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24 Aug 11. High-capacity, secure battlefield communications links between all elements of the U.S. military forces are one step closer to truly being connected. The Lockheed Martin team has delivered a Small Airborne Joint Tactical Radio Engineering Development Model (EDM) to the C-130J and C-5 System Integration Laboratories in Marietta,
Georgia. This is the second EDM delivered to the U.S. Air Force to support platform integration activities of the Airborne & Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS). AMF JTRS will link Airmen and Sailors with Soldiers on the ground, enabling secure (NSA Type 1) voice and data communications across diverse military units, and also providing compatibility with legacy equipment already in the force.

25 Aug 11. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, VPX, OpenVPX™ and CompactPCI products for the rugged deployed aerospace and defense market, has introduced the latest addition to its Skyquest family of video displays, the new ALPHA Series of rugged displays for deployed airborne platforms. ALPHA series displays speed and simplify the integration of rugged video displays into size, weight and power (SWaP) constrained airborne military, paramilitary, and search & rescue platforms.
This initial launch comprises two new display configurations, a 15” and a 10.4” unit, each with identical functionality and options. These products are known as the ALPHA-3800-01 and the ALPHA-2600-01 respectively.
Both of these new displays supports a 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution and features numerous I/O options for compatibility with the wide range of today’s latest generation of EO turrets, cameras, moving maps and PCs. CWCEC’s Skyquest displays support a market leading dual LED backlighting technology that enables the ALPHA series to deliver a very high brightness, full color display for direct sunlight readability in daylight missions while also offering optional Night Vision Goggle (NVG) filtered backlighting for night flying operations.

30 Aug 11. A new version of TE Connectivity’s (TE) popular harness design software has been re-engineered using the latest Microsoft programming tools to offer improvements in performance and enhance the user interface. Additional improvements include new product ranges added to the database, which now includes over 100,000 TE products and several thousand military standard connectors. The HarnWare design wizard also has a more modern appearance and includes hyperlinks to relevant product information. TE will be featuring this technology at DSEi 2011 on September 13-16, Booth N6 – 330, in London.
“HarnWare software is a robust computer-aided design package that enables users to produce high-quality wiring harness assembly drawings, parts lists/bill of materials, labor estimates, RoHS compliance codes for each component, cable cross-section designs, connector planform drawings, wiring schematics, and schedules. Data can also be exported in a variety of formats to allow transfer of information into other computer systems.”
Users can supplement the databases of preferred parts by adding other component data into the HarnWare User Parts Library.
Harnware V6 will be released in the fourth quarter 2011.

25 Aug 11. Electronics packaging specialist Schroff is now offering a conduction-cooled keying system aimed at applications that do not use conventional front-panel assemblies – for example, in military and ruggedised systems. Manufactured by Birtcher, one of Schroff’s sister companies within the Pentair Technical Products Group, the CCK series of coding keys ensure that PCBs are inserted into the correct slots and also help to remove excess heat from the boards. Whereas a conventiona

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