Boeing P-8A Begins Advanced Airborne Sensor Testing

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Russian Air Force to Receive More MiG-29SMT

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New ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in Israel

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Pasternack Expands Family of SMP and Mini SMP Connectors — Press Release

Over 100 New Varieties of SMP and Mini SMP Connectors Up to 65 GHz Offered by Pasternack

April 9, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, expands inventory of SMP and mini SMP connectors, specially designed for many wireless and military applications including high density interconnect modules, radar equipment, wireless base stations and medical lab equipment.

Pasternack’s new SMP and mini-SMP (also referred to as SMPM) connectors are miniaturized push-on interconnects commonly used in high density, blind-mate systems that can operate up to 65 GHz. Standard SMP connectors are offered in a high frequency 40 GHz version as well as a low frequency 8 GHz version, while the mini SMP connectors will operate up to 65 GHz. This product release from Pasternack includes over 100 unique connectors in eight different SMP connector configurations including coaxial SMPs, PCB mounted SMPs, non-sealed and hermetically sealed SMP terminals, SMP shrouds, coaxial mini SMPs, PCB mounted mini SMPs, and hermetically sealed mini SMP connectors.

Many of Pasternack’s SMP and mini SMP connectors are in smooth bore, limited detent and full detent versions. These SMP connector designs allow for varying degrees of mating engagement force and de-mating disengagement force. Full detent is useful when a positive lock and retention is needed under demanding environmental conditions. Limited detent and smooth bore SMP and SMPM connector versions help when many mates and de-mates are required. They reduce the risk of damage to circuit boards by decreasing the amount of force required when mating and de-mating a connector pair. These SMP and mini-SMP connectors are fully compatible and mate-able with Corning Gilbert® GPO™ and GPPO™ connectors.

“SMP connectors continue to be popular options for use in many military and commercial products. Our customers will benefit from this newly expanded variety of in-stock SMP and Mini-SMP products,” says Steve Ellis, Interconnect Product Manager at Pasternack Enterprises, Inc.

The new SMP and mini SMP connectors from Pasternack are in-stock and available now. You can browse the entire offering by visiting http://www.pasternack.com/pages/Featured_Products/smp-and-mini-smp-connectors.htm. Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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About Pasternack Enterprises, Inc.

A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier that offers the industry’s largest selection of passive and active RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping.

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Injazat to highlight cutting-edge Managed Security Services at 6th ISNR Abu Dhabi 2014 — Press Release

April 1, 2014

Injazat Data Systems, the industry-recognized market leader in the Middle East for secure and business-aligned information technology (IT) services, throws the spotlight on its innovative Managed Security Services at the International Exhibition for Security and National Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi 2014), which is held from April 1 to 3, 2014 at Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Center (ADNEC). The company will be showcasing its industry-leading security compliant solutions at the stand hosted by Mubadala, investment and development arm of the Abu Dhabi government.

The company’s Managed Security Services are smarter, more responsive and designed to keep pace with the constantly evolving threat landscape. It utilizes the latest technologies and skilled resources to design, deploy and configure customized security solutions for enterprises to secure round-the-clock information assets, enhancing their operational efficiency.

Ibrahim Mohamed Lari, Chief Executive Officer, Injazat Data Systems, said: “ISNR Abu Dhabi 2014 is the largest and most comprehensive edition so far–providing us with a highly influential platform to showcase our latest managed security solutions to a large global audience. We understand that security is a dynamic process, which periodically requires need fresh
updates, latest upgrades and new features. Rapidly changing threats and vulnerabilities makes enterprise IT security highly complex and requires services of experienced managed security services provider such as Injazat. We are confident that our fresh technologies and cutting-edge solutions will receive an overwhelming audience response.”

ISNR Abu Dhabi 2014 is the region’s foremost platform dedicated to homeland security, safety and national resilience. Organized by the UAE Ministry of Interior and Reed Exhibitions, the 6th edition of this biennial exhibition will host more than 400 exhibitors from nearly 40 countries who will display their products and solutions over 27,000 sqm of exhibition space. In addition, 15,000 local and regional experts and decision makers from private and public sectors as well as 150 government buyers and delegation member will also be present at the 3-day show. For more information, log on to: <http://www.isnrabudhabi.com> http://www.isnrabudhabi.com.

Injazat Data Systems provides support to the regional IT industry by regularly sponsoring related forums and learning events. Moreover, it forms and maintains strategic partnerships with major information and communications technology (ICT) solutions providers from around the world to strengthen and boost the ICT capabilities of the region. The company delivers a complete range of consultancy, project management, system integration, transformation, applications, cloud and managed services.

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Mark Kulungowski Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Integrity Management Consulting — Press Release

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McLean, VA – April 2, 2014 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity), an award-winning provider of acquisition and program management solutions to public sector clients, announces that Mark Kulungowski has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Kulungowski, who joined Integrity in September 2013 as Vice President of Operations, has over30 years of military and business experience, leading people and complex operations.  As COO, he will direct the day-to-day operations of Integrity, supervising client service delivery and personnel development, and guiding business growth.

“Mark’s leadership, experience, and proactive communication will help propel Integrity’s operations to support today’s client missions and tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Christopher Romani, Chief Executive Officer of Integrity. “With his military and private sector background, Mark has established excellent relationships with our clients and our team.”

Kulungowski is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, the US Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the Senior Service College with a Fellowship at JFK School of Government, Harvard University.  He retired as a Colonel from the Army, where he served in multiple command and senior staff positions.  Kulungowski also has experience in the private sector as an Executive Vice President for an international management firm, a Corporate Director of Operations, and as a consultant.

About Integrity Management Consulting, Inc.  Now in its eighth year, Integrity has grown from two to almost 100 employees and supports a wide range of Federal agencies. It has been recognized with multiple awards for innovation, customer satisfaction, sustainability, corporate philanthropy and growth.  Integrity received the 2013 Vanguard Award for Highest Overall Growth and was named the fastest growing company in Virginia by the Chamber of Commerce.  

Integrity’s prime contract vehicles include a MOBIS Schedule, a FABS Schedule, multiple agency level BPAs and IDIQs, FAA eFAST, and the Navy SeaPort-e IDIQ.  Its flexible structure permits fast service and a rapid response nationally. Integrity is passionate about all of its commitments:  helping the government serve the nation and its security, caring for employees, and improving the communities in which we work and live. Visit ConsultWithIntegrity.com. 

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LDRA Verifies the Little Bits of Safety-Critical and Security-Critical Applications — Press Release

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Screenshot 1: LDRA and MPLAB X with a PIC18F target, where the serial port is used to pull the data from the target Screenshot 2: C8051 microcontroller running on a Keil uVision simulator to produce the unit test coverage using LDRA

San Jose, CA. March 31, 2014―LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, has yet again taken a leadership role in providing verification for highly constrained applications. By optimizing its analysis and testing technology, LDRA has enhanced the ability of the LDRA tool suite to scale down to meet the increasing number of highly constrained, minimal-footprint architectures used in today’s safety-critical and security-critical applications. With many systems now being connected, companies must enforce high-quality code, fully test and verify systems, and proactively prevent application vulnerabilities.
Achieving indepth analysis on a highly constrained microcontroller is not easy. Verification tools often exceed the bandwidth and memory resources of such microcontrollers, causing the analysis to crash or overload the system such that the target no longer functions as intended and system data becomes unreliable.
In contrast, LDRA has fine-tuned its instrumentation and analysis to low-power, highly constrained architectures to ensure that development teams can fully analyze and verify such systems to even the most rigorous levels demanded for safety-critical and security-critical certification. Using optimized technology, LDRA captures data from highly constrained target systems and sends it back to the host to help companies achieve coding standards compliance, safety standards compliance, and security standards compliance. This level of granular analysis is available not only on LDRA’s stand-alone products, LDRAunit and LDRAcover, but also on the comprehensive LDRA tool suite, helping to ensure that companies gain complete traceability over the entire life cycle of their application from requirements through verification and deployment.
Safety-Critical Industries Have Adopted Connected, Low-Power Systems

Although Internet of Things (IoT) is capturing much of the media’s attention for its scaled-down, connected systems, other industries such as avionics, defense, industrial control, smart energy, medical, and automotive now also take advantage of new, highly functional, low-power controllers that have little tolerance for the overhead of most verification technologies and tools. LDRA recognizes that size, weight, and power are always a consideration and has developed different methods of connectivity between the host and the target to ensure that data can be pulled from even the smallest 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers provided by ARM, Freescale, Microchip, Renesas, Texas Instruments, among others. The LDRA tool suite is therefore capable of providing unprecedented end-to-end application and verification analysis on systems where granular expertise for microcontrollers is needed as well as robust, comprehensive analysis for multicore technologies.

“Microcontrollers now deliver far greater functionality at much lower power, thereby playing a much greater role in complex systems where safety and security are essential,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director of LDRA. “Whether the controller is used in an unmanned vehicle, infusion pump or engine control system, suppliers need to produce safe, high-quality, secure code. To realize this assurance, they must leverage static analysis for code clarity and consistency, dynamic analysis to ensure their application is adequately tested in accordance with the standards, and automated unit and system-level testing to help control costs. LDRA tools ensure that even the smallest targets can be integrated into a traceable development workflow so auditors can confirm all requirements have been met, fully tested, and verified.”
Superior Instrumentation Delivers Full Coverage Analysis
With more than 40 years of experience helping customers deliver certified systems in the embedded space, LDRA has extensive knowledge and experience with the many architectures and host-target connection strategies used in safety- and security-critical systems. LDRA’s optimized and unique instrumentation technology enables virtually all levels of testing and coverage analysis, from statement coverage all the way down through the Modified Condition/Decision Coverage (MC/DC) required by the most rigorous safety standards.
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About LDRA

For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security- and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit: www.ldra.com.

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User testing begins on Third AEHF satellite as ultra-secure communications payload activated for first time — Press Release

Flawless Journey to Orbit Used Industry’s Most Powerful Electric Propulsion System

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 26, 2014The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite has begun transmitting using its protected communications payload, joining two other satellites undergoing system test in orbit with a suite of user terminals. AEHF satellites are produced by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the U.S. Air Force.

Launched on Sept. 18, 2013, AEHF-3 arrived in its final orbit position and began transmissions in January. The first two satellites have been doing well in limited user testing, and other nations are now using the system. Canada and the Netherlands connected in 2013, and an announcement of a first connection by the United Kingdom is expected this year. Now the third satellite will increase capacity and coverage as the international partners grow their user testing community.

“First transmissions on AEHF-3 were exactly what we expected, and orbit-raising was a textbook example of how to deliver a satellite to geostationary orbit,” said Mark Calassa, vice president of Protected Communication Systems at Lockheed Martin. “The satellite’s journey after launch went precisely as planned. We took advantage of the industry’s highest thrust electric propulsion, which was used during 95 percent of the transfer orbit period.”

AEHF is a hybrid spacecraft that uses both chemical and Hall Current Thruster electric propulsion to arrive at its geostationary position. Lockheed Martin has continually evolved and improved its electric propulsion for 30 years on the company’s A2100 satellite buses. Using electric propulsion helps satellites efficiently and precisely arrive on station and maintain their orbit positions.

AEHF is the most secure communications satellite system used by the U.S government. Its jam-proof communications are resilient against enemy forces, including nuclear attack, and a single satellite provides greater capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation. AEHF’s five-fold increase in data rates speed up secure, survivable tactical military communications, such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data, and improve links for national leaders and troops alike.

The four-nation AEHF program is led by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., with international partners Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the Mission Control Segment and six AEHF satellites, which are assembled at the company’s Sunnyvale, Calif., facility.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON – 20 YEARS STRONG — Press Release

Peter Weger makes his maiden flight in Eurofighter typhoon.

Peter Weger makes his maiden flight in Eurofighter typhoon.

Europe’s biggest defence programme marks a 20 year anniversary today as it celebrates the first flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon on 27th March 1994.

Since that day in Manching, Germany, when Development Aircraft 1 (DA1) was flown by Test Pilot Peter Weger, over 400 Eurofighter Typhoons have been delivered with six international customers operating the aircraft and a seventh signed up.

The milestone was marked this week at Eurofighter’s main European offices close to Munich where Test Pilots from all the four nations that make up the Eurofighter programme came together to re-live the maiden flights made in Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain. They were joined by the General Manager of NETMA, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Farnell, the Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter, Alberto Gutierrez, Board Members of both organisations and Eurofighter employees.

Alberto Gutierrez, said: “This is an historic day for the European defence industry. We have built up a fantastic legacy in this aircraft and established the foundation of today’s defence industry in Europe through unprecedented co-operation and a determined focus to build and deliver a world-class product.

“Twenty years ago, none of us could know how the world would change and few, if any of us, could have anticpated the challenges that this would bring. Now more than ever it is vital that we maintain and develop our European capabilities both in the commercial and military domains. It is in all our interests to do this.”

The Spanish-born CEO added: “The Eurofighter Typhoon that Peter Weger first flew 20 years ago is very different to the one that flies today. From the outset, the aircraft was built with capability enhancement in mind and the process of enhancement is what delivers a long-term return on investment. The Eurofighter is now the backbone of a number of air forces and will be in service for decades to come. It is a significant European asset and one which showcases to the world the very best in technology and innovation.”

NETMA’s General Manager, Graham Farnell said: “The dream of our predecessors, some 30 years ago, of a world-class European Fighter Aircraft, became a reality on 27th March 1994. This success could not have been reached without a huge amount of hard work and dedication from so many people in so many organisations across Europe.”

“The aircraft they built is now fully operational in the air forces of Germany, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and with our partners in Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Soon it will also be delivered to Oman. It is defending skies and providing a 24/7 watch over Europe, the Middle East – and around the Antartic region. The challenges we face today are no less demanding than those which our predecessors had when they set out to develop this aircraft. We now need to show the same resolve, determination and vision that they had.”

While it was DA1 that first flew in Germany in 1994, it was the British who next took to the air with DA2 a few days later on 6th April. Italy followed in June 1995 and Spain in August 1996. Today, Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft are built at Final Assembly Plants in all four countries.

In total more than 225,000 flying hours have been accumulated with unprecedented levels of reliability. The aircraft has also seen active service in Libya, has been used on Baltic patrol exercises and has recently been showcased at one of the world’s leading air-to-air combat training events, Red Flag, at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Peter Weger, who flew that first flight said: “I had little idea when I made that maiden flight from Manching what an amazing story this would become. I knew I was piloting an incredible aircraft and we had something special. It is certainly one of those days that lives with you for the rest of your life.”

Photo courtesy of Eurofighter

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First M-346 Lavie trainer for the Israel Air Force rolls out in Italy

March 21, 2014 by · Comment
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Lockheed Martin-BUILT WEATHER Satellite ENCAPSULATED For Upcoming Launch — Press Release

DMSP Satellite Will Improve Military, Civil Weather Warning

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., March 20, 2014 – A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for an April 3 liftoff. The launch will take place aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters to find, track and forecast weather systems all over the globe, particularly in remote and hostile areas for deployed troops. Additionally, DMSP supports a broad range of civil users with sensing capabilities not provided by U.S. civil and international weather satellite systems.

“Weather guides some of the most important decisions in the armed forces, from flight patterns to troop movements. Through DMSP, we’re helping to provide safer, successful military missions,” said Sue Stretch, DMSP program director at Lockheed Martin. “Our satellite build and test process went flawlessly. As we approach launch, we are ready to continue serving this mission for the military and civil agencies that depend on it.”

DMSP satellites fulfill the country’s most critical requirements for global atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial and space environment information. DMSP-19 is the fourth Block 5D-3 version to be launched, and Lockheed Martin has produced more than 40 satellites throughout the program’s 50-year history. Many of the satellites are performing beyond their design life, so refreshing on-orbit capability is important for reliable weather information.

DMSP-19 is equipped with a sophisticated sensor suite that can capture visible and infrared cloud cover; measure precipitation, surface temperature and soil moisture; and collect specialized global meteorological, oceanographic and solar-geophysical information in all weather conditions.

The approaching launch is the first in five years for DMSP. The previous one was October 18, 2009, when DMSP-18 joined the constellation. The DMSP program is led by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., and control is provided by a joint team of the U.S. Air Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Suitland, Md. All DMSP satellites were integrated and tested at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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Congressmen Garamendi and Runyan Introduce Bill to Strengthen Air Mobility Mission — Press Release

Legislation would prevent gaps in Air Mobility Mission with Transition from KC-10 to KC-46 Tankers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ-03) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) introduced H.R. 4230 bipartisan legislation that seeks to limit the retirement of the KC-10 aircraft.

Retiring the entire KC-10 fleet was not part of the Obama Administration’s FY15 defense budget proposal, yet Secretary of Defense Hagel stated that “if sequestration resumes at full force in 2016, the Air Force would have to retire its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers.”

This legislation seeks to ensure that the KC-10 tanker aircraft fleet is not retired prematurely and is available to continue to carry out its critical air refueling and cargo missions. The bill specifies that no funds can be used to retire or store the KC-10 aircraft until the new KC-46A tanker has been tested, is fully operational, and four test and 18 initial tankers have been delivered.

“Air Mobility Command is responsible for the rapid delivery of military assets around the world – something that will continue to grow in importance. This bill would strengthen the continuity of this vital mission,” said Congressman Garamendi, co-chair of the Congressional Air Mobility Caucus. “This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the Air Force maintains its strategic refueling capability as it transitions from the KC-10 to the KC-46 aircraft over the next few years. The bill requires that critically important acquisition and delivery milestones for the KC-46 are met before a KC-10 divesture could occur. This bill would help maintain stability in the military operations at Travis Air Force Base, our nation’s ‘Gateway to the Pacific.’”

“The KC-10 aircraft, which is the largest, newest, and most capable refueling aircraft currently in the military’s inventory, is a workhorse and vital to meeting air refueling mission taskings for the Arctic, Trans-Atlantic, and Pacific routes,” said Congressman Runyan. “As one of two primary homes to the KC-10, JB MDL is vital to carrying out these critical missions. The KC-10 has made a huge impact on mission readiness by combining long-range aerial refueling and cargo transport, and can be refueled in flight. It is crucial that we keep the KC-10 in full operation until the new KC-46 is completely ready for prime time.”

Runyan and Garamendi, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, teamed up last October and sent a letter to Secretary Hagel urging the DoD not to eliminate the entire fleet of KC-10 aircraft. Both Congressmen have also addressed this issue on several occasions with Air Force and DoD leadership in recent and past House Armed Services Committee hearings and conference calls, expressing their strong concerns that the KC-10 not be retired prematurely.

Click here to read text of H.R. 4230.

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Airbus Defense and Space adds military leases to its Inmarsat Global Xpress ® strategic agreement — Press Release

13 March 2014

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed a further agreement with Airbus Defense and Space, appointing the international defence systems integrator as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX) military lease services, serving the Government market in Europe.

The announcement builds upon the strategic GX distribution partnership agreement concluded between the two companies
in December 2013. This new government agreement sets out leasing capacity on military Ka-band spot beams, in addition to subscription services already covered by the original agreement.

Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, said : “Adding military lease services to Airbus Defense and Space’s GX Value Added Reseller appointment was a natural progression. It positions Inmarsat’s unique global military Ka-band capability ideally to enable Airbus Defense and Space to augment MILSATCOM and support the concentrated, very high bandwidth operational needs of defence forces, for example airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.” Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defense and Space, said: “As the number one military satcom operator in the world, having GX military and commercial Ka band as part of our new Aurora Global offering is a huge asset. This extension
of our GX strategic agreement with Inmarsat further strengthens a long-standing partnership harnessing Inmarsat’s next generation satellites.”

Global Xpress is the first globally available Ka-band broadband satellite network providing very high bandwidth services to a range of land, maritime and aero terminals, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform which is optimised for mobility. Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.

The first of three Global Xpress satellites is set to enter commercial service by mid-year 2014 with the full constellation
scheduled for deployment by the close of the year.

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations
around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

About Airbus Defence & Space

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace Delivers Antennas For Next-Generation GPS III Satellites 3 through 6 — Press Release

CARPINTERIA, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

The company’s Astro Aerospace strategic business unit delivered the antennas to Lockheed Martin, which leads the industry team developing GPS III satellites in Littleton, Colo. Once installed, eight JIB antennas on each GPS III satellite will deploy to form an RF antenna array.

This is the delivery of the first 32 antennas supporting the third through sixth GPS III space vehicles out of 48 total antennas on order for GPS III space vehicles three through eight. Sixteen more JIB antennas will be delivered in early 2014, according to Dan Johansen, Astro Aerospace Program Manager.

“Astro Aerospace has delivered more than 1,000 JIB assemblies altogether for GPS IIF, GPS IIR and GPS III spacecraft, all with a 100 percent on orbit success rate,” said Johansen. “The antennas we supply are designed to help Lockheed Martin and the Air Force meet affordability and mission assurance goals for the next generation of GPS satellites.”

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian user connectivity.

The JIB antenna is a stored energy monopole that deploys typically in 200 milliseconds. The stowed package is one of the smallest available and most compact for a deployable antenna of a given size. The unit is adaptable and comes in diameters from 0.25″ up to 2″ for impedance matching and in lengths from 12 inches to 25 feet.

Astro Aerospace, a pioneer of space deployable structure technologies, has a perfect record of on-orbit deployments since it was founded in 1958. Having delivered hardware for hundreds of spaceflight missions, it operates under the Aerospace Products group that offers a broad set of mature, proven and affordable products and services. For additional information about Astro Aerospace please visit www.northropgrumman.com/AerospaceProducts

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Congressman Garamendi Helps Position Beale Air Force Base to Get KC-135 — Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, is pleased to highlight that the Department of Defense’s FY 15 budget proposes that eight KC-135 air refueling tanker would be moved to Beale Air Force Base, which is located near Marysville, California. Congressman Garamendi’s office has vigorously supported Beale’s personnel and its military assets, which both play a key role in our national security and in supporting the local economy.

“In a period of budgetary uncertainty and change, the Airmen at Beale Air Force Base remain a rock of professionalism and focus as they carry out the vital mission of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Bringing KC-135 tankers back to the base would help the Air Force utilize the remarkable talents of Beale’s personnel while expanding the core missions of the base. This would be especially important for reservists, whom I met recently and who have made a long term commitment to living in the area. During this period of transition, I will continue use my position on the Armed Services Committee to forcefully advocate for the Beale community.”

Locating the KC-135, an AF Reserve and Air Mobility Command asset, at Beale would strengthen its connection with Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Both bases are in the 3rd Congressional District, which Garamendi represents.

Congressman Garamendi:

·         Prevented the Air Force from mistakenly deactivating Beale’s 13th Reconnaissance Squadron;

·         Is leading the return the KC-135 mission back to Beale Reserve Units, as proposed in the President’s budget;

·         Wrote measures into law to prevent the Global Hawk from being mothballed;

·         Is supporting military commissaries by fighting against Department of Defense plans to shut them down or scale back subsidies for this essential benefit for military families.

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Fairview Microwave Introduces New Low Loss LL335i and LL142 Cable Assemblies — Press Release

LOW-LOSS-TEST-CABLE-18-GHZNew 18 GHz Low Loss Cable Assemblies Released by Fairview Microwave

March 12, 2014 – Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, introduces a new line of low loss test cables using LL335i and LL142 coax. Rated to 18 GHz, these new low loss cable assemblies are ideal for test environments where a rugged, phase stable cable assembly is required.

Fairview Microwave’s new LL335i and LL142 cables allow for higher power transmission because the resulting higher temperatures do not have a negative effect on the cable due to the thermal stability of the PTFE tape dielectric. Where phase stability requirements are critical, Fairview’s new low loss cables allow for a 75% lower phase shift due to the precise construction of these cables. This cable configuration offers attenuation levels 20 to 35% lower than comparable mil-spec cables.

Fairview’s new RF cable assemblies come equipped with a choice of stainless steel TNC, SMA and N-Type connectors and a heavy duty booting to improve strain relief. These low loss test cables from Fairview are made with LL335i or LL142 coax, which operate at higher power with better phase stability from traditional cables with solid dielectrics. A double shielded flexible coax provides shielding greater than 95 dB and VSWR of less than 1.35:1.

“Our new low loss cable assemblies, built with LL335i and LL142 coax, are a valuable addition to our ever-expanding line of high performance RF test cables”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave.  “These low loss, phase stable, double shielded cables offer engineers and technicians improved performance over standard RG-type cables in a rugged design, ideal for heavy-use test environments where repeatability and stability are paramount.”

Fairview’s new low loss cables are in-stock and available to ship today. You can view the complete offering of these coaxial cables from Fairview Microwave by visiting http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/low-loss-ll335i-and-ll142-cable-assemblies-to-18-ghz.html.

About Fairview Microwave

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in Allen, Texas.

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NSC DELIVERS HI-TECH TURRET TRAINER — Press Release

DesertChameleonSPECIALIST software designed by NSC is helping to train Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior in the use of advanced defensive armament technology.
The UK-based simulation, training and consultancy expert is providing the security force with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multi-purpose Turret System (RMTS)©.

Developed by ADWS Global Ltd, the RMTS© has been designed to deliver maximum protection to those responding to incidents or conducting surveillance or counter-insurgency operations. It does so through the integration of enhanced optical and thermal sensors and an advanced firing system.

Replicating the look and feel of the turret’s control consoles and harnessing commercial off-the-shelf technologies, NSC’s simulator allows for the safe and cost-effective training of the RMTS’s weapon system and accurate student assessment.
The innovative set-up’s ability to inject virtual scenarios into an authentic sensor display is key to its delivery of an immersive learning environment, according to Chris Williams.

“As a means of training individual gunnery skills, it is important that any solution provides a high level of detail and fidelity,” said NSC’s head of simulation.

“The simulation has to look and feel like the real thing; factors such as the behaviour of ballistics and slew of the turret have to be authentic to the platform it is modelled on.

“Our software delivers that level of immersion and is a step beyond more traditional tactical and procedural training.”

NSC’s support to Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior builds on an 18-year working relationship with the Gulf state.

Since 1996, the Surrey-based company has assisted Kuwait’s Armed Forces in developing its military leaders of the future through the provision of computer-assisted decision-making exercises at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College.

ABOUT NSC
NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.
www.nsc.co.uk

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JTRS Compliance awarded to AN/PRC-148B (MBITR2) Radio — Press Release

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SAN DIEGO – The Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) announced today that the Thales AN/PRC-148B (MBITR2) Radio operating Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) software version 1.01.1C has received Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Compliance.

The JTNC Technical Assessments for Compliance and Certification (TACC) is part of an evolving process to ensure end-to-end joint service interoperability and security.  The TACC is comprised of JTNC Technical Assessments for Compliance (TAComp) and JTNC Technical Assessments for Certification (TACert).

As a JTRS Compliant product, the AN/PRC-148B (MBITR2) radio has successfully completed the JTNC TAComp, which serves as preliminary characterization of the system’s compatibility with the Department of Defense (DoD) network objectives.  The completion of the JTNC TAComp process helps prepare Program of Record (POR) and Non-Developmental Item (NDI) Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for participation in Service-level test events (e.g., Network Integration Evaluations or similar Joint or Service sponsored test events) executing the JTRS Waveforms.

The JTNC TACert serves as comprehensive characterization of the system’s capability with the DoD network objectives, and the completion of the JTNC TACert process indicates POR and NDI SDRs’ readiness to operate in a DoD or Service’s network architecture. SDRs awarded JTRS Compliance are expected to enter the JTNC TACert process within two years of receiving the JTRS Compliance award.

“The TACC process supports the NDI acquisition strategies of the DoD and the Services in building tactical networks that are interoperable and secure using radios running JTRS waveforms”, said Mark Compton, JTNC’s director. “It is open to vendors porting JTRS waveforms onto their products, directly supporting the Department’s Better Buying Power focus on promoting effective competition and incentivizing innovation.”

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ABOUT THE JTNC
As part of the Department of Defense, and under executive management of the Army’s Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), the JTNC ensures interoperable, secure and affordable waveform and wireless communications in support of Service, Multi-Service and Coalition forces. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the JTNC executes its mission by recommending standards, conducting compliance and certification assessments in accordance with DoD policies, and maintaining a DoD Waveform Information Repository (IR). For more information, visit www.jtnc.mil.

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British Watchkeeper UAV Finally Cleared to Enter Military Service

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‘Skyshield’ – Counter MANPADS Laser Countermeasure Completes Testing

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Polaris TerrainArmor Non-Pneumatic Tires Finalist for Tire Technology of the Year by Tire Technology International — Press Release

Minneapolis, February 20, 2014 – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the company’s TerrainArmor™ Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) was a finalist for Tire Technology of the Year by Tire Technology International.

“Polaris would like to thank Tire Technology International for recognizing TerrainArmor tires as part of their short list for Technology of the Year,’” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “Polaris is the first manufacturer to bring NPT technology to the off-road consumer and defense markets, and we feel the technology will make a great impact on the future of our industry.”

In 2013, Polaris Defense started offering TerrainArmor tires as an option for its military vehicles. This breakthrough technology has proven to be beneficial with military, emergency response and disaster relief teams.

“One of our challenges is getting to the point of need where people are, and usually debris stops us from doing that,” said Kevin Smith of the Salvation Army. “Specifically in the Oklahoma City tornado disaster, the TerrainArmor tires allowed us to reach people who were not served for days.”

Beyond having no flats, TerrainArmor tires offer a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.

The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence were presented in Cologne, Germany, on February 11.

About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim branded apparel.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

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New Lightweight Target Designator for the US Army

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US Army, Lockheed martin to Test Collaborative Robotics

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