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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has turned on power to the system module of the program’s first spacecraft, designated GPS III Space Vehicle One (SV-1). The milestone is a key indication the team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch availability in 2014.
To address the pressing need for increased reliability and lower life cycle cost, airborne satcom rotary joint customers are now ordering Diamond Antenna & Microwave rotary joints with integral Diamond-Roltran Roll-Rings®. Roll-Rings® are the only rotating electrical contact solution that rolls instead of slides like slip rings and therefore does not create wear debris.
Richardson RFPD Inc. announced the launch of its Avionics & Radar Tech Hub, a micro-website featuring the latest news, innovations and new products related to avionics and radar applications.
BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Corp. recently completed a series of successful guided flight tests for 155-mm Long Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) as part of the on-going qualification test program at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Thales announced a new LRIP contract for secure radios to support the U.S. Army's Nett Warrior Program. The radio is capable of providing soldiers with access to the government's classified networks at the Secret or Sensitive But Unclassified level.
Blighter Surveillance Systems has unveiled a new multi-language version of its BlighterView sensor and control software.
Raytheon Co. received a U.S. Army fiscal year 2012 contract for the production of Excalibur Increment Ib precision-guided projectiles. The $56.6 million contract, awarded in December, marks the start of low-rate initial production (LRIP) of Excalibur Ib.
Lockheed Martin completed a successful demonstration at Camp Grayling, MI recently in which its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS™) was being controlled via satellite from more than 200 miles away.
Thales has been tasked by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) with extending the full-IP network that supports convergence between French armed forces’ theatre networks to the entire Syracuse military SATCOM ground segment.
Defense Programs, Spending Cuts and Future Budgets Plans are all now in play, as Congressional confrontations are brewing over DOD Funding in the midst of the country's fiscal crisis. Military Leaders are unified in their dire predictions over the devastating effects of Sequestration and its impact on Military Readiness. Are defense electronics programs using RF and Microwave technology going to be Survivors or become Bill Payers in the upcoming budget Battle? What should Microwave Companies be aware of and be prepared for in this all out battle for the future of our Country's Fiscal Health? The only thing for certain now, is the uncertainty we all face.