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BAE Systems to upgrade more Paladin 155-millimeter artillery systems with digital fire control

BAE Systems to upgrade more Paladin 155-millimeter artillery systems with digital fire control

WARREN, Mich., 22 May 2015. Vetronics experts at BAE Systems upgrade U.S. Army M109A6 Paladin 155-millimeter self-propelled artillery systems with digital fire control capability under terms of a $16.5 million contract modification announced Thursday.

Air Force orders eight MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 Reaper attack drones from manufacturer General Atomics

Air Force orders eight MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones from manufacturer General Atomics

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 21 May 2015. U.S. Air Force unmanned systems experts are ordering eight MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 attack drones from manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif.

Lockheed Martin prepares Navy AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 shipboard undersea warfare for future upgrades

Lockheed Martin prepares Navy AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 shipboard undersea warfare for future upgrades

WASHINGTON, 21 May 2015. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts are asking Lockheed Martin Corp. for another year of support for a sensor and weapons package designed to help surface warships detect and attack enemy submarines.

Military & Aerospace Electronics will not publish on 25 May in observance of Memorial Day

Military & Aerospace Electronics will not publish on 25 May in observance of Memorial Day

NASHUA, N.H., 21 May 2015. Military & Aerospace Electronics will not publish new online content on Monday 25 May 2015 in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.

Army asks Lockheed Martin to convert 200 practice Hellfire missiles to battle-ready armed versions

Army asks Lockheed Martin to convert 200 practice Hellfire missiles to battle-ready armed versions

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 20 May 2015. U.S. Army missile experts are asking engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp. to convert 200 Army practice air-to-ground Hellfire missiles to armed-and-dangerous real munitions.

Military 5G mobile networking to be key driver in aerospace and defense test and measurement

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 19 May 2015. Future military 5G mobile networking capability will have a profound influence on defense communications, and will present a host of new challenges and capabilities for aerospace and defense test and measurement.

Air Force names 19 IT companies to share as much as $7.9 billion for NETCENTS-2 network operations

Air Force names 19 IT companies to share as much as $7.9 billion for NETCENTS-2 network operations

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 18 May 2015. U.S. Air Force information technology experts are adding 19 companies to the massive Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) under terms of contracts cumulatively worth as much as $7.9 billion announced Friday.

Military supply center orders 690 SINCGARS circuit cards from Exelis to support legacy radio system

Military supply center orders 690 SINCGARS circuit cards from Exelis to support legacy radio system

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 18 May 2015. U.S. government logistics experts announced a plan earlier this month to purchase 690 circuit cards from the Exelis Inc. Electronic Systems segment in Fort Wayne, Inc., to support the military legacy Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

B-1 bomber radar systems set for big technology upgrades with Northrop-Grumman SABR-GS

B-1 bomber radar systems set for big technology upgrades with Northrop-Grumman SABR-GS

LINTHICUM, Md., 15 May 2015. The U.S. Air Force fleet of B-1B Lancer long-range jet bombers is on schedule to receive modern active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, based on a new radar design by the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum, Md.

Navy looks to Mercury Systems to provide electronic spare parts for shipboard EW systems

Navy looks to Mercury Systems to provide electronic spare parts for shipboard EW systems

CRANE, Ind., 14 May 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed various electronic spare parts for the Navy's AN/SLQ-32(V)6 ship-mounted electronic warfare (EW) system. They found their solution from Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass.

Army reaching out to industry for handheld and wrist-worn GPS receivers for use in the Middle East

Army reaching out to industry for handheld and wrist-worn GPS receivers for use in the Middle East

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, 13 May 2015. U.S. Army navigation and guidance officials are interested in buying 1,622 handheld and 20 wrist-worn GPS receivers, and they need to know by TOMORROW, 14 May 2015, which companies could provide these wearable satellite navigation devices.

High-performance embedded computing (HPEC) takes giant step forward with Intel Xeon D processor

High-performance embedded computing (HPEC) takes giant step forward with Intel Xeon D processor

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 12 May 2015. Designers of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) for demanding aerospace and defense applications like radar processing, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and electronic warfare (EW) are flexing their muscles after introduction earlier this spring of the Intel Xeon D processor.

Army surveying industry for stabilized sensor platform for electro-optical sensor payloads

Army surveying industry for stabilized sensor platform for electro-optical sensor payloads

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 11 May 2015. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to fine companies able to design and build a stabilized sensor platform for electro-optical sensor payloads. Sensor packages need stabilized platforms to avoid jitter caused by movement, shock, or vibration.

MIKEL researchers helping Navy with submarine machine automation and combat system development

MIKEL researchers helping Navy with submarine machine automation and combat system development

WASHINGTON, 11 May 2015. A Massachusetts research company is moving forward on a U.S. Navy project to design futuristic submarine combat system technologies involving submarine machine automation and reduced manning requirements.

Air Force accelerates program to provide M-Code GPS receivers to warfighters worldwide

Air Force accelerates program to provide M-Code GPS receivers to warfighters worldwide

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif. 8 May 2015. Satellite navigation experts at L-3 Interstate Electronics Corp. (IEC) in Anaheim, Calif., are speeding their work on developing anti-jam Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers with special M-code GPS capability for military operations.

NASA-developed distributed electric propulsion could be key to future ultra-quiet UAV

NASA-developed distributed electric propulsion could be key to future ultra-quiet UAV

ATLANTA, 8 May 2015. U.S. government researchers are experimenting with what could be the key to ultra-quiet unmanned aircraft for a wide variety of uses ranging from covert military surveillance and reconnaissance to package deliveries that don't annoy the neighbors.

Raytheon to upgrade Army electro-optical sensors with networking and anti-sniper capability

Raytheon to upgrade Army electro-optical sensors with networking and anti-sniper capability

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 7 May 2015. U.S. Army electro-optics experts are asking Raytheon Co. to upgrade long-range electro-optical sensors with networking capability so soldiers can share battlefield imaging data and improve their effectiveness against enemy snipers.

Strike or surveillance: GAO says Navy needs to settle on role of future combat drone

Strike or surveillance: GAO says Navy needs to settle on role of future combat drone

WASHINGTON, 6 May 2015. The role of a future U.S. Navy aircraft carrier-based combat drone remains unclear, which leaves Navy leaders uncertain of the program's long-term costs, congressional investigators have found.

Pieces falling into place for a robust U.S. cyber security infrastructure

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 5 May 2015. Cyber security is on the minds of many these days as the U.S. Department of Defense, other government agencies, and private business kick into high gear in attempts to foil hackers and other cyber criminals.

Boeing to provide training and weapons tactics flight simulators for for Navy P-8A crews

Boeing to provide training and weapons tactics flight simulators for for Navy P-8A crews

ORLANDO, Fla., 5 May 2015. Simulation and training experts at the Boeing Co. will build and install several kinds of flight simulators for crews of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash.

Live twitter feeds this week from AUVSI from Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace

Read the tweet stream from the AUVSI show this month at Military & Aerospace Electronics

ATLANTA, 4 May 2015. Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace sponsored an industry Twitter feed from the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference and trade show earlier this month in Atlanta, and several interesting conversation threads are ready for you to read.

Northrop Grumman to improve air battle management capabilities of Army's IBCS network

Northrop Grumman to improve air battle management capabilities of Army's IBCS network

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 1 May 2015. Command and control experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are moving forward on an air battle management program to create a single, unambiguous view of the air battlespace to enable commanders to deal with uncertain information, short timelines.

DOD cyber security strategy to focus on defending military and national-interest networks

DOD cyber security strategy to focus on defending military and national-interest networks

WASHINGTON, 1 May 2015. Cyber security experts in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are focusing on defending DOD networks, systems and information, as well as on defending U.S. national interests against cyber attacks, as well as providing integrated cyber capabilities to support military operations and contingency plans.

Army awards big production contract for Rifleman infantry software-defined radio communications

Army awards big production contract for Rifleman infantry software-defined radio communications

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 30 April 2015. U.S. Army radio communications experts are moving forward with mass production of the Rifleman software-defined radio for handheld use by infantry warfighters with substantial contracts Wednesday to two manufacturers.

Navy awards potential $96.3 million contract to DRS Laurel to provide common shipboard displays

Navy awards potential $96.3 million contract to DRS Laurel to provide common shipboard displays

WASHINGTON, 28 April 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are looking to the DRS Laurel Technologies segment of DRS Technologies Inc. in Johnstown, Pa., to provide common military displays for surface warships.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington announced a $15.5 million contract to DRS Laurel Friday for the Common Display System (CDS) Technology Insertion 12 production. This contract includes options could bring its cumulative value to $96.3 million.

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