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November 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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EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK
 
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In the following Q and A with Daniel Deisz, Director of Design Technology at Rochester Electronics, he discusses how Department of Defense (DoD) planners need to build in life cycle management costs in projects up front, the advantages of authorized re-creation or porting of semiconductor components for extending the life of parts, the importance of testing for aftermarket solutions, and how best to mitigate the spread of counterfeit components in the defense supply chain.
 
 
SPECIAL REPORT
 
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Raytheon is sending a one-of-a-kind small satellite to low Earth orbit to do a proof of concept of a prototype design - originally developed for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - to provide useful imagery directly to military users in the field. A small satellite called “SeeMe” – short for Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements – is poised to bring on-demand tactical-level imagery directly to warfighters in the field.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Quartz™ Model 5950 8-Channel A/D & D/A UltraScale+ RFSoC board offers a built-in dual 100GigE interface, 12 LVDS general purpose I/O pairs, innovative QuartzXM eXpress Module design for flexible design and deployment, high-signal integrity connectors for RF inputs and outputs, pre-installed IP for DFRM, triggered waveform & radar chirp generator and much more.
 
 
 
 
 
EDITOR'S PERSPECTIVE
 
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Former Army Signal Corps Sergeant Stanley Lieber passed away on Veteran’s Day at the age of 95. Most of us knew him as Stan Lee, cocreator of Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Daredevil, and many other Marvel Comics superheroes beloved from the 1960s through today. The U.S. Army tweeted this picture of Lee from his Signal Corps days, saying “We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers.”
 
 
BEST IN SHOW AWARDS
 
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Military Embedded Systems is excited to announce today the winners of our Best in Show Award contest held this week at the 55th Annual AOC International Symposium Convention, Nov 27-29 in Washington, D.C. Winning entries from military embedded systems exhibitors at the event are recognized for the improved performance and innovation they bring to military radar and electronic warfare applications.
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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U.S. Army officials placed a $1.69 billion order with Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corp. company, for 6,107 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits.
 
 
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Officials at the U.S. Air Force selected SIMBA Chain Inc. to provide its blockchain platform to securely scale the service's additive manufacturing supply chain. SIMBA Chain is a cloud-based, blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform, enabling users across a variety...
 
 
 
 
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Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling significant leaps in science and technology, including the fields of digital signal processing (DSP) and radio frequency (RF) systems. Methods nominally labeled as "AI" have been applied to radio systems for decades, but always with the goal of optimizing the control plane of a hand-engineered system (e.g., "smart radios" or "cognitive radios").
 
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United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has completed its previously announced acquisition of Rockwell Collins and announced its intention to separate its commercial businesses, Otis and Carrier (formerly CCS), into independent entities.
 
 
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The U.S. Navy has launched a nanosatellite from the Vandenberg Air Force Base that is intended to expand the range of ultra-high frequency (UHF) communications into the polar regions.
 
 
 
 
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The Raytheon-built Global Position System Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) completed cybersecurity vulnerability assessments that tested the system's ability to defend against both internal and external cyber threats.
 
 
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Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. engineers developed genetically engineered silkworms that match the physical properties required for applications in protective textiles under an ongoing U.S. Army contract.
 
 
 
 
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The military augmented-reality (AR) market will reach $1.4 billion by the end of 2018, according to a new report from Visiongain titled "Military Augmented Reality (MAR) Technologies Market Report 2018-2028."
 
 
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International high-tech contractor Elbit Systems has completed its acquisition of defense-systems company IMI Systems (Ramat Ha Sharon, Israel) for a purchase price of approximately $495 million (NIS 1.8 billion), with an additional payment of approximately $27 million (NIS 100 million) contingent upon IMI meeting agreed performance goals.
 
 
 
 
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Engineers at Lockheed Martin completed the integration of Telephonics' RDR-1700B radar onto a 74K aerostat for land and sea missions. This latest milestone follows Lockheed Martin’s integration of various payloads including radar sensors from Telephonics, Leonardo, and Northrop Grumman as well as electro-optic / infra-red cameras from L-3 Wescam.
 
 
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U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (USAF AFLCMC) officials tasked Rockwell Collins to provide its latest-generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) to integrate into the U.S. Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve F-16 aircraft that are operating in contested environments.
 
 
 
 
PC/104 CONSORTIUM 
 
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Writing about PC/104 can be challenging: If you’re just talking about the form factor, there’s not a whole lot of new material to cover. In fact, if you’re reading this in a printed magazine, it’s likely that you already know about PC/104. But for the sake of those who don’t know – if you’re a young engineer, or if you’re the equivalent of that one person who hasn’t seen that classic movie...
 
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U.S. Air Force officials placed an order with Viasat Inc. for 1,000 National Security Agency (NSA)-certified Mini Crypto devices under a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract. First deliveries of Viasat's Mini Crypto devices are expected during the third quarter of Viasat's fiscal year.
 
 
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The global market for military drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is projected to grow from $12.1 billion in 2018 to $26.8 billion by 2025, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.00 percent from 2018 to 2025, according to a new study by MarketsandMarkets...

 
 
 
 
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has rolled out the second phase of its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) – a five-year, upwards of $1.5 billion investment in the future of domestic electronic systems.
 
 
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Officials at Raytheon received a $191 million contract from the U.S. Army for Ku-band radio frequency radars. The contract fulfills an immediate U.S. Army operational need for a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (counter-UAV) radar.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Raytheon has entered an agreement with the government of Romania and the U.S. Army to purchase of three additional Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems from the U.S. Army. 
 
 
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Leidos Maritime Systems and Sparton Corp. teamed up to support the U.S. Navy's Acoustic Device Countermeasure (ADC) MK5 program. On September 2018, the U.S. Navy announced Leidos had been awarded a contract valued up to $36.1 million under a competitive solicitation.
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Army officials selected Fibrotex USA Inc. for a 10-year indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to under the U.S. Army’s Next-Generation Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System (ULCANS) program. The award is valued at $480 million. The Army's ULCANS multispectral camouflage system will mask soldiers, vehicles, and installations from electro-optical sensors and radars, Fibrotex officials explain.
 
 
 
 
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Calspan Systems Corp. has won a $6 million contract from Siemens Government Technologies to upgrade the U.S. Army’s Helicopter Blade Balance Stand, which is located at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
 
 
CHARITY
 
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Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every charity we showcase on this page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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