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06 May 14. Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has a rich history of supporting our aviators through the integration of mission processors and cockpit upgrades. Continuing this commitment of providing innovative solutions for the safety of our military men and women, Elbit is extending its support by adopting the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACETM) Consortium’s standards into its research and development efforts as well as new software development programs.
Established in 2010, the FACETM Consortium was created to enhance interoperability and software portability for avionics software being used across DoD platforms. The standardization of the software hosting environment promotes integration of new software and rapid portable capabilities. Through the combined efforts of the US military, industry leaders, and educational institutions, the FACE Consortium sets a new standard for software development. As a founding member of FACE, Elbit recognized the need for the quicker development of capabilities and a faster delivery of final products to our warfighters.

07 May 14. Selex ES launches TacSat Razor Antenna – an innovative, lightweight, UHF tactical satellite, man-portable antenna Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has launched the TacSat Razor Antenna, an innovative solution to the need to provide front-line forces with robust, lightweight, on-the-move, high performance tactical satellite communications to optimise communications. Weighing around 1kg, the TacSat Razor Antenna uses patented product design to offer a rapid deployment antenna, with a maximum 20W power output in the UHF tacsat band. It is designed specifically for physically demanding battlefield conditions, whilst addressing the relevant radiation hazard standards.
Innovative and patented construction and deployment technologies make it easy and quick to deploy; and able to be operated in a “hands free” mode, keeping troops both ready for action and fully informed. The TacSat Razor Antenna can be simply attached to the side of a standard military rucksack. Alternatively, it can be mounted on a standard tripod or camera spike or on a vehicle using a magnetic mount. Users simply pull a strap to launch the antenna from its housing. The antenna is withdrawn back into the container by pulling the same strap in the other direction. A modular construction facilitates cleaning and ease of repair in the field. The TacSat Razor Antenna reduces time to deploy and snagging; and eliminates the soldier ‘down time’ incurred by less effective ergonomic designs. It is environmentally qualified to Mil Std 810-G and is IP68 rated for water immersion. An instruction manual is provided.

07 May 14. Over 130 new additions to the range of standard waveguide products manufactured by Narda Microwave are now available in the UK from Link Microtek, the specialist supplier of RF and microwave components and subsystems. The new products include waveguide-to-coaxial adapters, cross-guide directional couplers, gain horns and terminations, all of which are produced in accordance with the quality assurance programme of Narda’s parent company, L-3 Communications. The adapters cover frequencies from 1.7 to 40.0GHz and feature a choice of SMA, 2.92mm or Type N connectors. Both right-angle and end-launch styles are offered, and all variants have a maximum VSWR of 1.25:1. The new cross-guide directional couplers are available with either SMA connectors for applications in the frequency range 7.05 to 40.00GHz or Type N connectors for frequencies from 2.6 to 15.0GHz. All models feature a coupling value of 30dB, a minimum directivity of 20dB and a maximum frequency sensitivity of +/- 1dB. A comprehensive line-up of standard horns offers 10, 15 or 20dB gain values for frequencies ranging from 1.7 to 40.0GHz. In addition, two w

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