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  1. Air Force brings 1950s-vintage B-52 bomber into the network-centric 21st century

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are preparing to upgrade 28 Boeing B-52 eight-engine strategic jet bombers to enable the venerable aircraft to log-in to the network-centric battlefield. Officials of the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $46.7 million contract Friday to the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Oklahoma City, Okla., for seven full-rate-production Combat Network Communication Technology (CONECT) upgrade kits for the B-52 bomber. The CONECT upgrades provide the B-52H with digital display screens, computer network servers, and real-time beyond line of sight communication links to enable crews to stay connected to the world throughout their missions. The contract also calls for Boeing to provide 21 retrofit kits to convert previously purchased B-52 CONECT kits from a low-rate initial production configuration to the full-rate production configuration. Another facet of CONECT is the addition of networking devices to the aircraft to act as a digital framework, for easy incorporation of new technologies in the future. Related: Air Force moves forward on upgrading situational-awareness tactical data links on B-52 bomber fleet Included in the CONECT modification kits are six units of peculiar support equipment; 14 CONECT mission support system ground stations; 114 removable storage devices; and technical support for installation of the CONECT system on the B-52H aircraft -- including with parts and components expected to go obsolete and depot maintenance during the program. The B-52 CONECT program involves new computers and color displays, key data links, an advanced wideband satellite terminal, and tie-ins to existing Air Force systems to enable B-52s to receive new missions and re-target weapons during flight. story continues below   The Air Force operates 76 B-52s primarily out of Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Minot Air Force Base, N.D.; and Andersen Air Base, Guam. These upgrades to the B-52 are designed to improve the aircraft's utility in the modern battlespace and to keep the 50-year-old aircraft capable and lethal until at least 2040, Air Force officials say. The machine-to-machine interfacing introduced by CONECT also allows for rapid re-tasking and retargeting while eliminating potential human error. This enables the B-52H to conduct digitally aided close-support missions in coordination with tactical air controllers on the ground. Related: New teeth for an old dog: Air Force seeks to give a bigger bite to B-52H bomber firepower A combined air and space operations center provides the aircraft with constantly updated threat and targeting data, rather than requiring the crew and mission to depend solely on information that was available only at take-off. Air Force and Boeing technicians install the CONECT kits aboard each B-52 as it comes in every four years for periodic depot maintenance (PDM) at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla. Because CONECT requires making such extensive modifications to the aircraft, the upgrades only can be performed during PDM visits at Tinker Air Force Base. Equipping a B-52H with CONECT requires nearly 7,000 man-hours to complete, or approximately nine months per aircraft. The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker has the capacity to perform as many as 17 of these refits per year. All B-52H's are scheduled to complete the upgrade by 2020. On this sole-source contract Boeing will do the work in Oklahoma City, Okla., and should be finished by May 2017. For more information contact Boeing Defense, Space & Security online at www.boeing.com/defense , or the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center at www.wpafb.af.mil/aflcmc .

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    Mon, 31 Aug 2015

  2. Aurora Flight Sciences moves to next phase of DARPA aircraft automation project

    ARLINGTON, Va., 27 Aug. 2015. Avionics designers at Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. in Manassas, Va., are moving forward with a U.S. defense research program to develop and insert new aircraft automation into existing planes and helicopters to enable operation with reduced onboard crew.

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    Thu, 27 Aug 2015

  3. AVIONICS : Line driver to convert TL/CMOS data to ARINC amplitudes introduced by DDC

    Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the DD-4107X ARINC 429 line driver to convert TL/CMOS serial input data to ARINC-specified amplitudes in avionics applications.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  4. IP Core or ASIC? What’s Best for MIL-STD-1553 Applications?

    This paper demonstrates there are significant advantages to using an application-specific protocol IC versus an FPGA IP core for MIL-STD-1553 applications.  A modern IC solution uses much less board area, resulting in simplified board design with costs comparable to an FPGA solution, especially ...

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  1. Navy orders night-vision helmet-mounted displays to help combat pilots fly at night

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  2. Sikorsky moves forward with aircraft automation and optionally piloted helicopter technologies

    ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Aug. 2015. Avionics designers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, Conn., are moving forward with a U.S. defense research program to develop and insert new aircraft automation into existing planes and helicopters to enable operation with reduced onboard crew.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  3. Thales to build prototype deployable instrument landing systems

    Avionics experts at Thales Defense & Security Inc. in Clarksburg, Md., are taking the next step in developing a deployable aircraft instrument landing system for precision aircraft approach worldwide in difficult conditions.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  4. Rugged avionics computer that saves space and eases upgradeability introduced by CES

    GENEVA, 22 July 2015. Creative Electronic Systems SA (CES) in Geneva is introducing the ROCK-2 rugged, modular, avionics computer with a computing power scalable from 3,000 to 170,000 DMIPS.

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    Wed, 22 Jul 2015

  5. Small-form-factor MIL-STD-1553 and MIL-STD-1760 avionics databus interfaces introduced by Holt

    MISSION VIEJO, Calif., 6 Aug. 2015. Holt Integrated Circuits in Mission Viejo, Calif., is introducing the MAMBA family of MIL-STD-1553 and MIL-STD-1760 avionics databus interface devices in an ultra-compact form factor.

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    Thu, 6 Aug 2015

  6. Are we seeing a renaissance in radiation-hardened space electronics?

    THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Aug. 2015. Microelectronics experts at BAE Systems have achieved the U.S. Department of Defense Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Level V radiation-hardened certification for the company's next-generation 45-nanometer application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for use ...

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    Tue, 11 Aug 2015

  7. Russian directed-energy weapon to complicate military strategic planning?

    The Russian defense industry reportedly has developed a directed- energy weapon that can destroy or disable sophisticated electronic guidance and navigation systems in manned and unmanned aircraft and precision-guided missiles.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  8. AIRBORNE RADAR: Thales to provide radar and computers for Royal Navy Merlin helicopters

    Military helicopter systems integrators at Lockheed Martin U.K. Holdings Ltd. in London needed helicopter radar and mission systems for the United Kingdom Royal Navy Merlin helicopters. They found their solution from Thales Holding UK PLC in Weybridge, England.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

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