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06 Sep 12. ITT Exelis recently delivered the 500th state-of-the-art antenna that provides GPS anti-jam protection for U.S. and allied militaries. The N79 Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna, or CRPA, is used on fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, ships and unmanned platforms operating in environments with high temperatures and severe vibration. The antenna prevents deliberate jamming and unintentional interference of timing signals when integrated with anti-jam GPS systems including the next-generation Advanced Digital Antenna Production (ADAP) and its predecessor, the GPS Antenna System-1 (GAS-1). The seven-element antenna enables warfighters to navigate closer to their targets in the presence of up to six interference sources. Exelis has been producing the anti-jam GPS antenna in its Bohemia, N.Y., facility since 2005. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
12 Sep 12. GE Intelligent Platforms announced its HPEC Application Ready Platforms (HARP) product family. These new systems respond to government and defense organization demands to acquire and deploy high performance, open architecture, embedded computing solutions at lower cost in shorter timeframes. They deliver application-ready, COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) platforms that can reduce development time from months to weeks or days. System integrators can develop, test and demonstrate this platform confident that its constituent elements – single board computers, multiprocessors, GPGPU, switched fabric modules, etc. – can be re-packaged in a range of rugged build levels for airborne, ground and naval applications. GE’s platforms provide modular open system architectures (MOSA) platforms based on industry standard high performance computing (HPC) hardware and software building blocks to accelerate time to solution and time to deployment. The first member of the new family is the 6U OpenVPX HPEC Starter System. Included with each system is GE’s AXIS application development framework, which shortens time to solution and reduces risk and cost by providing a user friendly interface to the scalable multi-processor platform. Application developers can become productive faster by using preconfigured DSP examples and performance libraries to harness the full potential of the underlying hardware. In addition, customers can move blade server or HPC desk top applications onto the systems with minimal risk and delay. Development time is also reduced by the availability of support and training from GE’s recently-opened HPEC Center of Excellence, which provides in-depth expertise in supporting customers in the design and testing of advanced, high performance systems.
12 Sep 12. The Rockwell Collins-built SWE-DISH CCT120 Drive-Away satellite system has successfully demonstrated its improved data transmission capabilities during the US Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2 exercise, held between May and June 2012 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The CCT120 was involved in the Company Command Post (CoCP) system equipment evaluation of NIE, which put the system through its paces in conditions to simulate real-time battlefield scenarios, to determine if it provided improvements over legacy equipment in specific areas of interest or gaps in existing equipment capabilities. Steady network coverage was provided by CCT120 without any complications even in extreme environments, such as dust, heavy rain and thunderstorms, confirming the system’s reliability in adverse weather conditions. During the five-week NIE, the lightweight system demonstrated its easy-to-transport and mobile nature by integrating into one Humvee vehicle, when stowed and packed in transit cases, in addition to proving its rapid deployment capability in less than 30 minutes. Designed to operate on X-, Ku- and Ka-band satellites, the system can be installed permanently or te