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Northrop Grumman’s LITENING System Achieves Operational Availability Milestone

Northrop Grumman announced that the LITENING Advanced Targeting (AT) pod has achieved more than two years of operational availability consistently above 95 percent among all US customers. LITENING AT systems are currently deployed with the US Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard, Marine Corps, Air Combat Command and...
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Then: The Look Forward in Microwave Plumbing for Systems Applications

First published in July/August of 1958, this article discussed the application of new microwave ferrite components to missile guidance radar, tracking antennas and microwave relays.
THE ADVENT of micowave ferrites and continued advances in microwave techniques have ushered a whole new era into the use of microwave components in systems design. Devices which heretofore were impossible are now realities; switching speeds, modulation rates in microwave components far exceeding those that were even dreamed of...
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RFMD Acquires Filtronic Compound Semiconductors

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) has entered into a definitive agreement with Filtronic Plc to acquire its wholly owned subsidiary, Filtronic Compound Semiconductors Ltd. (FCSL), for approximately £12.5 M in cash. The acquisition price includes the purchase of FCSL’s six-inch GaAs wafer fabrication facility at Newton Aycliffe, UK, which...
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QinetiQ Enters Australian Defence Arena

QinetiQ Group Plc has signed agreements to purchase two Australian defence consulting businesses: Ball Solutions Group Pty Ltd. and Novare Services Pty Ltd. The companies are being acquired for a total cash consideration of A$20 M and are subject to Australian and US Government regulatory approval. This is expected...
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New Bid to Develop Innovation Centres

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board, together with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), are seeking bids from leading UK universities who wish to host two new Innovation and Knowledge Centres (IKCs). The IKCs will promote the early commercialisation of...
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SELEX GALILEO Takes Singles Title

SELEX S&AS and Galileo Avionica are now operating internationally as a single company within the Finmeccanica Group and will be known as SELEX GALILEO. Historically both companies have traded separately and each has developed a strong client base and a reputation for excellence. The new name celebrates this tradition...
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European First for Astrium Ka-band Satellite

Astrium has been selected by Eutelsat Communications to deliver the first European multi-beam satellite to operate exclusively in the Ka-band and dedicated to providing broadband and broadcast services across the wider Europe. Currently designated as KA-SAT, the satellite marks a material step forward in multi-beam satellites. It will be...
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Ultra-wideband Beginning to Take Off

The market for ultra-wideband (UWB) silicon is finally beginning to take off, reports In-Stat. Though regulatory hurdles over UWB still persist worldwide, the first UWB-enabled notebook PCs have shipped this year from Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba, the market research firm says. “The primary question for UWB now is: Will...
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