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Lockheed Martin to upgrade Terrain Awareness Warning System software on MH-60 helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 22 Sept. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are preparing to improve the safety of U.S. Navy Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters with new software and other upgrades.

Raytheon to upgrade TV-guided Maverick air-to-ground missiles with the latest laser guidance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 22 Sept. 2014. Missile designers at the Raytheon Co. are upgrading versions of the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile by replacing relatively old optical TV-guided seekers with late-model precision-guided laser sensors.

GaN RF and microwave amplifier for X-band radar applications introduced by Comtech PST

MELVILLE, N.Y., 22 Sept. 2014. Comtech PST Corp. in Melville, N.Y., is introducing the model BMC858109-600 gallium nitride (GaN) RF amplifier for X-band radar applications.

NASA selects Boeing CST-100 as next American spacecraft, awards $4.2 billion under Commercial Crew Program

NASA selects Boeing CST-100 as next American spacecraft, awards $4.2 billion under Commercial Crew Program

HOUSTON, 18 Sept. 2014. Boeing (NYSE:BA) won an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft. Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017.

IMSAR chosen to develop small radar systems for small unmanned aerial systems

NATICK, Mass., 15 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army researchers needed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems for a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) systems. They found their solution from IMSAR LLC in Springville, Utah.

Boeing prepares to build 24 AH-6I light helicopter gunships for Saudi Arabia

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 15 Sept. 2014. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Mesa, Ariz., are preparing to build 24 new AH-6I light helicopter gunships.

COTS analog module for flight test applications introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 15 Sept. 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Acra KAM-500 ADC/136 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) analog module for flight test instrumentation applications.

Cobham to acquire Aeroflex in merger expected to close 12 September 2014

Cobham to acquire Aeroflex in merger expected to close 12 September 2014

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., 11 Sept. 2014. Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), a global provider of microelectronic components and test & measurement equipment, is on track to merge with Cobham plc (LSE:COB.LN), a U.K.-listed company that designs and manufactures a wide range of equipment, specialized systems, and components for the aerospace, defense, energy, and electronics industries.

Navy orders EW missile-control computers for U.S. and Australian combat aircraft

Navy orders EW missile-control computers for U.S. and Australian combat aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 8 Sept. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide airborne computers that link sensors aboard the U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G combat aircraft and the Raytheon AN/AGM-88 anti-radar missile.

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 8 Sept. 2014. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in San Diego will build three advanced versions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-range UAS under terms of a $240.7 million contract.

High-power GaAs MMIC amplifier for X-band communications and radar introduced by M/A-COM

GaAs MMIC amplifier for X-band communications and radar introduced by M/A-COM

LOWELL, Mass., 8 Sept. 2014. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. in Lowell, Mass., is introducing the MAAP-015036 high-power monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier for X-band communications and radar applications.

Industry and military partner to protect helicopter aircrews from attack

Industry and military partner to protect helicopter aircrews from attack

MERRIMACK, N.H., 3 Sept. 2014. Military personnel are preparing to redeploy a workhorse electronic protection system that helps protect helicopter aircrews from shoulder-fired weapons to other regions as U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan winds down.

AN/ALQ-212 ATIRCM/CMWS

Advanced threat infrared countermeasures/common missile warning system (ATIRCM/CMWS)

The AN/ALQ-212(V) advanced threat infrared countermeasures/common missile warning system (ATIRCM/CMWS) suite provides protection against an array of modern, highly lethal missile attacks in all infrared threat bands.

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

A former NASA administrator discusses current and future aerospace opportunities and challenges, including U.S. dependence on foreign aerospace technologies and capabilities. 

CAE demonstrates simulation interoperability and networking for Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircrews

CAE demonstrates simulation interoperability and networking for Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircrews

ADELAIDE, Australia, 26 Aug. 2014. CAE has demonstrated the networking and interoperability of C-130J training systems at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Richmond. CAE engineers linked the CAE-built C-130J full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) with a C-130J tactical airlift crew trainer (TACT) developed by Bluedrop and Virtual Simulation Systems (VSS) to demonstrate a single virtual aircraft operating in a common synthetic environment.

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