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October 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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MIL TECH TRENDS
 
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Radar, electronic warfare (EW), and communication systems are increasingly leveraging gallium nitride (GaN) technology to meet stringent high-performance, high-power, and long life cycle demands of these systems Meanwhile, increased commercial volumes is resulting in price reductions for GaN components across multiple markets.
 
 
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
 
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Warfighters on missions and Uber passengers hitching rides will soon have something in common - both getting done thanks to what are essentially unmanned, flying cars. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and transportation company Uber are partnering to advance future vertical lift technologies to push forward the U.S. Army's modernization efforts.
 
 
 
 
 
New SoM Speeds Custom RFSoC Deployment
 
Pentek's new QuartzXM SoM speeds custom deployment of RFSoC in SWaP critical environments. Measuring only 2.5 by 4 inches, the QuartzXM Model 6001 includes all of the circuitry needed to maximize the performance of the RFSoC. The Model 6001 can be housed on the Pentek 3U VPX Model 5950 or it can be deployed on a custom carrier. Pentek's complete design kit ensures success for customers building their own carrier.
 
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Tapestry Solutions -- a subsidiary of Boeing -- has won a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide an integrated maintenance system (IMS) for the Romanian air force's (RoAF) fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.
 
 
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Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) recently hosted HACKtheMACHINE, the Navy's digital experience for building a community of practice in maritime security.
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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The market for military and public-services helicopters is facing a slow recovery globally, following nearly 10 years of stagnation and delayed programs in key regions, according to a new study from Frost and Sullivan, "Global Military and Public Services Helicopters Market, Forecast to 2026."
 
 
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Lockheed Martin reports that its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) has completed a closed-loop satellite track with tactical hardware and software; the test marks a major milestone, as the LRDR program continues to meet its technical goals and works toward its expected 2020 delivery to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in Clear, Alaska.
 
 
 
 
MIL TECH INSIDER
 
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The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium, part of The Open Group, was formed to establish a standard common operating environment to ­support portable capability-based applications across Department of Defense (DoD) avionics systems.
 
Annapolis Micro Systems
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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TransDigm Group Incorporated officials entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Esterline Technologies Corp. TransDigm expects the acquisition to be financed primarily through cash on hand and the incurrence of new term loans, and currently anticipates the acquisition...
 
 
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BAE Systems has garnered three contract awards from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) aimed at strengthening NGA's near-real-time access to commercially created geospatial data, enriched content, and community-sourced information; such data is used to improve decision timelines for policymakers, the military, and emergency networks.
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Air Force (USAF) officials designated the GOLauncher1 hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A. Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. is developing the vehicle under an Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division contract.
 
 
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Raytheon and the U.S. Army recently completed development of a new capability for cannon artillery by upgrading the combat-proven Excalibur precision-guided projectile: The team's Excalibur Shaped Trajectory (EST) variant will enable soldiers to eliminate targets in hard-to-reach locations by selecting the projectile's terminal or final phase attack angle.
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL REPORT
 
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Future battles may be fought against so-called "near-peer" adversaries who may already be ahead of America's best technologies. It's time to adopt the latest consumer technologies in the command post by making the post more mobile or by making it virtual, like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots who operate far from the front lines.
 
Omnetics
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Red Hat and IBM officials entered into a definitive agreement, under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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British company Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd. -- which designs and makes electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and surveillance solutions -- is under contract to supply its counter-UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] radar technology to Liteye Systems (Centennial, Colorado and Colchester, U.K.)...
 
 
 
 
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The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corp. have signed a $171 million contract for Lot 7 full rate production (FRP) of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, that upgrades legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with the capability to destroy enemy air defense missions.
 
 
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Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) officials selected General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) to develop and deliver a prototype Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system capable of powering the propulsion and support systems for manned undersea vehicles capable of transporting Special Operations Forces and payloads for a variety of missions.
 
 
 
 
AUSA 2018
 
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Editorial Director, John McHale, recaps the last day of AUSA 2018 covering the highlights to include the use of Bell's --  a Textron Company -- virtual/augmented reality technology for maintenance and National Instrument's new test and measurement tool for cognitive radar applications.
 
Mercury Systems
 
 
 
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Worldwide spending on various types of technology in the military space industry, measured at approximately reach $15.52 billion in 2018, will rise to $28 billion by 2028, according to a new market study, "Global Military Space Strategies and Technologies Market Report 2018-2028," published by Visiongain.
 
 
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Officials at the Defense Technical Information Center selected BAE Systems to compete for future research and development (RandD) task orders focusing in developing next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies.

 
 
 
 
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Intelligent-systems developer Charles River Analytics has won a contract option to integrate its SATURN [Swarm Algorithms and Tactics for Urban Reconnaissance and Isolation] capabilities into DARPA's Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program.
 
 
GUEST BLOG
 
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U.S. Army tasks AM General to recapitalize High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) under a $51.3 million contract. The company will utilize its Public Private Partnership (PPP) program with the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) to deliver mission-capable, like-new M1152 and M1165 HMMWV variants.
 
 
CHARITY
 
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This issue we are highlighting Higher Ground, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to help returned veterans and their families through recreational therapy and outdoors challenges to achieve what it calls "whole-life healing."
 
 
 
 
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Defense contractors Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger of equals. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies...
 
 
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Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence announced that they are joining forces to meet the U.S. Army's requirement for the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV)-Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program.
 
 
 
 
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UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are already part of the kill web for the U.S. military, forming teams with manned aircraft, dropping bombs, and providing persistent surveillance across the globe and soon will be equipped with lasers to provide even more lethality. UAVs have reshaped warfare in modern times, but you may be surprised to learn that they have actually been around since 1849.
 
 
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global TechSolutions program and industry partners have created a new tool called the Scuba Binary Dive Application (SBDA) 100 to digitally plan, record, and report dive-profile information to Dive/Jump Reporting System (DJRS).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ecrin Systems
 
 
 
 
 
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