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14 Jan 13. Northrop Grumman announced that its Europe-based air traffic management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has delivered the world’s first integrated nationwide Internet Protocol (IP)-based VHF solution that will provide voice communications to all aircraft operating in Uruguay. Park Air Systems was appointed by the prime contractor INDRA to deliver the radio solution which will be coupled to INDRA’s IP-based voice switch.

16 Jan 13. Raytheon Company has delivered more than six million lines of software to the U.S. Navy for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program. Part of the Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) — the integrated mission system for the DDG 1000 class — the software delivery supports ship activation and combat system testing, set to commence this year. The magnitude of this software development program is recognized as one of the most complex in the history of the U.S. Navy. TSCE continues to achieve all critical readiness milestones on schedule, currently at Technology Readiness Level 6 after demonstrating the system’s ability to perform in relevant end-to-end operational environments. Recently, the Engine Control System and core Integrated Power System capabilities were tested at the Navy’s land-based test site, where automated control of the Navy’s first all-electric ship was successfully demonstrated.

15 Jan 13. 3DX-RAY launched FlatScan2, the latest product in its FlatScan family of portable x-ray inspection devices. Building on FlatScan, the world’s first linescan portable security screening system originally developed by 3DX-RAY, FlatScan2 is the first portable x-ray device with the potential for 3D imaging capabilities for improved inspection. The 3D imaging capability, unique to FlatScan2, delivers significant benefits for security services by making an inherently ‘unnatural’ x-ray appear more ‘natural’, enabling the operator to correctly interpret a set of items as either benign or as a threat. In high pressure IED and EOD scenarios where x-ray images need to be analysed as quickly, reliably and safely as possible FlatSan2’s 3D imaging delivers improved detection rates, reduced time to decision and much easier usability for security operatives. Added to this new 3D capability FlatScan2 also incorporates further hardware and functionality improvements ‘under the hood’ compared to previous generations. Imaging resolution has been improved by 50% compared to the original FlatScan – giving FlatScan2 comparable image quality approaching that of amorphous silicon-based detectors, but without the price premium associated with such ‘full field’ systems. FlatScan2 also delivers class-leading penetration through up to 40mm of steel, enabling more threats to be detected even when hidden behind thick metal barriers or containers. The wireless capabilities have also been enhanced, with the range of FlatScan2 extended to 120m, allowing operatives to inspect potential threats like IEDs from greater distances and therefore reducing the potential risk.

18 Jan 13. QinetiQ is supporting the U.K. MoD in testing new composite materials for the UK submarine fleet using its recently re-commissioned and refitted Hyperbaric Trials Unit (HTU). The HTU forms part of an array of specialist equipment housed in QinetiQ’s Diving and Hyperbaric Test Centre based in Haslar, Portsmouth. The use of composite materials in the construction of submarines has a number of advantages, including the need for less maintenance which delivers a reduction in operating costs. Composite materials also provide the opportunity to reduce the acoustic signature of a submarine. As part of an on-going programme, composite materials are tested by the MOD to develop new approaches and designs. To carry out the testing of the composite materials requires a sufficiently large

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