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20 Sep 12. Northrop Grumman is testing its Distributed Aperture System (DAS), which is designed to provide multifunctional situational awareness for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and exploring the potential for the radar to be a ballistic missile defence (BMD) asset. DAS brings six sensors – mounted on top, bottom, forward, and aft – to the F-35.
“These six sensors, when you put them all together, give you an entire
unobstructed field of regard around the aircraft,” Pete Bartos, fifth-generation improvements and derivatives director for Northrop Grumman told IHS Jane’s on 18 September at the annual Air Force Association symposium in Washington, DC. On 4 June 2010, Northrop Grumman decided to test out the BMD capability of DAS by tracking the launch of a Space-X Falcon 9 two-stage rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. “The second stage is very representative of the class of medium-range ballistic missiles,” he said. (Source: Jane’s)
26 Sep 12. A mobile app developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation that quickly calculates transportation requirements for large quantities of operational rations is available for free through the Apple App Store.
The Container Calculator, or CCALC-I, helps defense logisticians, supply chain planners and others determine the number of pallets, containers and transports needed to move a user-defined amount of provisions. CCALC-I can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ccalc-i/id530517996?mt=8 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The mobile app employs a small database that quickly calculates the total weight and determines the number of pallets, air pallets, and 20-and 40-foot containers, called transportation equivalent units (TEUs), needed to move the user-defined requirement. The app’s home screen allows the user to select from 19 different ration types – including Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), Humanitarian Daily Rations (HDRs) or bottled water – and enter the quantity of cases required. The app then calculates the weight and TEUs, and provides the different options in quantities of pallets, containers, airframes, helicopters and ground vehicles needed to move the required rations. The output can be emailed in a text file.
25 Sep 12. Cassidian and Astrium Services have rendered Tetrapol a new dimension by creating a possibility to interconnect regional networks over satellite. A live demonstration recently took place in Brazil with the purpose to showcase an end-to-end communication’s solution for border surveillance and to demonstrate what features can be added to a Tetrapol network when interconnected via satellite. Secure radio communication via Tetrapol networks from Cassidian are already in use by the Brazilian federal police department, Departamento de Polícia Federal. Nine regional Tetrapol IP networks ensure reliable coverage from the country’s
Atlantic coast to the Brazilian borders with Peru, Venezuela, Argentina and seven other countries. Tetrapol regional networks are usually interconnected using terrestrial connections. In remote areas like the Amazon Forest where terrestrial telecommunication’s infrastructure is poor or nonexistent, the Astrium Services’ SKYWAN technology can now enable the interconnection of several networks over satellite with DAMA technology to share bandwidth between all the nodes. Thanks to the scalability of the Tetrapol solution, a wide set of Tetrapol services can be offered with a tactical temporary or permanent regional coverage. The satellite link also provides Internet access, video and other applications in parallel to the Tetrapol voice communication to remote locations, rendering the data transmission capabilities next to endless. (Source: ASD Network)
24 Sep 12. Cobham Aerospace Communications has added new products to its
Digital Audio Control System (DACS) family. The new AM