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13 Jun 08. The Department of Defense’s integrated Network Enhanced Telemetry (iNET) program office has completed development of the Telemetry Network System (TmNS) network architecture, a major event in the programs’s effort to provide the DoD research test and evaluation community with new radio spectrum-enhancing technology. With the completion of this achievement, the iNET program office will now develop TmNS standards for data link, ground and airborne networks. This phase, scheduled for completion in 2009, will include extensive tests of alternative spectrum-efficient technologies to facilitate development of these standards. Once fully operational, the TmNS will provide wideband wireless capability with hundreds of square miles of coverage to DoD computer networks at DoD installations. As a result, the system will offer several significant enhancements to the department’s test range management of its radio spectrum resource. For example, through use of the TmNS, flight test centers will be able to dynamically adjust the spectrum required for test vehicles. Vehicles requiring a temporary increase in bandwidth will have that spectrum made available to them, while test vehicles temporarily requiring less bandwidth will have reduced throughput rates. In addition, test centers, program managers, and aircraft manufacturer personnel will be able to monitor tests from remote locations. This will help achieve greater efficiencies and cost-savings in test programs and test range operations. A limited prototype system of the TmNS is projected to be operational by 2011, with initial operational capability will follow completion of full field testing of the prototype. The TmNS high-poweruplink transmissions, which enable dynamic control of the spectrum resource, will be implemented in the 1435-1525 MHz and 2360-2390 MHz bands.

18 Jun 08. The first C-27J for the U.S. Army has made its maiden flight in Turin-Caselle, at Alenia Aeronautica’s Flight Test Centre. The first US C-27J will be engaged in a test campaign, envisaging about 70 flight hours and 180 ground-test hours, including those carried out in the United States at L3 Communications, in Waco, Texas, for the integration of avionics and systems, specifically requested by the American customer. The delivery of the first aircraft to the U.S. Air Force is foreseen by September 25, 2008.

18 Jun 08. In response to growing customer demand for an integrated Automated Identification Technology (AIT) solution, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Savi are demonstrating a complete supply chain visibility solution at the UID and eBusiness Forum in Sacramento. The pilot solution for the demonstration integrates Lockheed Martin’s I-GUIDES® and Savi’s SmartChain® software products to “connect the dots” as Item Unique Identification (IUID) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) data is created and shared across enterprises for true and complete automated asset visibility. Savi is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. The strategic interface between the two flagship software products enables supply chain owners and customers to seamlessly identify high-value items and spare parts using IUID concepts supported by I-GUIDES and then track those items using RFID and the SmartChain asset visibility and management solution. The demonstration scenario includes the Unique Identification of critical items and embedded sub-assemblies that were shipped with a DoD-compliant passive RFID label, and loaded into a mock container where the full tag and data nesting structure was tracked with sensor enabled active RFID provided by Savi Technology. The Savi SmartChain® platform, which is used by defense forces worldwide, transforms real-time data feeds from all types of AIT devices into actionable logistics information.

13 Jun 08. BAE Systems has completed the integration of the first Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS)

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