MAE Electronic Warfare Newsletter | View online | October 30, 2014
MAE Electronic Warfare Newsletter | October 30, 2014

A quarterly report on electronic warfare (EW) technology and market issues, sponsored by Keysight. Can't wait for your electronic warfare news? Log on to the EW section of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Website at Electronic Warfare to stay up to date on the latest in aerospace and defense electronic warfare.

EW design trends

Navy asks Orbital Sciences to build supersonic target drones for anti-ship missile training

$subtitles.get($x) Target drone experts at Orbital Sciences Corp. in Chandler, Ariz., are building supersonic target air vehicles for the U.S. Navy to help surface warship crews practice ways to detect and defeat incoming supersonic anti-ship missiles.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to stiffen Global Hawk UAV defenses against cyber attacks

$subtitles.get($x) U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade the abilities of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to resist computer hackers' attempts to commandeer the unmanned aircraft while in flight.

Industry standards for integrating RF and microwave components in EW and SIGINT proposed by Mercury

$subtitles.get($x) Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is proposing industry standards in efforts to streamline the integration of RF and digital subsystems in advanced sensor processing applications.

EW business

After nine years, Marine Corp finally may have full production of G/ATOR radar in sight

$subtitles.get($x) U.S. Marine Corps leaders are moving forward with ordering prototypes of a long-delayed and expensive radar system designed to protect Marines on attack beaches from rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other low observables.

Air Force Research Lab chooses seven companies to take on advanced spectrum warfare work

$subtitles.get($x) Air Force researchers are choosing seven U.S. defense companies to participate in an adaptive spectrum warfare project to enable U.S. and allied warfighters to control communications, radar, networking, and other crucial systems in the presence of electronic warfare (EW) and cyber warfare.

Navy nearing end of competition to develop helicopter-based EW to protect ships from missiles

$subtitles.get($x) Navy surface-warfare experts will begin deciding next month on a contractor to design and build a helicopter-based long-range electronic warfare (EW) system to counter existing and future advanced anti-ship missiles.

General Dynamics receives $19.5 million contract to provide 15 SEWIP shipboard EW systems

$subtitles.get($x) U.S. Navy officials are asking engineers at the General Dynamics Corp. Advanced Information Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., to upgrade electronic warfare (EW) systems for Navy surface warships under terms of a maximum $19.5 million contract.

EW design wins

General Dynamics chooses rugged servers from Crystal for Prophet signals intelligence vetronics

$subtitles.get($x) Vetronics designers at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., needed rugged computer servers for a combat vehicle signals intelligence (SIGINT) system. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Navy chooses Textron to provide test equipment to check-out IED jammers before missions

$subtitles.get($x) U.S. Navy bomb-disposal experts needed test & measurement gear to validate the performance of equipment designed to jam RF and microwave signals intended to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They found their solution from the Textron Systems Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Hunt Valley, Md.

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

$subtitles.get($x) 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.

Communications and Power to provide traveling wave tubes for Navy shipboard EW systems

$subtitles.get($x) U.S. Navy electronic warfare (EW) experts needed traveling wave tubes (TWTs) to repair and refurbish the AN/SLQ-32 shipboard EW systems. The found their solution from Communications & Power Industries LLC in Palo Alto, Calif.

EW contracts

Australian navy buys L-3 Link flight simulators for EA-18G pilot training and mission rehearsal

$subtitles.get($x) U.S. Navy simulation and training experts are asking the L-3 Communications Corp. Link Simulation & Training segment in Arlington, Texas, to build simulation, training, and mission rehearsal equipment for Australian navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jet aircraft crews.

Air Forces asks Textron to upgrade military AN/USM-670 JSECST flightline test equipment

$subtitles.get($x) Flightline test experts at Textron Systems Corp. will upgrade the U.S. military AN/USM-670A Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST) to resolve severe component obsolescence issues, Air Force officials say.

Mercury to provide Navy with additional DRFM radar-spoofing jammers in $2.6 million order

$subtitles.get($x) Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Mercury Defense Systems (MDS) subsidiary of Mercury Systems Inc. in Cypress, Calif., will provide the U.S. Navy with electronic radar-spoofing devices under terms of a $2.6 million order.

Leidos chosen to participate in DARPA C2E program to develop jam-resistant communications

$subtitles.get($x) Military communications experts at Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va., will help U.S. defense researchers on an electronic warfare (EW) program to develop jam-resistant communications and difficult-to-detect-communications technology to keep battlefield networks functioning amid a variety of spectrum-warfare threats.

EW products

DRS unveils next-generation RF and microwave digital and analog tuners aimed at UAV applications

$subtitles.get($x) RF and microwave experts at the DRS Technologies Inc. Signal Solutions segment in Merrimack, N.H., are moving VHF and UHF wideband tuner technology forward with the introduction of the company's Polaris tuner for cognitive radio, spectrum monitoring, signals intelligence, direction finding, and beam forming.

A/D XMC embedded computing modules for radar and communications introduced by Pentek

$subtitles.get($x) Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the 3-channel Onyx model 71721 and the 4-channel Onyx model 71761, 200 MHz 16-bit A/D XMC embedded computing modules for radar, communications, and general data-acquisition applications.

OpenVPX backplanes for ground and airborne C4ISR and EW applications introduced by Curtiss-Wright

$subtitles.get($x) The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing three Hybricon central-switched Fabric40 OpenVPX backplanes and two Gen3 OpenVPX-optimized Fabric40 OpenVPX pass-through backplanes for demanding ground and airborne C4ISR and EW deployed applications.

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

$subtitles.get($x) Comtech PST Corp. in Melville, N.Y., is introducing the model BMC858109-600 gallium nitride (GaN) RF and microwave amplifier for X-band radar applications.

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