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Airbus Defence and Space has delivered full operational capabilities for X-band satellite communications to four UK Royal Navy Mine Counter Measure Vessels operating in the Arabian Gulf.
Advantech Wireless Inc., a privately-held Canadian corporation and manufacturer of satellite, RF equipment and microwave systems announced the release of the new 2300-G Series 60W to 125W Ku-Band GaN technology based SSPA/BUC designed to withstand extreme temperature range from -55oC to +70oC ( -67F to +158 F).
API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions for critical and high-reliability applications, announced the receipt of a strategic development order for a multi-channel microwave front end system. This integrated microwave assembly (IMA) will be used in a next generation radar warning receiver targeted for use in major Department of Defense military aircraft platforms.
Advantech Wireless Inc., a privately-held Canadian corporation and manufacturer of satellite, RF equipment and microwave systems announced that it has successfully completed the delivery of the New SapphireBluTM Series 6.6kW X-Band Rackmount UltraLinearTM GaN SSPA/BUC, the ultimate solution for wide bandwidth, ultra high power satellite teleport uplinks.
Developments in March included Freescale’s continued expansion of its defense product portfolio and Raytheon’s demonstration of GaN-on-Diamond device technology. Major contract activity included South Korea’s stated intent to purchase Lockheed Martin F-35s and Northrop Grumman Global Hawks while both Airbus and Boeing look set to benefit from a $23 billion Qatar re-equipment plan. Activity across the radar, EW, communications and weapons systems categories included contracts for ground penetrating radar, interoperability testing of radios with the MUOS satellite communications network and Anglo-French collaboration on the development and production of a joint Anglo/French light anti-ship missile.
In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corp.-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.
Exelis has received a contract valued at more than $91 million from the U.S. Navy to begin full rate production on Lot 11 of the ALQ-214 electronic self-protection system for F/A-18C/D Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft.
Selex ES has successfully carried out multiple end-to-end tests of its BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy, which is a self-contained Digital RF Memory jammer for fast jet aircraft, providing an off-board capability to decoy RF-guided missiles and fire control radars.
The U.S. Marine Corps has selected Northrop Grumman Corp. to provide electronic jamming backpack systems to counter the threat of roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs).