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08 Mar 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from DARPA to develop electronic components made from gallium nitride, a next-generation semiconductor material system that provides vastly improved communications, radar and intelligence capability to the warfighter. The three-year, $16.5m contract for the Wide Band Gap Semiconductors for Radio Frequency Applications initiative is potentially valued at $53.4m if all program options are exercised. Northrop Grumman began developing this technology in 2002 under a $5.1m Wide Band Gap Semiconductors Phase 1 contract.Work for the DARPA program will be performed at the Northrop Grumman Space Technology facility in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, Md.
04 Mar 05. Israeli troops are now sporting gear that Dick Tracy would be proud of: tiny video screens, worn on the wrist, which display video shot by unmanned airplanes. Similar screens have been in use for close to a year in the Israeli military’s attack helicopters, helping pilots identify and strike Palestinian militants within seconds. The technology, which is also in use in tanks and armored vehicles, was a closely guarded secret until the company that developed it offered reporters a rare glimpse at the system this week.