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19 Jan 09. An A330 MRTT built for the Royal Australian Air Force completed another major program milestone when the A310 Boom demonstrator, used as test bed for the new EADS fly-by-wire boom, made a series of contacts during a flight test over waters off the coast of southwest Spain. Both aircraft departed from EADS facilities in Getafe, Madrid, where Airbus Military has the tanker conversion centre. The A330 MRTT is equipped with two wing-tip mounted ‘hose-and-drogue’ refuelling pods, an advanced aerial refuelling boom in the tail, as well as complete capabilities in Military Navigation, Military Identification, MILCOMs including a Tactical Data Link and Defensive Countermeasures equipment.
21 Jan 09. The new GD6000 vehicle-rugged notebook, by General Dynamics Itronix, is now available for field technicians, law enforcement personnel and others whose offices are in trucks, patrol cars, utility vans or other vehicles. Designed to work on the road, GD6000 notebooks combine high-performance computing with secure, wireless-network connectivity at a price that balances durability and affordability. Based on the award-winning General Dynamics Itronix GoBook(R) VR-2, new GD6000 notebooks will soon be in the hands of field-service technicians working for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas. “We needed a durable notebook for our field-service technicians that could withstand the bumpy conditions of a truck environment as well as all types of Texas weather and we opted to go with the GD6000,” said James Trevino, manager of Technical Services and Electrical Engineering for CPS Energy based in San Antonio, Texas. “It offered excellent display ‘viewability’ in direct sunlight and exceeded our requirements for computing performance so we can manage work orders in the field.”
John Schneider, business unit director for General Dynamics Itronix, said,
“The GD6000 is our next generation of rugged notebook, designed especially for a mobile workforce. It meets their very specific requirements for durability and superior performance, while supporting increasingly complex applications.”
21 Jan 09. Rockwell Collins, in support of a major demonstration being conducted by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV), recently conducted a successful mobile, ad hoc networking demonstration of the Tactical Data Radio System (TDRS) Software Defined Radio (SDR). The demonstration is part of a program to provide SDRs to support the Swedish Armed Forces initiative to develop a Network Based Defense structure. The SDR system consists of modular, open architecture, hardware and software components, and hosts a customized, high-data rate, networked waveform. The new waveform will provide Swedish tactical forces with a wireless, mobile, ad hoc network capable of simultaneous voice, data and video communications. (Source: ASD Network)
22 Jan 09. The U.S. Navy flight tested Raytheon Company’s new Standard Missile-2 target detecting device. The SM-2 Block IIIB flight was the lowest altitude intercept to date using the new device, which enhances the SM-2’s ability to detect and destroy threats. The missile was fired from USS STERETT (DDG-104) during combined combat system ship qualification trials. The test flights included additional SM-2 Block IIIA, SM-2 Block IIIB and SM-2 Block III missiles. The missiles engaged multiple targets under stressing conditions representing a variety of threat scenarios.
21 Jan 09. LDRA, provider of the most complete automated software testing technology with tools covering the most critical phases of the software development lifecycle, has created new technology that automates the administration and traceability of software requirements. This patent-pending technology automates the techniques and tools for the integration of requirements traceability with software testing and verification. On completion, the technology will be inte