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02 Apr 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed two key rounds of program reviews for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program, demonstrating the program is on schedule to meet critical technology development. The company conducted System Functional Review (SFR) in late December and Test Readiness Review (TRR) several weeks later. SFR is a multi-disciplined technical review conducted to ensure that the system under review is technically mature enough to proceed into preliminary design. TRR assesses the readiness of the system for testing configuration items. During the SFR, Northrop Grumman demonstrated digital beamforming and advanced tactical software modes using its pathfinder radar with a prototype radar suite controller. The pathfinder system, developed by Northrop Grumman to conduct early testing of critical AMDR hardware and software technologies, was used to successfully detect and track airborne targets. Techniques proven using the pathfinder system will be incorporated in Northrop Grumman’s AMDR design. AMDR is a next-generation radar system planned for the Navy’s DDG-51 Flight III. Designed as a scalable, multi-mission radar system, the centerpiece of AMDR is its S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. It is intended to provide unprecedented situational awareness to easily detect, track and engage ballistic missiles in high clutter environments. Northrop Grumman is working under a $120m, two-year contract from the U.S. Navy to develop and demonstrate mature technologies required for the AMDR S-band radar and a radar suite controller. Northrop Grumman brings proven, multi-mission AESA capabilities from its radars flown on the F-22 and F-35 fighter aircraft to the AMDR program. The company is the prime contractor both for the Navy’s AN/SPQ-9B radar and the Marine Corps’ Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). Northrop Grumman has also provided the largest S-band AESA ever produced for a maritime treaty verification application to the U.S. government.

03 Apr 12. Rockwell Collins introduced its FlexForceTM Life Cycle Service Solution, a comprehensive program for defense and government agencies worldwide that brings together multiple service offerings from the company. The announcement was made at the MRO Americas 2012 conference this week. With the FlexForce program, the most customizable service solution available, Rockwell Collins works closely with the customer to share risk and provide transparency in repair and supply chain on Performance Based Agreements (PBA). The end result is a service solution that meets each customer’s unique operational requirements, including enhanced efficiencies and cost savings. The FlexForce offering is unique because in addition to covering any piece of Rockwell Collins equipment, customers can also opt to include third-party systems. Customers can also rely on Rockwell Collins’ highest levels of proven performance. The company has a track record of demonstrated 99.8 percent availability, 99 percent customer acceptance and a 100 percent renewal rate on PBA’s.

03 Apr 12. EB (Elektrobit) announced updates to its EB Tough VoIP™ product portfolio with the next generation of EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone. These rugged products enable militaries to bring broadband voice and data connectivity to the field, vehicles and command posts. As part of the EB Tough VoIP product portfolio, the EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and Desktop Phone can be seamlessly integrated to customers’ existing communications infrastructure. Their rugged design enhances their ability to provide reliable VoIP services when faced with demanding conditions, enabling militaries to gain new and improved operational capabilities. These devices come equipped with the flexibili

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