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Selex ES introduces its Light ISR system at LAAD 2013

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to present the Light ISR system, a readily-available answer to the growing demand for low-cost airborne surveillance assets.


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Fourth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite entering system test as communication module and multi-beam antenna installed

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Lockheed Martin has integrated two of the most important components onto its fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy. Recently engineers mated the multi-beam assembly, which hosts 16 ultra-high frequency (UHF) antennas for distributed, global communications coverage. Earlier this year, the team delivered and integrated the vehicle’s communications system module. With bus and payload now together, the satellite is entering its first system check-outs before progressing to environmental test.


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QinetiQ develops new radar to detect low trajectory rockets

QinetiQ has developed a new radar, Alarm™, specifically designed to provide sufficient warning against short range, low trajectory rocket attacks, enabling personnel to take evasive action and significantly reduce casualties.


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Missile Defense Systems Creating New Opportunties for Microwave Companies

Missile defense systems have become one of the most critical elements to defense programs as a growing number of countries gain longer range missile technologies. Like the high demand of improvised explosive device (IED) defeat systems over the past decade to combat terrorist threats, I believe many nations will provide increased investment in this area to improve and field new systems.  As more nations develop traditional and nuclear missile capability, these systems will be required to respond to the increasing threats from countries such as North Korea, Iran, China, Pakistan, India, etc. This creates an opportunity for microwave companies in the near future.
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Harris receives $29M order from an Asian nation for tactical radios

Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has received a $29 million order to provide a nation in Asia with Falcon III® wideband tactical radios. The radios will provide the country's armed forces with critical country-wide data communications and improved mission capabilities as part of an overall modernization effort.


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Boeing delivers FAB-T test units to U.S. Air Force

The Boeing Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) wideband communications program has entered a new phase by delivering the first two engineering development models to the U.S. Air Force.


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TE Connectivity to showcase connectivity developments for extreme environments

TE Connectivity (TE) is featuring its latest high-performance electronic connectivity products and technologies designed for the space environment at the 29th National Space Symposium.


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Singapore potentially selling AIM-9X SIDEWINDER missiles

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress April 3 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Republic of Singapore for 20 AIM 9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All Up Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $36 million.


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Number of aircraft providing in-flight connectivity will nearly triple by 2022

According to Euroconsult’s newly released strategic review, Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, the global in-flight connectivity market is expected to grow over the next 10 years, with over 12,000 commercial and 16,000 business airplanes to provide in-flight connectivity to passengers by 2022. With a take-up rate of less than 5 percent, in-flight connectivity services generated less than $300 million in revenue from airline passengers last year. The market is expected to grow to $1.3 billion by 2022.


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