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18 Nov 08. DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company, announced the launch of its new Recorded Data Access (RDA) product line for wideband recording applications. The new RDA products optimize recording, processing and storage solutions for SIGINT signal library, training and system validation applications. The new products were designed and developed at DRS’ Columbia, Maryland facility. The open architecture platform of the new RDA products enable users to integrate DRS’ Eagle SIGINT recorder data with a wide range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware components. The RDA line is built on commodity server technology which provides a cost advantages and significantly reduces internal development requirements. Applications can include open architecture wideband recording, training and system validation solutions. The RDA product line is ideal for signal library, system validation and training applications. It also provides rapid and easy transfer of user-selected data with DRS’ Eagle recorder and other SIGINT recording products. Its wideband data recorder functionality provides the capability to simultaneously record and playback.
13 Nov 08. The Boeing Company achieved numerous network-centric successes this summer during the U.S. Army’s C4ISR On-The-Move(OTM) Event 08 at Fort Dix, N.J. The event marked the Army’s largest-ever Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and networking technology demonstration. During the event, Boeing demonstrated several advancements in network-centric operations:
A CH-47D/F Chinook helicopter surrogate demonstrated three of the key Future Force network-enabling technologies operating together simultaneously — the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW), the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) and the
System-of-Systems Common Operating Environment.
For the first time, Boeing’s A160T Hummingbird UAV used an electro-optical/infrared sensor to increase ISR and situational awareness for other airborne and ground assets while bridging and strengthening air/ground communications networks.
An AH-64D Apache helicopter, using the Block III architecture and the Open System Gateway, successfully exchanged Variable Message Format messages with ground forces via the SRW. The Apache crew also routed electro-optical sensor video and data through the A160T as well as directly to the tactical
Joint Tactical Radio System surrogate radios, running a subset of the WNW, passed data between the Chinook surrogate and the tactical operations center, and supported Chinook logistics, chat, Tactical White Board and aircraft situational awareness. Additionally, high data-rate video was streamed over
the WNW to a rotorcraft cockpit display. The WNW uses common Internet Protocol-based networking concepts to transmit voice, video and data in a mobile ad-hoc networking environment.
17 Nov 08. Boeing will add improved capabilities to its technology for the U.S. Air Force’s Operational Control Segment (OCS) satellite ground-control system. The new technology will allow the system to operate the new Boeing-built Global
Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites in addition to the current on-orbit GPS fleet, and provide advanced encryption and data-protection capabilities. The first of 12 GPS IIF satellites is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of
19 Nov 08. Raytheon Company’s JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) has successfully conducted critical design readiness reviews (CDRR) on its final two prime items, the surveillance radar (SuR) and the communications and processing group (CPG). Both are key milestones in the U.S. Army program that will provide a critical cruise missile defense
capability for our nation’s warfighters. The reviews thoroughly assessed all aspects of JLENS SuR