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Vuzix Develops Wearable Avionics for a Major Aviation Company

September 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 

Vuzix' smart glasses like this M100 are widely used in technical support, providing expert advice, video support, supervision and auditing for technicians. The new applications will likely utilize these technologies with cutting-edge augmented reality, introducing wearable avionic devices used by the flight crew into the cockpit

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Super Hornets to Gain Counter-Stealth Capability with New IRST Sensor

August 19, 2018 by · Comment
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The IRST will enable the Navy fighters to target adversaries beyond visual and radar range, and enhance survivability in radar denied environment, operate against existing and emerging air threats.

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NEW DAS Expected to Save $3 Billion in F-35 Sustainment Costs

June 13, 2018 by · Comment
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Lockheed Martin selected Raytheon to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 fighter jet. The Raytheon-built DAS will be integrated into F-35 aircraft starting with Lot 15 aircraft, expected to begin deliveries in 2023 and is expected to save to more than $3 billion over the life cycle of the program.

Autonomous Guidance and Landing for Helicopters Tested by Airbus

December 15, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Airbus, Syndicated Industry News 
Airbus' EAGLE vision system began flight testing on ab H225 helicopter flying testbed. The system improves situational awareness and reduces the pilot’s workload by automating and securing approaches, take-off, and landing. Photo: Airbus

First Order for BrightNite Helicopter Piloting System

January 17, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems received a first order for the BrightNite vision system from one of NATO air forces in, (name of the country has not been released). BrightNite is designed to enhance helicopter pilot visibility and situational awareness in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) conditions. The company is expected to deliver the systems under a $17 million contract, within 30 months.
              

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Super Hornets Getting New, Thermal Eyes

December 16, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded an $82 million to deliver 12 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. The IRST system developed and built by Lockheed Martin is a long-wave infrared (LWIR) detection system housed in a centerline pod. The IRST acts like a passive radar and targets airborne vehicles in a radar-denied environment.
              

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New Laser Countermesure System to Protect Aircraft and Helicopters from Missile Attack

June 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
SPREOS combines a radar based verification sensor and an active laser (DIRCM), mounted on the same optical path. In fact, the laser 'fires׳ right through the center of the radar panel, enabling significant cost saving in maintaining separate aiming devices. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-UpdateUnveiled yesterday at Eurosatory 2016 by Israel based Bird Aerosystems, SPREOS combines a radar based verification sensor and an active laser effector to form a directional, infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system. Mounted on the same optical path, the laser 'fires׳ right through the center of the radar panel, enabling significant cost saving in maintaining separate aiming devices.
              

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Staring Night Vision Sensor Opens the Night for Helicopter Pilots

May 4, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
BrightNite is a multi-spectral end to end panoramic piloting solution that delivers the essential data directly to both eyes of the pilot, enabling intuitive flight in a head-up, eyes-out orientation in pitch dark and other DVE conditions.  Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems successfully demonstrated the BrightNite system in a series of night flights. Britenite is a solution that enables utility helicopters to perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions successfully in more than 90% of the nights. The demonstration flights carried out in Israel and involved dozens of pilots from different nationalities and services.
              

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Digital Eyepiece Opens the Night for Fighter Pilots

February 23, 2016 by · Comment
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Nano-Coating Makes Coaxial Cables Lighter

January 29, 2016 by · Comment
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Rice University research scientist Francesca Mirri holds a standard coaxial data cable (bottom) and a new cable with an outer conductor of carbon nanotubes. Replacing the braided metal outer conductor with a conductive nanotube coating makes the cable 50 percent lighter, Mirri said. (Photo: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists. “Our cable meets military standards, but we’re able to supply the strength and flexibility without the bulk.” said research scientist Francesca Mirri.
              

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New IRST pod to enhance the Eagle’s air/air targeting

February 12, 2015 by · Comment
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New Mega Display Cleared for F-16s’ Primary Flight Reference

March 14, 2013 by · Comment
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New assets for the F-16 office. Photo: Eric VorstenboschThe Center Display Unit (CDU) being fitted as part of the upgrading of US Air Forces' F-16s has been endorsed by the Air Force as a primary flight reference (PFR) for the fighter. The CDU replaces multiple legacy, analog flight instruments with a compact digital display leaving premium area for an ultra-large digital screen that can be used to present high resolution imagery from sensors, digital maps, or detailed situation displays.

IAF Looks at Ad-Hoc Networking for Future Communications

February 6, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Syndicated Industry News 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to deploy an advanced communications network, the MOD has invited several international companies to participate in an international tender to offer software defined radio based communications for the networks’ airborne and ground based segments. Initial testing are expected to commence in February 2013. [...]

IAF Looks at Ad-Hoc Networking for Future Communications

February 6, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Syndicated Industry News 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to deploy an advanced communications network, the MOD has invited several international companies to participate in an international tender to offer software defined radio based communications for the networks’ airborne and ground based segments. Initial testing are expected to commence in February 2013. [...]

Elbit Systems Looks for More Partners to Address India’s Growing Helicopter Market

February 5, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, India, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems is promoting a range of helicopter-related products in a move that would tap the growing opportunities the company identified in the Indian market, both for foreign built, locally made or upgraded platforms. Over the years Elbit Systems has established a number of partnerships and cooperation in India, paving its way into many defense sector’s programs.

KC-46A Program Moving Forward

The Air Force and Boeing (BA) have been working hard on the KC-46A contract since its award. There have been some major developments including Boeing’s decision to move most of the work to Washington with plans to close their Wichita, KS military aircraft facility.

At the same time there is progress being made. Boeing has opened one of five simulation laboratories (SIL). This one is in Washington and will focus on avionics and software development. The use of the SIL will aid in risk reduction and program development.

There has also begun discussions of possible basing sites across the U.S. The first one chosen will be for crew conversion and training but ultimately the 767 based tanker will have several operational bases as well as flying from overseas locations such as Guam.

Bases also will be selected depending on how many aircraft the National Guard will operate. Already states like Vermont, Maine and Kansas are talking about being used.

“Burlington mentioned as basing possibility for new Air Force tanker” — Burlington Free Press

“McConnell awaiting decision on home for Air Force tankers” — The Wichita Eagle

“Military brass, state delegates christen new hangar for MAINEiacs” — Bangor Daily News

Next Generation Avionics with CAPT Robert Torn of the ALPA

January 24, 2011 by · Comment
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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CAPT Robert Torn will be speaking at IDGA’s 4th Annual NextGen Avionics Summit scheduled for February 14-16, 2011 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Hotel, Vienna, VA.



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Boeing and Antonov Follow EADS and Submit KC-X Proposals

Boeing (BA) submitted their proposal for the KC-X aerial tanker program a day after rival EADS (EADS:P) did. Today was the day it was formally due, EADS coming in a little early. The Boeing proposal stresses their cost and size benefits over competing EADS with their larger A330 based aircraft. Boeing is basing their bid on a modified 767 airliner with advanced avionics from the yet to enter service 787.

Also U.S. Aerospace and Antonov submitted their competing proposal after losing a bid to delay things sixty days. There total cost is under thirty billion for a contract the Air Force has estimated at $37.5 billion based on an aircraft cost of only $150 million each.

The Air Force plan is to award the contract in four months. The three bids may make the competition’s source selection last longer and may also raise the chance of a protest.

If the U.S. Aerospace / Antonov team wins it might get very interesting.

New Website From EADS North America Stresses A330 Availability

EADS North America has set up a new website, http://www.kc45now.com/index/, that stresses the “Tomorrow’s tanker, ready today” aspect of their program. This is following up on their plan to stress the availability of their aircraft as compared to the newer Boeing (BA) “NewGen” tanker that while is is based on the 767 integrates some 787 avionics into it. This might require some development time.

The A330 is already in production for Italy and the U.K. and will, technically, only require the necessary U.S. Air Force specific equipment integrated onto it.

Textron unit wins contract for test equipment

AAI Corporation, an unit of Textron, won a contract form the USAF to build Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST) systems. See an article here. These will be used to test the electronic warfare equipment and avionics on various US aircraft. Since they are joint they will be used by USAF, Navy, USMC and Army aircraft. Even helicopters are starting to carry more sophisticated electronic and infra-red countermeasures as the threat has got more complicated. The contract is worth up to $67 M if all options are exercised. Sophisticated electronic systems require expensive test equipment to support their operations. The JSECST has been in production for several years and is used by the US and some allies.

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