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VNX-based small-form-factor mission computer for avionics uses introduced by CES

GENEVA, Switzerland, 30 March 2015. CES-Creative Electronic Systems SA in Geneva, Switzerland, is introducing the ROCK-3210 rugged VNX small-form-factor mission computer for deployed avionics and aerospace applications.

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

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.

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

MCLEAN, Va., 19 March 2015. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE:SAIC) in McLean, Va., won a subcontract from Constellation West, a provider of mission-critical technology solutions for the U.S. government, to support the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Systems and Missions Support (USAMS) III program.

Boeing moves ahead with upgrading strategic communications on airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 9 March 2015. Military strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co. are moving forward on a major project to upgrade a low-frequency airborne communications designed to connect U.S. command authorities with submerged ballistic missile submarines in times of national emergency.

Orbital ATK to build and upgrade aircraft missile-warning in $30.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 9 March 2015. Missile-defense experts at Orbital ATK Inc. in Clearwater, Fla., will build, upgrade, and repair AN/AAR-47 (V) missile-warning set assemblies under terms of a potential $30.7 million U.S. Navy contract.

Dock for integrating Ethernet in avionics databus test systems offered by AIM-USA

TREVOSE, Pa., 9 March 2015. AIM-USA in Trevose, Pa., is introducing the ADock docking solution for the integration of its family of ANET Ethernet based products available for MIL-STD-1553, STANG3910/EFEX, and ARINC 429 avionics databus test and measurement.

Northwest Helicopters expands MRO and Logistics software

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Northwest Helicopters LLC, a large helicopter company in the state of Washington, is expanding its Quantum Control MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) and Logistics software to include StockMarket and manufacturing for Mechanical Specialties LLC, a subsidiary that will manufacture the Bell model 505 cargo hook.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to beef-up cyber security for BACN communications

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 2 March 2015. Military communications experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are beefing-up a major airborne battlefield communications system to protect it from computer hackers and other cyber security threats.

Upgraded Blue Sky Networks asset-tracking software has SMS and email formatting

LA JOLLA, Calif., 2 March 2015. Blue Sky Network (BSN) in La Jolla, Calif., is introducing upgrades to the company's SkyRouter’s Alert Notification system for tracking aircraft and other assets by satellite.

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

STERLING, Va., 27 Feb. 2015. Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business, is unveiling the beta release of its RVcloud web-based Electronic Light Table (ELT), providing many of the image exploitation capabilities in its RemoteView geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) software.

Boeing to upgrade electronics in four Japan AWACS surveillance aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 23 Feb. 2015. Airborne electronics experts at the Boeing Co., will continue the process of avionics upgrades on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $402.8 million contract modification announced on 13 Feb.

FPGA with an integrated AFDX avionics databus for commercial aircraft offered by MEN Micro

BLUE BELL, Pa. 23 Feb. 2015. MEN Micro Inc. in Blue Bell, Pa., is introducing the CS1 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip with an integrated AFDX avionics databus protocol for commercial aircraft data networking.

Rugged XMC video and graphics module for civil and military avionics offered by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 16 Feb. 2015. Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged M596 embedded video and graphics Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) for harsh environments that have versatile video overlay and capture requirements.

Harris to acquire Exelis

Harris Corp. to acquire Exelis for $4.75 billion; combined company to make $8 billion annually

MELBOURNE, Fla., 6 Feb. 2015. Officials at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) and Exelis Inc. (NYSE:XLS) have signed a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at roughly $4.75 billion. The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Exelis shareholder approval.

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

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.

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