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New Tomahawk missile, advancing aircraft missile defense, and nuclear missiles this week on Rapid Fire

New Tomahawk missile, advancing aircraft missile defense, and nuclear missiles this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 1 Oct. 2014. New Tomahawk missiles on the way, pushing the state of the art in aircraft missile defense, and boosting the nation's nuclear deterrence force highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. Intelligent Aerospace, the annual aerospace event and industry resource, and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the renowned industry association dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment in Alexandria, Va., have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly support and serve the rapidly expanding global aerospace community. The agreement was struck during ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition and Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) being held this week, 28 September – 1 October 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland.

Navy chooses DRS to provide TIH embedded computing, displays, and networking for Navy submarines

Navy chooses DRS to provide TIH embedded computing, displays, and networking for Navy submarines

KEYPORT, Wash., 30 Sept. 2014. Submarine electronics experts at DRS Laurel Technologies in Johnstown, Pa., will provide embedded computing, display, and networking hardware to upgrade U.S. and Australian combat submarines under terms of a $171.2 million contract announced Monday.

Leidos chosen to participate in DARPA C2E program to develop jam-resistant communications

Leidos chosen to participate in DARPA C2E program to develop jam-resistant communications

CHARLESTON, S.C., 29 Sept 2014. Military communications experts at Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va., will help U.S. defense researchers on an electronic warfare (EW) program to develop jam-resistant communications and difficult-to-detect-communications technology to keep battlefield networks functioning amid a variety of spectrum-warfare threats.

Northrop Grumman moves forward on developing long-endurance maritime UAV for small ships

Northrop Grumman moves forward on developing long-endurance maritime UAV for small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 29 Sept. 2014. Unmanned aircraft designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. are moving forward on a program to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can launch and recover from relatively small ships for long-term maritime surveillance.

Lockheed Martin to build Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles in potential $828.4 million deal

Lockheed Martin to build Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles in potential $828.4 million deal

WASHINGTON, 26 Sept. 2014. Weapons experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Space Systems segment in Sunnyvale, Calif., will provide the U.S. Navy with new Trident II D5 nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missiles and Trident missile upgrades under terms of a potential $828.4 million contract modification announced this month.

Air Force orders LAIRCM laser missile defense systems for different versions of C-130 aircraft

Air Force orders LAIRCM laser missile defense systems for different versions of C-130 aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 Sept. 2014. Missile-defense experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. will install laser-based aircraft missile-defense systems aboard 28 U.S. Air Force C-130 four-engine turboprop aircraft under terms of a $28 million contract modification announced this month.

Navy to replace Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at terrorist targets this week with new order

Navy to replace Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at terrorist targets this week with new order

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 25 Sept. 2014. The 40-plus U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at terrorist targets in the Middle East this week will be replaced with a new quarter-billion-dollar cruise missile procurement announced Wednesday.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade on-board telemetry for infrared missile-warning reconnaissance satellites

Lockheed Martin to upgrade on-board telemetry for infrared missile-warning reconnaissance satellites

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 24 Sept. 2014. Satellite reconnaissance experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are upgrading the design of U.S. Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) reconnaissance satellites to accommodate dual band telemetry, tracking, and communications capability.

The growing drumbeat for more defense spending

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 23 Sept. 2014. For at least three years now the prevailing military discussion has revolved around imminent defense budget cuts, rounds of sequestration, and force reductions in the military services across the board.

Air Force awards $3.2 million contract to Boeing to build 512 CSEL pilot emergency radios

Air Force awards $3.2 million contract to Boeing to build 512 CSEL pilot emergency radios

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 23 Sept. 2014. U.S. Air Force combat survival experts are ordering more than 500 AN/PRQ-7A hand-held emergency radios for downed aircraft pilots from the manufacturer, the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis.

Lockheed Martin tests laser tail gun technology to protect aircraft from enemy fighters and missiles

Lockheed Martin tests laser tail gun technology to protect aircraft from enemy fighters and missiles

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 22 Sept. 2014. Aircraft laser weapons experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Space Systems segment in Sunnyvale, Calif., are conducting tests to validate the airworthiness of a prototype high-energy laser tail gun intended to protect combat aircraft from attacks from the rear.

Navy moves DOD program forward to improve testing of MIL-STD-1553 avionics databuses

Navy moves DOD program forward to improve testing of MIL-STD-1553 avionics databuses

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE–DIX–LAKEHURST, N.J., 19 Sept. 2014. Military avionics experts at Coherent Technical Services Inc. in Lexington Park, Md., are continuing their work to make data flowing over the MIL-STD-1553 databus available to other systems for testing and data verification.

Progeny Systems continues work to upgrade P-8A mission software to open-systems standards

Progeny Systems continues work to upgrade P-8A mission software to open-systems standards

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE–DIX–LAKEHURST, N.J., 19 Sept. 2014. Aircraft software experts at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., are helping the U.S. Navy upgrade flight software to enable existing airborne mission computers to disseminate collected maritime airborne mission data in real time.

U.S. Military to sell Hellfire missiles to Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

U.S. Military to sell Hellfire missiles to Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 18 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army anti-armor missile experts are ordering more than a thousand U.S.-made Hellfire II tactical missiles for the governments of Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., announced a $68.7 million contract this week to Hellfire Systems LLC in Orlando, Fla., to produce 1,361 Hellfire II missile models AGM-114R, AGM-114R-3, AGM-114P-4A, TGM M36E7, and ATM-114Q-6.

Army awards $130 million contract modification to Boeing to build seven AH-64E attack helicopters

Army awards $130 million contract modification to Boeing to build seven AH-64E attack helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 17 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army combat aviation experts are ordering seven of the latest-version AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the Boeing Co. under terms of a $130 million contract modification announced Monday.

Army chooses 20 companies to develop explosives-detection for IEDs hidden in culverts

Army chooses 20 companies to develop explosives-detection for IEDs hidden in culverts

ADELPHI, Md., 17 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army bomb-detection and -disposal researchers are choosing 20 companies to compete for future projects involving detecting and neutralizing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hidden in and around roadside culverts.

Coming struggle with ISIS a test of U.S. resolve

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 16 Sept. 2014. Is the Middle East terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a legitimate threat to the United States? Based on the latest response, it would appear that leading members of the Obama Administration believe it not to be so.

Honeywell wins $15.7 million to provide multi-function cockpit displays for Hornet and Growler jets

Honeywell wins $15.7 million to provide multi-function cockpit displays for Hornet and Growler jets

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 16 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed a variety of cockpit displays for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber and the EA-18 Growler electronic warfare jets. They found their solution from the Honeywell International Inc. Aerospace segment in Albuquerque, N.M.

Canadian military chooses iRobot UGVs to detect chemical agents, explosives, and radiation

Canadian military chooses iRobot UGVs to detect chemical agents, explosives, and radiation

BEDFORD, Mass., 15 Sept. 2014. Leaders of the Canadian military needed unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) robots to alert uses to the presence of chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, volatile gases, explosives and radiation. They found their solution from iRobot Corp. in Bedford, Mass.

Air Force moves forward on upgrading situational-awareness tactical data links on B-52 bomber fleet

Air Force moves forward on upgrading situational-awareness tactical data links on B-52 bomber fleet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 Sept. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are reaching out to industry to find companies capable of manufacturing upgrade kits to enable the Boeing B-52 long-range strategic jet bomber to exchange crucial targeting data with command authorities while the aircraft is in flight.

Army chooses Carnegie Robotics to develop mine-hunting sensor payloads for ground robots

Army chooses Carnegie Robotics to develop mine-hunting sensor payloads for ground robots

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 10 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army counter-mine experts are choosing Carnegie Robotics LLC in Pittsburgh to develop the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV)-mounted Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) to detect, mark, and neutralize explosive hazards.

Contractor protests, navigating without GPS, and laser Maverick this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 10 Sept. 2014. Contractor protests, sobering defense assessments, navigating without GPS, and laser Maverick highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Multi-billion-dollar Navy CANES shipboard networking program held up for protest: here we go again

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 9 Sept. 2014. We live in an era of protest and contention; I understand that. You can't escape this facet of our culture even if you're just trying to relax in front of the game. NFL football routinely protests referee calls pending review on camera instant replay. Major League Baseball started something similar this season.

Contractor protests could hold up Navy CANES shipboard networking program until December

SAN DIEGO, 9 Sept. 2014. An important multi-billion-dollar U.S. Navy project to upgrade the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence (C4I), and networking equipment aboard the nation's surface warship fleet is being held up for as long as three months due to contractor protests.

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September 2014
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