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12 Oct 22. LM, Ayar Labs Partner to Advance Microchip Connectivity for NextGen Sensory Systems.
- New era of defense platforms with optical I/O aim to support faster decision making in the most agile, mission-critical scenarios while advancing domestic semiconductor capabilities
Lockheed Martin, (NYSE: LMT) and Ayar Labs, a leader in chip-to-chip optical connectivity, today announced a strategic collaboration to develop future sensory platforms that leverage Ayar Labs’ advanced optical input-output (I/O) microchips that use light to transfer data faster, at a lower latency, and at a fraction of the power of existing electrical I/O solutions. The new platforms could be used across Department of Defense (DoD) applications to capture, digitize, transport, and process spectral information.
“As the complexity and amount of data grows on the battlefield, faster decision-making is essential. New innovative system architectures, coupled with AI and machine learning techniques, are needed for our customers’ mission success,” said Steve Walker, chief technology officer and vice president, Engineering & Technology at Lockheed Martin. “Ayar Labs’ optical interconnect solution provides the necessary technology to process spectral information with greater speed and lower latency for next-generation system designs.”
Lockheed Martin is partnering with Ayar Labs in developing multi-chip package (MCP) solutions which place high-density, high-efficiency optical I/O chiplets in the same microelectronics package as the radio frequency processing devices. The development and integration of Ayar Labs’ TeraPHY™ optical I/O chiplets and SuperNova™ light source represent a faster, more efficient, and more reliable transfer of data throughout the platform. This is important for next-generation architectures that will use phased array apertures to connect systems and people to make smarter, faster decisions.
“Our advances in interconnect density, latency, reach and power efficiency represent a significant advantage for extreme-edge sensing applications, which is critical for enabling next-generation architectures and systems,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs. “For example, our optical I/O solution will provide a 5x power reduction and 12x size reduction versus a representative mid-board optical solution.”
Lockheed Martin and Ayar Labs co-authored a paper entitled ‘Converged RF Phased Arrays enabled by Silicon Photonics’ that will be presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2:50 p.m. EDT. (Source: ASD Network)
12 Oct 22. Cubic Announces New Cisco-powered Router and Switch Module.
Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) has launched a new Cisco-powered router and switch module. The M3-SE5 uses the ESR6300 router and ESS3300 switching technologies to deliver high-speed networking capabilities to the tactical edge. (Photo: Business Wire)
Cubic Corporation’s Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) business has launched a new Cisco-powered router and switch module. The M3-SE5 uses the ESR6300 router and ESS3300 switching technologies to deliver high-speed networking capabilities to the tactical edge.
“The increasing volumes of data being transferred throughout the mission chain means high-speed trusted networking capabilities are required from the enterprise to the tactical edge,” said Anthony Verna, senior vice president, CMPS Rugged IoT Business Unit. “Cubic’s latest generation of Cisco-powered routers and switches highlights our commitment to meeting the customer’s mission data requirements.”
The single enclave router and switch module reduce the size, weight, power and complexity of field deployments, helping to deliver a lower cost of ownership. Ideal for users who require secure high-bandwidth communications, the rugged M3-SE5 router switch module offers 2 x gigabit Ethernet RJ45/Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) Wide Area Network (WAN) ports combined with 10 x RJ45 gigabit Ethernet switch ports and 2 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ switch ports.
The M3-SE5 also allows users to upgrade their current M3-SE baseband compute and network stacks with Cisco ESR6300 and ESS3300 high-speed networking capabilities without increasing the form factor of an existing M3-SE solution. It operates across a wide range of thermal conditions, survives shocks, vibrations and presents a lower electromagnetic footprint than standard networking devices. This unique approach delivers excellent flexibility and maximizes the user’s system investment.
The module can be quickly and easily configured for missions using the familiar Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI) or Cubic’s DTECH Virtual Infrastructure Configuration Engine (DVICE) software with support for open management protocols and integration into third-party management systems. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
12 Oct 22. Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has added two new K- and Ka-band travelling wave tube (TWT)-based instrumentation amplifiers to its modular instrumentation amplifier product portfolio.
The new PTCM1017 and PTCM1027 feature higher gain and efficiency performance than solid-state amplifiers. With a frequency coverage of 18 to 26.5 GHz (K-band, PTCM1017) and 26.5 to 40 GHz (Ka-band, PTCM1027), the amplifiers offer a power output exceeding 100 W CW and can also be pulsed using an internal grid modulator.
Both amplifiers are optimized for applications such as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, radiated immunity testing, communications, electronic warfare (EW), radar and RF component testing.
Operating features of the two new amplifiers include self-test, comprehensive fault diagnosis, Ethernet remote control and monitoring, and the provision of modular plug-and-play field replaceable printed circuit boards.
An Ethernet graphical user interface allows connection to any PC or laptop with a standard browser. This functionality enables CPI to offer customers on-demand support by remotely connecting to the amplifier to provide in-depth diagnosis and care, should it be needed.
The new amplifiers also include TWT and power supply protection capability for additional peace of mind. The protection systems monitor critical performance parameters to ensure the product is not damaged in the event of incorrect operation. The TWT heater, grid and cathode voltage are continuously monitored and voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) protection is provided.
Rugged and Reliable
Designed and built to ISO9001 quality certification, the construction of the PTCM1017 and PTCM1027 is based on a modular 6U system that offers different configurations to meet customers’ unique requirements. The amplifiers are of rugged construction, with vibration testing to Military Standard 810G-Transport. The operating temperature can accommodate temperatures from 0 ℃ to +40 ℃ with 80 percent maximum humidity.
About Communications & Power Industries
Communications & Power Industries (CPI) is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems focused primarily on communications and defense markets. With a heritage of technological excellence that spans decades, CPI develops, manufactures, and globally distributes innovative and reliable technology solutions used in the generation, amplification, transmission, and reception of microwave signals for commercial and military applications. Learn more about CPI at www.cpii.com.
11 Oct 22. Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, today announced that the mission computer built for the Airbus A330 MRTT allowed the tanker to receive the world’s first certification for automatic air-to-air refueling (A3R) boom operations.
Mercury Mission Systems International, located in Switzerland and Spain, delivered a purpose-built computer for Airbus based on the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) ROCK family of pre-integrated subsystem platforms that draw from a range of safety-certifiable modular COTS building blocks, addressing both the need for high-end video processing and the safety-criticality of the application. The system handles video streams with very low latency across multiple processors while meeting stringent DO-178 and DO-254 software reliability processes.
The in-flight refueling process must be reliable and repeatable, and it must meet avionics flight safety certifications designed to eliminate risk of catastrophic failure caused by computing malfunction. Airbus’s SMART MRTT program enables A3R operations with no additional equipment on the receiver aircraft, which can reduce refueling operator workload, improve safety, and enable air superiority.
“Mercury has a 30-year track-record in delivering safety-certifiable systems, and we are proud to contribute to this extraordinary milestone,” said Wolfgang Tostmann, vice president and general manager, Mercury Mission Systems International. “Airbus is an avionics visionary that tapped into the Mercury processing platform to develop a capability that will revolutionize air fleet operations.”
“Through our past experience working with Mercury as a trusted solution provider, we knew they’d be the perfect partner to contribute to this remarkable milestone,” said Luis Miguel Hernández, Airbus SMART MRTT Program Manager. “Mercury developed the high-performance computing platform that allowed Airbus DS to integrate the core artificial vision algorithms that made this achievement possible.”
Mercury envisions, creates, and delivers innovative technology solutions purpose-built to meet its customers’ most pressing high-tech needs. For more information, visit mrcy.com or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or .
11 Oct 22. STM completes Turkish Defence Industry Agency’s KERKES project. The project involved upgrading the capability of UAVs to operate in a GPS-denied environment. Turkey-based defence company Savunma Teknolojileri ve Mühendislik (STM) has announced the successful completion of Turkish Defence Industry Agency’s (SSB) KERKES project.
Launched in 2019, the project involved upgrading the capability of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) to operate in a global positioning system (GPS)-denied environment.
The KERKES project supports both rotary-wing, including STM’s Kargu drone, and fixed-wing UAVs.
Following the conclusion of KERKES Project, the UAVs will now use artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and computer vision techniques to undertake missions during day and at night.
The capability will allow UAVs to operate without being affected by electronic warfare (EW) adversaries, including GPS jammers.
In a tweet, SSB president Dr Ismail Demir said: “We have successfully completed the KERKES Project, which allows UAV platforms to operate in environments in which there is no GPS coverage. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
12 Oct 22. Rohde & Schwarz completes RAAF’s Air Ground Air Transition project. Work involved delivery of backup voice communications systems and monitoring subsystems to BAE Systems. Rohde & Schwarz Australia has announced the successful completion of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Air Ground Air Transition (AGAT) project.
The company was working as a communications systems integrator (CSI) for the AGAT project, whose prime contractor is BAE Systems.
Rohde & Schwarz has completed its project related activities in 16 months.
It involved the delivery of backup voice communications system and monitoring subsystems to BAE Systems.
The scope of work also required Rohde & Schwarz to perform several reviews, including initial requirements, human-machine interface (HMI) system, safety, security working groups and design reviews.
After completing reviews and checks, the company conducted acceptance test and other evaluation activities.
Furthermore, the company also provided a set of services, such as security hardening, systems integration, project management, systems design and development, HMI customisation, verification and validation as well as integrated logistics support.
Rohde & Schwarz Australia managing director Gareth Evans said: “This work included provision of over 300 CERTIUM radios and ancillaries, CERTIUM VCS as backup voice communications system and CERTIUM management systems for 12 defence aerodromes across Australia.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
07 Oct 22. America’s DataHub Consortium Announces Innovation Challenge Winners. America’s DataHub Consortium (ADC) announced five winners for the ADC Innovation Challenge at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit & Expo on September 27. The challenge offered $50,000 divided amongst top innovators that responded to challenges shared by statistical agencies and units within the Federal government.
“America’s DataHub Consortium is all about innovation and partnerships. We’re looking for innovators to solve tough challenges and create highly secure, trustworthy, and easy-to-use methods for evidence-building,” National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Deputy Director Vipin Arora said.
17 applicants were selected to pitch their solutions in-person to ADC representatives, as well as to leading corporate and investment partners in the audience. Applicants presented their organization’s capabilities during a five-minute window followed by three minutes of questions and answers.
The participants showcased capabilities related to:
- Data dashboards that integrate disparate data types into a cohesive display
- Data security and privacy solutions
- Novel analytical techniques
- Data linking and data access for secure and effective distribution to authorized end users
Of the 17 competitors, five companies each won a $10,000 award: Candelytics, Kinnami Software Corporation, Duality Technologies, Knexus Research Corporation, and Ubicquia.
Arora shared that the goal is to bring together innovators for collaborative projects that benefit the American public. He said the purpose of the event was to build ADC membership and give organizations a place to collaborate and gain visibility.
America’s DataHub Consortium offers its members streamlined access to Federal government funding and the opportunity to take on critical evidence building challenges. In addition, members can research and locate other companies to collaboratively solve our nation’s challenges.
(Source: PR Newswire)
20 Apr 22. Honeywell Successfully Demonstrates Alternative Navigation Capabilities in GPS-Denied Environments. Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) has successfully demonstrated several advanced alternative navigation technologies that are intended to help ensure seamless navigation, even when GPS signals are blocked, interrupted or unavailable. Testing took place on both an Embraer E170 aircraft and an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter.
Alternative navigation systems use sensors such as cameras, star trackers, radars and radios to augment and or aid inertial navigation systems. These systems correct inertial navigation systems in environments where global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are denied.
“Our customers are seeing an increase in both intentional and unintentional navigational disruptions, including jamming for GNSS-based navigation,” said Matt Picchetti, vice president and general manager, Navigation and Sensors, Honeywell Aerospace. “There hasn’t been a single set of solutions that meet all our customers’ operational needs, so we decided to create one. Our modular and scalable alternative navigation technologies are setting a new benchmark in terms of reliability and performance in GNSS-denied environments compared with what is available in aviation today.”
Alternative navigation technologies provide vital position, velocity and heading information in GNSS-denied environments. The successfully demonstrated technologies onboard the E170 and AW139 include the following:
- Vision Aided Navigation: Honeywell’s Vision Aided Navigation system achieved GPS-like performance on both the Embraer E170 and AW139 platforms during GPS-denied conditions. Additionally, the technology showed 67% improvement in GPS-denied performance compared with earlier testing last year. The system uses a live camera feed and compares it with maps to provide a passive, not jammable, and highly accurate absolute position.
- Celestial Aided Navigation: Honeywell’s Celestial Aided Navigation system on the Embraer E170 achieved an accuracy of 25 meters circular error probability of 50% (CEP50). This represented a 38% improvement in GPS-denied performance compared with tests last year. Most importantly, this is the first time a Resident Space Objects-based (RSOs) navigation solution was demonstrated on an airborne platform, as most competing solutions rely only on star-based navigation. The system utilizes a star tracker to observe stars and RSOs to provide a passive, not jammable solution with GPS-like accuracy in GPS-denied or spoofed conditions.
- Magnetic Anomaly Aided Navigation: Honeywell conducted the world’s first real-time magnetic anomaly-aided navigation on an airborne platform — the Embraer E170. This is a historic milestone, as almost all previous magnetic tests were done in special environments to mitigate electromagnetic noise. Honeywell demonstrated this passive, not jammable, all-weather, 24/7 technology on an embedded platform, which measures earth’s magnetic strength and compares it with magnetic maps to accurately identify the position of the vehicle.
Additionally, Honeywell demonstrated inertial navigation systems, when paired with the GPSDome (anti-jamming device), showed significant improvement in position accuracy and integrity performance in the presence of GPS jamming. The ability of GPSDome to enable tracking of GPS satellites under more aggressive jamming environments reduces performance degradations that come with GNSS-denied conditions.
Alternative navigation prototype systems will be available in 2022, with initial deliveries expected to start in 2023.
Honeywell navigation systems are used by nearly every aircraft flying today to guide ms of passengers to their destinations. Since 1914, when the first autopilot used Honeywell gyroscopes to hold the plane stable during flight, Honeywell has delivered more than 500,000 high-performance inertial sensors across several platforms on land, in the air and at sea.
10 Oct 22. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) is completing early tests toward a safe flight test program for the RAIDER X® competitive prototype it is building for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program.
“The RAIDER X prototype, which is 92% complete, draws on Lockheed Martin’s broad expertise in developing innovative weapons systems using the latest digital design and manufacturing techniques. These advancements will enable the Army to not only lower the acquisition cost, but also enable rapid, affordable upgrades to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” said Jay Macklin, director, Sikorsky Future Vertical Lift business development.
There are hundreds of additively manufactured parts installed on RAIDER X, including flight-critical parts. The 3D printing process has been so successful that first articles are 95% compliant, saving the team hundreds of hours compared to previous processes.
Sikorsky is also making progress on the second RAIDER X prototype, which is integrated into the team’s structural test program and will validate the flight and ground loads capability of the airframe. Structural testing is in progress and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The tests inform safety-of-flight processes for the first RAIDER X competitive prototype. Once structural testing is complete, the second RAIDER X prototype will be a viable test asset, further reducing risk for Sikorsky’s FARA offering.
RAIDER X Offers Unmatched Growth Margin for Speed, Combat Radius and Payload
RAIDER X features Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA)-based avionics and mission systems offering “plug-and-play” options for computing, sensors, survivability and weapons. X2 compound coaxial technology provides unmatched potential and growth margin for increased speed, combat radius and payload. This enables a broader range of aircraft configurations for specific mission requirements.
“The FARA program is important for Army modernization because it provides the speed, maneuverability, reach and the lethality needed on a 21st Century battlefield,” said Pete Germanowski, FARA Chief Engineer. “RAIDER X is also designed for growth. The modular open systems approach and digital backbone coupled with the mission system and sensors and communications capability give the Army a node to tie their battlefield network together and enhance the capabilities of the ground force in the process.”
RAIDER X Competitive Prototype Facts:
- Acceptance test procedures are more than 65% complete
- Power has been on RAIDER X since October 2021
- Sikorsky is the only company with a representative FARA flying technology demonstrator aircraft: S-97 RAIDER.
- The S-97 RAIDER flight test program informs design decisions, correlates to a virtual prototype and enables Sikorsky to experiment with the unique capabilities that X2 technology provides.
Oxley Group Ltd
Oxley offer a range of Military Marine NVG friendly LED lighting that includes navigation lights and controls, flight deck landing lights and interior compartment lighting. Our lighting products are used by Navies around the world including our own Royal Navy on UK Aircraft Carriers, Canadian Frigates, Swedish Submarines, Australian Surface vessels and Submarines, on board French Naval Carriers and in Naval Gun Turrets.
The technology is extremely energy efficient and built robustly, with proven long life. The lighting is NVG friendly, dimmable and programmable to allow for operations with aircraft pilots using military night vision goggles. They offer superior design giving high reliability for the most demanding environments with high sealing and the ability to meet the most stringent EMC standards.
Oxley are proud to say that we are working in partnership with SeaKing to enable a control panel to be offered with our LED Navigation Lighting. All of Oxley navigation lights have been specifically developed for vessels over 50 metres.
Contact Marcus Goad on 07850 917 263 for more information or to arrange samples.
Oxley specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced electronic and electro-optic components and systems for air, land and sea applications within the military sector. Established in 1942, Oxley has manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA and enjoys representation worldwide. The company’s products include night vision and LED lighting, data capture systems and electronic components. Oxley has pioneered the development of night vision compatible lighting. It offers a total package incorporating optical filters, equipment modification, cockpit and external lighting along with fleet wide upgrade services including engineering, installation, support, maintenance and training. The company’s long experience of manufacturing night vision lighting and LED indicators, coupled with advances in LED technology, has enabled it to develop LED solutions to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting in existing applications as well as becoming the lighting option of choice in new applications such as portable military hospitals, UAV control stations and communication shelters.