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23 Sep 04. Lockheed Martin’s Theatre Airborne Reconnaissance System (TARS) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) successfully performed, for the first time, aboard an operational F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base in California. TARS SAR is the first all weather, day and night, precision radar capability developed for tactical aircraft. The test proved that TARS SAR could effectively receive, process and disseminate critical targeting information in real-time, utilizing a solid-state digital system to record imagery, an airborne data-link to electronically relay information to ground stations, and a SAR capable of accurately locating targets anytime day or night in all weather conditions. “We are delighted with this successful test. TARS SAR will provide the U.S. Air Force with onboard targeting as well as real-time bomb damage assessment capabilities, regardless of weather conditions,” said Jerry Lindfelt, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Surveillance & Reconnaissance Systems.
Lockheed Martin’s TARS SAR is a high-resolution sensor system that accurately locates targets in all weather conditions, in addition to providing real-time capabilities for targeting, real-time bomb damage assessment and real-time reconnaissance capabilities. The existing TARS system is a podded reconnaissance sensor suite designed for under the weather flying and medium-to-high threat, daytime imagery collection. Adding TARS SAR radar and targeting capabilities (which are largely unaffected by the presence of dense cloud cover) delivers flexibility over weather constraints and introduces the ability for night operations, which will provide the U.S. Air Force (USAF) with an all-weather, man-in-the-loop fighter reconnaissance capability.

24 Sep 04. LynuxWorks(TM) Inc. announced a new enhanced tool set, the Luminosity Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which is based on the popular Eclipse IDE platform. The Luminosity IDE delivers an array of features that provides embedded system developers a simplified, flexible platform to accelerate product time-to-market in the aerospace, telecommunications and military sectors. With the availability of the Luminosity IDE, LynuxWorks extends its existing portfolio of embedded tools to provide developers the widest range of IDE’s for their design needs.

15 Sep 04. Allison Transmission announces its latest pioneering development in fully automatic powershifting transmissions at IAA 2004. The new transmission range of “Allison International Models” is specially developed for non-North American markets to meet the needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and operators in specific vocations. All transmissions offer optimised technology and increased ratings and will be available from July 2005.

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