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25 Mar 13. Northrop Grumman Corporation is introduced its new LCR-200 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s International Convention and Trade Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from March 25-28. The LCR-200, which provides navigation information regarding an aircraft’s position, heading and attitude, features a high-performance, MEMS-based inertial measurement unit and was developed by Northrop Grumman’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF. It is the subsidiary’s first MEMS-based AHRS designed for the retrofit aircraft market. The new LCR-200 system offers a small, lightweight and easily installed solution, while utilising the form factor and interface design of the company’s existing LCR-100 system. The LCR-200 system retains the same synchro interface module as that used in the LCR-100, enabling the analog synchro output to interface easily with older autopilot systems. Additionally, the LCR-200 avoids problems often caused by acoustic and structural vibration, which is a known challenge of traditional MEMS technology. The LCR-200 demonstration unit has successfully completed several challenging helicopter flight tests on various mid-size platforms. DAC International, a Greenwich Aero company, is the first customer for the LCR-200. The LCR-200 joins the LCR-300 in the MEMS gyro-based family of products from Northrop Grumman.

22 Mar 13. MIDS JTRS now fielding on its first airborne platform. The U.S. Air Force’s Joint STARS airborne surveillance aircraft is the first service platform to be fully integrated with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS), reports the 66th Air Base Group public affairs office at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. The Joint STARS Communications and Network Upgrade program recently installed, tested and fielded the first MIDS JTRS terminals. The first MIDS JTRS-equipped Joint STARS aircraft was delivered in late February to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wing at Robins AFB, GA. (Source: Defense Systems)

27 Mar 13. Soldiers assigned to the first U.S. Army brigade scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan with the service’s next generation combat radio system called the technology a “game-changer” as the 10th Mountain trained here ahead of their upcoming tour. The suite of radios, networking systems, and software — known in Army parlance as Capability Set 13 — is designed to boost mobile connectivity. Infantry troops will be able to use a smartphone tethered to a digital radio to mark the locations of roadside bombs, share intelligence, and even send text messages. The system gives soldiers patrolling on foot or riding in vehicles a similar level of connectivity as their counterparts back at headquarters. It will enhance front-line communications as the mission in Afghanistan shifts from combating insurgents to advising and assisting the Afghan security forces while also drawing down, said Col. Mark Elliott, who oversees development of the Army’s tactical network. The equipment includes smartphones such as the Motorola Atrix running Google Inc.’s Android software; handheld AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radios; portable AN/PRC-117G Falcon III radios; satellite dishes, and other pieces of hardware and software. (Source: Military.com)

27 Mar 13. Icron Technologies Corporation announced its new USB over network extender, the USB 2.0 RG2304-LAN. Optimized for video matrix switches, classroom configurations and command and control or KVM network extension, the RG2304-LAN leverages existing network infrastructure over Cat 5e to extend USB 2.0 over a LAN. Featuring Icron’s ExtremeUSB® suite of features, the RG2304-LAN works with all operating systems and does not require software drivers; enabling plug

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