Avionics Design
 
 
The Avionics Design monthly E-newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com covers hardware and software avionics designs and certification issues in the commercial and military avionics markets in the U.S. and Europe via the Military Embedded Systems partnership with Aviation Maintenance magazine and the Aviation Electronics Europe show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SALLY COLE, SENIOR EDITOR
 
Among the latest in military avionics trends: Digital electronic displays, panoramic displays, software-defined radio (SDR), improved satellite communications, and precise navigation without GPS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DR. BENJAMIN BROSGOL & DR. DUDREY SMITH, ADACORE
 
The FACE [Future Airborne Capability Environment] approach is a joint government-industry software standard and business strategy for acquisition of affordable software systems that promotes innovation and rapid integration of portable capabilities across global defense programs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
Terma and Scandinavian Avionics officials announced they are teaming up to form the Avionics Test Center in Denmark to support the F-35 fighter aircraft maintenance capabilities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HAYDN NELSON, ABACO SYSTEMS
 
MIL-STD-1553 is a very tried and true, well known, serial interface for the space and aviation industry that was originally developed for critical avionics interfaces that were required to solve the problem of connecting the many sensors and controls around an aircraft and relaying information between them and the crew. Key requirements are that information is transmitted reliably and in a timely manner.
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. recently won a contract valued at approximately $273 million to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakota rotary-wing aircraft to the U.S. Army.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
European Space Agency (ESA) officials selected Inmarsat to develop satellite communication services that enable 4-D trajectory air traffic management in European airspace from 2020.
 
 
 
 
 
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AVIATION MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE
 
The current global MRO market is around $79 billion, with the Middle East MRO market expected to account for about 8 percent of that, according to Jonathan Berger, Managing Director of Alton Aviation Consultancy, a New York-based aviation advisory firm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials modified an existing contract with Raytheon to perform Technical Refresh 1 of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). The contract is worth an estimated $73 million.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mercury Systems
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Lockheed Martin has won a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide comprehensive training support services for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Professional services/technology firm KBR Inc. has won a $34.1 million task order from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide analytical and engineering weapons systems support to assist the USAF with air-traffic safety and cyberthreats.
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) company AeroVironment, Inc. recently announced that a major country in the Middle East has awarded the company a contract valued at $44.5 million to provide Puma II AE small UASs featuring the new Mantis i45 sensor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Gentex Corporation -- which produces personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel -- has won a three-year contract from Bristow Helicopters (Dyce, Scotland) to manage and perform maintenance on their U.K. inventory of Gentex's ALPHA 900 Cross Platform Helmet Systems.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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AVIATION MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE
 
Aviation Maintenance takes a look at some of the changes helicopter manufacturers are making to improve the ongoing maintenance of their aircraft in the field.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
U.S. Navy officials announced then first deployment of the F-35B Lightning II with a naval ship and a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. For the first time, a detachment of F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on March 5th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Boeing has finalized a contract with the U.S. Navy to modernize the Navy's fleet of 568 F/A-18 aircraft, which is intended to extend the life of existing Super Hornets from 6,000 to 9,000-plus flight hours.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has signed a $24.3 million contract modification with Kratos Defense and Security Solutions' Unmanned Systems Division (USD) to exercise an option for the low-rate initial production of the Subsonic Aerial Target BQM-177A and technical data.
 
 
 
 
 
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JOHN MCHALE, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
 
Funding slated for major aircraft and related systems totals $55.2 billion under the Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 acquisition funding request an increase of about $6 billion from the FY 2018 request. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
MilSource, the sole distributor for Techaya ruggedized switching and routing solutions in the U.S., announced that Techaya was selected by a leading defense systems integrator to provide its MILTECH 912 to implement advanced Ethernet switching and networking capabilities for a U.S. Army helicopter upgrade program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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