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Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems receives U.S. Army stamp of approval

Raytheon Co.
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Raytheon Co.'s new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System has received the U.S. Army's final stamp of approval after undergoing stringent testing. During the testing, Patriot's performance was outstanding when subjected to challenging climatic and electromagnetic environments.
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Northrop Grumman receives U.S. Air Force awards

Northrop Grumman
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Northrop Grumman Corp. and the U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative.
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Harris receives orders for tactical communications from the Department of Homeland Security

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Harris Corp. has received $7 million in orders to deliver public safety and tactical communications systems to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. The orders were awarded through the five-year, $3 billion DHS Tactical Communications (TacCom) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle.
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Lockheed Martin wins $114 M contract to enhance combat vehicle

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The U.S. Army competitively awarded Lockheed Martin a $114 million, five-year contract to upgrade combat vehicle simulators for soldier training and to expand the training capability for the Marine Corps.
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Exelis awarded U.S. Army night vision contract

ITT Exelis
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ITT Exelis has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Army to provide Generation 3 aviation night vision systems, spare parts and accessories. The contract allows Exelis to compete for deliveries of the AN/AVS-6 aviator night vision goggle and spare aviation image intensifiers during a five year period. The contract is valued at up to $217.5 million.
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Yamal-402 satellite arrives at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, ready for launch

Thales Alenia Space
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The Yamal-402 telecommunications satellite has been dispatched from Thales Alenia Space’s plant in Cannes, France and has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ready for its scheduled launch on a Proton rocket on December 8, 2012.


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Military Satellite Trends and Outlook

Asif Anwar, Program Director, Strategy Analytics
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Strategy Analytics presented at the 2012 Defence, Security and Space Forum during European Microwave Week on military satellite trends and future outlook. The use of space is increasing and becoming an essential component for infrastructure in communications, navigation and timing, agriculture and weather monitoring and disaster relief efforts. From a military perspective, space assets provide necessary resources to support troops including the provision of imagery, supporting communications, improving targeting and conversely reducing collateral damage. As a force multiplier, space assets can provide advanced capabilities and compensate for reductions in other conventional assets.
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RFMW introduces 35W GaN transistor from TriQuint Semiconductor

RFMW
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RFMW Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s T1G4003532-FL, DC to 3.5 GHz GaN transistor offering up to 37W P3dB.  Gain at P3dB is >13dB requiring half the power from a driver stage compared to some competitors.


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SenarioTek appoints Stephen Pettis as A/D business manager

SenarioTek, Santa Rosa, Calif.
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SenarioTek, a leading designer and manufacturer of RF and microwave products, has named Stephen Pettis as its new Aerospace/Defense business development manager. This is a new position that focuses on expanding SenarioTek’s growing defense ATE business.


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Analog Devices’ 4-GHz PLL synthesizer offers leading phase noise performance

Analog Devices Inc.
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Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications and leading provider of RF ICs (radio frequency integrated circuits), announced the release of a PLL synthesizer that offers leading phase noise performance. An upgrade to the widely used 4-GHz ADF4153 fractional-N PLL, the new, pin- and software-compatible ADF4153A PLL synthesizer facilitates improved integrated phase noise in a variety of applications including communications infrastructure, pulse-Doppler and FMCW (frequency-modulated continuous-wave) radar applications, test and instrumentation equipment, microwave point-to-point systems, PMR (professional mobile radio), VSATs (very small aperture terminals) and aerospace systems.


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