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13 Dec 11. Boeing announced completion of all flight testing needed for the B-52 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) program to receive low rate initial production (LRIP) authorization from the U.S. Air Force. The flight test program was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., by Boeing and the Air Force. The CONECT modification provides the ability to change a mission, as well as change the target of a weapon, while the B-52 is in flight. The system provides increased situational awareness for B-52 crews by adding several communication data links and full-color LCD displays with real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps. CONECT also enables future B-52 improvements with its onboard, high-speed network. (Source: ASD Network)
15 Dec 11. SELEX’s Long Wave and Dual Wave Full TV MCT Detectors. Long Wave and Dual Wave Infrared Detectors based on our world leading Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) processes and established ROIC design offer the most affordable Full TV resolution cooled detectors available today. Compact formats, high sensitivity and high resolution provide lower cost and longer range Detection, Recognition and Identification than competing Long Wave technologies including QWIP detectors, especially in low temperature scenes. The short stare time, typically 200 microseconds, gives blur free images, even when observing fast moving targets and reduces the need for electronic or mechanical stabilisation. An NETD of better than 20mK is achieved with on-chip processing and further improvements can be made by the use of the interlace function. Operability is typically better than 99.5%. Exceptional performance in the 8µm to 9.4µm optical band which can be extended if required to 11.5µm. Custom cold filters can also be considered. Long Wave detectors are available on a 24, 20 or 16µm pixel pitch, and Dual Wave detectors are available on a 24 or 20µm pitch. Detectors are offered as an integrated detector cooler assemblies (IDCA) with either a rotary or split cycle sterling cooling engines, and with Selex’s own proximity electronics as an option. Selex’s Long Wave and Dual Wave band detectors are used in a wide variety of applications such as tactical thermal imaging, Gas Imaging, Hyperspectral imaging, Thermography and FT-IR.
05 Dec 11. Lockheed Martin seeks greater border-security role in EU. Building on a successful demonstration of its Dragon Star family of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for border security for the European Union (EU), Lockheed Martin is looking to further test its technologies in an EU pilot programme planned for mid-2012. Dragon Star is the company’s small-to-medium shorter range, lower-altitude family of ISR capabilities that includes the affordable agile airborne ISR (A3ISR) platform, Charles Gulledge from Lockheed Martin’s international business development team told Jane’s. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
13 Dec 11. A critical power generation subsystem of Raytheon Company’s Next Generation Jammer has demonstrated its technical maturity through successful completion of a series of sea and altitude level wind tunnel tests. With the power system housed in a full-scale model of its NGJ pod, Raytheon demonstrated full power generation, transient load switching and effective thermal control of the unit. The testing was completed in operationally relevant environmental conditions at Arnold Air Force Base, Tullahoma, Tenn. Raytheon’s Next Generation Jammer combines agile, high-powered beam jamming techniques and sophisticated solid-state electronics. Raytheon is currently in the technology maturation stage of the competition for the U.S. Navy’s NGJ program, with plans to continue maturation testing in 2012.
14 Dec 11. The JTRS HMS AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radio by General Dynamics C4 Systems completed its Initia