C4ISR

CACI Offers to Help Army Test New SIGINT, EW Platform; Jerry Parker Quoted

CACI International has offered its Tactical Radio Frequency Exploitation Vehicle to help the U.S. Army test a new platform designed to consolidate signals intelligence and electronic warfare functions, C4ISRNET reported Saturday. Jerry Parker, senior vice president of C4ISR and EW at CACI, said at the Association of the United States Army’s …

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Northrop Explores New Platforms for Black Hawk Helicopter Avionics System

Northrop Grumman is looking at other possible applications of an avionics system used on the U.S. Army’s UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, Rotary & Wing International reported Tuesday. The company designed its Integrated Avionics Suite with an open architecture intended to support future system adjustments without having to involve the original equipment manufacturer. …

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Lockheed to Insert Gallium Nitride Into Army Radar Tech

Lockheed Martin has received a contract modification to incorporate gallium nitride into U.S. Army radars used to protect soldiers from indirect fire. The company said Monday updating the AN/TPQ-53 radar technology with GaN can help increase the system’s performance to acquire counterfire targets. AN/TPQ-53 is designed to help military users detect, classify, track and identify the location …

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PAE ISR to Install UTC Payload Tech on ‘Resolute Eagle’ UAS; Beth Beach Quoted

PAE ISR has chosen United Technologies Corp.‘s aerospace systems business to build an optical and laser designation technology for the Resolute Eagle unmanned aerial system. UTC Aerospace Systems will equip the aircraft with an TASE400 LD payload intended to help operators recognize objects, transmit data and process videos on board, PAE ISR said Monday. The laser …

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SSL’s Rob Zitz: Space Sensor Layer Will Benefit From End-to-End Solution

Rob Zitz, a senior vice president at Maxar Technologies’ SSL subsidiary, told SpaceNews in an interview published Monday that a space layer designed for missile defense will benefit from an end-to-end solution including sensors and satellites. Zitz, chief strategy officer for government systems at SSL, said artificial intelligence and other technology …

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Lockheed Completes AEHF-4 Comms Satellite Encapsulation; Mike Cacheiro Quoted

Lockheed Martin has enclosed the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite in a payload fairing in preparation for its Oct. 17 launch atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket. Mike Cacheiro, vice president of protected communications at Lockheed, said in a statement published Monday AEHF-4 will complete a constellation of …

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Mike Twyman: Cubic to Demo Expeditionary C4ISR Platforms at AUSA Event

Two Cubic businesses will feature technology offerings for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications at an Association of the United States Army event next week. Mike Twyman, president of Cubic’s mission solutions business, said in a statement released Friday that AUSA offers an opportunity for the company to demonstrate …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Warfighters Need Access to Globally Available Satcom Capabilities

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, has said warfighters and government users in hostile and remote environments depend on resilient satellite communications platforms. Cowen-Hirsch wrote in a Signal magazine piece published Monday that such satcom systems “must be accessible at a moment’s notice.” She noted how government …

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Iridium, AWS Develop Satellite Cloud-Based Service for Internet of Things; Matt Desch Quoted

Iridium Communications has partnered with Amazon Web Services to develop a cloud-based satellite platform designed to advance the adoption of internet-of-things applications and services. Iridium said Thursday it plans to launch in 2019 the Iridium CloudConnect service that will work to provide worldwide coverage for AWS’ IoT applications through its …

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NSA Certifies Rockwell Collins-Built Military Ground Radio Tech; Troy Brunk Quoted

Rockwell Collins has received Type-1 certification from the National Security Agency for a ground radio technology designed to facilitate military communications. NSA validated the potential of AN/PRC-162(V)1 RT 20-48(C)U radios to help U.S. armed forces transmit and secure classified data including top-secret information, Rockwell Collins said Wednesday. Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of communication, navigation …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: US Government’s Commercial Satcom Adoption Efforts Could Drive Cultural Change

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, has said latest government efforts could pave the way for a cultural change that would leverage commercial satellite communications systems to support military missions. She wrote in a Via Satellite piece posted Friday that one of those efforts is …

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Navy Orders $65M in Northrop Triton UAS Sensor Spares

Northrop Grumman has received a $64.8M delivery order to provide sensor spares for the service branch’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems. The company will provide low-rate initial production 3 spares to support organizational-level maintenance of the Multi-Function Active Sensors, the Defense Department said Friday. The order covers the delivery of six antenna …

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