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Raytheon to Lead System Integration for Navy's Surface Combatant Ship

Raytheon Co. has been awarded a cost plus award fee contract to be the system integrator for the DD (X), the US Navy's next-generation surface combatant ship. The contract is expected to total $1.36 B over the next three years. Raytheon is a partner on the industry "Gold Team"...
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US GPS Industry Council Comments on FCC First Report on Ultra-wideband Technology

The US GPS Industry Council issued a statement in response to the release of the FCC's First Report and Order to allow for the introduction of Ultra-wideband Transmission Systems. The council is pleased the FCC responded to the desire for equipment compatibility and interoperability expressed by GPS users. In...
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US Air Force Begins Training Over TRW-developed Network of Simulators

The US Air Force has successfully completed its first training missions over the Distributed Mission Training (DMT) network, an architecture developed by TRW Inc. that ties together high resolution flight simulators over a high speed fiber-optic network. Through this network, pilots and reconnaissance operators at Air Force bases hundreds...
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Euro Hawk Heads for Germany

Despite the demands of Operation Enduring Freedom, Northrop Grumman and its German partner the European Aeronautic, Defence and Space (EADS) Company Deutschland confidently expect to deploy a testbed Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Germany no later than April 2003. Forming part of the Euro Hawk pre-development programme,...
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Aurora Contract Rumpus

Canadian contractors DRS Flight Safety and CMC Electronics have filed protests with Canada's International Trade Tribunal over the recommendation that Thales Systems should be awarded a C$60 million contract for the procurement of a new communications management system for the countries CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft. While the precise...
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Chile Selects ITT AIDEWS

The Chilean Air Force has selected US contractor ITT to supply it with its Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) for installation aboard the F-16 Block 50 combat aircraft it has ordered. As such, AIDEWS will provide the new aircraft with an internally mounted, fully integrated radar warning...
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Type 996 Gets Facelift

Pan-European contractor Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) has completed delivery of Availability Improvement Programme (AVIMP) upgrade kits for use in UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 996 surveillance and target indication radar. Used both to provide target data for the service's Seawolf and Sea Dart surface-to-air missile systems and command system...
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ATC Display Mis-read Concerns

The UK trouble prone Swanwick air traffic control (ATC) centre is encountering display illegibility problems. Difficulties said to have been experienced include a controller plotting a route to Cardiff (Wales) airport before realising that it should have been to Glasgow (Scotland) due to the difficulty of distinguish between the...
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The IEEE 802 Committee Forms New Radio Regulatory Advisory Group

The IEEE 802 Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Standards Committee (LMSC), at its 11-15 March plenary, approved the formation of a new technical advisory group (TAG) dedicated to addressing radio regulations as they impact the committee's groups developing wireless standards. As IEEE 802-11 (Wireless LANs), IEEE 802-15 (Wireless Personal...
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Implantable MEMS and Big Brother -Resistance is Futile?

According to Instat/ MDR, Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) manufactures the VeriChip, a microchip that is already part of a pager being used by the California Department of Corrections as a means for tracking prisoners. Such an end-use could be viewed as useful and fairly benign. The real news, however,...
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