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Mil & Aero e-newsletters to take hiatus until January

Mil & Aero e-newsletters to take hiatus until January

NASHUA, N.H., 18 Dec. 2014. As we prepare for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, Military & Aerospace Electronics will take a two-week hiatus from deploying email newsletters as the year winds down The last e-newsletter of 2014 deploys Friday 19 Dec.

Data Link Solutions nets $32.6 million contract for MIDS on Ship Modernization equipment

Data Link Solutions nets $32.6 million contract for MIDS on Ship Modernization equipment

SAN DIEGO, 17 Dec. 2014. Military communications experts at Data Link Solutions LLC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will build shipboard electronics for a major data communications system upgrade that will enhance the ability of Navy surface warships to exchange text and imagery data with aircraft and ground forces.

Low prices at the pump could mean political and military problems abroad

Low prices at the pump could mean political and military problems abroad

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 16 Dec. 2014. Two things today are worth about half as much as they were last summer -- the price of crude oil and the Russian monetary currency called the rouble. Taken together, these devaluations virtually guarantee a long period of increasing global political and military instability in an already dangerous world.

DARPA to brief industry next month on developing obstacle-avoiding algorithms for small, fast drones

DARPA to brief industry next month on developing obstacle-avoiding algorithms for small, fast drones

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 Dec. 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on a program to develop algorithms to help small, fast unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) fly autonomously through complex, cluttered environments.

Boeing to equip Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for high-altitude ASW missions

Boeing to equip Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for high-altitude ASW missions

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 15 Dec. 2014. Surveillance aircraft experts at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Seattle are upgrading the U.S. Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to enable the long-range reconnaissance aircraft to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions from high altitudes.

Navy asks CTG to build sonar transducers for cruiser and destroyer hull-mounted sonar arrays

Navy asks CTG to build sonar transducers for cruiser and destroyer hull-mounted sonar arrays

CRANE, Ind., 12 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are looking to Channel Technologies Group (CTG) in Santa Barbara, Calif., to provide TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets for the Navy's AN/SQS-53 hull mounted sonar array for surface warships.

Northrop Grumman to provide inertial reference system for fifth SBIRS reconnaissance satellite

Northrop Grumman to provide inertial reference system for fifth SBIRS reconnaissance satellite

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 11 Dec. 2014. Satellite designers at Lockheed Martin Corp. needed a space-qualified inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's (SBIRS) fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite.

Beyond CMOS: three industry teams aim at next generation of high-performance computing (HPC)

Beyond CMOS: three industry teams aim at next generation of high-performance computing (HPC)

WASHINGTON, 11 Dec. 2014. U.S. government researchers have chosen three industry teams to develop a small computer based on superconducting logic and cryogenic memory that is energy-efficient, scalable, and able to solve interesting problems -- particularly those that involve intelligence gathering and analysis.

Navy shipboard laser weapon kills boats and UAVs during three-month at-sea tests in Persian Gulf

Navy shipboard laser weapon kills boats and UAVs during three-month at-sea tests in Persian Gulf

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers have completed three months of at-sea testing of a shipboard high-energy laser weapon that could bring deck-mounted machine gun-like defensive capability to U.S. and allied surface warships at a fraction of the cost.

DARPA to detail Transparent Computing cyber security program to industry on 15 Dec. 2014

DARPA to detail Transparent Computing cyber security program to industry on 15 Dec. 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 Dec. 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry next week on a proposed new cyber security program to enhance the understanding of internal computer functions as a way to detect and counter advanced cyber warfare threats.

The scourge of cyber hackers: government and industry gear-up for new generation of cyber security

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 9 Dec. 2014. The recent cyber warfare hacker attack on entertainment giant Sony Corp. is yet another stark warning about the dire threats that cyber attacks and hacker terrorism pose to U.S. and allied military forces, public utilities, and commercial business.

Army to build special UAV airport at Fort Bliss for Grey Eagle and Shadow unmanned aircraft

Army to build special UAV airport at Fort Bliss for Grey Eagle and Shadow unmanned aircraft

FORT BLISS, Texas, 9 Dec. 2014. U.S. Army unmanned vehicles experts are building a special airport for Grey Eagle and Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the Fort Bliss Army post near El Paso, Texas, to support the Army's 1st Armored Division.

Lockheed Martin to move Trident nuclear missile design to next-generation ballistic missile submarine

Lockheed Martin to move Trident nuclear missile design to next-generation ballistic missile submarine

WASHINGTON, 9 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy submarine experts are supervising a plan to equip future ballistic missile submarines of the U.S. and United Kingdom with the UGM-133 Trident II nuclear missile, one of the most advanced submarine-launched atomic missiles in the world.

Marines ask industry for sensor-fusion technologies to counter artillery, rockets, and mortars

Marines ask industry for sensor-fusion technologies to counter artillery, rockets, and mortars

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers are reaching out to industry for sensor-fusion technologies to quicken and improve U.S. Marine Corps tactical fire-control decisions and intelligence gathering when countering enemy incoming artillery, rocket, and mortar rounds.

Officials of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., released a solicitation last week (ONR-BAA-15-0004) for the Target Processing Center Sensor Correlation and Fusion project.

Marines ask Northrop Grumman to switch G/ATOR radar computers from Windows to Linux software

Marines ask Northrop Grumman to switch G/ATOR radar computers from Windows to Linux software

QUANTICO, Va., 5 Dec. 2014. U.S. Marine Corps leaders are ready to switch software operating systems in a radar system designed to protect Marines on attack beaches from rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other low observables.

Army asks Raytheon to build 213 Excalibur satellite-guided artillery shells for pinpoint accuracy

Army asks Raytheon to build 213 Excalibur satellite-guided artillery shells for pinpoint accuracy

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 4 Dec. 2014. Artillery munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will build 213 M982 Excalibur satellite-guided heavy artillery shells for the U.S. Army under terms of a $15.1 million contract modification announced last week.

Navy considers upgrading AV-8B jump jet with small-form-factor Link 16 MIDS terminals

Navy considers upgrading AV-8B jump jet with small-form-factor Link 16 MIDS terminals

RIDGECREST, Calif., 3 Dec. 2014. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet has provided a substantial avionics engineering challenge since the aircraft entered service in 1985. The small aircraft's tight spaces can make avionics upgrades difficult.

Military & Aerospace Electronics to add Friday wrapup edition of its weekly email newsletter

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 2 Dec. 2014. For those of you who just can't get enough aerospace and defense technology news, Military & Aerospace Electronics is doubling the frequency of its weekly email newsletters.

Sierra Nevada to provide upgrade kits for carrier precision-approach landing systems

Sierra Nevada to provide upgrade kits for carrier precision-approach landing systems

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 2 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy carrier aviation experts needed upgrade kits to improve the AN/SPN-46 automatic carrier landing system. They found their solution from Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev.

Lockheed Martin nets $127.7 million contract to upgrade submarine sonar signal processing

Lockheed Martin nets $127.7 million contract to upgrade submarine sonar signal processing

WASHINGTON, 1 Dec. 2014. Submarine computer experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are adding to this year's sonar signal processing work with a $127.7 million contract announced last week for the U.S. Navy's Acoustics-Rapid COTS Insertion (A-RCI) program.

Northrop Grumman moves to next phase of DARPA laser weapons-based missile-defense program

Northrop Grumman moves to next phase of DARPA laser weapons-based missile-defense program

ARLINGTON, Va., 26 Nov. 2014. Laser weapons experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., are moving forward with a military research program to use lasers for defending manned and unmanned military aircraft from heat-seeking missiles.

Navy orders year's worth of AN/ALE-55 aircraft fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) from BAE Systems

Navy orders year's worth of AN/ALE-55 aircraft fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) from BAE Systems

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 25 Nov. 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will build 283 AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) under terms of a $19.9 million U.S. Navy contract announced Friday.

Navy to upgrade shipboard radar systems with Compact PCI architectures and Acromag circuit cards

Navy to upgrade shipboard radar systems with Compact PCI architectures and Acromag circuit cards

CRANE, Ind., 24 Nov. 2014. Electronics experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., are upgrading the U.S. Navy AN/SPS-73(V)12 short-range, two-dimensional, surface search and navigation radar system that provides contact range and bearing information for Navy surface ships.

USSTRATCOM Systems And Mission Support III

Nine companies share $800 million contract to support nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, and C4ISR

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. military authorities in charge of space, cyber warfare, missile defense, global command and control, and nuclear weapons are spending as much as $800 million over the next five years for support services.

Worldwide demand for telemetry to grow from $109.54 billion this year to $243 billion in 2020

Worldwide demand for telemetry to grow from $109.54 billion this year to $243 billion in 2020

DALLAS, 20 Nov. 2014. Worldwide demand for telemetry is expected to grow from $109.54 billion this year to $243 billion in 2020 -- a combined annual growth rate of 14.2 percent -- predict analysts at market researcher MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

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December 2014
Volume 25, Issue 12
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