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  1. 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. Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., announced a $9.8 million contract modification to Sikorsky on Tuesday to begin the second phase of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky won an initial $8 million phase-one DARPA ALIAS contract last March to capitalize on advances in aircraft automation, such as optionally piloted aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety. Last month Lockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. defense contractor, announced plans to acquire Sikorsky for $9 billion. For ALIAS phase-one, Sikorsky used the company's Matrix technology, which aims to give rotary and fixed-wing aircraft the high level of system intelligence needed to complete complex missions with minimal human oversight. Sikorsky Matrix technology, introduced in 2013, helped the phase-one ALIAS program develop systems and software to enhance the capability, reliability and safety of flight for autonomous, optionally piloted, and piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Related: Aircraft flight deck automation for NextGen air traffic control operations is goal of NASA contract In the first phase of the ALIAS program, Sikorsky and partners Sikorsky Innovations -- the rapid prototyping arm of Sikorsky Aircraft -- as well as the United Technologies Research Center, the National Robotics Engineering Center, and Veloxiti Inc. applied autonomous technology across different aircraft, including the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and other military aircraft. In the second phase of ALIAS, Sikorsky engineers will conduct flight demonstrations of the Autonomous Crew Enhancement System (ACES) cargo-resupply mission on the UH-60L helicopter, as well as demonstrate the ACES system on a representative fixed-wing aircraft, DARPA officials say. The objectives of ALIAS phase two are to enhance and mature the phase-one system to support flight tests, enhance the usability and robustness of the human interface, and demonstrate system portability on the ground. In launching its original autonomy program in 2013, Sikorsky outfitted an S-76 commercial helicopter with fly-by-wire controls and the Matrix Technology suite, creating the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) as its flying test lab. SARA is enabling rapid flight testing of software and hardware, including multispectral sensors previously integrated in Sikorsky systems integration labs. Related: Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft In 2014 Sikorsky experts worked together with the U.S. Army to complete the Manned Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) program that modified a Black Hawk helicopter for autonomous and remotely supervised control. The DARPA ALIAS program involves three contractors: Sikorsky; Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.; and Lockheed Martin Corp. The program envisions a tailorable, drop-in, removable kit to automate systems in existing aircraft to reduce the need for an onboard crew. On this contract modification Sikorsky will do the work in Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn.; Pittsburgh; East Hartford, Conn.; and Alpharetta, Ga., and should be finished by January 2017. For more information contact Sikorsky Aircraft online at www.sikorsky.com , or DARPA at www.darpa.mil .

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  2. MILITARY AVIONICS: BAE Systems to provide military aircraft IFF transponders

    Navy experts are asking BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration in Greenlawn, N.Y., to provide hundreds of identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) transponders for military jet fighter-bombers, helicopters, and trainer and transport aircraft under a $34.3 million contract.

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    Wed, 8 Apr 2015

  3. Military DC-DC converters and EMI filters for manned and unmanned vehicles introduced by VPT

    BLACKSBURG, Va., 9 June 2015. VPT Inc. in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing the VXR series of military DC-DC converters and EMI filters for military ground vehicles, commercial and military aircraft , unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).

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    Tue, 9 Jun 2015

  4. BOX COMPUTERS: Rugged computers for civil, military aircraft and autonomous vehicles introduced by GE

    GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala., is introducing the CRS-D4I-3VB1 and the CRS-D8I-3VF1 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged embedded computers for demanding, harsh environments such as civilian and military autonomous vehicles, commercial and military aircraft , ground vehicles, ...

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    Tue, 14 Jan 2014

  1. Navy looks to H6 Systems to develop microwave weapon simulator for aircraft research

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    Tue, 19 May 2015

  2. Upgrades to German military aircraft transponders completed by Cassidian

    UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM, Germany, 25 Sept. 2011. Cassidian in Unterschleissheim, Germany, has finished upgrading the identification equipment of all German military aircraft , and has handed over the last installment of its STR 2000 transponders to the German Procurement Authority BWB. Cassidian, the ...

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    Sun, 25 Sep 2011

  3. Boeing Military Aircraft realigns and announces staff reductions

    ST. LOUIS, 8 Sept. 2010. Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced changes within its Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) business, including consolidating the organization from six divisions to four, to continue to position the company for growth in the current business environment. The realignment of the ...

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    Wed, 8 Sep 2010

  4. Honeywell to enhance flight safety on Indian air force’s C-130J Hercules military aircraft

    Indian air force officials in Bangalore recognized the need for advanced avionics, including a collision-avoidance system, aboard military aircraft .

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    Thu, 1 Oct 2009

  5. Northrop Grumman proposes open-systems, electro-optical sensor pods

    Electro-optical sensor experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Baltimore are introducing an open-systems sensor architecture designed to enable aircraft sensor technicians to swap sensors in theater using the same sensor pod.

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    Fri, 17 Jul 2015

  6. High-power electronics at the heart of electromagnetic carrier launch and recovery systems

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 15 June 2015. High-power electronics experts at General Atomics will build next-generation all-electric aircraft launch and recover systems for the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), which is under construction in Newport News, Va.

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    Mon, 15 Jun 2015

  7. Open-systems architecture for airborne electro-optical sensor pods offered by Northrop Grumman

    WASHINGTON, 8 June 2015. Electro-optical sensor experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are introducing a new sensor architecture to enable aircraft sensor technicians to swap sensors in theater using the same sensor pod.

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    Mon, 8 Jun 2015

  8. Moving to smart motion controls

    An electronic evolution in aerospace and defense systems is causing a paradigm shift in motor control.

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    Thu, 16 Jul 2015

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