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General Dynamics upgrades Marine Corps AV-8B jump jet avionics computers

June 29, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va., 29 June 2015. Avionics software experts at General Dynamics Corp. have delivered the third software release involved in a program to upgrade the mission systems computer (MSC) systems aboard the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet.

Three technologies and trends to watch at Paris Air Show 2015

Three technologies and trends to watch at Paris Air Show 2015

June 9, 2015

Executives with Accenture’s aerospace and defense industry practice have identified three stories to watch during the Paris Air Show that will begin June 15th. They are: growth in digital technologies, such as wearables and 3D printing; uptick in defense market; and new competition for engineering talent.

Navy prepares Boeing to build nine new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

June 8, 2015

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 8 June 2015. U.S. Navy aviation authorities are giving the green light to the Boeing Co. to start building nine new P-8A Poseidon military plans under terms of a $21.3 million contract.

Air Force asking industry for enabling technologies for future hypersonic munition

June 1, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 1 June 2015. U.S. Air Force researchers are moving forward with a program to develop a hypersonic munition able to attack and destroy targets quickly over long distances, and pose lethal threats to many different targets in many different locations all at the same time.

Is NASA-developed distributed electric propulsion key to future ultra-quiet UAS?

May 25, 2015

ATLANTA, 25 May 2015. U.S. government researchers are experimenting with what could be the key to ultra-quiet unmanned aircraft for a wide variety of uses ranging from covert military surveillance and reconnaissance to package deliveries that don't annoy the neighbors.

Strike or surveillance: GAO says Navy needs to settle on role of future combat drone

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, 18 May 2015. The role of a future U.S. Navy aircraft carrier-based combat drone remains unclear, which leaves Navy leaders uncertain of the program's long-term costs, congressional investigators have found.

Navy developing swarms of cooperating drones to launch overwhelming attacks

May 11, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 May 2015. U.S. Navy researchers have demonstrated swarming unmanned aerial systems (UAS) designed to overwhelm an adversary autonomously as the UAS fly together like flocks of birds.

Air Force to convert 25 F-16 jet fighters to target drones in $28.5 million Boeing contract

April 13, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 13 April 2015. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co. will convert 25 retired U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighters into sophisticated manned and unmanned target drones under terms of a $28.5 million contract.

U.S. Air traffic control computers vulnerable to cyber security threats, GAO says

March 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, 23 March 2015. The U.S. commercial air traffic control (ATC) system is vulnerable to hackers and other cyber security threats, say auditors at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, the investigative arm of Congress.

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

February 11, 2015

By Dominic Testo
Particle-filled silicones are elastomeric compounds that combine the advantages of silicone with the electrical properties of metals. An inert, synthetic rubber, silicone offers thermal stability over a wide temperature range and resists ozone and ultraviolet (UV) light. Silicone rubber also resists water, and can be formulated to impart electrical conductivity. When filled with tiny metal particles, typically silver-plated or nickel-coated, silicone compounds can be used for environmental seals that resist electromagnetic interference (EMI).

F-35 fighter, P-8A patrol jet, KC-46 tanker are big winners in 2016 DOD budget

February 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, 9 Feb. 2015. The U.S. military's F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) -- one of the nation's costliest defense programs -- leads efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to upgrade and build new military aircraft in the Pentagon's fiscal 2016 budget request, submitted this past week.

Never has the value of human intelligence on the flight deck been more important

January 19, 2015

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG 19 Jan. 2015. Modern avionics represents truly amazing technology. Sensors are growing in sophistication, digital satellite communications is helping guide aircraft to their destinations more efficiently than ever before, and small powerful computers are blending sensor inputs to produce on-board real-time situational awareness.

Airport passenger boarding bridge market to reach $7.5 billion by 2020, forecast says

Airport passenger boarding bridge market to reach $7.5 billion by 2020, forecast says

January 12, 2015

DALLAS, 12 Jan. 2015. the global market for airport passenger boarding bridges will grow to $7.5 billion by 2020, with a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.85 percent, predict analysts at market researcher Markets and Markets in Dallas.

Boeing to equip Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for high-altitude ASW

January 5, 2015

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 5 Jan. 2015. Surveillance aircraft experts at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Seattle are upgrading the U.S. Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to enable the long-range reconnaissance aircraft to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions from high altitudes.

Navy considers upgrading AV-8B jump jet with small-form-factor Link 16 MIDS terminals

December 22, 2014

RIDGECREST, Calif., 22 Dec. 2014. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet has provided a substantial avionics engineering challenge since the aircraft entered service in 1985. The small aircraft's tight spaces can make avionics upgrades difficult.

Risk analysis and staying informed help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

Risk analysis and staying informed can help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

December 9, 2014

If you’ve been keeping up with conversations around the hangar, you’ve likely noticed all the talk these days about supply-chain management in aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Supply-chain management techniques, including supply-chain mapping and risk analysis, have emerged as major contributors to efficient aviation maintenance and repair.

Analysts: light military helicopter manufacturing set to decline over the next 15 years

December 1, 2014

NEWTOWN, Conn., 1 Dec. 2014. Rotorcraft manufacturers throughout the world will build 208 light military helicopters in 2016, but that production level will fall to only 55 light military helicopters by 2028, report analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

Air Force to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAS to sense and avoid other aircraft

November 3, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 3 Nov. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Rockford aerospace cluster

Regional aerospace cluster expands, grows international presence, attracts attention

October 14, 2014

Proactive aerospace community grows international presence and participation, becomes an epicenter of aerospace activity in the nation, and competes for business on a global scale.

Flightline technicians need a stronger voice in the test equipment business

October 13, 2014

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG, 13 Oct. 2014. The flightline test experts buying and specifying test equipment need to improve their communications with the technicians using that equipment, or risk playing a guessing game that could lead to the wrong choices.

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