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Thermacore DARPA MACE Contract with U.S. Department of Defense Leads to Breakthrough Thermal Technology – Press Release

LANCASTER, Pa., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Thermacore, Inc. (www.thermacore.com), a leading provider of advanced thermal solutions, is offering a new generation of compact, custom-built, high-performance air-cooled heat sinks, the result of a multimillion-dollar development contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which ended on September 30, 2012.

The new heat sink products reflect advances by Thermacore in the development and commercialization of active heat sink technologies, achieved as part of the DARPA Micro-technologies for Air-Cooled Exchangers (MACE) program. After the results of Thermacore’s initial MACE demonstration step exceeded DARPA expectations in early 2011, Thermacore proceeded to develop four varieties of passive heat sink products, all representing improved airside heat transfer performance over existing state-of-the-art heat sinks. The design integrates Thermacore’s Therma-Base Vapor Chamber technology within a 3-dimensional thermal solution, with vapor flow spreading heat both laterally in the base and into planar appendage heat pipe blades. High-density fins are attached to the planar blades for enhanced thermal performance.

“We’re excited about the possibilities of this new design for meeting difficult microprocessor cooling challenges, including those found in military applications,” said Nelson Gernert, Thermacore Vice President of Engineering and Technology. “But it’s also important to note that a key element in this new product line is the vapor chamber technology we’ve used successfully for many years.”

The MACE-developed heat sinks will be available for insertion into four chassis cooling formats, 3U through 6U, and will feature excellent thermal uniformity and low thermal resistance. These compact, high-performance air-cooled heat sink products will handle heat loads from 250 Watts to 2,000 Watts depending on model. Although the design and layout of the heat sinks is novel, their construction involves standard materials such as copper (wall and wick) and aluminum (fins); the working fluid can be water or methanol. Mounting features are customizable for each application.

Typical thermal applications for the new product line include cooling avionics in manned and unmanned aircraft, vetronics in ground vehicles, military radars, medical electronics and computer server microprocessors.

For more information about Thermacore and its thermal management solutions, please visit www.thermacore.com, or to download the MACE-developed Compact, High-Performance Air-Cooled Heat Sinks Technical Data Sheet, visit Thermacore’s Design Center at www.thermacore.com/design-center.

About Thermacore

Founded in 1970, Thermacore specializes in the custom design, development, and manufacturing of highly engineered thermal management systems and components for a variety of OEM applications across a diversified set of global markets that includes Military/Aerospace, Computer, Communication, Energy Conversion, Medical, Transportation, Test Equipment, and Automotive. With over 40 years of experience in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced solid conduction assemblies, passive two-phase systems, and active pumped systems, Thermacore brings unparalleled engineering design expertise and thermal solution performance, quality, and reliability to these markets. Thermacore employs more than 180 employees at 5 facilities located in the United States (Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, and Ronkonkoma Long Island, New York) and the United Kingdom (Ashington, Northumberland). Thermacore facilities are certified to AS 9100 Rev C., ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 quality standards. For information about Thermacore, visit www.thermacore.com.

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Primordial Secures U.S. Army Contract to Improve and Advance Existing Off-Road Navigation Software — Press Release

Patented Ground Guidance® GPS-based software will support Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in developing load and route planning decision aids for soldiers

Saint Paul, MN – October 16, 2012 – Primordial today announced a three-year contract with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) that includes options for $3.7 million. The off-road navigation software company will provide NSRDEC with Primordial’s signature product, Ground Guidance®, developed for the U.S. military to display, evaluate, and recommend travel routes over unmarked terrain. NSRDEC will use the technology to develop routing decision support tools for soldiers and small units.

Primordial will work with the NSRDEC to adapt the Ground Guidance software for military applications and to account for:

Load
Weather conditions
Energy expenditure
Honesty traces
Heat strain
Operational constraints

“This partnership will advance our state-of-the-art Ground Guidance software to provide soldiers with safe and efficient routes from point A to point B,” said Randy Milbert, president of Primordial. “Soldiers will now be able to account for additional variables in the field in order to make more rapid and better informed decisions about their route under changing conditions.”

Ground Guidance, Primordial’s flagship product, is patented off-road routing software that plans fast and concealed routes for mounted and dismounted soldiers through on- and off-road terrain. Additionally, Ground Guidance’s GPS-based software allows real-time rerouting for soldiers during missions and in the field. The patented software was developed over nine years under contracts with the United States Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and others. Primordial has also integrated Ground Guidance with Falcon View, Land Warrior, and Movement Tracking System for use by the U.S. military.

“Load and route planning tools will help unburden our Soldiers and support mission planning,” said Robert Auer, senior operations research analyst, modeling and analysis team, NSRDEC. “Primordial believes in continuously evolving the Ground Guidance software for the needs of our troops, and we look forward to partnering with them to develop a greater capability set and to transition the technology.”

About Primordial

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Primordial was founded in 2002 and is a leader in off-route route planning and navigation software for the U.S. military and consumer applications. Primordial’s flagship product, Ground Guidance®, is patented software that determines best path routes through off-road terrain by analyzing land cover, elevation, and aerial photo databases. Primordial has worked and secured contracts with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation (CMDC), Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and others.

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Cubic to Provide Laser Data Link for Sniper System — Press Release

Cubic to Provide Laser Data Link for Sniper System

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwire – March 22, 2011) – Cubic Defense Applications, the defense systems business of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), has received a $2.5 million contract to provide an optical data link system to the contractor team developing a new small-caliber guided weapon system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The goal of the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system is to produce a guided, actively controlled 50-caliber sniper rifle system with significantly improved range and accuracy over current systems. Cubic is under contract to Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC, prime contractor for the EXACTO program, to develop optical command link components for the fire control and guidance subsystems.

“EXACTO will enable our ground troops to operate with greater precision at long range and under difficult environmental conditions,” said Steve Sampson, vice president of Advanced Programs for Cubic Defense Applications. “Our optical link will be a critical piece of this new guided system.”

The new endeavor draws upon the company’s past research and development efforts in optical communications, including creation of two-way optical combat identification system designed to reduce the incidence of fratricide. Cubic developed the combat ID solution with funding from DARPA and the U.S. Army.

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments: Defense Systems, Mission Support Services and Transportation Systems. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, cyber technologies, asset tracking solutions and defense electronics. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services. Cubic Transportation Systems is the world’s leading provider of automated fare collection systems and services for public transit authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company’s Web site at www.cubic.com.

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DARPA Expand Foliage Penerating Radar Program from SRC Inc.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded New York based SRC Inc. a contract to begin development of a work station to support aircraft based foliage penetrating radar. The contract is worth about $11 million and will process and display data from another SRC product: the Foliage Penetrating, Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER).

The goal of the FORESTER program is to mount a radar on either an unmanned or conventional aircraft and have it detect troop and vehicle movements in heavily forested terrain. The radar will penetrate the tree cover as well as ground clutter and discriminate through moving leaves and debris.

SRC has been working on the radar for DARPA for several years. The company is also working on a similar program for the Army through a separate contract.

Like all ISR systems the data collected by the FORESTER radar must be sent for processing and analysis somewhere. The workstation will aid in that. Once the data is understood it then must be further distributed to the unit that needs it either for situational awareness or so that it may engage any detected enemy troops.

As an anecdote I worked almost twenty years ago with a retired Air Force officer who had been involved in a similar project after the Vietnam War. In this case the Air Force wanted to develop a system that could find downed aircrew in heavy jungle terrain. This continues to show that some requirements never go away they just get further refined or developed.

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Alion Awarded $4.5M DARPA Contract to Support New Technology to Collect and Analyze Human Intelligence Information

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a three-year, $4.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to evaluate a revolutionary technology that will enable troops deployed around the world to improve how they record and analyze information obtained while on patrol. Alion will provide performance evaluations on the Graph Understanding and Analysis for Rapid Detection – Deployed On th

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded Defense Funding to Advance Optical Communications and Imaging — Press Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon BBN Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has been awarded $2.1 million in funding by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for two projects under the Information in a Photon, or InPho, program.

The goal of the two projects is to develop new theory and experimental techniques that enable optical communications and imaging systems to operate at their ultimate limits of information encoding efficiency as permitted by the laws of quantum physics.

The first project, PIECOMM (Photon Information Efficient Communications), aims to create techniques that increase the current limits of optical communications technology while approaching the ultimate limits of photon information efficiency. Achieving this goal will significantly increase power management, speed and reach on free space optical communication links, including far-field links used in deep space.

“Today, optical communications are far from ultimate performance and reaching the furthest limits of light’s information carrying capacity,” said Saikat Guha, Raytheon BBN Technologies scientist. “We are developing techniques that greatly improve the performance of current optical communications and approach the quantum limits of light’s information carrying capacity.”

Raytheon BBN Technologies will generate and demonstrate experimental solutions, such as multiple-spatial-mode design and adaptive joint-detection receivers that attain communications at 10-bits per photon and 5-bits/sec/Hz while simultaneously encoding information in space and time. This work will be done in close collaboration with leading researchers in optical communications, quantum optics and information theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The second project, FINESSE (Fundamental Information Capacity of Electromagnetism with Squeezing and Spatial Entanglement), aims to determine the theoretical performance limits for imaging technology as determined by the laws of quantum physics. In collaboration with the University of Virginia, Raytheon BBN Technologies will conduct a theoretical and experimental program of study investigating newly engineered quantum states of light to perform imaging with performance superior to conventional techniques. The program will result in a fundamentally new technology for imaging in the near and the far field.

“Conventional imaging techniques use classical light pulses from lasers and detect the resulting reflection from a target or scene,” said Jonathan Habif, Raytheon BBN Technologies senior scientist. “We have set out to define new quantum states of light and subsequent detection methods from which we can obtain far more image information from a lot less light.”

Raytheon BBN Technologies will develop new sources of quantum-entangled light and state-of-the-art optical sensor technologies to demonstrate improvement in the information efficiency of light used for imaging.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

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DARPA Awards Development Contract to Lockheed for New Anti-ship Missile

A few weeks ago the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Raytheon (RTN) a contract to begin development of new, advanced air-to-air missile (AAM). Two major innovations for this system are to be a multi-mode seeker and a small footprint. Now DARPA has given Lockheed Martin (LMT) a similar contract to work on a ship based weapon for attacking enemy vessels.

This contract is worth about $150 million to initiate a rapid development program for the new missile. A great deal more money will be needed to complete development and testing and transition the design to production.

The goal is to make a weapon that has greater range then current available missiles.

The Soviet Union made the first strides in these systems back in the Fifties as a way to provide their ships with strike capabilities. The Royal and U.S. Navies relied on carrier based aircraft as their primary anti-shipping weapon as in World War II. The West did develop their own missiles with the U.S. Harpoon and French Exocet systems coming into use but these are limited in range to about 100 nautical miles.

The U.S. has been using basic variants of missiles developed in the Eighties for the air-to-air and air-to-ground mission although the addition of GPS guidance packages has significantly improved accuracy of bombs and missiles.

This program joins the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) in development and the new AAM in planning to use multi-mode seekers which can use radar, laser and optical guidance systems. The extension of this capability to missiles for all types of missions is a natural progression.

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U.S. Army to Pay ManTech for Cell Coverage in Afghanistan

Many parts of the revolution in civil communications and Information Technology (IT) that has occurred over the last twenty years has a military application. People forget that it was the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that paid for the creation of the internet and the basis of modern email systems. The U.S. has invested in things such as the tactical internet to aid in distributing information across their networks. There are even military iPhone and iPad applications.

Now the U.S. Army is contracting with ManTech (MANT) to install nationwide cell phone coverage in Afghanistan to support operations by that service and U.S. allies and other government agencies. The value of the deal is about $68 million.

The system is called the Expeditionary Cellular Communications Service (ECCS) and consists of fixed and mobile towers as well as support services. One other aspect of the system is that it most likely will be easy to turn over to the Afghan government upon the departure of the U.S. forces for use as a basic communication infrastructure.

The establishment of this system will also relieve pressure on more traditional communication means such as satellite radios by transferring some of the load of non-tactical or operational communications. This seems like a worthwhile investment in U.S. capabilities.

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Raytheon Wins Contract to Design New Air-to-Air Missile from DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Raytheon (RTN) a contract to develop a new air-to-air missile. The value is around $20 million. This new missile will be lightweight and possess a multi-mode seeker.

The U.S. Army is currently developing a new missile for use by them and the Air Force on helicopters and attack aircraft that also will have a multi-mode seeker. The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program is currently testing two competing designs from Lockheed Martin (LMT) and a team of Raytheon and Boeing (BA). Both of the systems use seekers that use infra-red, laser and radar guidance.

The goal of these systems is to have the ability to choose the best guidance mode for the weather or counter-measure environment.

Raytheon already has manufactured the AIM-9X infra-red guided and AIM-120 AMRAAM radar guided missiles used on the current U.S. and Allied aircraft.

The new lightweight missile if it is successfully developed and produced will be carried by both manned and unmanned aircraft as the U.S. continues its investment in armed UAV’s.

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ADDING and REPLACING Teledyne Wins DARPA Systems Program to Develop Innovative Guided Ordnance Technology

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Add after last graph of release: Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited The corrected release reads: TELEDYNE WINS DARPA SYSTEMS PROGRAM TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE GUIDED ORDNANCE TECHNOLOGY Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced today that its subsidiary, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC (“TS&I”), was awarded a $25.45 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for Phase II of the EXtreme

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BAE Systems Wins $49.9 Million Contract to Develop On-Board Processor and Integrate DARPA’s ARGUS-IR Nighttime Persistant Surveillance System

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After successful development of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) daytime persistent surveillance system, BAE Systems has been awarded an additional $49.9 million contract to develop the advanced processor for the agency’s nighttime, infrared system - the Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance – Infrared (ARGUS-IR). ARGUS-IR provides real-time, high-resolution, nighttime video surveillance capability for U.S. combat forces for det

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Northrop’s HART Allows Information Distribution to the Battlefield

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Northrop Grumman (NOC) a contract to continue further development of their Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) system. The contract has a value of just over $46 million.

HART is a system installed on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms that allows the sending of video feed to a hand held device used by ground troops. The idea is that the troops can ask for either live or historical video and imagery of the local area to aid them in developing situational awareness and engaging the enemy.

The HART program is more then a system on an individual Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) but allows the control and linking of several platforms. These can be directed to collect data or provide the historical data.

This type of program continues to illustrate the advantages and force multiplier that UAV’s and data networks provide the U.S. military. The way HART is configured it speeds up the delivery of requested information by making it go directly from the collection system to the user. In the past while imagery could be collected by aircraft, UAV and other systems there was a period of time when it was analyzed, exploited and disseminated. A system like HART minimizes that time period.

As these kind of systems get more sophisticated, robust and available the amount of intelligence to aid combat operations at the pointy-tip of the spear is not only increased but the quality is much higher. This becomes a significant combat enhancement for the U.S. and its military.

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Boeing Unveils Unmanned Phantom Eye Demonstrator

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Boeing Unveils Unmanned Phantom Eye Demonstrator
July 12, 2010

ST. LOUIS, - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today unveiled the hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system, a demonstrator that will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days.

"Phantom Eye is the first of its kind and could open up a whole new market in collecting data and communications," Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said today at the unveiling ceremony in St. Louis. "It is a perfect example of turning an idea into a reality. It defines our rapid prototyping efforts and will demonstrate the art-of-the-possible when it comes to persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The capabilities inherent in Phantom Eye's design will offer game-changing opportunities for our military, civil and commercial customers."

Later this summer, Phantom Eye will be shipped to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to begin a series of ground and taxi tests in preparation for its first flight in early 2011. That debut flight is expected to last between four and eight hours.

"The program is moving quickly, and it’s exciting to be part of such a unique aircraft," said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager for Boeing. "The hydrogen propulsion system will be the key to Phantom Eye's success. It is very efficient and offers great fuel economy, and its only byproduct is water, so it's also a 'green' aircraft."

Phantom Eye is powered by two 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engines that provide 150 horsepower each. It has a 150-foot wingspan, will cruise at approximately 150 knots and can carry up to a 450-pound payload.

Key Phantom Eye suppliers and partners include Ford Motor Company (engines); Aurora Flight Sciences (wing); Mahle Powertrain (propulsion controls); Ball Aerospace (fuel tanks); Turbosolutions Engineering (turbochargers); the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and NASA.

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded Defense Funding to Advance Automatic Translation

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded Defense Funding to Advance Automatic Translation
July 7, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., - Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) BBN Technologies has been awarded an additional $6.14 million in funding by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) under the Multilingual Automatic Document Classification, Analysis and Translation (MADCAT) program. This award follows Raytheon BBN's success in meeting required milestones during the first two years of the MADCAT program.

The MADCAT program's goal is to create a prototype system that quickly provides accurate, relevant, distilled, actionable information to military commands and personnel. It does this by converting foreign language text images, such as road signs, flyers, photographs, and handwritten notes, into English transcripts automatically, without the use of linguists and analysts.

Prem Natarajan, head of speech and language processing, Raytheon BBN Technologies, said: "Foreign language translation on the battlefield is slow, dangerous and expensive. The MADCAT system will help our troops understand road signs, print media and captured documents that could be of immediate importance to their safety and to the successful completion of their missions."

Under the contract, Raytheon BBN Technologies will further refine a prototype translation system developed under previous awards in this program that can be deployed on a laptop computer. To accomplish this, Raytheon BBN Technologies is integrating optical character recognition with its state-of-the-art translation and distillation techniques and developing novel methods to process handwritten text.

Raytheon BBN Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company.

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Northrop Grumman Surpasses Fiber Laser Goals, Receives Phase Two Contract From DARPA

Northrop Grumman Surpasses Fiber Laser Goals, Receives Phase Two Contract From DARPA
June 22, 2010

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has surpassed Phase I goals for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Revolution in Fiber Lasers (RIFL) program that seeks to mature fiber laser technology. As a result, the company has received a contract for Phase II.

"This is an important step in the maturation of fiber laser technology," said Dan Wildt, vice president of Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "By surpassing Phase I goals, we are in an excellent position for success in Phase II. Success in Phase II will create a powerful springboard for scaling fiber lasers to weapons-class performance levels."

With a 1 kilowatt (kW) single mode fiber amplifier, the company demonstrated a near-perfect beam quality of better than 1.2 and efficiency better than 30 percent, twice the program's goal of 15 percent. Northrop Grumman also demonstrated a polarization extinction ratio of 50:1, and extremely low phase noise, which is essential for the coherent combination of laser chains used to scale power to weapons-class levels.

The Phase I success was a team effort involving Nufern, East Branby, Conn., which supplied high-power amplifiers; Fraunhofer USA, Inc., Plymouth, Mich., which supplied high-power diode laser pumps; and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., which supplied advanced fiber design and analysis.

The $4.6 million, 18-month Phase II DARPA contract calls for scaling power to 3kW in a single mode fiber amplifier. The company has patents on techniques used to facilitate combination of many fiber amplifier beams, while maintaining near-ideal beam quality. The ultimate goal is to develop the technology to 100kW, the power necessary to field a lethal laser weapon.

Northrop Grumman is also working on other laser initiatives that will build on the company's scalable architecture and beam combining expertise. They include:

-- The 2-Dimensional Diffractive Optical Element Beam Combining Demonstration, a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory program under which the company is demonstrating diffractive beam combining using the Joint Department of Defense high-power fiber laser test bed, and

-- The Robust Electric Laser Initiative, a two-year, $8.7 million contract for a High Energy Laser – Joint Technology Office program to produce a design using the company's diffractive optical element beam combining technique to increase power levels to 25kW.


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Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded $17 Million in Defense Funding to Advance Rapid Foreign Language Processing

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded $17 Million in Defense Funding to Advance Rapid Foreign Language Processing
June 21, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., - Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) BBN Technologies has been awarded an additional $17 million in funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the final year of the five-year Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE) program.

The goal of GALE is to develop and apply software technologies to transcribe, translate, and distill large volumes of speech and text in multiple languages – all with more than 90 percent accuracy by the end of the program. This capability will help U.S. analysts quickly recognize critical information in foreign languages.

During the first four years of the GALE program, BBN met or exceeded almost all the accuracy goals for automatic translation of Arabic news-related text and broadcast news into English. Under this latest contract award, BBN will continue to improve translation of speech and text from Arabic and Chinese news sources.

Tad Elmer, president, Raytheon BBN Technologies, said: "DARPA's GALE program is already responsible for many great advances in machine translation, and BBN has deployed systems for monitoring live broadcasts in foreign languages in more than two dozen locations. This new funding will allow us to achieve an even higher level of machine translation accuracy."

The Raytheon BBN Technologies GALE team includes BBN speech and language scientists as well as researchers from a dozen institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Under the contract, Raytheon BBN Technologies will further refine a translation system developed under previous awards in this program.

The Raytheon BBN Technologies team's approach combines the output transcriptions and translations from multiple systems to obtain a translation that is better than any of the component system translations. The team is using automatic adaptation and contextually aware processing at all system levels to optimize performance across different languages, dialects, topics, speakers, and semantic nuance to deliver the relevant information.

Raytheon BBN Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company.

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Grandis Was Awarded Prestigious DARPA Contract by Department of Defense to Develop STT-RAM (Spin-Transfer Torque Random Access Memory) — Press Release

Grandis Was Awarded Prestigious DARPA Contract by Department of Defense to Develop STT-RAM (Spin-Transfer Torque Random Access Memory)

MILPITAS, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ — Grandis, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded $8.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the second phase of a research project developing spin-transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) chips. STT-RAM is a next-generation, solid-state memory technology that is dense, fast, non-volatile and radiation-hard, making it ideally suited for defense applications. The first phase, supported by an award amount of $6.0 million, began in October of 2008 and was scheduled to last two years.

The program is being carried out by a world-class collaboration between Grandis, the Universities of Virginia and Alabama, and the College of William and Mary. Additional support has been provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Naval Research Laboratory. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Eugene Chen of Grandis, development work has covered STT-RAM materials and processes, as well as STT-RAM architecture and circuit blocks. During Phase II, work will ultimately include test and verification of STT-RAM integrated memory arrays. Professor Stuart A. Wolf of the University of Virginia and Professor William H. Butler of the University of Alabama are both noted for their substantial contributions to the development of the field of Spintronics, and their extensive research capabilities in fundamental physics, first-principles modeling and combinatorial materials science provide a valuable complement to the efforts at Grandis in this program. “The success of this DARPA program is dependent on this exceptional and well-knit team consisting of industry and university partners,” according to the DARPA/MTO program manager for the STT-RAM program, Dr. Dev Shenoy.

“STT-RAM has huge potential as the only non-volatile Random Access memory which scales beyond 10nm. It is also the only technology fast enough to replace the existing DRAMs. It can replace embedded SRAM and flash at 45-nm, DRAM at 32-nm, and ultimately can replace NAND,” stated Farhad Tabrizi, CEO and President of Grandis. “We are proud of the very significant and rapid progress made by Grandis and our partners during the first phase of this project.”

Dr. Eugene Chen, Principal Investigator for the project, explained that “Approval of funding for the second phase of this project required reaching stringent goals for Phase I, a milestone we reached in March of this year, over six months ahead of schedule. These goals included demonstrating STT-RAM write energy of less than 0.25 pJ, read and write speeds of 5 nanoseconds and thermal stability greater than 60 kT, all on the same bits, plus projected endurance of greater than 1E16 cycles. In fact, we demonstrated these challenging metrics not just at 5 ns but also over a wide range of write speeds from 1 ns to 20 ns.”

Grandis has been the world leader in the development of STT-RAM, which is also known as STT-MRAM or SpinRAM, since 2002. It has pioneered the development of innovative materials and structures to enhance spin-transfer efficiency and reduce STT write current while maintaining thermal stability. It has established a comprehensive patent portfolio in Spintronics and STT-RAM technology and a strong technical team with extensive expertise in magnetic thin film and semiconductor memory technology. The successful outcome of this DARPA program will lead to a revolution in military and space electronics by delivering sophisticated solid-state memory devices for mission-critical applications.

About Grandis, Inc.

Grandis is the pioneer in the development of spin-transfer torque RAM (STT-RAM), a non-volatile and scalable RAM memory solution. Grandis licenses its technology to companies that are developing a variety of products incorporating stand-alone and embedded STT-RAM memory. It offers its licensees a complete range of support services from process installation through qualification. By combining non-volatility and high performance with low-power consumption and low cost, STT-RAM can revolutionize the performance of electronic products in many areas. Grandis was established in 2002, and is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Investors include Matrix Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds, Applied Ventures LLC, Incubic and Concept Ventures. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at www.grandisinc.com.

Source: Grandis, Inc.

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Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Continue Development of New Micro-Gyro for DARPA Program

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Continue Development of New Micro-Gyro for DARPA Program
June 15, 2010

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to continue development of a miniature navigation grade gyro for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that will provide precision navigation for size and power constrained applications.

The company will develop the final configuration for a stand-alone micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyro (micro-NMRG) for DARPA's Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Micro-PNT) program.

Northrop Grumman began the first phase of this effort in October 2005 and was awarded the latest development contract based on past performance, including the successful completion of design, fabrication, and testing of the device, which has met or exceeded the performance goals of each phase.

Northrop Grumman's micro-NMRG technology uses the spins of atomic nuclei to detect the rotation of the gyro and will provide comparable performance to a navigation grade fiber-optic gyro in a small size, low power package. The technology could be used in any application requiring small size and low power precision navigation, including personal and unmanned vehicle navigation in GPS-denied or GPS-challenged locations.

"A miniature gyro that provides precision navigation is an important development for protecting our warfighters by ensuring that they have the accurate positioning information they need at all times, even if GPS is unavailable," said Charles Volk, vice president and chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "This phase of the program will allow us to demonstrate that this new micro gyro technology can provide navigation grade performance in a small package and move it one step closer to the field."

Northrop Grumman offers its customers more than 50 years of navigation experience and produces navigation products utilizing a range of technologies including fiber-optic gyro-based systems, Northrop Grumman's exclusive hemispherical resonator gyro, unique ZLG™ gyros, spinning mass gyros, ring laser gyros, and micro-electro-mechanical-system gyros.


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Northrop Grumman Doubles Frequency of Fastest Reported Integrated Circuit

Northrop Grumman Doubles Frequency of Fastest Reported Integrated Circuit
May 27, 2010

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has set a new electronics performance record with a Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC) operating at 0.67 terahertz (THz), or 0.67 trillion cycles per second.

Developed at the company's Simon Ramo Microelectronics Center under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Terahertz Electronics program, this new performance record more than doubles the frequency of the fastest reported integrated circuit.

Dr. William Deal, THz Electronics program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, detailed the performance of this new TMIC amplifier today at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) International Microwave Symposium being held in Anaheim, Calif. He told fellow scientists that the TMIC amplifier is the first of its kind operating at 670 GHz.

"A variety of applications exist at these frequencies. These devices could double the bandwidth, or information carrying capacity, for future military communications networks. TMIC amplifiers will enable more sensitive radar and produce sensors with highly improved resolution," said Deal.

His technical paper is available online.

The goal of DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program is to develop the critical device and integration technologies necessary to realize compact, high-performance, electronic circuits that operate at center frequencies exceeding 1.0 THz. Managed by DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office, the program focuses on two areas – terahertz high-power amplifier modules, and terahertz transistor electronics.

"The success of the THz Electronics program will lead to revolutionary applications such as THz imaging systems, sub-mm-wave ultra-wideband ultra-high-capacity communication links, and sub-mm-wave single-chip widely-tunable synthesizers for explosive detection spectroscopy," according to Dr. John Albrecht, THz Electronics program manager for DARPA.

A transistor amplifier magnifies input signals to yield a significantly larger output signal. In 2007, Northrop Grumman set a new world record for transistor speed with an ultra-fast device to provide much higher frequency and bandwidth capabilities for future military communications, radar and intelligence applications.

The company produced and demonstrated an indium phosphide-based High Electron Mobility Transistor (InP HEMT) with a maximum frequency of operation of more than 1,000 gigahertz, or greater than one terahertz.

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DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9m Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers

DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9m Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers
26-May-2010 9:08 AM

AKRON, Ohio, -The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers' marksmanship capabilities.

The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers' ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters.

DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the scope. It then projects the bullet's point-of-impact calculated from the embedded ballistics computer.

"Current scopes are optimized for a single target range, impacting soldiers' effectiveness and survivability when engaging targets at different distances during a single mission," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors Ship & Aviation Systems business. "DInGO will solve this problem, significantly increasing soldiers' ability to rapidly reconfigure optics for use from short to long ranges and improving marksmanship capabilities for all soldiers."

DInGO is based on Lockheed Martin's One Shot Advanced Sighting System, which utilizes similar precision engagement technology to automatically transmit crosswind information to a long-range sniper's scope and modify the crosshairs to display exactly where the bullet will strike.

DARPA awarded Lockheed Martin an 18-month, $9.7 million contract in 2008 to integrate One Shot's new crosswind measurement technology into a prototype spotter scope - a small telescope that is carried by sniper teams and is used to bring far-away objects into close view. During tactical field tests in December 2009, snipers were able to engage targets twice as quickly and increase their probability of a first-round hit by a factor of two using the One Shot technology at distances beyond 1,000 meters.

The nine-month Phase 1 contract, with options for additional phases, calls for Lockheed Martin to develop the DInGO system for use on the M-4 and M-16 automatic rifles. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin's Akron, Ohio, site, which has a strong track record for developing laser technology for ship and airborne infrared countermeasures, communications, wind correction and active sensing.

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Boeing, Air Force Research Lab, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to Conduct X-51A WaveRider Flight Test on May 25

May 22, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Boeing, Air Force Research Lab, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to Conduct X-51A WaveRider Flight Test on May 25
May 20, 2010

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that the X-51A WaveRider will make its first hypersonic flight test attempt from Edwards Air Force Base on Tuesday, May 25. The unmanned aerial vehicle will be released from a B-52 bomber off the southern California coast.

The X-51A is expected to fly autonomously for five minutes — powered by a supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) motor — accelerate to about Mach 6 and transmit large amounts of data to ground stations before it splashes down into the Pacific and breaks up, as planned. There are no plans to recover the flight test vehicle, one of four built.

“In those 300 seconds, we hope to learn more about hypersonic flight with a practical scramjet engine than all previous flight tests combined,” said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The longest previous hypersonic scramjet flight test, performed by a NASA X-43 in 2004, was faster, but lasted only about 10 seconds and used less logistically supportable hydrogen fuel.

The X-51A program is a collaborative effort of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with industry partners The Boeing Company and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

The May 25 attempt will be the only hypersonic flight attempt this fiscal year, a change from the original test plan, which was to fly once in December 2009 and three more times in 2010. A combination of factors, including high demand for flight-test and range assets such as the B-52, contributed to the pause.

“This is an experimental X-plane and it’s a complicated test. We knew the original schedule was aggressive and we would need to be flexible,” said Brink. “It’s also expensive to keep a staff of engineers and support staff at the ready and then not be able to fly when supporting assets aren’t available. So we elected to make only one hypersonic try this spring and then pause for a few months to conserve funding.”

Alex Lopez, Boeing vice president of Advanced Network & Space Systems, said the X-51A program will pave the way to hypersonic weapons and future access to space.

“This is been a major team effort for the past seven years,” said Lopez. “If the test flight meets even a subset of our expectations, the leap in engine technology will be the equivalent to the post-World War II leap from propellers to jet engines. It will be a historic event.”

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.

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NOTE TO NEWS MEDIA: The X-51A flight test at Edwards is not open to news media. Boeing and the Air Force will publish a release, still and video imagery following the test and post on www.af.mil and www.dvidshub.net. Broadcast-quality interviews with program-affiliated personnel, X-51 b-roll video and animation are already available at www.dvidshub.net.

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Cray Wins Another Contract

Things were looking bleak for super computer manufacturer Cray (CRAY) earlier this year as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ended a big contract for their system. This was a major hit to their projected revenue for the next few years. Since then though they have been able to find other contracts to offset this including one for systems for the Air Force and weather research.

Now they have been awarded another contract with Los Alamos National Laboratory. This is worth about $45 million and should make up for the DARPA loss. The computers will be used by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Los Alamos to help manage the U.S. nuclear weapon program. President Obama just announced a new agreement with Russia to reduce the number of weapons in the U.S. inventory.

Based on the last two contract awards $45 million pays for one petaflop of processing capability. This is one thousand trillion floating point operations per second and is the current record for any computer.

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Demonstrates First-of-its-Kind Disruption-Tolerant Military Network

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Demonstrates First-of-its-Kind Disruption-Tolerant Military Network
February 1, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Raytheon BBN Technologies demonstrated the successful transmission of voice and data across a wireless mobile ad hoc network that was in a constant state of flux, mimicking the communications challenges that military networks confront in tactical use.

These results mark milestone achievements for the Wireless Network After Next (WNaN) program, which is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Raytheon BBN Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).

"The results prove that WNaN works in the field with affordable, commercially available radios," said Jason Redi, WNaN principal investigator, Raytheon BBN Technologies. "With these results, we are one step closer to getting this much needed, first-of-its-kind technology to the battlefield and putting a reliable network in the hands of every warfighter."

The WNaN network operates on low-cost radio hardware to establish a wireless network that adapts to changing conditions and enables warfighters to communicate on the battlefield despite frequent disruptions and high demand. Raytheon BBN Technology network software operates in concert with radio hardware developed by COBHAM.

Specific achievements during the field experiment included:

10 WNaN mobile handheld radios that participated in multiple, simultaneous call groups and delivered situational awareness data despite communications disruptions.
Proof of the network's ability to avoid interference from hostile signals and continue operation even when large numbers of warfighters try to use the channel at once.
Software that automatically assigns the best frequencies for use by each device as the warfighters move and the mission needs change.
Techniques that allow the network to scale to hundreds of nodes in a single group without the need for a fixed network infrastructure; and
Capability to relay voice transparently over more than four different network radios so that soldiers can communicate reliably regardless of their location on the battlefield.

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Navy Looking At Biofuels

The U.S. military uses a lot of fuel. The Navy powers its aircraft and ships with petroleum based products. It certainly behooves the Defense Department and the Services to invest in other sources of fuel. One area that is starting to receive more interest is biofuels.

Two companies, Solazyme and Sustainable Oils, were awarded contracts to explore making fuel from algae and oilseed plants. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has also invested in algae based fuel. The two contracts are worth about $11 million.

Both seem to be viable sources of fuel and the Navy wants to make sure that the result of their different refining processes will be capable of safely powering an airplane. Obviously once the fuel is tested as being viable the next focus of the research will be to move to a cost effective production and refining process. Ultimately the fuel has to cost near what it does for a gallon of oil based products. The other goal would be an ability to mass produce the product so as to support military needs. The awarding of the contracts indicate that the Defense Department is very interested in this product and process.

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Cobham Awarded US$15m Contract for Advanced Next Generation Radio

Cobham Awarded US$15m Contract for Advanced Next Generation Radio

LOWELL, Massachusetts – Cobham has been awarded US$14.8 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Wireless Network after Next (WNaN) program.

Under this cost plus fixed fee contract, Cobham Sensor Systems in Lowell, Massachusetts, will design, develop and demonstrate low-cost wireless network nodes which support adaptation by means of distributed network processing. A key element of the design is affordability, to allow wide deployment throughout the Armed Services.

The radios will be demonstrated during follow-on field trials by the Department of Defense in 2010. The U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL/RIKD) is the contracting activity.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.

Cobham Sensor Systems designs and manufactures all classes of active and passive microwave components, assemblies and subsystems, composites and radomes for the aerospace and defense industries, and is the leading supplier of many microwave products.

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