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17 Aug 17. DSEi 2017 Preview from, Omnetics Connector Corporation. Omnetics Connector Corporation will be exhibiting at DSEi for the 4th time this coming September. It will be a great opportunity for the company’s executives to connect with existing defence customers as well as meeting new potential partners. Omnetics is a supplier of high reliability miniature electrical connectors and cable harnesses to OEM’s in all 5 key zones of the show, namely: Air, Land, Naval, Security and Joint. This is reflected in the company’s preparations for the show, with all zones will be covered both adequately and equally. Omnetics will be promoting its full line of ruggedized miniature connectors and cable harnesses focusing on Micro-D, Nano-D and circular connectors. New standards include Hybrid Micro-D & Nano-D connectors utilizing both power and signal contacts. Omnetics will also be showing off new single row, low profile Micro-D style connectors and the company’s new Nano Coax which is a quarter the size of a standard SMA.
Connectors from Omnetics can be found in many applications including phased array radar, communication, night vision, laser rangefinders, covert surveillance, and many more. Omnetics are a QPL source for Micro-D and Nano-D connectors, however the company is very flexible and can make modified standards and even full custom connectors rapidly to perfectly fit each application. High quality is Omnetics’ #1 objective, but what sets the company apart is its rapid response, quick delivery and competitive price.
Expanding internationally is Omnetics primary objective at DSEI, and that will constitute the benchmark for a successful exhibition. Any and all companies operating in the Defence and Security industry, regardless of size, are of interest to Omnetics – especially if they are developing next generation equipment that need light weight and more compact interconnect systems.
17 Aug 17. Future Mission Control System Key to UAS Flying Off Carriers. A team from the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command simulates the operation of the future MQ-25 during a demo of the Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
The US Navy says it is moving full-throttle on plans to fly unmanned aircraft off of carriers. The planned MQ-25A will serve primarily as a refuelling platform, with the capacity to carry out some intelligence missions. The first unmanned craft to fly off a carrier, it is slated to deploy on the aircraft carriers Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush as early as 2019.
At the heart of the effort is development of a command-and-control system known as the Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System, or UMCS. Integrating this into the existing Navy communications infrastructure is “the first step” in ensuring successful operations, said Capt. Beau Duarte, the Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager.
The service is reporting progress on that front. Planners executed a successful demonstration this spring and say they can now utilize the mission-control system located aboard an aircraft carrier to control and transmit information to the future UAV. Ongoing development of this C2 system is key to long-term success of the MQ-25A mission.
Much of the C2 hardware platform derives from other existing Navy assets, including the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Common Display System and the Common Processing System from the guided-missile destroyer DDG-1000 and other Aegis ships. By sticking with known systems, the service says it sought to ensure compatibility and availability.
“These components were chosen to leverage existing capabilities, infrastructure and supply chains. They are also shipboard certified for use in the dynamic [carrier] environment,” Duarte said.
In designing the UMCS, planners also tapped the Navy’s Common Contro