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Articles by Dan Massé, Associate Technical Editor

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Defend Against Anti-ship and Missile Threats

The US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $119 M contract to demonstrate its conceptual designs for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) intended to upgrade the Navy’s future capability against advanced anti-ship and ballistic missile threats. Lockheed Martin was one of three industry teams competitively selected to advance...
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Raytheon to Design Technology Demonstrator for Air and Missile Defense Radar

Raytheon Co. also received a $112.3 M contract to design and develop an S-band radar and radar suite controller technology demonstrator for the US Navy’s new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). This highly advanced system will provide unprecedented capabilities for the Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. AMDR is being...
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Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Develop AMDR Phase II Concepts

The US Navy has also awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $120 M contract to conduct technology development for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). A next generation radar system planned for the Navy’s Future Surface Combatant, AMDR is designed as a scalable, multi-mission radar system. AMDR is comprised...
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Harris Receives $9.6 M to Deliver Type-1, Suite B Handheld Radios

Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has received a $9.6 M order for the Harris RF-310M-HH, a new handheld tactical radio designed to simplify and improve secure communications interoperability for US and allied forces in combat. Harris is supplying RF-310M-HH multiband, multi-mission, software-defined radios under the...
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GPS, Accelerometers and Gyroscopes Will Add Functions to Smartphones

ABI Research anticipates that the sensor-driven user interface (UI) will be an emergent theme in the next wave of mobile UI innovation, turning objects, locations and people into networked, interactive elements. By 2013, 85 percent of smartphones will ship with GPS, over 50 percent will ship with accelerometers and...
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Global M2M Module Market Forecast to Reach $3.8 B

The Cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication market has been a challenging place for cellular embedded module vendors over the past 18 months. 2007 was this market’s last “good year”: 2008 saw both shipment volumes and revenue decrease. In 2009, the cellular M2M module market grew somewhat in terms of unit...
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Upgraded Aegis Weapon Systems Proven Operational on Two US Navy Cruisers

The US Navy, supported by Lockheed Martin, successfully completed Combat System Ship Qualification Trials for upgraded Aegis Combat Systems installed aboard two Navy ships. The Navy determined that the Aegis Combat Systems aboard the cruisers USS Mobile Bay and USS Philippine Sea are fully operational. As part of the...
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US Air Force Awards Harris $18 M Contract for AMRAAM Missile Telemetry Modules

Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a 2-1/2 year, $18 M contract to produce telemetry modules supporting the US Air Force Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). This follow-on contract brings the overall value of the program for Harris to $154 M since 1991....
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Raytheon's SLAMRAAM Completes First FMTV Launcher Test Firing

Raytheon Co.'s Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) system successfully participated in a ballistic test vehicle (BTV) firing at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. The test included the firing of multiple AMRAAM missiles from the new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) platform. The FMTV was chosen...
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Lockheed Martin Completes Second Live Tracking Exercise for Ballistic Missile Defense

Lockheed Martin successfully identified and tracked four live targets during a test of its Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP) being fielded as part of the Aegis next-generation Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability. The MMSP is part of the Navy's Advanced Capability Build 12 system, intended to help combine next-generation Aegis...
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