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August 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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SPECIAL REPORT
 
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More Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines enter "Silent Service" in 2018. While the subs are getting cool sonar and processing upgrades, any embedded systems need to be secured to protect against SATCOM vulnerabilities. The U.S. Navy is slowly replacing the 40 aging Los Angeles-class submarines currently in service with Virginia- and Columbia-class fast-attack submarines.
 
 
MARKET ANALYSIS 
 
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The defense market for embedded electronics designers continues to be a growth area. While increased use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology has lowered the cost and therefore the spending in unmanned systems, it is fueling more innovation, especially in small platforms.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Software Defined Radio has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications that include communications, data acquisition and signal processing. Recently updated, this handbook shows how DDCs, the fundamental building block of software radio, can replace legacy analog receiver designs while offering significant performance, density, and cost benefits.

 
 
 
 
 
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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) officials are establishing additional restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) - also known as drones - flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of the following Federal facilities...
 
 
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Northrop Grumman Corp. engineers set a new standard for wireless transmission by operating a data link at 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) over a distance of 20 kilometers in a city environment.
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Mercury Systems officials announced the acquisition of Germane Systems, LC. The acquisition of Germane was made for an all cash purchase price of $45 million, subject to net working capital and net debt adjustments. 
 
 
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) reports the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with bipartisan support: a vote of 87-10 in the Senate and 359-54 in the House. 

 
 
 
 
EDITOR'S PERSPECTIVE
 
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Welcome to our September Resource Guide, which for the sixth straight year is at least 100 pages - a rare feat in print publishing today. So thank you, loyal readers and advertisers for all your loyalty and support. Not only for your support of our publications in print and online, but also for your support of the warfighters and the sacrifices they make.
 
Annapolis Micro Systems
 
 
 
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials tapped BAE systems to develop data-driven, cyber-hunting tools that detect and analyze cyber threats to help protect extremely large enterprise networks. The contract for DARPA's Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) Phase 1, 2, and 3 is valued at approximately $5.2 million.

 
 
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Raytheon officials announced the opening of a new radar development facility in Andover, Massachusetts. The $72 million, 30,000 square foot facility features advanced automation technology to support complex radar testing and integration.

 
 
 
 
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Officials at Alion Science and Technology Corp., a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB).
 
 
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Northrop Grumman reports that it has delivered the first AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) that incorporates advanced high power and high efficiency gallium nitride (GaN) antenna technology, further improving the system's operational capabilities.
 
 
 
 
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
 
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Raytheon BBN Technologies has teamed up with Smart Information Flow Technologies and Oregon State University to tackle a challenge from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that aims to design, develop, and demonstrate a swarm of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) or unmanned ground systems (UGSs) that can maneuver and accomplish missions within a complex urban environment.
 
Omnetics Connector Corp.
 
 
 
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Technology services provider ManTech announced a four-year, $47 million award with the U.S. Information Analysis Center (DoD IAC) Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) multiaward contract to provide technical support and collaboration for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) H-53 heavy lift helicopter program (PMA-261).
 
 
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Boeing engineers in Australia completed a series of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology. The flight test was conducted at a regional Queensland airfield. 
 
 
 
 
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded has awarded three companies spots on a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) worth up to $551 million over five years to provide McAfee cybersecurity products across the DoD.
 
 
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Engineering/IT company Dynetics, along with its partners, is operating under a $10 million contract to continue development for the next phase of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command's (SMDC) High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program, a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system.

 
 
 
 
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Rockwell Collins has secured a contract that will equip multiple U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft with safety-critical Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capabilities through a contract issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Air Combat Electronics program office (PMA-209).

 
Mercury Systems
 
 
 
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has signed 15 companies to its unrestricted full-and-open track of a potential nine-year, $28 billion contract vehicle for technology research and development (RandD) services.
 
 
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Small-satellite solutions provider Millennium Space Systems will be acquired by Boeing, officials say. The acquisition will expand Boeing's satellite and space portfolio, talent, and capabilities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Air Force officials tasked Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) effort.
 
 
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The global tactical-communications market is expected to be valued at approximately $13.0 billion in 2018 and will grow at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 1.7 percent, to a value of approximately $15.4 billion by 2028, according to a market study from Strategic Defence Intelligence, "The Global Tactical Communications Market 2018-2028."
 
 
 
 
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IT security firm CACI International announced that it has won a $48.5 million single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract with the U.S. Navy to provide integration, installation, sustainment, and engineering services to...
 
 
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The U.S. Navy reports that its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) continue to progress through comprehensive test programs.
 
 
 
 
WARFARE EVOLUTION GUEST BLOG
 
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When I started researching ground combat vehicles (GCV) and tanks, I suspected it was going to be messy from the start. I was not disappointed. There's a plethora of research reports and articles containing hundreds of pages on this topic.
 
 
CHARITY
 
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This issue we are highlighting Military Families United, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose stated mission is "Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families." The organization - a coalition of active-duty military, families who have lost loved ones in action, veterans, and military supporters...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sealevel Systems, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
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