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Iridium’s Scott Scheimreif: Small-Form-Factor Antennas With Broadband Connectivity to Back Mission-Critical Comms

Scott Scheimreif, executive vice president of government programs at Iridium Communications, has said he believes there will be an increased demand for small-form-factor antennas with agile broadband connectivity that work to support mobile communications during public safety and humanitarians missions. Scheimreif told MilsatMagazine in an interview how several relief organizations …

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Kratos Subsidiary to Build Proof-of-Concept System for Govt Wideband Satcom Program

A Kratos Defense & Security Solutions subsidiary has received a potential $2.6 million contract to develop a proof-of-concept platform designed to increase the resiliency and capacity of wideband satellite communications systems and deliver roaming capability to government satcom users. Kratos RT Logic will demonstrate the proof-of-concept system with a flexible …

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Telephonics to Supply Radar Tech for Coast Guard Surveillance Aircraft

Griffon‘s Telephonics subsidiary has landed a $31.8 million contract to equip the U.S. Coast Guard’s maritime surveillance aircraft with a multimode radar technology. USCG selected the APS-143C(V)3 radar to help HC-27J Spartan operators search, detect and track targets, Telephonics said Thursday. The system features inverse synthetic aperture radar, weather avoidance, synthetic aperture radar and search-and-rescue transponder beacon …

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Lockheed Taps Raytheon for F-35 Sensor Development Work

Raytheon has been chosen to develop a sensor technology for F-35 pilots to obtain situational awareness and detect threats in battlespace. Lockheed Martin said Wednesday it picked Raytheon after a competitive process for the development of the Distributed Aperture System starting with the fighter program’s lot 15. Greg Ulmer, vice president and general manager of …

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General Atomics-Built Avionics Tech Installed on NASA UAS; Linden Blue Comments

A NASA-owned unmanned aircraft system that flew Tuesday was equipped with a detect-and-avoid avionics system from General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business. General Atomics said Tuesday Ikhana, a modified version of the Predator B/MQ-9 UAS platform, used the DAA system that features a collision avoidance technology built to help pilots “see and avoid” other airspace users. NASA’s Ikhana …

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Northrop Lands $62M Navy Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator Support Contract

Northrop Grumman has received a one-year, $61.7 million contract to help the U.S. Navy maintain, engineer and operate unmanned aircraft systems designed for maritime use. The company will aim to ensure the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator system is ready for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, the Defense Department said …

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Ballard Subsidiary Receives UAV Propulsion Tech Order

A Ballard Power Systems subsidiary has received orders from the U.S. Navy to supply fuel cell propulsion systems to power unmanned aerial vehicle or drone platforms. Protonex will provide a variant of the 600-watt PEM propulsion technology for the Naval Research Laboratory-designed Hybrid Tiger UAV, Ballard said Tuesday. Deliveries are scheduled to occur this year. NRL is …

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Navy, Northrop Celebrate Triton UAS Flight Operations at Point Mugu, Calif.

The U.S. Navy hosted a ceremony Thursday at Point Mogu in California to mark the start of flight operations for the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. Northrop said Friday the Unmanned Patrol Squadron-19’s maintenance detachment will test and conduct training on two MQ-4Cs before the service branch deploys the UAS units to Guam in late …

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Coast Guard Uses Satellites, Sensors to Back Arctic-Based Comms, Situational Awareness

The U.S. Coast Guard uses sensor technologies and satellites to perform communications, situational awareness, navigation and remote sensing operations in the Arctic region, National Defense reported Tuesday. A 2018 report by the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center says some of the technologies the Coast Guard uses for navigation and domain awareness …

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Raytheon to Produce Radar Warning Receivers Under $90M Air Force FMS Contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a potential five-year, $90 million contract to manufacture radar warning receiver systems to fullfill production requirements under a foreign military sales transaction. Raytheon’s self protect systems business will fabricate, integrate, test and deliver AN/ALR‐69A receivers through the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the Defense Department said Tuesday. DoD noted the company will receive $51.5 …

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Mercury Systems Launches Digital Transceiver for Electronic Warfare Missions

Mercury Systems has introduced a digital transceiver that works to help warfighters perform electronic warfare and signal processing operations in hostile environments. The EnsembleSeries DCM6111 6U VPX digital transceiver complies with OpenVPX standards and features a system security engineering capability – BuiltSECURE – that seeks to facilitate the configuration and deployment of …

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