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CACI to create virtual battlefields to test Air Force electronic warfare technology, Navy conducts aircraft carrier tests of Cubic DSP data link, MORE...

Sep 1st, 2001

CACI to create virtual battlefields to test Air Force electronic warfare technology
U.S. Air Force electronic warfare (EW) researchers needed simulation experts to create artificial environments in which to test and evaluate new EW technologies. They found their solution from experts at CACI International Inc. of Arlington, Va. CACI specialists will emulate battlefield conditions in which to demonstrate EW technologies. The program calls on CACI engineers to integrate EW technologies; define, simulate, and evaluate radar threats to Air Force weapon systems; and help identify EW technology solutions to these threats. CACI is doing the work under terms of an $8.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate (AFRL/SN) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The program is called Integrated Electronic Warfare Threat Environment Applications Research (IEWTEAR), which is to help Air Force researchers evolve advanced EW technology, CACI officials say. Work could range from radar to missile and weapons guidance countermeasures. CACI has already begun work on a delivery order to define an electronic combat radar threat environment, company officials say. For more information contact CACI by phone at 703-841-7800, by fax at 703-841-7882, by post at 1100 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Va. 22201, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.caci.com/. — J.K.


Navy conducts aircraft carrier tests of Cubic DSP data link
Systems designers from Cubic Defense Systems Inc. in San Diego demonstrated a digital signal processor (DSP)-based Common Data Link (CDL) that sends radar images and other information from surveillance aircraft to analysts on ships or at ground stations, company officials say. The recent demonstration aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis linked Cubic's CDL to a relatively old CDL system while the carrier was docked at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. Working with Cubic were specialists from the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), also based in San Diego. Cubic CDL products uses commercially available DSPs originally developed for cellular telephone and wireless local area networks, Cubic officials say. Tests involved the Cubic Ku-band CDL equipment. For more information contact Cubic Defense Systems Inc. by phone at 858-277-6780, by fax at 858-277-1878, by post at 9333 Balboa Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92123, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.cubic.com/. — J.K.


Harris to provide digital map system for Italian military helicopter
Avionics designers at helicopter manufacturer Agusta of Cascina Costa, Italy, needed a computerized moving map for the Italian navy's fleet of EH-101 anti-submarine warfare helicopters. The Digital Map System (DMS) system from the Harris Corp. Government Communications Systems Division in Palm Bay, Fla., met their needs. The DMS provides the EH-101 with real-time, advanced terrain-visualization data via cockpit displays. The EH-101 DMS includes the Harris Modular Digital Map Computer (DMC), the Smiths Industries Advanced Memory Unit (AMU), and a High-Speed Interface (HSI) cable between the DMC and AMU. For more information contact Harris by phone at 321-727-4000, by post at 2400 Palm Bay Road, N.E., Palm Bay, Fla., 32905-3399, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.Harris.com/. — J.K.


Tracewell Systems offers rugged VME enclosure
Engineers at Tracewell Systems Inc. in Westerville, Ohio, are unveiling a rugged rack-mount chassis with 12- and 21-slot versions for 32/64-bit VME and VME64 extensions. The chassis, called the S21, supports 6U 160-millimeter and 9U 400-millimeter cards and power ranging from 500 to 800 watts. Options include a four-device 5.25-inch half-height storage module, removable tinted polycarbonate front cover with six thumbscrews, and sliding racks. All versions of the chassis have high-pressure air cooling with filter, front intake and rear exhaust airflow that enable users to stack the units directly. For unused slots, air blocks are available to ensure even airflow. The backplane reset has a 200-millisecond debounce feature. The 19-inch rack or benchtop enclosure uses a steel card cage, 0.125-inch thick aluminum sides, and extrusion frame for rigidity. For more information contact Tracewell Systems by phone at 614-846-6175, by fax at 614-846-4450, by post at 567 Enterprise Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.tracewell.com. — J.K.


BiTMICRO Networks to provide solid-state memory for Israeli air force
Engineers from BiTMICRO Networks Inc. of Fremont, Calif., are providing their E-Disk Flash solid-state storage devices for the podded search-and-rescue (SAR) systems for Israeli air force jet fighters. BiTMICRO is doing the work in partnership with Elta Electronics Industries Ltd. in Ashdod, Israel. Elta's airborne reconnaissance SAR systems generate images of wide areas, and record these SAR images digitally. BiTMICRO's E-Disk SFX35 versions deliver 10 megabytes per second burst read and burst write transfer rates, at speeds faster 9 megabytes per second sustained read and sustained write transfer. They contain no moving parts, which are the primary cause of failures and electro-mechanical delays in conventional hard drives. BiTMICRO's non-volatile storage products withstand operating temperatures from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius, and 1,000 Gs of operating shock. For more information contact BiTMICRO by phone at 510-623-2341, by fax at 510-623-2342, by post at 45550 Northport Loop East, Fremont, Calif. 94538, by e-mail at support@bitmicro.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.bitmicro.com/. — J.K.


DNA begins deliveries of new quad PowerPC 6U VME board
Leaders of DNA Computing Solutions in Richardson, Texas, are delivering a new 6U VME Quad PowerPC processor board, the VQG4. Systems integrators can configure this board with single, dual or quad PPC750 (G3) or MPC74xx (G4) PowerPC processors and includes an embedded RACE++ interface, field programmable options for front panel or rear VME P2 serial ports and a full 64 bit/66 MHz PCI-P0 overlay to cluster as many as five boards. The first application of the VQG4 will be on the surface interrogator (LSI-2000) for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) products from Litton Integrated Systems Division in Northridge, Calif., DNA officials say. The VQG4 was specifically designed for embedded applications and includes a wide range of embedded interfaces such as VME, RACE++, Ethernet, PMC, Discrete I/O, and PCI-P0, to enable intensive I/O in concert with rigorous computing. For more information contact DNA Computing Solutions by phone at 972-671-1972, by fax at 972-671-1581, by post at 1220 E. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75081, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.dnacomputingsolutions.com/. — J.K.


CACI to support Air Force radar systems with computers and communications
Leaders of the U.S. Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., needed information technology to support radar systems throughout the world. CACI International Inc. in Arlington, Va., offered the solution. AFTAC officials awarded CACI a 10-year, $17.6 million contract to provide command, control, computers, communications, and information support for radar systems. CACI's contract is a time and materials task order under the General Services Administration (GSA) Millennia Lite contract vehicle. For more information contact CACI by phone at 703-841-7800, by fax at 703-841-7882, by post at 1100 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Va. 22201, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.caci.com/. — J.K.


Paravant to supply rugged computers for Army Movement Tracking System
Systems designers at Comtech Mobile Datacom in Germantown, Md., needed rugged computers for the Movement Tracking System (MTS) they are building for the U.S. Army. Paravant Computer Systems of Melbourne, Fla., met their needs. Comtech Mobile awarded a $2.7 million contract to supply rugged computers for MTS, a mobile satellite two-way worldwide messaging and tracking system installed in battlefield support vehicles. MTS includes in-vehicle mapping, and has a military GPS receiver. For more information contact Paravant by phone at 321-727-3672, by post at 1615A West NASA Blvd., Melbourne, Fla. 32901, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.Paravant.com/. — J.K.


EADS turns to Hurley for power amplifiers on tactical electronic jammers
Systems designers at the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) Ewation segment in Ulm, Germany, needed high-power amplifiers for a tactical jammer. They found their solution from Herley Power Amplifier Systems in Farmingdale, N.Y. The contract has a follow-on potential for more than $4 million, Herley officials say. Herley won the contract through EADS Ewation, Herley's MRCM partner. EADS Ewation is the company's signal intelligence/electronic warfare division. For more information contact Herley Power Amplifier Systems by phone at 631-630-2400, by fax at 631-630-2444, by post at 425 Smith St., Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.herley.com/. — J.K.


Systran unveils low-latency crossbar switch
Leaders of Systran Corp. in Dayton, Ohio, introduced the LinkXchange LX2500 Crossbar Switch, a low-latency crossbar switching device designed to complement Fibre Channel devices. Systran officials describe the LinkXchange LX2500 as a multipurpose, non-blocking 32-port modular switching device that moves digital signals at speeds as fast as 2.5 gigabits per second. Port count and type depend on hot-swappable port cards mounted into the LX2500 base unit, with each port card including four input-output pairs and providing the signal conditioning and media conversion for the signal to be switched. Port cards are currently available for 1.0625 gigabits per second Fibre Channel and Serial FPDP, 2.125 gigabits per second Fibre Channel and 2.5 gigabits per second serial Front Panel Data Port (FPDP) signals. For more information contact Systran by phone at 937-252-5601, by fax at 937-258-2729, by e-mail at info@systran.com, by post at 4126 Linden Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45432, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.systran.com/. — J.R.W.

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