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Big opportunities for automation in a reduced-manpower Navy

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 15 April 2014. U.S. military campaigns in South Asia are winding down, which is translating into noticeable reductions in numbers of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. The fiscal 2015 Pentagon budget calls for a reduction 36,700 active-duty military personnel next year to bring the total force down to about 1.31 million.

On your marks: UCLASS competion set to begin

Navy gets wheels in motion to start official competition to build carrier-based combat UAV

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 15 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a soliciation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

BAE Systems wins $6.7 million Navy IFF contract

Navy orders shipboard IFF interrogators from BAE Systems in $6.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 15 April 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft. They found their solution from the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Greenlawn, N.Y.

SEAKR to build space lasercom digital processor

NASA awards $6.5 million contract to SEAKR to build space digital processor for lasercom

GREENBELT, Md., 13 April 2014. Laser communications (lasercom) experts at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., needed a space-qualified digital processor to support an optical communications relay between Earth and geosynchronous orbit over an extended period. They found their solution from SEAKR Engineering Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Elbit tapped for night-vision data converters

Elbit to provide data conversion processors for Army helicopter night-vision equipment

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 11 April 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts needed special processors to convert electronic signals from helicopter sensors to trend information for display on night-vision equipment. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

Air Force eyes electronic upgrades to AWACS

Air Force considers major electronic upgrades to AWACS aircraft computers and sensors

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 10 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are surveying industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the E-3 Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

Army picks four in SRW Appliqué Radio program

Army chooses four companies to provide radios in SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 10 April 2014. Four U.S. military radio manufacturers will share nearly a billion dollars in a program to add software-defined-radio (SDR) networking to the U.S. Army's legacy VRC-92 Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

Optics In Motion tapped for fast-steering mirrors

Air Force chooses fast-steering mirrors from Optics In Motion for weapons test facility

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air force weapons experts needed fast-steering mirrors for the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (GWEF) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., They found their solution from Optics In Motion LLC in Long Beach, Calif.

Air Force chooses RF amplifiers from Ophir RF

Air Force aircraft technicians choose Ophir RF to provide RF amplifier support equipment

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance technicians needed radio frequency (RF) amplifiers to support test and measurement equipment used for troubleshooting electronic faults in aircraft. They found their solution from Ophir RF in Los Angeles.

Ocean pickets, standard design on Rapid Fire

Unmanned ocean sentinels, standard radar and satellite design this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 8 April 2014. A surveillance picket line of unmanned marine vehicles, seven companies and a $100 million investment in RF and microwave design, and a future of standard building blocks for satellites highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Think laser weapons are the stuff of fantasy? Next summer will see first Navy deployment

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 April 2014. I remember when laser weapons were the stuff of cartoons and comic books ... except that as kids we used to call them "death rays," "disintegrator rays," or just "ray guns."

DDC gets $1.9 million power controller card order

Army to receive solid-state power controller boards from DDC in $1.9 million contract award

WARREN, Mich., 8 April 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts needed rugged power-controller circuit boards for upgrades to the power-distribution system in the turret of the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They found their solution from Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Navy buys 16 submarine sensor masts from L-3 KEO

Navy to buy an additional 16 Universal Modular Mast Systems from L-3 KEO in $15 million contract

WASHINGTON, 7 April 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts needed non-penetrating sensor masts for the fleet of Virginia-class fast-attack submarines. They found their solution from L-3 KEO (formerly Kollmorgen Electro-Optical) in Northampton, Mass.

Unmanned vehicles wanted for offshore surveillance

Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

NEW LONDON, Conn., 6 April 2014. U.S. Coast Guard ocean surveillance experts are shopping for mature unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) to handle persistent-surveillance missions at sea such as watching for drug smugglers, icebergs, or illegal fishing.

Reinventing the military RF phased array antenna

DARPA hires seven companies, spends more than $100 million, to reinvent the RF phased array antenna

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF phased array antennas for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Navy asks for five long-range Fire Scout UAVs

Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build five long-range Fire Scout UAVs in $43.8 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced late Wednesday.

Raytheon focuses on advanced EW, radar antennas

Raytheon to help DARPA develop RF and microwave arrays for communications, radar, EW, and SIGINT

ARLINGTON, Va., 3 April 2014. RF and microwave experts at the Raytheon Co. will help U.S. military researchers find new ways of shortening the time it takes to develop, deploy, and upgrade arrays for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Progeny to upgrade Navy ASW planning systems

Progeny Systems to enhance and upgrade Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planning system

WASHINGTON, 2 April 2014. Systems integrators at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., will continue upgrading and enhancing a U.S. Navy decision-support system designed to help Navy commanders plan attacks on enemy submarines.

Navy looks to NAI for synchro-to-digital cards

Navy asks North Atlantic to supply synchro-to-digital cards for shipboard interrogator system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 April 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed spare VME synchro-to-digital converter (SDC) circuit card assemblies (CCA) for the AN/UPX-29(V) Interrogator System Mode 5 shipboard identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

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