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14 Feb 08. Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems Division (Ultra TCS) announces its new HCR common platform software-defined tactical LOS radio at the Defexpo show in Delhi, India. The HCR common platform radio is a state-of-the-art Software Defined Radio (SDR) using the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) open framework. The HCR radio hosts the spectrum-efficient waveform from the high capacity HCLOS™ (34 Mb/s AN/GRC 245) radio and the ECCM anti-jamming waveform from the AN/GRC-512 to form a software defined radio that can perform multiple roles with the same platform. Ultra-TCS has delivered thousands of HCLOSTM and AN/GRC-512 radios to major armies throughout the world. The HCR product meets the evolving communications requirements of military area systems and will carry on Ultra’s legacy of being the dominant supplier in international markets for such products and systems. (Source: ASD Network)
13 Feb 08. Boeing Company completed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification requirements for Japan’s first KC-767 Tanker, receiving the FAA stamp of approval in the form of a Supplemental Type Certificate
Feb 08. Link Microtek, the leading UK supplier of RF radiation safety equipment, has expanded its portfolio of products with the addition of a broadband hand-held meter that provides accurate measurements of electromagnetic fields and, with only four buttons, is extremely simple to operate. Manufactured by Narda Safety Test Solutions, the NBM-520 meter directly measures the electromagnetic field strength in the vicinity of any telecoms, broadcast, military or industrial transmitter. The meter’s light weight and relatively small size make it especially suitable for use wherever mast climbing is required, and it is likely to be a popular model for DSO applications in the broadcast sector. Covering the frequency range 100kHz to 60GHz, the NBM-520 can be supplied with a choice of isotropic probes to suit each individual application. One particularly useful probe offers a shaped frequency response, which is designed to produce results as a percentage of a given safety guideline.
26 Feb 08. GKN Aerospace has adapted technology employed in European Space Agency programmes and proven in the extreme environment of rocket propulsion, and re-applied it to create a completely new and highly efficient helicopter Emergency Flotation System (EFS). By evolving cool gas generator (CGG) technology, a ‘direct inflation’ EFS has been created which replaces the usual large gas pressure vessels with small, lightweight and extremely rugged CGG units. Each CGG unit efficiently stores gas as an uncompressed solid material and can swiftly produce large quantities of usable gas at ambient temperatures
through a controlled reaction. This modular, float-mounted direct inflation system replaces the traditional system of heavy pressure vessels and piping and offers a 25% weight saving and a 50% saving in volume.
20 Feb 08. The first flight test example of the Europrop International TP400-D6 engine for Airbus Military’s A400M transport will commence ground vibration testing in late February or early March using a modified Lockheed Martin C-130H transport, with the UK’s Marshall Aerospace having recently installed the power plant’s Ratier-Figeac eight-blade propeller at its Cambridge airport site in the UK. “Engineering the installation of the engine onto the Marshall-owned C-130 has been a very demanding exercise,” says Mick Milne, the company’s marketing and business development director. A new engine display and throttle box have been installed in the aircraft’s cockpit and three test consoles added in its rear fuselage to monitor the performance of the approximately 11,000shp design. (Source: Flight International)
15 Feb 08. Blue Ridge Numerics has announced the immediate availability of CFdesign for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfi