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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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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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