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27 May 13. After a certification process lasting several months, the
TSA 3522 interrogator from Thales has been certified by AIMS1. The TSA 3522 is a new-generation IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) interrogator from Thales’s BlueGate family of products. For Thales customers, AIMS certification is an assurance of full interoperability with US systems both at box level and for integration on US and other platforms. Thales develops and manufactures IFF products for aircraft, air defence systems and radars, surface vessels and submarines. The TSA 3522 is generally associated with a radar and provides optimal security, reliability and integrity in both civil air traffic control with Mode S capability and military Mode 5 IFF identification. The interrogator is also qualified to use both European and US sourced cryptographic computers. AIMS certification is an official endorsement of the outstanding performance of this product and will positively influence the certification process for the entire Thales product family.
27 May 13. GE Aviation Signs Additive Manufacturing Cooperative Agreement with Sigma Labs. GE Aviation and Sigma Labs, Inc. signed a Joint Technology Development Agreement (JTDA) to advance and implement in-process inspection technologies for additive manufactured jet engine components. The mutually-developed inspection technology will verify the quality and geometry of additive components during the additive build process, increasing additive production speeds up to 25 percent in support of GE Aviation’s growing production rates. By 2020, GE Aviation will produce more than 100,000 additive manufactured components for the LEAP™ and GE9X engines. GE will install 19 additive manufactured fuel nozzles on every LEAP engine, which has amassed more than 4,500 orders. The LEAP fuel nozzle is up to 25 percent lighter and five-times more durable than traditionally manufactured fuel nozzles, leading to significant fuel savings. (Source: ASD Network)
28 May 13. After several international trials, Rockwell Collins’ SubNet Relay (SNR) is now a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) standard. SubNet Relay has been ratified as NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4691 for Mobile Ad Hoc Relay Line-of-Sight IP Networking (MARLIN). SNR technology, unique to Rockwell Collins, provides a true, mobile, self-configuring and self-healing networking capability for assets such as ships, aircraft and land vehicles while using their legacy or new communication equipment. SNR was developed in 2000 and is being fielded by many navies while rapidly becoming the standard for network interoperability among coalition partners. NATO STANAGs define processes, procedures, terms, and conditions for common military or technical procedures or equipment between the member countries of the alliance. Each NATO state ratifies a STANAG and implements it within its own military. The purpose is to provide common operational and administrative procedures and logistics, so one member nation’s military may use the stores and support of another member’s military. STANAGs also form the basis for technical interoperability between a wide variety of communication and information systems essential for NATO and Allied operations.
29 May 13. Alta Data Technologies announced the release of an innovative product for real-time, dual channel MIL-STD-1553 Ethernet conversion: eNet2-1553. For the first time in the avionics industry, Alta has implemented an FPGA “thin-server” UDP technology to provide direct packet access (AltaAPI™, provides complete portability between applications written for PCI/PCIe based products and eNet2-1553 – the ultimate in code reuse and system design flexibility. In addition to 1553 controls, bus signals can be generated and captured remotely for protocol and electrical troubleshooting using Alta’s u