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18 Nov 21. Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, today announced its latest NAND flash non-volatile memory device. Featuring a plastic ball-grid array (BGA) package meeting NASA’s EEE-INST-002 space-grade application guidelines, these purpose-built radiation-tolerant devices are ideal for ultra-high density memory storage applications that require high reliability in high-radiation environments like Space.
“Our new purpose-built flash memory augments the latest commercial semiconductor technology with trusted manufacturing and radiation tolerance, delivering a solution ideal for on-orbit data processing,” said Tom Smelker, vice president and general manager, Mercury Microsystems. “It’s through this close collaboration with the semiconductor industry that Mercury is able to accelerate technology adoption in the new space economy, enabling more agile and cost-effective satellite constellations.”
The NAND flash memory’s 32 GB high-capacity storage makes it ideal for data-intensive applications including artificial intelligence and machine learning. Its high reliability minimizes failures in the field, while its optimal size, weight, and power (SWaP) profile enables customers to use more memory in less space than other memory devices.
18 Nov 21. New 70 series braid tail swept elbow backshells from TE Connectivity offer up to 20% weight savings. Smooth 90-degree cable termination option now available for military and aerospace applications TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, introduced its new 70 series braid tail swept elbow backshells to be used in a wide range of military and aerospace applications. TE’s 70 series swept elbow backshells offer designers the potential for up to 20% weight savings over traditional backshells, allowing for improved efficiency as content continues to grow in military and aerospace systems.
TE is complementing its series of banding (BT) and Tinel ring (TXR) backshells with a braid tail backshell. The new 70 series swept elbow backshells include a pre-terminated screenbraid sock for an overall screen, as well as constant internal radius and a smooth internal bore using investment casting. They are designed to allow for uncoupling during repairs, which helps reduce damage to the boot, resulting in a simple and fast termination option.
“Aerospace and defense engineers require increased flexibility when it comes to designing for compact spaces. Our 70 series braid tail swept elbow backshells offer weight saving advantages over traditional backshells,” said Carina Logan, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “These backshells also offer overall 360° screening against EMI/RFI for customers in high vibration applications using high-reliability, low profile magna form ring termination.”
TE’s 70 series swept elbow backshells suit a wide range of circular connectors and they are available in multiple shell sizes and plating configurations. Those include MIL-DTL-38999 series III and IV as well as MIL-DTL-26482 series II.
For more information on TE’s 70 series braid tail swept elbow backshells, visit te.com/braid-tail.
18 Nov 21. LDRA tool suite provides software assurance for mission-critical systems powered by NXP S32K3 MCUs. Helps improve code quality, safety, and security while reducing development and certification costs. LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis, test tools and consultancy services, today announced LDRA tool suite support for NXP’s S32K3 family of automotive and industrial microcontrollers, Targeted at automotive body electronics, battery management systems and emerging zonal and domain control ECUs. The LDRA tool suite, together with the NXP S32 Design Studio IDE, helps reduce the cost and effort associated with developing, testing, and certifying software that runs on S32K3 MCUs.
Vehicle ECU content continues to grow driven by demand for new in-car features and the migration from distributed to domain and zonal based architectures. Consequently, software content is increasing in scale and complexity in even modest applications such as lighting, HVAC and access control. The use of over-the-air (OTA) update mechanisms to upgrade ECU firmware and to deploy new features and services further heightens the need for software integrity and interoperability.
“These innovations are exciting but present new challenges most notably in the area of cybersecurity,” said Ian Hennell, operations director, LDRA. “The S32K3 MCU’s extensive security features combined with LDRA tool suite and S32 Design Studio IDE, simplifies source code static and dynamic analysis; improves code quality, functional safety, and security; helping to reduce costs at every stage.”
Delivering safe, secure software with reduced development cost
The LDRA tool suite helps ensure that quality is a fundamental component of the software development life-cycle. Its software standards compliance, testing, and verification tools are based on industry best practices for developing functional safety- and security-critical products of the highest quality. The LDRA tools suite’s open and extensible platform is unique in its integration of software life-cycle traceability, static and dynamic analysis, unit test, and system-level testing on virtually any host or target platform.
Specifically, the LDRA tool suite offers:
- Compliance with coding standards (industry- and user-defined) such as MISRA and CERT
- Automated test case, harness, and stub generation for robustness testing
- Automatic production of software certification and approval evidence
- LDRA’s ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Management System, and the LDRA tool suite’s TÜV SÜD and SGS-TÜV Saar certifications
- Support for and compliance with ISO 26262 up to ASIL D, ISO/SAE 21434, ASPICE
“Automotive software requirements are rapidly evolving and the S32K3 MCU family and its software package provide a safe and secure starting point for reducing cost and complexity,” said Ed Sarrat, director of product management, Automotive Processing, at NXP. “Central to this is the need for robust, standards-compliant code and the extensive capabilities of the LDRA tool suite provide developers with a platform to deliver this.’
17 Nov 21. RAF hails first-ever test flight using only synthetic fuel. The Royal Air Force has taken a landmark step towards slashing carbon emissions from its aircraft, announcing Nov. 17 that the service had completed the world’s first flight using 100 percent synthetic fuel together with commercial partner Zero Petroleum. Using the company’s UL91 fuel the flight of the Ikarus C42 microlight plane from Cotswold Airport on Nov. 2 lasted 21 minutes. The successful voyage by senior RAF test pilot Group Captain Peter Hackett has been logged by Guinness World Records as a world first for an aircraft using only synthetic fuel. The initiative, part of a wider effort to reduce carbon emissions known as Project Martin, is partly funded by the RAF. Work on the role of synthetic fuels in reducing RAF emissions is being led by the air service’s Rapid Capabilities Office.
In a statement the MoD said the technology “has the potential to save 80-90% of carbon per flight, supporting the RAF’s vision that synthetic fuels will have a major role in powering the fast jets of the future.”
The RAF has previously signaled its intention to start replacing petroleum-based fuels on aircraft later this decade.
The replacement of 90 piston-powered Grob Aircraft T1 Tutor elementary flying trainers could be one of the first aircraft to be carbon emission free.
Zero Petroleum is a small British company founded by the hugely successful Formula One racing engineer Paddy Lowe and Nilay Shah, head of chemical engineering at Imperial College London.
Lowe said the aviation fuel, known as ZERO SynAvGas, was “developed in five months and ran successfully in the aircraft as a whole-blend without any modification to the aircraft or the engine.
“The engine manufacturer Rotax’s measurements and the test pilot’s observations showed no difference in power or general performance compared to standard fossil fuel,” said the Zero Petroleum chief executive.
The fuel is manufactured by extracting hydrogen from water and carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide. Using energy generated from renewable sources like wind or solar, these are combined to create the synthetic fuel.
Zero Petroleum and its technology partner IGTL designed and built a production plant in record time in Peterhead, Scotland.
The plant was then positioned at Billia Croo, in the Orkney Islands, for fuel manufacturing operations during September and October.
British Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said the development illustrated the military’s determination to pursue “net zero” alongside meeting operational commitments.
“Whilst green technologies like electric and hydrogen power generation are viable for many RAF platforms, high-performance aircraft require a liquid fuel alternative, like the UL91, to maintain operational capabilities,” he said.
“This is the first innovation of many, with a range of research and development activities underway to consider the viability of synthetic fuels without compromising aircraft performance,” Quin added.
The RAF plans to have its first net zero emissions airbase by 2025, and has set a goal of a net zero force by 2040. Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sir Mike Wigston is due to make a keynote speech in London Nov. 23 detailing the air service’s plans to achieve net zero emissions. (Source: Defense News)
17 Nov 21. European Defence Agency launches new three-nation project M-SASV. M-SASV is one of 14 new joint projects adopted within the fourth wave under the PESCO framework. PESCO is aimed at deepening defence cooperation between EU member states.
The vehicle will be equipped with multiple mission modules, such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), naval mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
Development of the M-SASV platform will be crewed when necessary and uncrewed where possible.
This is aimed at providing increased operational flexibility and improving crew protection.
The M-SASV design will focus on littoral operations. The platform will also be designed to be deployed for naval task groups.
The ‘Initial Capability Requirements’ for the project are already drafted.
Industry partners are currently working towards forming a consortium.
The M-SASV project is one of the 14 new joint projects recently adopted by the European Council within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework. The new projects cover land, maritime, air, cyber, C4ISR and space military domains.
EDA chief executive Jiří Šedivý said: “The launch of the fourth wave of PESCO projects is an important milestone for European defence cooperation. These new 14 projects invigorate the PESCO process which along with the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and the European Defence Fund (EDF) are now beginning to create indispensable synergies for Member States to develop effective and cost-efficient capabilities together. The EDA has already provided support to eight PESCO projects and stands ready to support its member states going forward.”
The 14 new projects will be added to the list of 46 existing ones that have been developed as part of PESCO since 2017. Earlier this year, EDA’s Steering Board agreed to support the development of a ‘European Patrol Corvette’ (EPC) under the PESCO programme. (Source: naval-technology.com)
16 Nov 21. GE Additive and WSU-NIAR team up to accelerate metal additive technology for rapid DoD implementation. GE Additive and Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding as the cornerstone of a new collaborative effort aimed at supporting the U.S. Department of Defense‘s (DoD) accelerated adoption of metal additive manufacturing technology. Additive manufacturing technology within the commercial and military aerospace and defense sector has grown significantly over the past decade, and in that time, GE and Wichita State’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) have worked closely with the DoD, FAA and other stakeholders to accelerate safe adoption of AM for high criticality applications.
“GE has been doing this for a long time, and they have cracked the additive manufacturing code. You can see it in their data and process control,” said John Tomblin, WSU senior vice president for Industry and Defense Programs and NIAR executive director.
“Based on our experience with NIAR’s material qualification capabilities and how they complement our work at GE Additive, we realized the benefits of putting our relationship with NIAR on a more formal footing,” said David Handler, general manager – government business at GE Additive. “We visited the team at Wichita to see their facilities firsthand, and that accelerated our discussions to determine how we can bring our complimentary abilities to bare for the warfighter.”
The partnership will accelerate metal additive adoption within the military aerospace and defense industrial base by advocating for common practices, rapid qualification and certification, and the development of a shared database for additive manufacturing data and knowledge.
GE Additive is a world leader in additive technology, materials science, materials manufacturing, component design, and aerospace qualification. NIAR brings world leadership in aerospace applied research, materials testing and qualification, digital twin, and structural testing and certification. Both parties have been recognized by the DoD as industry leaders: NIAR in developing digital twins of various aging vehicles; and GE Additive in providing metal additive technology to print out-of-production and obsolete spare parts from digital twin data.
“The real beauty about this partnership is bringing the knowledge of the two sides together to advance AM technology to benefit the DoD,” said Tomblin. “The time is now.”
“NIAR’s material database capabilities are an important asset needed to build a comprehensive, secure, accessible, standard format for materials data that all depots can use,” said Handler.
GE Additive and NIAR aim to establish an industry platform that is flexible enough to be used across all branches of the DoD.
“The partnership will accelerate the DoD’s desire to go from old metal to digital and then supply needed spare parts by going from digital back to new metal,” added Handler.
“It is critical that the platform provides quality specifications and material allowables that are naturally integrated into DoD processes and readily available and accessible across the DoD and to its industry partners, when permitted,” said Rachael Andrulonis, NIAR senior research engineer for composites and advanced materials.
Development of the database will also involve the implementation of students in an applied learning capacity, providing a unique new workforce that understands the intricacies of additive manufacturing qualification and implementation.
In order to be an efficient and relevant resource, GE Additive and NIAR plan to move quickly. The partnership and involvement of student employees will allow the team to rapidly develop specifications to convert metal to digital and digital to metal – part by part.
“GE realizes the importance of investment in these platforms,” said Handler. “It correlates directly: the broader the scope of parts, the broader the scope of the partnership, the broader scope of sustainment solutions for the warfighter.”
15 Nov 21. Perth set to become undersea technology hub. Building on the strategic alliance between Australia, the UK and the US, Perth is expected to be a hub for designing and building autonomous underwater vessels, putting the West Australian city on track to become a regional powerhouse in undersea technology. In a boost for Western Australia’s naval and defence industry, Minister for Defence Industry Paul Papalia, CSC, has acknowledged that WA is well positioned to become a regional hub for undersea technology.
Minister Papalia is expected to make his comments as he officially opens the Bibra Lake, Perth, facility for Australian owned and operated Marine Tech Systems.
With plans to double its local workforce within 12 months, Marine Tech Systems is developing autonomous technology that will help gather vital intelligence and data while reducing risks to personnel and significantly reducing the environmental impact compared with conventional practices.
Marine Tech Systems (a subsidiary of Blue Ocean Monitoring) has been providing undersea autonomy expertise to British and Australian defence agencies since 2016.
Mike Deeks, CSC, a former Naval Commodore (and most recently WA Agent General), who was recently appointed by Blue Ocean Monitoring as group managing director, is confident that Perth will become a regional powerhouse in undersea technology.
“We have an ambitious plan for further development of our technology over the next couple of years,” Deeks said.
“Perth can become the undersea technology and operations hub for the Indo-Pacific region.”
As a former Navy clearance diver, Minister Papalia is expected to stress the importance of autonomous underwater vessel technology in supporting divers and submariners who operate in highly challenging and often dangerous environments.
Blue Ocean Monitoring and Marine Tech Systems are proudly West Australian businesses built by Australian university graduates, Defence and defence industry personnel.
The Blue Ocean Monitoring group is aiming to build a global business, after establishing its presence in the UK, the Australian company is now aiming to expand into the US.
In addition to its Defence contracts, Blue Ocean Monitoring has a joint venture with energy giants BP and Woodside, known as Blue Ocean Seismic Surveys (BOSS). BOSS is developing new and disruptive autonomous technology for ocean bottom seismic surveys and activities in support of carbon capture and storage, offshore windfarms and other applications.
The company also has a joint venture with Vertech, known as Blue Ocean Marine Systems, which specialises in underwater surveys and technological solutions for the offshore marine sector. (Source: Defence Connect)
15 Nov 21. Elbit Systems Demonstrated Heterogeneous Swarm Capability to the Dutch RAS Concept Development & Experimentation Program. Powered by TORCH-X RAS, mini-UASs and UGV performed autonomous reconnaissance missions. Elbit Systems has demonstrated to the RAS Concept Development & Experimentation Program of the Royal Netherlands Army the Company’s Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS) capabilities for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions utilizing heterogeneous autonomous swarms. Taking place in northern Israel the demonstration deployed swarms comprising of the PROBOT Unmanned Ground Vehicle and two types of Vertical Takeoff and Landing mini Unmanned Aircraft System (VTOL mini-UAS) including the THOR, all powered by the TORCH-X RAS software suite (Command and Control application, Autonomy Kits, Planning tools).
During the capability demonstration, different robotic pairings operated as swarms autonomously performing three types of operational missions. The missions included planning, navigating to predefined points, allocating sectors and the performance of various ISR tasks.
“We focused on demonstrating the capacity of autonomous swarms to leverage mature integrative AI and algorithms as field experience with operating MUM-T capabilities shows that those are the key to the effective integration of RAS capabilities”, commented Gil Maoz, VP of Elbit Systems C4I and Cyber.
Equipped with Autonomy Kits and Electro-Optical payloads, a swarm of three THOR VTOL mini-UASs and PROBOT UGV performed a “point of interest” reconnaissance mission. The TORCH-X RAS Command and Control application used the THOR VTOL mini-UAS swarm to dominate the area of interest and deployed the PROBOT UGV to complete the intelligence picture. Real-time video feeds were transmitted by all four platforms while Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and designation capabilities enabled effective target acquisition. In a second mission scenario, two VTOL mini-UASs were dispatched to resupply front line forces. Taking-off from different destinations the two platforms navigated to predefined locations conducted accurate landing and autonomously returned to their home bases upon mission completion. The third mission was an airborne deployment of Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) using two THOR VTOL mini-UASs quipped with sensor dispensers. Operating as a swarm the two THORs arrived at pre-defined points accurately off-loading the miniature Lonely Rider UGS enabling data collection from ground sensors designed to enhance the ISR combat picture.
The demonstration highlighted the capability of the TORCH-X RAS powered solution to enable heterogeneous formations of unmanned platforms, of different makers, equipped with both proprietary and third party payloads, to act as a cohesive unit conducting synchronized autonomous multi-domain operations.
Oxley Group Ltd
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.