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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. Not your old timer's electronic warfare

    The new frontier of U.S. military land-based electronic warfare (EW) has been energized by the fight against improvised explosive devices, and is emerging to encompass EW, cyber warfare, signals intelligence, and a host of other disciplines.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  3. Navy orders shipboard electronic -warfare systems from Lockheed Martin

    U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are ordering advanced electronic - warfare (EW) systems for surface warships, such as aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, and destroyers under terms of a $153.9 million contract modification.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  4. ELECTRONIC WARFARE : Navy looks to Mercury for spare parts to shipboard EW systems

    U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed various electronic spare parts for the Navy's AN/SLQ-32(V)6 ship-mounted electronic warfare (EW) system. They found their solution from Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  1. Marines make transition from gallium arsenide to gallium nitride in air-defense radar

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    Wed, 26 Aug 2015

  2. Navy spending $1.5 billion to buy another 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Aug. 2015. The U.S. Navy is ordering 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jets from the Boeing Co., as well as long-lead items for another 20 Poseidon aircraft -- under terms of a $1.5 billion contract modification announced late Thursday.

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  3. Navy spending $1.5 billion to buy another 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Aug. 2015. The U.S. Navy is ordering 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jets from the Boeing Co., as well as long-lead items for another 20 Poseidon aircraft -- under terms of a $1.5 billion contract modification announced late Thursday. Of these new aircraft, 25 will be ...

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  4. Navy orders 46 sophisticated electronic warfare jammers for Navy F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 31 July 2015. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Exelis Inc. in Clifton, N.J., will provide the U.S. Navy with 46 sophisticated EW systems designed to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles.

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    Fri, 31 Jul 2015

  5. Wrong again: UAV market heading nowhere but up over the next decade

    THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Aug. 2015. I have to admit I was wrong about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically about the UAV market. I was under the impression that UAVs -- popularly called drones -- were starting to represent a market that was leveling off after years of steep growth. Gazing ...

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  6. HEICO boosting expertise in F-16 jet fighter maintenance and repair with ACT acquisition

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., 21 Aug. 2015. HEICO Corp. in Hollywood, Fla., is boosting its expertise in maintaining Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighters with its acquisition of F-16 maintenance and repair specialist Aerospace & Commercial Technologies Inc. (ACT) in Fort Worth, Texas.

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    Fri, 21 Aug 2015

  7. Overcome the Challenges of Crafting a Customized Computer; Mixing Standards for Solutions in COM Express

    Whether they're powering a map-sensor payload for a Global Hawk UAV or a man-pack radio system for a soldier on the move, custom computer solutions have to be small and lightweight. Oh, and while you're at it, make them ruggedized, constant in temperature, power efficient, and inexpensive. Military ...

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    Fri, 21 Aug 2015

  8. Navy announces contracts potentially worth $880.8 million for MIDS low-volume terminals

    SAN DIEGO, 24 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy military communications experts are earmarking more than three-quarters of a billion dollars for new military situational awareness communications terminals that enable U.S. and allied aircraft, ships, and ground forces to exchange their tactical pictures in ...

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    Mon, 24 Aug 2015

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