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09 Mar 06. Raytheon Company’s Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical — Terminal (SMART-T) Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), a mobile ground satellite communications terminal developed for the U.S. Army, is the world’s first AEHF system to achieve in-orbit acquisition and data transfer with the U.S. Milstar satellite constellation. This milestone, achieved using the AEHF Transmission Security Module, demonstrates backward compatibility of the Defense Department’s (DoD) AEHF satellite system terminals with legacy Milstar Army, Navy and Air Force terminals using the critical new security technology. This technological breakthrough of error-free-network data exchange occurred during tests using an AEHF SMART-T at Raytheon’s state-of-the-art Satellite Communications Integration and Test Site facility in Marlborough, Mass., and an Army legacy SMART-T terminal located at Ft. Monmouth, N.J. This is an important first step in putting the full power of AEHF communication capability in the hands of Army, Navy, Air Force and AEHF International Partner Nation warfighters. With AEHF, warfighters will have dramatically expanded data throughput for time-critical missions and will be provided with assured interoperability between AEHF International Partner nations conducting operations with the U.S. The SMART-T AEHF satellite acquisition breakthrough follows the successful completion of the first Software Communications Architecture (SCA) waveforms ever developed for AEHF systems on Raytheon’s Navy Multi-band Terminal (NMT). Raytheon’s NMT program has previously delivered the LDR (Low Data Rate), MDR (Medium Data Rate) and XDR (Extended Data Rate) waveforms in operating tests. Raytheon’s NMT solution will provide the DoD with proven advanced technology that can now be ported to other defense systems to avoid significant acquisition costs.
12 Mar 06. Tadiran Spectralink, a member of the Elisra Group, announced that it plans to implement its state-of-the-art Software Defined Radio as the core technology for all of the company SAR radios. Based on its well-established experience and technological leadership in Search and Rescue systems, Tadiran Spectralink’s solutions draw from the company’s creative operational concepts as well as its evolutionary design approach. According to this approach, owners will be able to upgrade their SAR assets to meet new needs, enabling combat and non-combat schemas as well as various modes of operation. Spectralink’s new SAR products are designed and developed to seamlessly mesh with other communications equipment and systems, integrating with these into an effective SAR network.
13 Mar 06. Raytheon Company successfully achieved a significant milestone for the P-8A MMA (Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft) program, having recently delivered the Software Design Lab (Radar) Protocol Emulator (SDL-PE) to Boeing. Raytheon’s first P-8A hardware delivery, the SDL-PE will emulate the Raytheon radar interface and allow Boeing to begin early integration of the maritime surveillance radar into the aircraft mission systems backbone. This is the first of a series of iterative milestones that will culminate in delivery of the production radar in 2008 — a deliberate approach aimed at ensuring a tightly coupled integration of the radar into the P-8A mission system with minimum risk.
14 Mar 06. BMW intends to start serial production of a hydrogen-burning 7-Series executive car within two years, the world’s largest premium automaker said on Tuesday. “We will present such a vehicle to the public in less than two years,” a spokesman said, confirming media reports. BMW had said last year its hydrogen-fuelled cars, which emit only water vapour, would make their debut in 2010. BMW intends to build a few hundred such cars at first. They will be able to switch between burning standard gasoline and hydrogen so that drivers will not be left s