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24 May 07. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the new ET1000 Ethernet Port Card for use with its GLX4000 Physical Layer Switch products. The ET1000 supports all Ethernet speeds up to 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) via 48 RJ45 front panel connectors. The ET1000 port card is designed for use in Curtiss-Wright’s space-saving, high-density 144- and 288-port GLX4000 switches which provide managed layer-1 connections from any of its input ports to any of its output ports. Each ET1000 port card brings 10/100/1000 Ethernet communication directly into the GLX4000, and supports up to 48 CAT5 cables. The incoming copper media signals can be converted to optical signals via the GLX4000’s SFP port cards (RT4000 or NRT2500). The ET1000 card also supports automatic speed negotiation and cable re-wiring (MDI/MDIX). The unique design of the GLX4000 port cards provides customers with unmatched flexibility to support a wide range of serial protocols. All GLX4000 port cards, such as the ET1000, are designed to fit both the GLX4000 144-port and 288-port switches. This modular design provides unique scalability enabling port cards to be easily added as the customer’s application grows. Offering the highest port-density in the industry, the GLX4000 switches also save valuable rack space. The switch’s unmatched high port-density also reduces costs, enabling the purchase of fewer spares, and also reduces the time required for inventory management.

29 May 07. Raytheon Company further demonstrated its leading edge Joint Battlefield Integration capability earlier this month with a real-time hardware in-the-loop demonstration of Joint Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (Joint C3I). The Joint C3I demonstration pushed required battlefield situational awareness to a new level by using existing and future communications infrastructures to enable real-time warfighter response at both strategic and tactical command levels. Using Raytheon’s Joint Fires (JFires) tool, which brings its own unique warfighting capability, commanders will now be able to view a single integrated picture by integrating tactical command and control with intelligence systems using satellite communications links. Open architecture and net-enabled products were key contributors bringing this capability forward.

30 May 07. The U.S. Navy, in conjunction with Raytheon Company, successfully completed an at-sea firing of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile using the MK 57 MOD 12 fire control system. The event marked the first Evolved SeaSparrow Missile firing from the Navy’s new Self Defense Test Ship, formerly USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964), and was the first test of Evolved SeaSparrow Missile’s improved surface-to-surface capability against surface threats. The test also marked the first Evolved SeaSparrow Missile firing from the MK 29 MOD 4, eight-cell trainable launcher that is being installed on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and select L-Class ships. The test also served as the first at-sea demonstration of the MK 57 MOD 12/13 and its MK 73 MOD 3 solid-state transmitter to support Evolved SeaSparrow Missile surface mode engagements while operating in autonomous mode.

18 May 2007. Chemring looks to corner reflectors for next-generation RF decoy. UK soft-kill specialist Chemring Countermeasures is advancing the merits of corner reflector technology as the possible basis for a new generation of offboard passive radio-frequency (RF) countermeasures for the UK Royal Navy (RN).The company has already completed a privately funded initial programme of engineering prototyping and radar cross-section (RCS) measurement activities designed to progress the performance advantages offered by fast-expanding corner reflector payloads over conventional chaff. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

28 May 07. A New Trend in Armor? Analysts Praise Finnish Firm’s Composite Technology. Exote and its pla

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