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Defense Executive Newsletter | March 3, 2015

Patrolling the Arctic with unmanned sensors. Read on for specifics about these and other news items of interest to defense executives. Subscribe here to the Defense Executive e-newsletter, and be certain to visit the Defense Executive department of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Website frequently for the latest news and information. The Military & Aerospace Electronics Website is online at
Procurement opportunities
Army researchers asking industry for ways to speed sensor-fusion intelligence to warfighters
U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry for new ways to speed actionable intelligence to the field commanders and warfighters on the front-lines who need it most.
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DARPA approaches industry for unmanned sensors to monitor Arctic land, sea, and air traffic
U.S. military researchers are asking industry to develop unmanned sensors able to operate in harsh environments to monitor surface, aircraft, and submarine traffic above the Arctic Circle.
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Navy approaches industry for ideas on electro-optical sensor suite for special forces attack planes
U.S. Navy airborne weapons experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on designing multi-sensor gimbaled electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) stabilized targeting systems for large aircraft like the Lockheed Martin C-130J four-engine turboprop.
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Air Force approaches industry for affordable munition seeker front-end for air-defense weapon
U.S. Air Force airborne weapons experts are reaching out to industry for help in developing an affordable guidance system for a future air-to-air munition designed for aircraft self-defense.
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Business developments
Military light vehicle market set to explode, driven by JLTV program, says Forecast International
International demand for light wheeled military vehicles is set for explosive growth, fueled by the U.S. military Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program and its associated vetronics, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.
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Sabtech changes name to IXI Technology to reflect focus on military and industrial networking
Executives of Sabtech Industries in Yorba Linda, Calif., a specialist in the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) and other military networking, are changing their company's name to IXI Technology to reflect a strategic approach to advanced technology and a focus on new industrial markets.
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Design-in case studies
Navy looks to Argon Corp. to provide flat-panel sonar displays to replace CRTs aboard submarines
U.S. Navy submarine sonar experts needed flat-panel color displays to replace old-model cathode ray tube (CRT) displays for sonar technicians aboard U.S. submarines. They found their solution from Argon Corp. in Great Neck, N.Y.
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Marines look to ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM antenna for streaming video aboard KC-130J aircraft
U.S. Marine Corps aviation experts needed hatch-mount satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas for the KC-130J Super Hercules utility turboprop aircraft. They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems chooses Marvin's GENASYS test equipment for satellite electronics
Engineers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Space Systems segment in Denver needed performance-testing equipment for high-reliability space electronics designs. They found their solution from Marvin Test Solutions Inc. in Irvine, Calif.
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Rugged vetronics networking gear from Curtiss-Wright chosen for Marine Corps combat vehicle upgrade
Vetronics networking experts at Strategic Communications in Louisville, Ky., needed a rugged network router and switch for an upgrade to the U.S. Marine Corps AAVC-7 amphibious assault vehicle. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Salt Lake City.
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Acquisition and logistics
Industry and government attack costs and promote reuse in space electronics with VITA 78
Space electronics experts from government and industry are reaching consensus on standard electronic architectures for satellites and manned spacecraft in an effort to reduce costs and ease systems upgrades and technology insertion.
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North Atlantic Industries to provide data-control embedded computer on Navy's next-generation landing craft
U.S. Navy ship building experts needed a data acquisition and control system for the Navy's next-generation landing craft to place Marines quickly on invasion beaches. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.
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DARPA seeks technologies to improve infantry effectiveness against unseen, unconventional enemy
U.S. military researchers are asking industry to find news ways to make small units of infantry warfighters more effectively and deadly using existing weapons and unmanned systems.
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DARPA N-ZERO program seeks to reduce or eliminate need for standby power on unattended sensors
U.S. government researchers are asking industry to find ways of boosting the energy efficiency of unattended sensors by reducing or eliminating the standby power that these sensors consume while waiting for signatures of interest.
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