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Military & Aerospace Electronics Newsletter | July 23, 2014

In the spotlight
Threats of a technological over-reaction to the Malaysia 17 shoot-down over Ukraine
The tragedy surrounding the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 keeps getting stranger and stranger, with accusations flying freely yet no real information on who might have been at fault.
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777 jumbo jet flying straight and level at 33,000 feet over Ukraine no match for SA-17 missile
It looks like Malaysia Airlines is having another really bad day. Breaking news reports that a Malaysia 777 jumbo jet en-route from Amsterdam is missing and may have been shot down over Ukraine where government forces and Russian-backed separatists are locked in a civil war in the eastern region of the country.
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Slide show: Military & Aerospace Electronics photos of the week
Take a moment and enjoy a slide show of this week's photos of the day from Military & Aerospace Electronics.
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In technology
Northrop Grumman to correct software deficiencies in advanced radar for Global Hawk Block 40 UAV
The cost of a Northrop Grumman Corp. project to develop a next-generation airborne radar to track slow-moving ground vehicles and low-flying cruise missiles has grown to $1.53 billion after a contract modification was announced this week to make software corrections.
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Raytheon avionics radio demonstrates paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet
Avionics radio experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., are providing the first major helicopter radio upgrade since to the U.S. Army rotorcraft fleet since 2005 with the company's RT-1987 radio, Raytheon officials say.
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In contracts
Communications and Power to provide traveling wave tubes for Navy shipboard EW systems
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.
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Navy orders new supplies of anti-submarine sonobuoys for ocean surveying, tracking, and attack
U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are replenishing their supplies of air-launched sonobuoys with a variety of capabilities ranging from taking the temperature of ocean layers at different depths, to detonating submerged explosive charges.
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Milpower Source to provide battery power for digitizing Army M119A3 field artillery
U.S. Army artillery experts needed portable universal battery systems for the project to digitize the M119A3 towed 105-millimeter howitzer. They found their solution from Milpower Source in Belmont, N.H.
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In business
Rockwell Collins to provide fly-by-wire control for next-generation Boeing 777 jumbo jet
Avionics designers at BAE Systems in London needed a flight-control module (FCM) for the integrated flight control electronics (IFCE) fly-by-wire (FBW) system that BAE Systems is designing for the Boeing 777x widebody passenger jet. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Navy asks embedded computing industry to supply 83 6U VME32 circuit cards for LCAC
U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are asking industry to supply electronic circuit cards for planned upgrades to the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessel that brings warfighters and supplies ashore from nearby surface ships.
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In products
Briefcase Receiver for military, aerospace, and government uses introduced by IMT
Integrated Microwave Technologies LLC (IMT) in Mount Olive, N.J., is introducing the Briefcase Receiver (BCRx) for military, aerospace, and government applications.
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Multi-channel PXI-based test solution for complex carrier aggregation introduced by Agilent
Agilent Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., is introducing the LTE/LTE-Advanced multi-channel PXI-based test solution to accelerate the setup of multi-channel test system configurations and enable engineers to gain deeper insight into complex carrier aggregation and spatial multiplexing MIMO designs.
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Harwin doubles current rating of high-rel power connectors for aerospace applications
Harwin Inc. in Portsmouth, England, is doubling the current rating of the power contacts available for use in its Datamate Mix-Tek mixed-technology connector series from 20 to 40 amps.
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1200-Watt laser from a 300-micron fiber at 976 nanometers introduced by DILAS
DILAS in Mainz, Germany, is introducing a 1200-Watt output power laser from a 300-micron fiber at 976 nanometers as part of the company's COMPACT-EVOLUTION product line for industrial laser applications.
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