Ducommun Inc. announced that it has received a contract from Airbus Defence and Space to design and manufacture high reliability (Hi-Rel) switch matrices used in space. Ducommun will produce the switch matrices at its Carson, Calif., operations center through July 2018. A switch matrix is a system of electronic components that route RF signals between multiple inputs and outputs. Airbus will use the Hi-Rel switch matrices on satellites that provide mobile communications for both military and commercial customers in remote areas.
Echodyne Corp. announced the first ever successful test of an airborne Detect and Avoid (DAA) radar on a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV). Echodyne’s radar was mounted on a small commercial drone which flew multiple missions below 400’ over a period of several days. The drone was of a size, payload, and range well suited for package delivery, infrastructure inspection and agricultural monitoring.
Mercury Systems has acquired mission computing company CES Creative Electronic Systems S.A. (CES). The acquisition was completed on November 4, 2016. The addition of CES adds important and complementary capabilities in mission computing, safety-critical avionics and platform management that are in demand from our customers.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a $13.3 million contract modification to extend its work on the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project. The ARC program's goal is to enable airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real time.
Harris Corp. has received a four-year, $55 million contract to perform sustainment work on the electronic warfare system used by the U.S. Air Force to protect B-52s and C-130s from radar-guided threats. The contract was received during the first quarter of Harris' fiscal 2017.