Aerospace and Defense Channel

Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.2B to Modernize Republic of Korea F-16s

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to upgrade 134 F-16 aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). Among the enhancements are an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution center pedestal display and a high-volume and high-speed data bus.


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Ducommun Receives Contract from Airbus for Satellite Communications Components

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.


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Echodyne Announces First Successful Airborne Detect and Avoid Radar Test on a Small Drone

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.


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