Boeing and Panasonic Avionics Corp. are preparing to open a new market for Panasonic’s secure, satellite-based, in-flight broadband service known as eXConnect. Under a new agreement, Boeing will offer eXConnect service to government customers within and outside the United States.
Military expenditure faces challenges with declining budgets impacting the introduction of new platforms. However, technology will be the differentiator for future global conflict scenarios, and budgetary constraints will not detract from the need to improve system capabilities through technology upgrades. Strategy Analytics forecasts the opportunity for RF technologies remains strong despite budgetary challenges as the focus shifts towards enhancing capabilities in the areas of radar, satellite communications and electronic warfare.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics announced the introduction of a new, down-leaded version of its Interpoint MFP Series Point of Load (POL) converters. This new version, available in both flanged and non-flanged packages, is a single output 16 watt dc-dc converter providing output voltages from 0.64 to 3.5 V from a source voltage of 3 to 6 V with up to 90 percent efficiency.
Integrated Microwave Technologies LLC (IMT), a business unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems for MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, introduces its CPTx-II, a compact portable transmitter at ALEA 2013, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 43rd Annual Conference and Exposition(Booths 227 & 229).
Northrop Grumman Corp. and the U.S. Navy have completed the first arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) carrier demonstration aircraft on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
Thales Alenia Space has signed a study contract with French defense Procurement Agency (DGA) to enhance communications between ground and military mission aircraft through a telecommunication satellite without interruption during extreme flying conditions.
ITT Exelis has received a $3.2 million contract from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to design an advanced receiver chain for the U.S. Air Force Weather Satellite Follow-on (WSF) program. The new design will improve measurements of ocean surface winds used for severe weather forecasting.