28 Nov 16. Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) TALIN inertial land navigation technology has been selected for installation on the British Army’s new AJAX armored fighting vehicles in development by General Dynamics Land Systems UK. TALIN is a battle-tested navigation solution that can improve mission success in difficult terrain by providing users with a lightweight and highly accurate laser guidance system. Featuring three-axis inertial sensors and weighing less than 6 kilograms, TALIN is in operational use on military and commercial platforms worldwide. It is easily installed and can be mounted in a number of ways. It is smaller and lighter than other available navigation solutions and offers more reliable performance.
30 Nov 16. JASSM-ER with Support for Poland. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $200m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Poland has requested a possible sale of seventy (70) AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range (JASSM-ER), two (2) AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicles, two (2) AGM-158B Mass Simulant Vehicles, one (1) AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicle – Captive Carry, three (3) AGM-158B Separation Test Vehicles. Also included are two (2) AGM-158B Weapon System Simulators, F-16 operational flight plan upgrade for the Polish F- 16C/D, JASSM-ER integration, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program value is $200m. (Source: ASD Network)
28 Nov 16. Northrop Grumman has signed a long-term agreement with Norway’s Kitron to deliver sub-assembly for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft. The NOK1bn ($116.1m) deal is effective until June 2036 and also includes transfer of manufacturing prototypes for testing and validation. Upon completion of transfer of knowhow and manufacturing prototypes in 2017, Kitron will be awarded production contracts with deliveries starting in 2018, according to the company. The sub-assembly, called the dual channel transmit/receive (DCTR) module, is part of Northrop’s communication, navigation and identification (CNI) system. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
30 Nov 16. Safran Electronics & Defense, the European leader in navigation systems, was selected by Airbus Safran Launchers to supply the SpaceNaute inertial reference system for Ariane 6, the new-generation launch vehicle now being developed for the European Space Agency (ESA). The first systems will be delivered in time for the first Ariane 6 launch, scheduled for 2020. Safran Electronics & Defense will ramp-up production to sustain an annual rate of 11 launches, starting in 2023. The SpaceNaute inertial reference system is based on the hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG), a breakthrough technology patented by Safran. Already widely used in aviation, space and defense applications, this technology will be the core of an innovative system architecture.
With no moving parts, the SpaceNaute system offers excellent performance and very high reliability, even under the harsh conditions – mechanical, thermal, electromagnetic and radiation – of a rocket launch. The system is also significantly smaller and lighter than previous generation inertial systems, especially those based on ring laser gyros (RLG) and fiber-optic gyros (FOG).
30 Nov 16. The Boeing Co., Space & Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $558,462,269 modification (P00015) to previ