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December 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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TOP 2018 STORIES 
 
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The most popular stories on Mil-Embedded.com throughout 2018 covered subjects such as RISC V FPGAs, artificial intelligence, blockchain, autonomous radar platforms, and more.
 
 
MIL TECH TRENDS
 
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Reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) and increased standardization requirements for applications from unmanned aircraft to ground vehicles to portable communications systems are driving military power supply designs. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Model 8257 is a one-slot 3U VPX development chassis for Pentek's new Quartz RFSoC FPGA product line. Developed specifically for Pentek's Model 5950 Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC 3U VPX Processor, the Model 8257 chassis features a single-slot backplane, power supply, forced-air cooling, and connectors to support all functions of the 5950. With eight 4 GHz 12-bit A/Ds and eight 6.4 GHz 14-bit D/As, the 5950 with the 8257 chassis provides an integrated platform all ready for immediate development of RFSoC applications. By attaching a workstation, an engineer is ready to create, test, run and debug custom software and FPGA designs.
 
 
 
 
 
CYBERSECURITY UPDATE
 
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Weapon systems operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) are more software-dependent and networked than ever before, which a new General Accounting Office (GAO) report says opens the door to mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities.
 
 
TOP 2018 COLUMNS/BLOGS
 
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Our most popular columns, blogs, and guest blogs on Mil-Embedded.com from 2018 were penned by guest bloggers from VITA, Red Hat, TE Connectivity, and by our editorial staff on subjects such as artificial intelligence, fighter jets and the kill web, blockchain, unmanned industry jobs, and more.
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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D-TA Systems won three Over-The-Horizon Radar (OTHR) projects worth more than $14 million this year. The first project was directly with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department of National Defence (DND), for the delivery of a 256-channel OTHR receiver for installation within the National Capital Region (NCR) of Canada.
 
 
ARTICLE
 
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Think about the anxious feeling you get when you’re doing a presentation for an important audience and your laptop freezes. Now imagine you’re a pilot flying above contested territory and relying upon cutting-edge defensive systems to protect your mission, your team, and yourself.
 
 
 
 
GUEST BLOG
 
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At a high level, the vast majority of contemporary compute processing hardware may be divided into two domains: powerful data center processors and smaller, embedded devices. Embedded devices have the support of their data center big brothers via a network connection, giving them to access big data applications.
 
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TOP STORY
 
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U.S. Navy officials announced that initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) onboard the USS Detroit (LCS 7) has begun ahead of schedule.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Miniaturization of parts and components is identified as a key trend fueling the growth of the unattended ground sensors (UGS) market, forecast to grow by over $102.5 million by 2022, according to a new report from Technavio, "Global Unattended Ground Sensors Market 2018-2022."
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Engility Holdings has signed a $71 million award with the U.S. Air Force to provide systems engineering and integration services to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (RSSD).
 
 
TOP STORY
 
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Officials at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced its Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) division was selected to develop prototype technologies, components, and subsystems for the enhancement of existing or new Directed Energy (DE) systems. The contract is valued at $29 million.
 
 
 
 
TOP 2018 RADAR/EW STORIES
 
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The top radar/electronic warfare (EW) stories of 2018 covered the Xilinx RFSoC, counter-drone technology, thermal management challenges, autonomous radar and EW platforms, and more.
 
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TOP STORY
 
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U.S. Army officials are kicking off its second Expeditionary Technology Search competition (xTechSearch 2.0), which aims to engage with the non-defense traditional small business sector.
 
 
TOP STORY
 
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Saab officials selected DiSTI's Corp.'s VE Studio to build a virtual maintenance trainer (VMT) for the company’s Gripen E aircraft. Leveraging VE Studio, the Gripen E project management team will be able to train their existing staff to use the platform for creating the aircraft’s VMT.
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Officials at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) selected BAE Systems for two single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts that support the rapid integration and sustainment of command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems.
 
 
TOP STORY
 
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Among the payloads brought to space on the Spaceflight Industries/SpaceX SmallSat Express launch on December 3 were nine radation-hardened CMOS silicon die from Vorago Technologies.
 
 
 
 
SPONSORED CONTENT
 
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ADLINK has developed its Vortex DDS implementation as a reference to align to the FACE Technical Standard Edition 2.1.1 TSS, using DDS as the underlying transport layer. This is fully compatible and interoperable with the commercially supported Vortex OpenSpliceTM V6.10 solution.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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The global CubeSat market is projected to grow from $152 million in 2018 to $375 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 19.87 percent, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets, "CubeSat Market by Application (Earth Observation & Traffic Monitoring, Communication, Science & Technology and Education)...

 
 
 
 
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U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Systems Command officials in Quantico, Virginia procured new AN/TPQ-49A radar systems from SRC, Inc. as well as sustainment support and technology refresh for existing AN/TPQ-49 systems under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a ceiling value of $93 million.
 
 
TOP STORY
 
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Officials at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) selected Lockheed Martin to enhance the ONYX exoskeleton for future soldier demonstrations under a new contract valued at $6.9 million.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TOP STORY
 
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Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 15, the future USS Billings, has completed acceptance trials in the waters of Lake Michigan, its last significant milestone before delivery to the U.S. Navy during 2019.
 
 
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Germany's air force has extended the successful operation of the Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UASs) -- built and supported by by Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH, an Airbus company -- in Afghanistan and Mali until midyear 2020.
 
 
 
 
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An initial test of the Squad X Experimentation program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) successfully demonstrated the ability to extend and enhance the situational awareness of small, dismounted units, according to reports from DARPA officials.
 
Mercury Systems
 
 
 
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The world of high speed connectivity is constantly changing and evolving, which is why we made it easier for you to make smart decisions about which high-speed interconnect products you should use. Everything you need to design your application is at your fingertips in TE Connectivity’s (TE) High-Speed Products Developer Kit.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
GUEST BLOG
 
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In previous articles, we looked at the market research reports and forecasts for fighter planes, bombers, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and ground combat vehicles. All those platforms contain C4ISR systems (command, control, computers, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance). The openly available data about this market is much foggier than the information on the military platform markets.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Harris Corporation plans to invest more than $125 million in internal research and development (R&D) in its central Florida locations this fiscal year, say company officials, with the R&D activities primarily focusing on areas including electronic warfare (EW), robotics, avionics, and smallsats.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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