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26 Feb 08. As industry leaders in the development of electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors and systems for military applications, the Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) business segment of DRS Technologies, Inc. will present its capabilities at the upcoming Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Defense & Security Symposium annual convention, March 17-20 in Orlando, Florida. DRS will present imaging components and systems for military, civil and commercial applications, including advanced cooled and uncooled thermal-imaging solutions for soldier systems, ground vehicle, airborne, and maritime as well as for industrial, security, public safety and firefighting applications. DRS’s EO/IR programs include the highly successful Driver Vision Enhancer (DVE), Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS), Improved Bradley Acquisition System (IBAS), and lightweight sensor systems for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) programs, to name just a few. DRS-RSTA segment president James M. Baird said his company’s success in areas such as these is attributable in large part to a culture of close collaboration with customers and an in-depth understanding of their requirements.
07 Feb 08. FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the introduction of the Photon 640, a 640×480 format, high-resolution addition to the successful Photon family of compact thermal imaging cameras. The Photon 640 provides four-times as many pixels on target as the Photon 320, both 2x and 4x electronic zoom for longer range performance, and a 3-second turn-on time for “on demand” operations. Part of FLIR’s Photon family of compact thermal imaging cameras – the most widely used thermal imagers in the world – the Photon 640 boasts many of the same features that make the rest of the family so popular. With the widest operating temperature and highest shock rating of any thermal camera, Photon is built to survive and perform through the most demanding missions. This is why Photon continues to be the IR payload camera of choice for many unmanned vehicle platforms and programs. With FLIR’s patent-pending Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE) image optimization algorithms, and an electronic pan/tilt feature, Photon 640 provides enormous capability in a small, lightweight package. OEM integrators and commercial customers alike will appreciate the Photon 640’s mature, integrated, and proven design. A user-friendly GUI is available as afree download, and a Software Developer Kit is available for custom integration requirements.
26 Feb 08. The Miniature Air Launched Decoy, a Raytheon Company state-of-the-art, low-cost, modular air- launched programmable flight vehicle, successfully completed government and Raytheon seamless verification team flight testing Jan. 11. This sets the stage for the MALD(TM) to enter low rate initial production (LRIP) later this year. The testing, which began in June 2007, put the MALD through a series of flight profiles including jettison and powered flight tests from both F-16 and B-52 aircraft. The MALD, which weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles (about 575 statute miles), succeeded in 33 of 35 tests.
26 Feb 08. IBM launched the latest update of its powerful mainframe computer, a more energy-efficient machine that it hopes will compete with high-end computers from rivals such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. The new mainframe, like earlier versions dating back to the last century, features an all-in-one computing framework for processing volumes of data for customers such as banks, insurers and retailers. The first upgrade to the mainframe since 2005, it is also more power-efficient and secure, addressing two customer concerns as data-center energy costs soar and security threats mount, International Business Machines Corp said. The refrigerator-sized machines, called System z10, be