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07 Feb 05. The U.S. Joint Interoperability Test Command has certified that a security appliance for handling Extensible Markup Language messages can interoperate with other Defense Department public-key infrastructure equipment. The command OK’d the XS40 XML Security Gateway from DataPower Technology Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., as interoperable with other approved PKI equipment. The gateway is a rack-mountable network device for securing XML transactions. It uses encryption, firewall filtering, XML schema validation and XML Access Control. Responding to the increased Defense use of PKI for access control and other security duties, the command created a team to work exclusively on PKI testing to certify the interoperability of hardware and software from different vendors. Other XML products undergoing PKI certification include the XML Guardian Gateway from Sarvega Inc. of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and an XML form suite from PureEdge Solutions Inc. of Victoria, British Columbia. XML products already certified include TrustLogic portal software from Conclusive Technology of Vienna, Va., SecureSign Desktop Document Signer software for creating and verifying digital signatures using XML syntax from Infomosaic Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., and the ApproveIt XHTML Server from Silanis Technology Inc. of St. Laurent, Quebec.

Feb 05. PMADS for land and naval defence. A field-proven pedestal-mounted air defence missile system (PMADS) has been developed by Aselsan to protect fixed points, stationary or moving troops and convoys against low-level attack. It incorporates a fully automated firing unit for very short-range air defence missiles such as Stinger, and features such capabilities as target detection, recognition, identification and computerised fire control in all weather, by day and night. (Source: Jane’s)

Feb 05. AMV to enter quantity production. Development of the Advanced Modular Vehicles Al-Dhabi 170 M (4×4) all-terrain vehicle has now been completed and it is expected that first production vehicles will roll off the production line in 2007. Convoy escort truck developed. (Source: Jane’s)

In response to customer requirements, US company Granite Global Services has developed the F-550 armoured personnel carrier and convoy escort truck, which is being marketed in 4×4 and 4×2 configurations. (Source: Jane’s)

17 Feb 05. U.S. Air Force aircraft could expand their primary roles to include network servers in the sky under some new concepts being explored by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Evergreen International Aviation. Air Force tankers, airlift and transport aircraft currently provide an ever-present and persistent platform that could be equipped with data storage, processors and disseminators to create an airborne network server. These “brilliant aircraft” could receive critical battlefield information from other battlefield sensors, and then distribute it on demand to tactical war fighters. Northrop Grumman and Evergreen are considering conducting a “brilliant aircraft” demonstration later this year using intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets such as Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) and a surrogate Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle working in conjunction with an Evergreen wide-body aircraft. For the demonstration, each aircraft or representative surrogate aircraft would be equipped with a suite of communications equipment that would allow it to share data and provide network services.

Feb 05. Small radio, big range. Q-MAC Electronics based in Perth, Australia, is showcasing its recently released HF-90M ultralight manpack radio system on Stand 10310 in Hall 10. According to the company, the new system is the world’s smallest military HF/SSB transceiver. Complete with accessories, the system weighs about 4.5kg. (Source: Jane’s)

15 Feb 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation is workin

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