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28 Nov 05. Raytheon Company’s radar successfully supported a developmental flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile conducted at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) Nov. 22, 2005. The THAAD radar, developed by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, successfully acquired, tracked, and communicated with the THAAD missile. The radar is a phased array, capable of search, threat detection, classification, and precision tracking at extremely long ranges.

30 Nov 05. Terrain Experts, Inc., a company owned by Canada’s CAE Inc., announced the latest release of its flagship COTS database generation software suite called Terra VistaTM. Terra Vista is an easy-to-use, native WindowsTM-based software application that supports automatic generation of any size or type of terrain database, including databases for flight, ground, maritime, and military operations on urban terrain (MOUT). The new Terra Vista 5 features a next-generation user interface, multiple user collaborative technology, more flexible MMB (Multiple Machine Build) controller, and enhanced 3D interactive editing capabilities. In addition, Terra Vista 5 now includes integrated vector and elevation editors as well as support for a range of new third-party plug-ins for imagery processing, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) processing, and automatic feature extraction.

01 Dec 05. Radstone Embedded Computing announced the CPX24 rugged Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch. PICMG2.16 compliant and supporting IPv6, the CPX24 is fully layer two and layer three managed and provides twenty-four copper or fibre Gigabit Ethernet ports. Uniquely, it also provides two externally available 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports to allow two CPX24s to be coupled as a 48-port Gigabit Ethernet switch. In line with the company’s strategy to be able to deliver all the major elements of an embedded computing subsystem for defense and aerospace applications, the CPX24 is designed primarily for larger, more complex managed systems – although it is also suitable for lightly managed or unmanaged solutions. As standard, it is provided with twenty-four copper ports, of which twenty are PICMG2.16 compliant, with the additional four being available through the optional fitting of a high speed J4/J41 connector. All of these copper ports can be optionally converted to fibre via a mix of on-board optics and Radstone’s OXB20 Optical Expansion Board, allowing long distance operation or operation within electrically noisy environments. Additional flexibility is provided by the ability for the two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports to be brought out to a separate optional 10 Gigabit expansion board for very fast subsystem I/O. Provision of IPv6 support delivers expanded available IP address space (128-bit addressing) and improved end-to-end security, facilitating mobile communications, enhancing quality of service (QoS) and easing system management. The CPX24 can be ordered in any one of five ruggedization levels, and will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

24 Nov 05. DAP Technologies, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computing solutions for harsh environments, today announced it the launch of its MICROFLEX line in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, and Scandinavia. The move is part of a global expansion strategy, fuelled by the strengthening demand for rugged, reliable and adaptable mobile solutions computers and solutions across throughout Europe. MICROFLEX hand-held computers are suitable for a range of industries including utilities, emergency services, public safety, meter reading, maintenance, and transportation and logistics. MICROFLEX computers are built to handle rough treatment and harsh environmental conditions.

29 Nov 005. CAE will invest a planned $630m in Project Phoenix, a research and development (R&D) program that will span the next six years, with the goal of improving

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