attack jet

30 years later, Marine Corps Boeing AV-8B jump jet still being upgraded as front-line attack jet

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 April 2015. The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet is one of the most upgraded military combat aircraft 30 years after its first deployments, and even longer than that since its initial design back in the 1970s.

Navy surveys industry for vehicle-mount Link-16 radios with simultaneous two-channel capability

Navy surveys industry for vehicle-mount Link-16 radios with simultaneous two-channel capability

LAKEHURST, N.J., 14 April 2015. U.S. Navy aircraft experts are surveying the military radio communications industry for companies able to provide off-the-shelf vehicle-mount radios with two-channel operation and Link 16 capabilities.

Marine Corps AV-8B jump jet avionics mission computers to receive next-gen Ethernet capability

Marine Corps AV-8B jump jet avionics mission computers to receive next-gen Ethernet capability

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 13 April 2015. U.S. Navy avionics experts are sponsoring a project to upgrade the avionics mission computers in the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet with next-generation Ethernet capability.

Army orders Shadow catapult-launched UAVs for Army and Marine Corps brigade surveillance

Army orders Shadow catapult-launched UAVs for Army and Marine Corps brigade surveillance

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 13 April 2015. Textron Systems Corp. will provide new RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground-control systems under terms of a $79.5 million contract announced earlier this month.

Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to receive new air traffic control tower

Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to receive new air traffic control tower

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash., 10 April 2015. The Gray Army Airfield, a helicopter airport at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will receive a new air traffic control tower to replace a relatively old tower that's now considered an obstacle to aviation.

L-3 Chesapeake Sciences to build six next-generation towed-array sonars for attack submarines

L-3 Chesapeake Sciences to build six next-generation towed-array sonars for attack submarines

WASHINGTON, 9 April 2015. Sonar designers at L-3 Chesapeake Sciences Corp. in Millersville, Md., are building the U.S. Navy's next-generation towed-array sonar for submarines and unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to detect, track, and classify quiet, modern submarine threats in open ocean and littoral waters.

General Dynamics network encryptor certified for government top-secret cyber security applications

General Dynamics network encryptor certified for government top-secret cyber security applications

FAIRFAX, Va., 9 April 2015. The U.S National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Md., has certified the KG-175X TACLANE-10G in-line network encryptor from the General Dynamics Corp. Mission Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., for government cyber security use at the Top Secret level and below.

Readers asked to weigh-in on the importance of cyber security and cyber warfare

Readers asked to weigh-in on the importance of cyber security and cyber warfare

NASHUA, N.H., 8 April 2015. The editors of Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace are reaching out to readers in an effort to gauge the importance that the defense industry places on cyber security, information security, and cyber warfare.

Not your grandfather's submarine periscope

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 7 April 2015. We've all seen the movies -- Run Silent, Run Deep; Das Boot; U-571, and others -- in which the submarine captain orders "up periscope," a big tube rises, the captain quickly unfolds a pair of handles, swivels his hat backwards, and looks through eyepieces while rotating the tube around 360 degrees to see what's on the surface.

Navy asks Textron to build second and third next-generation LCAC vessels for beach invasions

Navy asks Textron to build second and third next-generation LCAC vessels for beach invasions

WASHINGTON, 7 April 2015. Shipbuilding experts at Textron Inc. are making plans to build two more of the U.S. Navy's next-generation landing craft to move infantry and equipment quickly onto invasion beaches from surface warships offshore.

Air Force names 17 contractors for NETCENTS-2 network operations and enterprise services jobs

Air Force names 17 contractors for NETCENTS-2 network operations and enterprise services jobs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 6 April 2015. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are adding a new crop of contractors to the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) -- these for network operations, enterprise services, and infrastructure development and operations.

Army researchers survey industry for suppliers of Aeryon SkyRanger small helicopter drones

Army researchers survey industry for suppliers of Aeryon SkyRanger small helicopter drones

NATICK, Mass., 3 April 2015. U.S. Army soldier systems experts are surveying industry to find companies able to supply the SkyRanger small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), designed by Aeryon Labs Inc. in Waterloo Ontario.

BAE Systems to provide Navy shipboard IFF interrogators to identify friendly and enemy aircraft

BAE Systems to provide Navy shipboard IFF interrogators to identify friendly and enemy aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 April 2015. U.S. Navy aviation experts are asking BAE Systems to build identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft.

Navy chooses Astronics Test Systems to build radio signal-routing systems for submarine fleet

Navy chooses Astronics Test Systems to build radio signal-routing systems for submarine fleet

NEWPORT, R.I., 2 April 2015. Radio communications experts at Astronics Test Systems are building on-board systems that route signals and information among various antennas and communications systems aboard U.S. Navy submarines.

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