Aerospace and Defense Channel

Mentor Graphics implements electrical wiring system development process

Mentor Graphics Corp. announces that Bombardier Aerospace, a leading manufacturer of business jet aircraft, has implemented a complete digital development process for the Learjet 85* aircraft’s electrical distribution system. Adherence to the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 25 Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) mandate is now necessary for certification of new civil aircraft. With the FAA’s and Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) EWIS mandate as a goal, Bombardier achieved very significant process and quality improvement objectives. Bombardier Aerospace accomplished these by adopting innovative technology delivered by the Mentor Graphics® Capital® product family.

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API Technologies’ microwave system enhances receiver range and performance of air traffic control platform

API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions for critical and high-reliability applications, has received a strategic microwave systems order for a fast-deployable Air Traffic Control (ATC) platform used for global military missions, including humanitarian aid and disaster response.

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UAV Industry Prepares for Commerical Applications

AUVSI 2014 summary

The AUVSI unmanned systems show seems to grow each year and reached about 6500 attendees and 600 exhibitors this year in Orlando, FL. While the show has traditionally been dominated by military unmanned vehicles, this year marked a significant growth in companies and organizations offering unmanned vehicles for civilian use. With the wind down of US operations in the Middle East, the demand for unmanned military vehicles has been greatly reduced. The US currently does not allow for commercial use of UAS but the FAA plans to develop guidelines in 2015 or 2016. The FAA is choosing 6 test sites that will evaluate technologies to determine the best use cases and rules that need to be implemented. Most of the growth in UAS is expected to come from civilian applications such as public safety, agriculture, search & rescue and wildlife management.

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API Technologies wins strategic order for front end microwave system

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.

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Advantech Wireless completes the delivery of new SapphireBlu™ series GaN modular SSPA/BUC

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.

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Technology, Equip. and Services Showcase at Counter Terror Expo 2014

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.

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