NEWS IN BRIEF
14 Aug 03. A unit of General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD – News) has been subpoenaed by an arm of the Defense Department, which is investigating whether parts made by the unit for military ships and planes meet specifications. The subpoena, from the Defense Department’s Criminal Investigative Service, was received Aug. 11 and covers documents from 2000 to the present. The subpoena prompted General Dynamics to launch its own internal investigation of a factory in Glen Cove, N.Y., that makes composite structures for ships and airplanes.
18 Aug 03. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) recently demonstrated the latest capabilities for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Step 2B contract to Col. Steven MacLaird, Joint Program Director of the JTRS Joint Program Office (JPO). The demonstration marked the first ciphertext demonstration to help validate the JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA) security supplement, and showed over-the-air interoperability between both JTRS software radios and legacy radios with Type 1 encryption. Equally significant was Harris’ ability to physically package the SCA technology into both manpack and handheld operational radio platforms. A key factor in implementing this packaging is the Harris-developed lightweight core framework that optimizes the SCA technology for small, battery powered radio platforms.
14 Aug 03. Miltope Group Inc., (Nasdaq: MILT – News) today reported sales and earnings for the thirteen and twenty- six weeks ended June 29, 2003. For the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2003, Miltope reported net earnings of $1,016,000, or $0.17 per share, compared to net earnings of $477,000, or $0.08 per share in the similar period a year ago. Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2003 were $17,790,000 compared to $11,053,000 in the similar period a year ago. For the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2003, Miltope reported net earnings of $1,521,000, or $0.26per share, compared to net earnings of $1,649,000, or $0.28 per share in the similar period a year ago. Net sales for the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2003 were $33,601,000 compared to $20,407,000 in the similar period a year ago.
July 2003. Radstone Technology announced a major upgrade to PPC7A. The most recent product in their PowerXtreme(tm) family of rugged ‘COTS’ VMEbus Single Board Computers, PPC7A now offers the very latest Gigahertz-plus 7457 PowerPC processor from Motorola, providing a further technology insertion opportunity for current PowerXtreme users and a high performance entry point to the PowerXtreme roadmap for new users. The 7457 processor is Motorola’s latest offering in their popular G4 family, providing unprecedented performance through a combination of Gigahertz-plus frequencies and architectural improvements including BDMB of on-chip L2 Cache. All this is achieved within a power profile designed to meet the needs of the embedded marketplace, typically consuming less than 10Watts at 1GHz.
11 Aug 03. General Atomics, San Diego, provided the SAR/MTI system for the Fire Scout test flights. (See BATTLESPACE UPDATE Vol.5 ISSUE 32, August 14th 2003, Northrop Grumman demonstrates SAR/MTI system can be integrated and operated, NEWS IN BRIEF). The next phase of the flight demonstration will evaluate the tactical UAV synthetic aperture radar (TUAVR) provided by Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, Baltimore. The upgraded TUAVR is a sub 1-foot resolution SAR/ground moving target indicator radar.