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September 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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Military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications continue to make demands on signal-processing designers for more performance, better thermal management, and reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP). These systems - as they move closer to the sensor on various platforms - are also starting to enable artificial intelligence (AI) solutions at the edge.
 
 
EDITOR'S PERSPECTIVE
 
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Whether it's referred to as speeding up the acquisition process, speeding up the bureaucracy, or eliminating red tape, it all comes down to the same point - the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to pick up the pace when it comes to getting technology innovation into the hands of warfighters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The RTX 2586 is a multichannel recorder with up to four 200 MHz 16-bit A/Ds that can capture up to 80 MHz of RF/IF signal bandwidth per channel with excellent dynamic range. The recorder can sample signals up to 700 MHz and provides integrated digital downconverters with selectable decimation to 64k. Playback via 800 MHz 16-bit D/As with matching digital upconversion and interpolation is available.
 
 
 
 
 
TOP STORY
 
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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials granted the Boeing-built U.S. Air Force KC-46 tanker program a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), verifying that its refueling and mission avionics systems meet FAA requirements. The milestone marks completion of KC-46 FAA certification.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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U.S. Navy officials modified Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contracts with Lockheed Martin and Austal USA this month. Lockheed Martin will build an additional LCS, while Austel will build two more ships.q

 
 
 
 
UNIVERSITY UPDATE
 
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Move over, silicon: Defect-free boron arsenide offers far superior thermal conductivity than other semiconductors and metals, including silicon and copper. If you haven't heard of boron arsenide (BAs) yet, you will soon: It's a new semiconductor "wonder" material that can draw and dissipate waste heat from electronics more effectively than any other known semiconductor or metal materials.
 
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U.S. Navy officials tapped Lockheed Martin to build and deliver more than 200 electronic Consolidated Automated Support Systems (eCASS) to maximize aircraft readiness. The seven-year contract is worth approximately $500 million.
 
 
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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed its early systems-integration test for NASA's Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) program, a next-generation propulsion capability that will further enable missions to deep space.
 
 
 
 
 
 
When SWaP & reliability in extreme conditions matters most, choose X-ES' US-manufactured embedded systems. Preferred defense COTS & custom hardware supplier.
 
 
 
 
 
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NASA officials selected Core Avionics and Industrial Inc. (CoreAVI) to provide its safety critical Vulkan driver - VkCore SC - for deployment into NASA's X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft.

 
 
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L3 Technologies has completed its acquisition of information-security companies Azimuth Security (Sydney, Australia) and Linchpin Labs (Ottawa, Canada).
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL REPORT
 
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In response to the growing nexus between physical risk (counterfeits) and cyber risk (infiltration of systems and exfiltration of data) the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has introduced a new policy adding security as a fundamental pillar of federal acquisition and supply chain risk management. 
 
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Officials at the Combatant Craft Division (CCD) of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, in Norfolk, Virginia selected LBI to design and manufacture a launch and recovery system for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The five-year contract has a total value of $5.4 million.
 
 
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Researchers at the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley SETI Research Center have applied machine learning techniques to detect 72 new fast radio bursts (FRBs) emanating from the "repeater" FRB 121102. The findings are part of the Breakthrough Listen initiative that aims to find signs of intelligent life in the universe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Abaco’s highly customizable OpenWare has helped our customers solve their most difficult networking challenges over the past two decades. Uniquely flexible, scalable, portable and reliable, and with military grade security built in, it is field-proven in thousands of mission critical installations around the world.
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U.S Navy officials awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works -- a business unit of General Dynamics -- and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) contracts for the DDG 51 fiscal years (FY) 2018 - 2022 multiyear procurement (MYP) for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers.
 
 
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Lockheed Martin officials selected Harris Corp. to develop and deliver the next generation Integrated Core Processor (ICP) for the F-35 fighter jet. Officials state the associated costs with the new procurement process will reduce costs of the F-35 program.
 
 
 
 
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
 
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials kicked off the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) summit in July 2018 by selecting teams to tackle the three technology pillars - materials/integration, architectures, and design - that will ultimately address Moore's Law. The prediction by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965 that...
 
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Raytheon BBN Technologies is developing a neural network that explains itself for the Defense Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Explainable Artificial Intelligence program (XAI).
 
 
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Boeing has won a $2.9 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force for 18 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines, and wing air refueling pod kits. With this fourth production lot, Boeing now is under contract to deliver 52 KC-46 tankers.

 
 
 
 
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Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and Engility Holdings Inc. officials entered into a definitive agreement under which SAIC will acquire Engility in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.5 billion ($2.25 billion net of the present value of tax assets).
 
 
GUEST BLOG
 
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In a few milliseconds, electrical arcing in aircraft wiring can release thousands of joules of energy. This is enough to ignite wire insulation, pierce hydraulic lines, and compromise critical flight-control subsystems.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Air Force officials selected Boeing to deliver its MH-139 helicopter and related support to replace the UH-1N "Huey" helicopters. The first operational helicopter delivery is expected in Fiscal Year 2021.
 
 
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One Stop Systems, Inc. (OSS) officials signed a definitive agreement to acquire Concept Development, Inc. (CDI), which specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance in-flight entertainment systems for commercial aircraft.
 
 
 
 
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Helicopters will have a role in the kill web as they have in the kill chain dating back to their first uses in warfare. Starting with the Korean War, and later in Vietnam, the helicopter became the cavalry. Anyone serving in the Army during the 1960s and 1970s knows about the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam. 
 
 
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U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and BAE Systems officials signed a cooperative agreement for Phase 1 of a technical effort to transition gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology developed by the U.S. Air Force to our Advanced Microwave Products (AMP) Center.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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