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February 2018

 
 
 
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The McHale Report, by mil-embedded.com Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense and aerospace electronics community.

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DOD BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
 
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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. Included below are updates on programs such as the F-35, B-21 Bomber, F-15, V-22 Osprey, the AH-64E Apache, and more.
 
 
COTS CONFIDENTIAL
 
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This month we cover the Trump Administration's Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request. The DoD overall requests totals 686.1 billion, up almost seven percent over the FY 2018 request. The panelists discuss the budget's potential impact on defense electronics suppliers, which applications are the winners in the budget such as unmanned systems, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, fighter aircraft, and more.
 
 
 
 
DOD BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
 
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Funding slated for major shipbuilding and maritime systems totals $33.4 billion under the Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 acquisition funding request, an increase of $2.7 billion over the FY 2018 request. Included below are updates on programs such as the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford Class aircraft carrier, Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the Columbia class submarine, and more.
 
 
DOD BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
 
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Funding slated for major ground systems totals $15.9 billion under the Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 acquisition funding request, an increase of $4.7 billion over the FY 2018 request. Included below are updates on ground programs such as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Abrams Main Battle Tank, the Stryker family of vehicles, and more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Model 5983 is a complete multichannel data conversion and processing subsystem. This 3U VPX carrier is capable of hosting FMC and FMC+ modules with 1.5X higher performance utilizing 15% less power with the Kintex Ultrascale FPGA.
 
 
 
 
 
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An interdisciplinary team from Columbia University School of Engineering is working with colleagues at Stanford, UMass Amherst, and Trex Enterprises Corp. to develop an alternative solution for use in augmented reality (AR) glasses.
 
Ercin Systems
 
 
 
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Northrop Grumman Corp. -- in its role as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program -- is set to launch its first open-architecture test bed and is seeking participants to create and test their own swarm-based tactics on the platform.
 
 
PODCAST
 
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Sponsored by Pentek: Cognitive radio and spectrum management continue to drive innovation among military communication system designers to enable more capability and faster decision making for warfighters. Efficient spectrum management is becoming especially important as the spectrum gets more crowded and as the DoD... 
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Meggitt Defense Systems, Inc. (MDSI, a subsidiary of Meggitt PLC) won a $26 million contract to provide thermal management systems (TMS) to General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Michigan) for the M1A2 SEPv3 and M1A2 KSA main battle tanks.

 
Annapolis Micro Systems
 
 
 
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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. 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Electronics and sensor maker L3 Technologies announced that it will support the BAE Systems Power and Propulsion Team by providing the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the upcoming Australian navy SEA5000 program pursuit.
 
 
 
 
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Open architecture embedded systems for military/aerospace applications have always relied on mezzanine or daughter cards to provide flexibility and modularity because they are very effective in handling the large variety of I/O functions required. Thanks to widespread adoption of industry standards defining these mezzanine products...
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Aitech Rugged Group, Inc., which designs embedded computing systems for military air and ground systems as well as radiation-hardened solutions for the military and commercial space markets, was acquired by FIMI Opportunity Funds, a private equity firm based in Israel for $30 million.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are many potential sources of latency that can impact the performance of mission-critical video systems - and each needs to be minimized or, ideally, eliminated. In this white paper, we look at how you can use a modular, COTS-based approach to address:
 Compression latency
 Transfer latency
 Processing latency
– Code latency
 
 
 
 
 
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The recent KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) attack on the Wi-Fi WPA2 security protocols (CVE-2017-13077 through CVE-2017-13088) highlights the requirement to actively maintain and update embedded systems, especially long-life systems deployed in hostile environments.
 
 
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Vencore won a prime contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to explore and provide technologies for new security models to support information-sharing in tactical coalition environments using commercial handheld devices.
 
 
 
 
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reports successful completion of its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program; it has officially transferred the technology demonstration vessel, christened Sea Hunter, to the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
 
Omnetics Connector Corporation
 
 
 
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Research and development lab HRL Laboratories will develop a set of software tools -- to be known as the Complex Analytics of Network of Networks (CANON) -- for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that is intended to detect and warn intelligence analysts about weapons of mass terrorism (WMT) activity.
 
 
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U.S. Air Force officials assembled the enterprise capability collaboration team that will explore how the service will continue to lead, operate, and integrate electronic warfare (EW) throughout the electromagnetic spectrum (EM).
 
 
 
 
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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in association with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), completed a 11-day flight test with BAE Systems' newly developed semi-autonomous software that allows better management and control of air-to-air and air-to-ground combat in contested environments.
 
Mercury Systems
 
 
 
 
 
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CYBERSECURITY UPDATE
 
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Quantum physics makes nearly everything better, and communications is no exception. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST - Gaithersburg, Maryland) are experi­menting with a low-frequency magnetic radio, using very low-frequency (VLF) digitally modulated magnetic signals.
 
 
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The global market for military counter-unmanned aerial vehicles (C-UAVs) will grow from its current $379 million to $1.223 billion by 2026, according to one scenario in the report "Global Counter-UAV (C-UAV) Systems Market Forecast to 2026" from ASD Media/Market Forecast.
 
 
 
 
BUSINESS/MARKET DEALS
 
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The U.S. military and allied forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a $524 million contract modification for production and delivery of Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors.
 
 
BUSINESS/MARKET DEALS
 
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Lockheed Martin officials selected BAE Systems to modernize head-up displays (HUD) on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet's analog system with advanced digital technology.
 
 
 
 
BLOG
 
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In my previous article, I promised that we would integrate the warfare models (RMAs (Rate Monotonic Analyses), warfare domains, strategic offsets, the OODA Loop, and generations of warfare) with the kill chain. That noble goal has been overcome by events. A number of important reports have been released in the past few months, so it's best that we take a look at those elements first.
 
 
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Purdue University and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) signed a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), which aims to align modeling efforts at Purdue with testing capabilities at NSWC Crane to achieve the common goal of improving the safety and performance of lithium-ion batteries.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sealevel Systems, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
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