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13 Jan 22. Next-generation navigation system on track for low-rate initial production deliveries. Northrop Grumman is on course to start delivering the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) models of its AN/WSN-12 Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) sensor packages in June 2022, Michael Corrigan, company director of Maritime Systems & Integration and Charlottesville site director, told Janes.
“We’re in the process of building the LRIP units,” Corrigan said during an interview on 17 December 2021, in advance of the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, which started on 11 January in Arlington, Virginia.
The first ship scheduled to receive the new system is the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) in September, Corrigan said.
As the AN/WSN-12 footprint is similar to the previous system, replacing the systems should be relatively easy and non-invasive, he said. “It’s a relatively straightforward process, done during an availability.”
Northrop Grumman has provided the AN/WSN-7 INS to the US Navy (USN) for its fleet for decades, delivering the 500th WSN-7 cabinet in September 2021, anchored by the system’s ring laser gyro technology. (Source: Janes)
13 Jan 22. Systematic launches SitaWare Insight – A new tool offering AI-supported decision-making. The new product further enhances the SitaWare Headquarters C4I system, enabling intelligence specialists to store, retrieve and analyse data.
Systematic’s new SitaWare Insight decision support tool will transform data collection and management, providing commanders with an advanced data capture and analysis capability.
SitaWare Insight builds upon the successful SitaWare Headquarters C4I system, which is in operation with more than 45 customers. The new product enhances users’ intelligence requirements management (IRM) and collection management (CM) capabilities, making it easy to store and retrieve information from multiple sources.
SitaWare Insight exploits the ‘data lakes’ that militaries control, formed from sensor information, images, videos, documents and more, says Henrik Sommer, SitaWare Insight product manager and domain expert. The solution provides a secure, scalable repository for this information and an AI-powered search function, allowing users to pinpoint data on everything from enemy positions, images, documents to equipment.
“It’s like a military version of a commercial search engine, allowing access to the information you need, when you need it,” Sommer explains.
12 Jan 22. Raytheon Demonstrates Swarm Technology in DARPA Field Exercise. Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, recently supported the fifth OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics, or OFFSET, DARPA program field exercise. Using integrated swarm technology developed by a Raytheon BBN-led team, a single operator successfully controlled a swarm—composed of 130 physical drone platforms and 30 simulated drone platforms—both indoors and outdoors in an urban setting.
During the exercise, the team used a combination of commercial off-the-shelf and custom-built hardware and software to deliver swarm autonomy. This enabled a single or small group of operators to direct and manage the activities of a large swarm of autonomous air and ground vehicles with minimal training.
“Controlling a drone swarm changes the way an operator or group of operators think about the drones,” said Shane Clark, Raytheon BBN OFFSET principal investigator. “Takeaways from this exercise help inform us of the inflection points between utility and manageability.”
A key element of the program is the use of inexpensive hardware. Without powerful computing and sensing capabilities available in larger more expensive platforms, Raytheon BBN needed to create a broad library of simple tactic building blocks used to create plans to accomplish mission objectives. Raytheon BBN also designed and configured a scalable, modular and decentralized approach to manage a variety of current and future platforms and missions. Whenever possible the drones collaborate actively to decide how to accomplish a specific mission most efficiently.
“Our software is smart enough to assign drones with the right capabilities to the appropriate set of tasks,” Clark said. “For example, if the task is to surveil a building, multiple drones will be dispatched with each surveilling portions of the building. The software considers each platform’s sensor capabilities, and tasks drones with downward facing cameras to surveil the roof.”
Once the drones are deployed, their collaboration allows them to understand what parts of a building have been explored and where the gaps are. They then autonomously select how to fill in those gaps.
To tackle the complexities of human swarm interfaces, the Raytheon BBN team created a virtual reality interface, in addition to traditional camera views. It takes feeds from all the swarm assets to create an interactive virtual view of the environment.
“You can look behind the building to access a view of drone locations for example and use the virtual reality environment to test and see if your mission is viable. We also developed a speech interface with the operationally deployed Tactical Assault Kit, or TAK, integration capability that enables the operator to act quickly while maintaining situational awareness over many systems simultaneously,” Clark said.
The Raytheon BBN-led team includes Smart Information Flow Technologies, or SIFT, and Oregon State University. The team is contracted by DARPA to demonstrate its swarm capabilities during Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment 2022, hosted by the Army Maneuver Battle Lab. (Source: UAS VISION)
11 Jan 22. Aegis Software, a global provider of Manufacturing Operations Management Software (MOM/MES), announces that Lockheed Martin’s Lufkin facility, have connected key SMT machines of all key types using the IPC-CFX standard, providing IIoT data for Aegis’ FactoryLogix MES platform in a single standard language, contextualizing accurate, timely, detailed data into Smart manufacturing values, all in a highly secure environment.
“There are so many opportunities for the enhancement of manufacturing through the Smart use of data, which FactoryLogix MES provides for us,” stated Jarrod Webb, Manufacturing Robotics Engineer, Lockheed Martin, who continues, “We require stringent security for our manufacturing and product data. The unique nature of the IPC CFX standard, with qualified “plug and play” capability, means that we now have just one, single manufacturing data protocol, with a built-in common language, generated natively by machines, greatly simplifying our manufacturing IT requirements, avoiding the risk and costs associated with third-party middleware, that other machine connection methods represent. Only in this way could we achieve our data-driven, Smart manufacturing goals, differentiating us by contributing significantly to the success and sustainability of our manufacturing business unit, reflected by additional value for our customers.”
The adoption of IPC-CFX by Lockheed Martin’s key machine vendors, with qualification of their support for CFX by IPC, as well as the utilization of IPC-2581 design data for reference during setup, eliminates the need for data in other formats, including paper, thus eliminating needless exposure of critical data.
“Lockheed Martin’s Lufkin facility sets the bar for Smart, data-driven manufacturing in security-conscious sectors of the industry, demonstrating the value of interoperability of data from all vendors securely connected to our IIoT-based FactoryLogix MES platform. Lockheed Martins’ enduring commitment to establish collaborative Smart, Industry 4.0 data exchange with CFX, and utilization of advanced MES solutions, is an inspiration to manufacturers and machine vendors throughout the industry. CFX usage has meant zero custom machine adapter development in this deployment, it just works,” stated Jason Spera, CEO, and Co-Founder, Aegis Software.
FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular IIoT-based Manufacturing Operations Management platform that delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution and quality management, to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs, and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.
11 Jan 22. USAF and Boom Supersonic Enter into Strategic Partnership. The STRATFI contract will accelerate research and development on Overture, Boom’s commercial airliner. Overture will carry 65–88 passengers at twice the speed of today’s airliners. Designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuels, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net zero carbon from day one. The supersonic airliner is set to enter manufacturing in 2023, roll out in 2025, and begin flying passengers by the end of the decade.
STRATFI funding will accelerate critical design and development initiatives on Overture, including wind tunnel testing and propulsion system definition. The award represents a substantial increase in the Air Force’s financial investment in Boom following a SBIR Phase 2 contract awarded in September 2020.
“We are proud of the Air Force’s continued support and recognition of Boom’s leadership in supersonic flight—and we see our partnership as mutually beneficial,” said Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl. “With STRATFI, we’re able to collaborate with the Air Force on the unique requirements and needs for global military missions, ultimately allowing Boom to better satisfy the needs of the Air Force where it uses commercially-derived aircraft. As a potential future platform for the Air Force, Overture would offer the valuable advantage of time, an unmatched option domestically and internationally.”
The new Air Force contract represents a further widening of government efforts to ensure that the U.S. remains at the forefront of supersonic commercial development. Additionally, a derivative of Overture could offer the Air Force a future strategic capability in rapid global transport and logistics. Potential users and applications include executive transport; Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance; Special Operations Forces; and the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).
About Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic is redefining commercial air travel by bringing sustainable, supersonic flight to the skies. Boom’s historic commercial airliner, Overture, is designed and committed to industry-leading standards of speed, safety, and sustainability. Overture will be net-zero carbon, capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at twice the speed of today’s fastest passenger jets. Overture’s order book, including purchases and options, stands at 70 aircraft, and Boom is working with the United States Air Force for government applications of Overture. Named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2021, the XB-1 demonstrator aircraft rolled out in 2020, and its carbon neutral flight test program is underway. The company is backed by world-class investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Prime Movers Lab, Emerson Collective and American Express Ventures. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com. (Source: PR Newswire)
12 Jan 22. France tests NGF engine prototype. France has undertaken trials of a prototype engine for the New Generation Fighter (NGF) it is developing with Germany and Spain as part of the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF).
The French defence procurement agency announced on 10 January that it had successfully completed a ground test of a prototype engine under the Turenne programme, using a powerplant derived from the Snecma M88 as currently fitted to the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft.
“At the end of 2021, the Directorate General of Armaments [DGA] completed a major test for the development of the next engine of the [NGF] combat aircraft of the [FCAS/]SCAF. As part of the Turenne defence technology project led by the DGA, a prototype derived from the engine of the Rafale fighter jet was tested on the test bench”, the DGA said. (Source: Janes)
11 Jan 22. Soft actuators help MIT power nano drones. MIT researchers have demonstrated diminutive drones that can zip around with bug-like agility and resilience, which could eventually perform these tasks. The soft actuators that propel these microrobots are very durable, but they require much higher voltages than similarly-sized rigid actuators. The featherweight robots can’t carry the necessary power electronics that would allow them fly on their own.
Now, these researchers have pioneered a fabrication technique that enables them to build soft actuators that operate with 75 percent lower voltage than current versions while carrying 80 percent more payload. These soft actuators are like artificial muscles that rapidly flap the robot’s wings.
This new fabrication technique produces artificial muscles with fewer defects, which dramatically extends the lifespan of the components and increases the robot’s performance and payload.
“This opens up a lot of opportunity in the future for us to transition to putting power electronics on the microrobot. People tend to think that soft robots are not as capable as rigid robots. We demonstrate that this robot, weighing less than a gram, flies for the longest time with the smallest error during a hovering flight. The take-home message is that soft robots can exceed the performance of rigid robots,”
says Kevin Chen, who is the D. Reid Weedon, Jr. ’41 assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the head of the Soft and Micro Robotics Laboratory in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), and the senior author of the paper.
Chen’s coauthors include Zhijian Ren and Suhan Kim, co-lead authors and EECS graduate students; Xiang Ji, a research scientist in EECS; Weikun Zhu, a chemical engineering graduate student; Farnaz Niroui, an assistant professor in EECS; and Jing Kong, a professor in EECS and principal investigator in RLE. The research has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials and is included in the journal’s Rising Stars series, which recognizes outstanding works from early-career researchers.
The rectangular microrobot, which weighs less than one-fourth of a penny, has four sets of wings that are each driven by a soft actuator. These muscle-like actuators are made from layers of elastomer that are sandwiched between two very thin electrodes and then rolled into a squishy cylinder. When voltage is applied to the actuator, the electrodes squeeze the elastomer, and that mechanical strain is used to flap the wing.
The more surface area the actuator has, the less voltage is required. So, Chen and his team build these artificial muscles by alternating between as many ultrathin layers of elastomer and electrode as they can. As elastomer layers get thinner, they become more unstable.
For the first time, the researchers were able to create an actuator with 20 layers, each of which is 10 micrometers in thickness (about the diameter of a red blood cell). But they had to reinvent parts of the fabrication process to get there.
One major roadblock came from the spin coating process. During spin coating, an elastomer is poured onto a flat surface and rapidly rotated, and the centrifugal force pulls the film outward to make it thinner.
“In this process, air comes back into the elastomer and creates a lot of microscopic air bubbles. The diameter of these air bubbles is barely 1 micrometer, so previously we just sort of ignored them. But when you get thinner and thinner layers, the effect of the air bubbles becomes stronger and stronger. That is traditionally why people haven’t been able to make these very thin layers,” Chen explains.
He and his collaborators found that if they perform a vacuuming process immediately after spin coating, while the elastomer was still wet, it removes the air bubbles. Then, they bake the elastomer to dry it.
Removing these defects increases the power output of the actuator by more than 300 percent and significantly improves its lifespan, Chen says.
The researchers also optimized the thin electrodes, which are composed of carbon nanotubes, super-strong rolls of carbon that are about 1/50,000 the diameter of human hair. Higher concentrations of carbon nanotubes increase the actuator’s power output and reduce voltage, but dense layers also contain more defects.
For instance, the carbon nanotubes have sharp ends and can pierce the elastomer, which causes the device to short out, Chen explains. After much trial and error, the researchers found the optimal concentration.
Another problem comes from the curing stage — as more layers are added, the actuator takes longer and longer to dry.
“The first time I asked my student to make a multilayer actuator, once he got to 12 layers, he had to wait two days for it to cure. That is totally not sustainable, especially if you want to scale up to more layers,” Chen says.
They found that baking each layer for a few minutes immediately after the carbon nanotubes are transferred to the elastomer cuts down the curing time as more layers are added.
After using this technique to create a 20-layer artificial muscle, they tested it against their previous six-layer version and state-of-the-art, rigid actuators.
During liftoff experiments, the 20-layer actuator, which requires less than 500 volts to operate, exerted enough power to give the robot a lift-to-weight ratio of 3.7 to 1, so it could carry items that are nearly three times its weight.
They also demonstrated a 20-second hovering flight, which Chen says is the longest ever recorded by a sub-gram robot. Their hovering robot held its position more stably than any of the others. The 20-layer actuator was still working smoothly after being driven for more than 2 million cycles, far outpacing the lifespan of other actuators.
“Two years ago, we created the most power-dense actuator and it could barely fly. We started to wonder, can soft robots ever compete with rigid robots? We observed one defect after another, so we kept working and we solved one fabrication problem after another, and now the soft actuator’s performance is catching up. They are even a little bit better than the state-of-the-art rigid ones. And there are still a number of fabrication processes in material science that we don’t understand. So, I am very excited to continue to reduce actuation voltage,” he says.
Chen looks forward to collaborating with Niroui to build actuators in a clean room at MIT.nano and leverage nanofabrication techniques. Now, his team is limited to how thin they can make the layers due to dust in the air and a maximum spin coating speed. Working in a clean room eliminates this problem and would allow them to use methods, such as doctor blading, that are more precise than spin coating.
While Chen is thrilled about producing 10-micrometer actuator layers, his hope is to reduce the thickness to only 1 micrometer, which would open the door to many applications for these insect-sized robots.
This work is supported, in part, by the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics and a Mathworks Graduate Fellowship.(Source: UAS VISION/MIT)
11 Jan 22. Getac expands its line-up of fully rugged Android tablets with launch of all new 10-inch ZX10.
- New 10-inch Android 11 tablet perfectly balances built-in rugged reliability with compact and lightweight design
- Key features include 8MP front camera, 16MP rear camera, dedicated GPS, dual LTE SIM card slots, dual hot-swappable batteries, and options of up to 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB storage
- The new ZX10 is available in a range of industry specific builds as part of Getac Select®
Telford, UK, 11th January 2022: Getac has today announced the launch of its ZX10 fully rugged tablet, a versatile new 10-inch device built around the Android 11 operating system (OS). The ZX10 will sit alongside Getac’s popular ZX70 fully rugged 7-inch Android tablet, giving customers in industries such as public safety, utilities, energy, transport & logistics, manufacturing, automotive, and defence more options when choosing rugged Android devices that best suit their operational needs.
Powerful operational efficiency
The ZX10’s combination of Android 11 OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, and Adreno™ 512 GPU delivers a seamless user experience, enabling efficient workflow in a wide range of field scenarios. Dual hot-swappable batteries ensure full-shift operation, while the LumiBond® sunlight readable display (boasting 800nits of brightness) with rain and glove touch capability helps maintain productivity in a range of weather conditions. The ZX10 also has options of up to 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB storage to help customers prepare for future industry demands.
Excellent field communications
An 8MP front camera and best-in-class 16MP rear camera deliver exceptionally high-quality photo/video capture, while dual integrated microphones filter out loud background noise for enhanced audio quality. Elsewhere, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth (v5.0), dedicated GPS and an optional 4G LTE module offers rapid data transfer and location positioning capabilities in remote field locations. Dual LTE SIM card slots allow field workers to quickly switch between two 4G network carriers. The support to CBRS private network further increases operational flexibility.
Industry leading rugged reliability
Like all Getac devices, the ZX10 is built rugged from the ground up to provide exceptional reliability and peace of mind. MIL-STD-810H and IP66 certification means it can easily withstand drops of up to six feet, shocks, rain, vibration, dust, and liquid spillages. Furthermore, an operating temperature range of -29°C to 63°C (-20°F~145°F) delivers year-round usability. With all these built-in rugged features, the ZX10 is still only 17.9mm thick and weighs just over 1kg, offering excellent portability and mobility in the field.
Ideally suited to key industry applications
The ZX10 is designed to meet the needs of public safety, utilities, energy, transport & logistics, manufacturing, automotive, and defence professionals who utilise Android-based devices. As part of Getac Select®, it is available in a range of industry specific builds that combine different features, accessories, and software utilities to help customers quickly solve everyday challenges. Below are some example use cases:
Data capture and ePCR access for emergency first responders
Emergency first responders require real-time access to electronic patient health records (ePCRs) to deliver appropriate care and medication, often in high pressure environments. The ZX10’s powerful connectivity options allow them to quickly access this information, while optional barcode/RFID and smart card readers help verify IDs, check operational procedures, and ensure patient confidentiality.
Rugged, full-shift reliability for field utilities engineers
When conducting outdoor activities like GIS mapping, utilities engineers need devices they can rely on in a variety of weather conditions. Furthermore, a lack of access to charging facilities while working in remote locations means long battery life is vitally important. The ZX10’s fully rugged design, dedicated GPS, versatile LumiBond® display with rain and glove touch capability, and dual hot-swappable battery design gives field engineers the peace of mind they need, wherever their duties take them.
Remote communications and asset maintenance for energy workers
Energy workers must regularly inspect and maintain assets in the field, but often require remote support from experts to do so effectively. The ZX10’s mobile connectivity, best-in-class 8MP front camera and 16MP rear camera and dedicated GPS lets workers interact with colleagues around the world in real-time, quickly share/exchange information, and complete tasks at the first time of asking. Dual LTE SIM card slots also let them quickly switch between two different carrier networks without having to swap SIM cards and staying connected conveniently.
Optimising efficiency for warehouse employees and forklift drivers
Warehouse employees and forklift drivers need to collect and move goods between multiple different environments, ranging from internal cold storage and climate-controlled areas to external yards that are exposed to the weather and elements. The ZX10’s compact yet rugged design and wide operating temperature range means it can seamlessly transition between these environments without fear of damage or disruption. Additionally, the optional barcode/RFID-reader and range of programmable buttons makes it quick and easy to identify/process items in a matter of seconds.
“As Android continues to gain popularity, a growing number of organisations are looking for rugged Android solutions that enable them to enjoy the versatility it has to offer, even when working in harsh and/or challenging environments,” says Rick Hwang, President of Getac Technology Corporation. “The ZX10 does exactly that, expanding our line-up of Android-based solutions and helping customers optimise their operational efficiency, while also hitting all-important total cost of ownership targets.”
The ZX10 is available in March.
12 Jan 22. Riverside Research Joins CHEST Consortium. Riverside Research announces its membership in the National Science Foundation’s Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST) Consortium. This demonstrates Riverside Research’s commitment to partnering with government, academic, and defense industry institutions. Being a member of the CHEST Consortium enables Riverside Research to further support various initiatives of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), a program serving warfighters in cybersecurity, air, and space. The CHEST Consortium receives funding from industry resources as well as the National Science Foundation (NSF). This independent group provides university teams with the opportunity to pitch and execute projects while using industry funding to accomplish those research goals.
“With a focus on hardware and cybersecurity, joining the CHEST Consortium was a natural alignment for Riverside Research,” comments Rob Denz, Riverside Research Director of Trusted Resilient Systems and industry liaison.
“The really unique part of CHEST is that industry partners are able to bring real-world challenges in secure microelectronics to leading academic universities. Those universities can then investigate these challenges and ultimately see their solutions transition to real-world systems. Furthermore, industry partners like Riverside Research provide avenues for researchers to continue to investigate their interests through employment opportunities or separately funded efforts outside of CHEST,” Denz explains.
One highlight of Denz’s role as industry liaison is his attendance of the CHEST Consortium’s annual event, which provides university-affiliated researchers with the ability to present research and network with government and industry interests.
The CHEST Center’s 2021 research projects include topics such as on-chip security integrity monitors, benchmarks for hardware security and trust, reverse engineering FPGA firmware, and risk mapping.
About Riverside Research
Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization advancing scientific research in the interest of National Security. Through the company’s Open Innovation Center (OIC), it invests in multi-disciplinary research and development and encourages collaboration to accelerate innovation and advance science. Research areas include: AI/ML, Trusted and Resilient Systems, Optics, Electromagnetics, Commercial ISR, and Collection Planning. Learn more at www.riversideresearch.org. (Source: PR Newswire)
12 Jan 22. Ursa Space Systems to Deploy Global Constellation of Satellite Intelligence on AWS Data Exchange. Global satellite intelligence infrastructure provider, Ursa Space Systems Inc., is collaborating with AWS Data Exchange (ADX) to make satellite data and insights easy to find, subscribe to, and share with partners in the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers and partners will have access to satellite intelligence at scale, thanks to this collaboration, which commenced in 2021. Ursa Space will list its image services catalog and data analytic services on AWS Data Exchange.
Ursa Space specializes in leveraging hundreds of radio frequency and imaging satellites in their platform to enable rapid response, decision making, and insights based on changes in our physical world. Such insights allow first responders, global security organizations, financial institutions, maritime, energy, and insurance customers to understand when a change has occurred anywhere in the world, and how best to respond.
Once a customer is subscribed to the service, they can use AWS Data Exchange for APIs to acquire data from Ursa’s imagery and analytic services, allowing for decisions to be made more rapidly than ever before, leveraging insights from hundreds of satellites around the world.
“Satellite intelligence enables decision-making in response to changes in our world that often lead to the savings of time, money and lives,” said Nicole Robinson, President at Ursa Space. “The challenge our community has is making those insights more readily available and quick to ingest. Ursa Space and ADX hope to shake up the industry, and more importantly, to deliver those critical insights to our global customers and partners in hours vs. days.”
Ursa Space Systems is a US-based satellite intelligence company that provides business and government decision-makers access to on-demand analytic solutions. Through our radar satellite network and data fusion expertise, Ursa Space detects real-time changes in the physical world to expand transparency. Our subscription and custom services enable you to access satellite imagery and analytic results with no geographic, political, or weather-related limitations. (Source: PR Newswire)
11 Jan 22. TTE Connectivity launches its DBAS 9 connector for space and military applications. New circular push pull connector combines standard D38999 inserts with the DBAS 7 connector shell
TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, is adding the DBAS 9 connector to its family of connectors. The DBAS 9 connector is specifically designed to offer increased configuration options providing additional design flexibility in the harsh environments of military and space applications. This push pull connector is built on time-tested technologies by combining the extreme reliability of the DBAS 7 connector with the flexibility of standard D38999 inserts. DBAS 9 connector also provides cost-effective solutions using AS39029 signal and power contacts.
“The DBAS 9 connector offers a solution for engineers looking for a connector that is easy to install and uninstall, while providing high performance that can withstand extreme shock, vibration and high temperatures up to 200°C,” says Aurélie Cordier, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “The DBAS 9 connector is ideally employed in harsh applications, such as umbilical connectors for missiles and rockets where lanyard quick release or rack and panel mating is used.”
TE’s DBAS 9 connector is engineered for extremely harsh environments featuring:
- Visual and sensitive push-pull locking system for blind mating applications
- Leading clip help prevent accidental unmating on demand
- Easy locking/unlocking (in heavy duty lanyard configuration)
- Wide range of arrangements configurations of D38999 inserts: high density, hybrid signal and power layout and high-speed
- Rack and panel feature
- Large range of backshells and accessories
The wide range of inserts and large range of shell types and accessories with multiple surface-finishing options makes integrated solutions for custom designs possible, such as integrated backshells, fiber optic and high-speed solutions. Finally, if requested DBAS-9 connectors can also be manufactured according to European Space Agency (ESA) procedures to improve traceability and quality insurance requested for critical space applications.
11 Jan 22. Cooperation with PolyCharge America, Inc. Electrification strategy: Rheinmetall sets up joint venture for e-mobility and green energy with US specialist. As part of its electrification strategy, the Düsseldorf-based tech enterprise Rheinmetall is setting up a joint venture with the US start-up PolyCharge America, Inc. to produce, develop and market DC-link capacitors. Underlying this move is the Group’s goal of gaining a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing markets for electromobility and industrial applications as well as accessing subsystems and components necessary for making innovative products in future.
Known as Rheinmetall PolyCharge GmbH, the new joint venture company is majority-owned by Rheinmetall (75%). The remaining 25% stake is held by PolyCharge. In this constellation, Rheinmetall is responding to growing demand for e-mobility and green energy components, especially in the automotive parts sector but also from its military customers.
In the Rheinmetall PowerPack system for electrically powered vehicles, now in development, advanced DC-link capacitors from PolyCharge play an important role. Owing to its improved efficiency and range, Rheinmetall sees strong market potential and scope for growth for the new power pack solution.
In this close operational partnership with PolyCharge, the joint venture will have exclusive rights to produce and market NanoLam capacitors in Europe.
To underpin its close cooperation with PolyCharge, Rheinmetall has simultaneously taken up an approximately 13% share in the Tucson, Arizona-based company. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the financial dimensions of the transaction.
“The founding of this joint venture marks another important step in our transformation strategy, enabling us to offer our customers in the automotive and industrial sector top electrification technology as we move forward”, stated Rene Gansauge, chief executive of Rheinmetall’s Sensors and Actuators division. “Advanced NanoLam technology lets us offer a product that’s substantially smaller and lighter than the conventional solutions, and which can operate at higher temperatures. This is a clear technological advantage, assuring that Rheinmetall PolyCharge is well positioned to meet the growing demand for these technologies.”
“Diversifying PolyCharge’s manufacturing base is crucial as we transition to high-volume production of NanoLam capacitors for automotive, aerospace, and industrial markets,” said Steven Yializis, chief operating officer of PolyCharge America. “Rheinmetall’s technical depth, application expertise, and strong presence in Europe make it an ideal partner, allowing for rapid expansion in this important and growing market,” added Mr. Yializis.
The new PolyCharge capacitors with nanolaminate technology feature sub-micrometre-thin, dielectric polymer coatings that enable optimum cooling and improved performance.
PolyCharge is a technologically leading supplier of these components, whose chief advantages are thermal stability, longevity and high output density.
In future, the activities of the majority joint venture will be domiciled in Rheinmetall’s Sensor and Actuators division, which is spearheading the company’s electrification strategy and now implementing advanced developments in the “Beyond Automotive” and industrial domain.
PolyCharge: A company with trailblazing capacitor technology
PolyCharge is an American company founded by Sigma Technologies to market its innovative NanoLam technology. The company employs a staff of 15 at its corporate seat and production location in Tucson, Arizona in the United States.
PolyCharge’s product range encompasses forward-looking solutions for the electromobility and renewable energy sectors as well as medical, aerospace and industrial applications.
07 Jan 22. Curtiss-Wright Updates TDL Software Products in Advance of DoD’s Link 16 Cryptographic Modernization Capability Mandate. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a supplier of tactical data link (TDL) software and hardware solutions engineered for success, today announced that it has upgraded its entire Link 16 software product line in compliance with the National Security Agency’s Link 16 Cryptographic Modernization (Crypto Mod) capability ahead of the U.S. Government mandate, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2022. Curtiss-Wright’s TCG LinkPRO, TCG BOSS, TCG GTS, and TCG ATR tactical data link (TDL) products have been updated to provide fully compliant Link 16 Crypto Mod operation and can be used immediately to support mandate compliant Link 16 radio terminals, including MIDS JTRS, MIDS LVT, and the Viasat Small Tactical Terminal (STT). Support for Collins Aerospace TacNet Tactical Radio (TTR) is planned for later in 2022. Curtiss-Wright’s Link 16 TDL technology improves tactical communications, reduces the time, risk, and expense of TDL implementation and integration, alleviates interoperability issues, and lowers lifecycle maintenance costs for militaries and prime contractors worldwide. These critical Link 16 communications technologies help deliver timely and accurate information to our warfighters to enable command and control operations.
“We are pleased to have achieved full compliance with DoD’s mandate that all Link 16 products be upgraded to support the NSA’s Link 16 Cryptographic Modernization capability,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “Thanks to working closely with our key terminal vendor partners, we have brought all of our TDL software products up to date, some of which have been upgraded and fielded for over a year already. Our Crypto Mod upgraded software is available now and ready to use now, which means that customers can run our TCG LinkPRO, TCG BOSS, TCG GTS and TCG ATR software solutions on their MIDS JTRS, MIDS LVT and STT terminals immediately and meet the upcoming DoD mandate without having to wait.”
About TCG LinkPRO
Curtiss-Wright’s TCG LinkPRO Tactical Data Link Processing Software is a standards-based, high fidelity, software-only, multi-link, TDL processing engine that improves tactical communications, reduces the time, risk, and expense of TDL integration, alleviates interoperability issues, and lowers lifecycle maintenance costs for military and prime contractors worldwide.
About TCG GTS
Curtiss-Wright’s TCG Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS) is an affordable, interoperable, and combat-proven battlefield TDL system with comprehensive situational awareness (SA), command and control (C2), and non-command and control (non-C2) data link capabilities. TCG GTS is a suite of products that support multiple TDLs and communication protocols including Link 16, Link 11, VMF, SADL, JREAP-A, JREAP-C, SIMPLE, ADS-B, AIS, and DIS, with Link 22 support coming soon. TCG GTS is available in multiple, cost-effective configurations to allow for use in fixed and mobile command centers deployed operations down-range or other specific military use cases. DOD-accredited, TCG GTS has full authority to operate when connected to the SIPRNET and is on the Air Force Approved Product List. TCG GTS can be the net time reference (NTR) and produce a training scenario with virtual assets, C2 functions, and friendly, hostile, and neutral participants. The simulation over-live capability provides active units with a high fidelity, low cost training system.
About TCG BOSS
Curtiss-Wright’s TCG Battlefield Operations Support System (BOSS) TDL testing and platform integration solution allows military end users and prime contractors to verify that the TDL implementations being delivered on aircraft, ships, and other military platforms conform to Link 16, Link 11, VMF, JREAP, SIMPLE, SADL, DIS, and related TDL standards and interface definitions. TCG BOSS is the worldwide standard for Link 16 testing and is a powerful TDL network simulator and exerciser capable of creating a complete and highly realistic test environment including virtual command and control (C2) assets, network enabled weapons (NEW), targets, threats, and simulated network participants.
About TCG ATR
Curtiss-Wright’s TCG Adaptable Tactical Data Link Router (ATR) is a standards-compliant Link 16 Adapter and Routing device for on-demand dynamic Link 16 connectivity and routing. Its advanced and highly configurable design allows for effective routing of Link 16 and multiple other tactical data link protocols. TCG ATR offers multiple terminal and interface support and is equipped with the tools to manage and monitor messages efficiently. It offers an affordable alternative to more powerful alternatives, such as TCG BOSS and TCG GTS that delivers the quality required for battlefield TDL routing operations.
07 Jan 22. Turkey opens new engineering facilities for TF-X/MMU fighter. Turkey has opened new engineering facilities dedicated to the design, development, and manufacture of its future combat aircraft.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on 6 January that the Engineering Center of the National Combat Aircraft had been formally opened, with the goal of rolling out the first Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X)/National Combat Aircraft (MMU) prototype in 2023. Other facilities opened on the same day comprised the Composite Manufacturing Facility and the Maintenance and Repair Center.
According to Turkish officials, the 65,000 m 2 Engineering Center of the National Combat Aircraft near Ankara will accommodate 2,300 people dedicated to the TF-X/MMU project. Also in the Kahramankazan suburb of Ankara, the Composite Manufacturing Facility is to build the necessary components and subsystems for the TF-X/MMU aircraft, while the Maintenance and Repair Center will conduct maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) activities for the project. (Source: Janes)
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.