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08 Oct 07. PrismTech™ recently completed work for the Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) to help define waveform portability guidelines for the Department of Defense’s JTRS program. The guidelines are designed to provide the industry with a clear strategy and procedure for implementing portable JTRS waveforms. These guidelines were developed by the JPEO’s Network Enterprise Domain Test & Evaluation (NED T&E) organization with contributions from PrismTech as well as other leaders in the Software Defined Radio (SDR) industry. For its effort, PrismTech focused on providing enhancements and refinements to the guidelines and targeting areas where improvements were needed. PrismTech is currently playing a key role in the next revision of the guidelines by extending these to cover the use of modeling techniques for achieving waveform portability. Specific areas PrismTech addressed included coding language, CORBA® middleware, XML and SCA component design. The revised guidelines document is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 07.

11 Oct 07. A solid-state illuminator laser developed by Raytheon Company for the Missile Defense Agency has been fired successfully more than 50 times for periods of up to 90 seconds since in-flight tests began in January. The kilowatt-class illuminator, built for the agency’s Airborne Laser (ABL) program and fired from a heavily modified Boeing 747, is used to track a
boosting ballistic missile. The projectile is then destroyed by the ABL’s
high-energy laser. Raytheon created the illuminator as a major supplier to Lockheed Martin, which provides the ABL Beam Control/Fire Control segment. Boeing is the prime contractor for the program and integrates the segment into the ABL system.

08 Oct 07. QinetiQ has developed and successfully flight trialled a Day Night All Environment (DNAE) visibility solution that provides helicopter pilots with alternative, complementary sources of imaging information, enabling them to fly safely in low light or adverse weather conditions. When added to a suite of navigational and tactical guidance aids also being developed by QinetiQ, the existing operational envelope of the aircraft can be considerably expanded. Helicopter operations are often constrained by a variety of environmental conditions. Atmospheric obscurants such as fog, cloud, rain and snow can lead to hazardous situations. Low light levels and the need to operate at low altitude or to fly over featureless terrain with low scene contrast present similar operational challenges. Visibility is often further reduced by wind and re-circulated dust when operating at low levels (brown out). These conditions can result in loss of spatial awareness and can adversely affect the precise control of the aircraft, particularly during final approach and landing.

Oct 07. General Dynamics Canada and Secure Computing have launched the MESHnet Firewall for use in battlefield vehicles. MESHnet features Secure Computing’s first Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Common-Criteria-certified firewall ruggedized to Military Standard 810. The MESHnet Firewall is a conduction-cooled platform running Secure Computing’s Sidewinder Firewall. (Source: GCN)

08 Oct 07. NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon Company’s Missile Systems business and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, delivered the first two Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Container Launch Units to Army Evaluation Task Force soldiers in Fort Bliss, Texas. The NLOS-LS CLU is the first Future Combat System equipment to be delivered, taking FCS closer to providing the warfighter a much-needed precision weapon system capable of engaging both moving and stationary targets.

02 Oct 07. Denmark puts faith in latest version of Odin-based DACCIS. A new version of the Danish Army Command and Control Information System (D

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