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24 May 12. US Navy set to award multiple contracts for USD5.4bn enterprise network. The US Navy (USN) was due to receive questions on 23 May from at least two teams competing to run the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN): the largest enterprise system in government. Bidders are expected to submit their final proposals in July after the long-awaited request for proposals (RfP) for NGEN was released on 10 May. (Source: Jane’s Defence Industry)
29 May 12. Radisys® Corporation announced the CEQM77 family of ultra-portable COM Express modules, based on third-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, to support higher processing and graphics performance for video-intensive applications. The CEQM77 combines quad and dual-core performance, the option for error correcting code (ECC) memory and a ruggedized COM Express module with a -40C to +85C temperature range to meet demanding requirements for embedded technology applications in the aerospace and defense (A&D), medical and enterprise markets. Within the A&D market, today’s military systems are demanding higher processing and graphics capabilities to ensure optimal situational awareness on the battlefield as well as ECC memory to ensure data integrity for mission critical applications. These consolidated systems must meet stringent size, weight and power restrictions while providing the processing capacity to combine legacy computers that support multiple, high-quality displays. Radisys’ extended-temperature -40C to +85C CEQM77 module with ECC memory is specifically designed and tested to withstand extreme military conditions and meet the processing-intensive needs for these applications.
30 May 12. Ultra Electronics, TCS, based in Montreal, Canada, announced a new version of the Ultra High-Capacity Radio (HCR) now capable of 400 Mbps of bandwidth throughput. The HCR is a small form-factor and highly ruggedized tactical radio that delivers high bandwidth throughput over long distances using point-to-point microwave wireless technology. The radio’s dramatic increase in bandwidth capability over previous generation radios is expected to accelerate the adoption of handheld devices and next-generation applications at the tactical edge, a key trend within many militaries around the world. The new radio’s much smaller form factor requires fewer assets to deploy and less logistical support than previous generation HCLOS radios, providing users with secure voice, data, video and sensor backhaul communications in difficult, hard to reach, operating environments. The HCR incorporates and improves on the best features of Ultra’s battle-proven AN/GRC-245 and AN/GRC-512 radios to form a new platform that can perform multiple roles. The single box mast mount radio supports the roles of a High-Capacity Line-of-Sight (HCLOS) radio relay, including spectrum efficiency and long range waveforms, as well as a true full-band Electronic Counter Counter Measure (ECCM) radio relay. Therefore, it effectively provides two radio types in a single common platform, enabling each relay vehicle to quickly mix and match each mode to suit battlefield conditions. As a Software-Defined Radio (SDR), the HCR’s unique architecture facilitates technology insertions while allowing for interoperability with legacy platforms, including the Ultra AN/GRC-245 and AN/GRC-512 radios.
29 May 12. The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted the General Dynamics C4 Systems-built Rescue 21 search and rescue communications system now serving Sector San Juan. With the command center located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sector San Juan is responsible for all Coast Guard missions throughout the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands region. Using advanced direction-finding technologies and digital communications, the life-saving Rescue 21 system enables Coast Guard personnel to respond rapidly and