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Companies move forward with effort to repackage Joint STARS radar for smaller aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 31 Aug. 2015. Three U.S. defense prime contractors are moving forward with a cost-cutting program to redesign the sophisticated ground-monitoring radar system of the U.S. Air Force Joint Surveillance and Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) for a business jet or other relatively small aircraft.

L-3 Link to upgrade F-16 flight simulators to reflect latest jet fighter systems

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Aug. 2015. Simulation and training experts at L-3 Link Simulation & Training in Arlington, Texas, will upgrade the flight software of advanced U.S. Air Force F-16 Block 40/50 flight simulators.

HEICO boosts expertise in F-16 jet fighter maintenance with ACT acquisition

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., 31 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, repair, and overhaul (MRO) specialist Aerospace & Commercial Technologies Inc. (ACT) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lightweight braid system for avionics applications introduced by TE

HARRISBURG, Pa., 31 Aug. 2015. TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, Pa., is introducing the Raychem INSTALITE lightweight braid system for aerospace and defense applications.

Secretary of U.S. Air Force stresses importance of partnering with industry

Secretary of U.S. Air Force stresses importance of partnering with industry

FORT WORTH, Texas, 26 Aug. 2015. "Partnerships with industry are as critical today as they've ever been," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said, stressing the importance of government and defense agencies working closely with technology firms. Officials at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company in Fort Worth, hosted Sec. James, who appreciated seeing “firsthand the capabilities and advancements being developed to address future national security needs."

Air Force continues project to upgrade propeller control systems in C-130 aircraft

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 24 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130 utility turboprop aircraft are receiving computer-controlled propeller control to enhance aircraft safety and performance.

Navy to buy as many as 80 L-3 Wescam MX-20HD EO/IR sensor pods for P-8A jets

LAKEHURST, N.J., 24 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy maritime surveillance experts will buy as many as 70 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor pods from L-3 Wescam in Burlington, Ontario, for use aboard U.S. and Australian Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Rugged connector for military SATA data storage applications introduced by Smiths

HUDSON, Mass., 24 Aug. 2015. Smiths Connectors in Hudson, Mass., is introducing the Nebula series Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) 6-gigabit-per-second connector for aerospace, defense and industrial rugged data storage applications.

Wearable technology drives aerospace efficiency and productivity

Wearable technology drives aerospace efficiency and productivity

Seventy-two million wearable devices will be shipped this year, up a 173 percent from 26.4 million units shipped in 2014, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) analysts in Framingham, Mass., in the company’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. 

Thales to build prototype deployable instrument landing systems for worldwide use

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 17 Aug. 2015. 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 military aircraft approach worldwide in difficult conditions.

Rugged network storage subsystem for military avionics introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 17 Aug. 2015. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions Division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing an enhanced version of its rugged CNS4 Compact Network Storage subsystem for military avionics applications that require high-speed data recording, cryptography and removable storage.

Air Force chooses 25 companies in $20.9 billion contract for flight training & simulation

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 14 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force flight training & simulation experts are spending as much as $20.9 billion and involving 25 U.S. providers of flight simulators in an effort to streamline their acquisition and procurement process.

FL Technics: F-35 not prepared to run the show despite being officially ‘ready’

FL Technics: F-35 not prepared to run the show despite being officially ‘ready’

By FL Technics staff
After being developed for more than 14 years, costing more than $400 billion to make, and being 7 years too late, the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet has finally been officially approved ‘ready for combat’ by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Small-form-factor MIL-STD-1553 and MIL-STD-1760 interfaces introduced by Holt

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., 14 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.

Air Force wants new electronics cooling techniques for fighter aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, 13 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force electronics thermal management experts are asking industry for new ideas on how to cool the electronics on future fighter aircraft, which could be at least 10 times more demanding than they are today.

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