SEA TECHNOLOGY

Technologies for surface ships, submarines, and unmanned marine vehicles

The next super weapon: believe me, nobody's ready for it

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2014. Military powers throughout history have based their strengths on revolutionary super weapons that adversaries couldn't match.

Floating fiber, buoys back up tactical networks

DARPA to keep military communications open with floating optical fiber and networking buoys

ARLINGTON, Va., 22 April 2014. When military communications go down in the midst of battle due to electronic jamming or other interference, commanders want it restored fast, and military researchers are looking into ways of restoring disrupted links with undersea fiber-optic networks.

Navy chooses 3 Phoenix for sonar sensor fusion

Navy looks to 3 Phoenix to provide data-fusion sonar signal processing for submarines and ships

WASHINGTON, 21 April 2014. U.S. Navy sonar experts needed data-fusion technology to blend information from several different towed-array sensors to improve target detection and tracking. They found their solution from 3 Phoenix Inc. in Chantilly, Va.

DARPA eyes buoy nodes to restore data networks

DARPA considers buoy communications nodes to restore data networks in presence of enemy jamming

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 April 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry late this month on an upcoming program to use small-diameter optical fiber and buoy relay nodes for the temporary restoration of military data networks amid jamming and other enemy attempts to disrupt communications.

Combat UAV, AWACS, radio upgrades on Rapid Fire

Combat UAVs, upgrades to AWACS, and software-defined radio for SINCGARS this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 16 April 2014. Competition to build a carrier-based combat UAV, software-defined radio upgrades to a venerable military communications system, and attention turning to potential major upgrades to the AWACS surveillance aircraft highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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.

Bluefin wins $7.1 million Navy advanced UUV deal

Bluefin Robotics wins $7.1 million contract to develop Navy's next-generation underwater drones

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 14 April 2014. U.S. Navy researchers needed next-generation unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for research programs in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasure (MCM) missions. They found their solution from Bluefin Robotics Corp. in Quincy, Mass.

High-speed controller and storage module for defense and industrial uses introduced by Elma

High-speed controller and storage module for defense and industrial uses introduced by Elma

FREMONT, Calif., 11 April 2014. Elma Electronic Inc. in Fremont, Calif., is introducing model 5335/6 high-speed controller and storage embedded computing module for defense and industrial applications ranging from ground, ship- and airborne systems to signals intelligence, engine and automation control, and mission critical information systems.

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."

Navy's first laser weapon deployment this summer

Navy announces plan to deploy laser weapon aboard amphibious assault ship late this summer

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 April 2014. U.S. Navy leaders plan to deploy the service's first laser weapon aboard a surface warship later this summer, say officials of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va.

R-COTS OpenVPX air-flow-through chassis for SIGINT and radar uses offered by Curtiss-Wright

R-COTS OpenVPX air-flow-through chassis for SIGINT and radar uses offered by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 8 April 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Hybricon AFT16 rugged commercial off-the-shelf (R-COTS) OpenVPX air-flow-through embedded computing chassis for dense, high-performance systems such as SIGINT, ELINT, COMINT, and radar processing.

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.

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.

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.

Tomahawk SATCOM to receive new I/O circuit cards

Raytheon to replace obsolescent I/O circuit cards in Tomahawk missile communications system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 April 2014. Cruise missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will upgrade the satellite data link transceiver of the Tomahawk Block IV tactical land-attack missile under terms of an $8.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification announced Monday.

Navy eyes next phase of A-RCI sonar processing

Navy awards sonar processing contract to General Dynamics; readies for next phase of A-RCI

WASHINGTON, 31 March 2014. Submarine sonar experts at General Dynamics Corp. will provide rugged commercial off-the-shelf (R-COTS) computer equipment for sonar signal processing aboard the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.

Navy orders three early model helicopter-based unmanned minehunting systems from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 30 March 2014. Undersea warfare experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., will provide the U.S. Navy with three Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) under terms of a $17.7 million contract modification announced this past week.

Covert electronic ambushes at sea take shape

DARPA moves forward with project to lay sea-based electronic ambushes for enemy naval forces

ARLINGTON, Va., 27 March 2014. U.S. military researchers are moving forward with a program to hide ruggedized electronic devices at the bottom of the world's oceans that when called on will float to the surface to jam, disrupt, and spy on enemy forces.

Rugged VPX Gigabit Ethernet switch for upgrading military electronics introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Rugged VPX Gigabit Ethernet switch for upgrading military electronics introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 26 March 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the VPX3-652 Gigabit Ethernet switch module for upgrading aerospace and defense embedded computing applications.

With robots like these, who needs humans?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 March 2014. U.S. military researchers have been reasonably successful over the past several years at designing robotic technology that enables unmanned aircraft, ships, and land vehicles to operate autonomously.

Raytheon gets another multispectral sensor win

Raytheon wins another contract for Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Navy helicopters

CRANE, Ind., 24 March 2014. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, won another contract Friday to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. Navy helicopters.

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