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Air Force brings 1950s-vintage B-52 bomber into the network-centric 21st century

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 28 Sept. 2015. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are preparing to upgrade 28 Boeing B-52 eight-engine strategic jet bombers to enable the venerable aircraft to log-in to the network-centric battlefield.

Curtiss-Wright to provide mission computer for Turkish unmanned aircraft

ASHBURN, Va., 28 Sept. 2015. Signal processor experts at Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., needed small-form-factor embedded computing for a Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

Development kit for RTG4 radiation-tolerant FPGAs for space uses introduced by Microsemi

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 21 Sept. 2015. Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is introducing the RTG4 FPGA Development Kit to help space designers evaluate and develop applications like data transmission, serial connectivity, bus interface, and high-speed designs using Microsemi's RTG4 radiation-tolerant field programmable gate array (FPGA).

Sikorsky moves forward with aircraft automation and optionally piloted helicopter technologies

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 Sept. 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.

Reducing cost of Defensive Code – the Ada 2012 approach

Reducing Cost of Defensive Code – The Ada 2012 Approach

By Quentin Ochem and Martyn Pike, AdaCore

We’ve heard that a million times already, and are getting ready to hear it a million times again: software development is more and more important in industrial processes, and software reliability is becoming more and more of a key concern. The cost of software failure is not restricted to any specific market or limited to purely financial penalty with serious impact also eroding reputation and brand names. Developing reliable software involves many things, from qualified personnel to development tools, programming guidelines, requirements definition and quality assurance. The ultimate goal is either to reduce the probability of software error, or reduce the impact of said software errors.

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.

FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

WASHINGTON, 28 Aug. 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, wanting to benefit from advanced computing solutions in the Cloud, awarded a $108 million, 10-year contract to CSC Government Solutions, which will lead an overall integration effort to include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers.

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.

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.

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.

Rockwell Collins provides prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction

Rockwell Collins provides prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 12 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed a precision Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation system for a differential GPS-based carrier landing system. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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