6 Jan 03. Cubic Corporation (AMEX:CUB – News) and its UK partner, Ultra
Electronics Ltd., have delivered the first narrowband data link subsystem (NDLS) two months ahead of schedule. The NDLS incorporates sophisticated broadcast data link technology into the UK’s ASTOR System. Cubic and Ultra are manufacturing the ASTOR narrowband data link subsystem (NDLS) under a $46m contract awarded to Cubic from Raytheon Systems Ltd. (UK) in October 2000. Cubic and Ultra are providing air data terminals, ground data terminals, and spares, as well as 10 years of in-service support beginning in mid 2004.
6 Jan 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Electronic Systems sector has successfully modified a LITENING Extended Range (ER) targeting and navigation pod to enable a data link between a U.S. Marine AV-8B aircraft and a ground station for a Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Modifications to the LITENING ER involved mounting a government-furnished equipment (GFE) data/video link transmitter compatible with the Pioneer UAV system in the pod, along with a
commercial off-the-shelf transmit antenna.
9 Jan 03. Dy 4 Systems, a division of Force Computers, a Solectron company, introduced a LynxOS(TM) 4.0 operating system board support package (BSP) for the SVME/DMV-181 ruggedized PowerPC single board computer (SBC) – Dy 4’s highest performance VME board. Backed by this comprehensive BSP, the LynxOS environment offers a robust, feature-rich software suite that reduces development costs for embedded VMEbus systems and features a UNIX look-and-feel with UNIX-compatible utilities, networking interfaces (TCP/IP, NFS), graphical user interfaces (X11, Motif) and a hierarchical file system.
6 Jan 03. Eagle Broadband, Inc. (AMEX:EAG – News), announced that it has received an initial purchase order from Euro-GSM for its new proprietary low-Earth-orbit, satellite-based communications system utilizing Eagle’s patent-pending technology. Known as the Orb’ Phone “Exchange,” this new system offers, for the first time, true “total” global communications coverage for a large number of users from non-line-of-sight environments.
7 Jan 03. EADS and Rockwell Collins have signed an MoU for avionics solutions sourcing. This agreement is part of the global sourcing strategy that has been launched across EADS. This MoU paves the way for enhanced performances in the relationship between Rockwell Collins as a supplier and EADS as a customer, to better meet end-market requirements. The resulting improvements are cornerstones for the implementation of a “Competitive Partnership” between EADS and Rockwell Collins in the avionics solution sourcing area. The EADS Sourcing Strategy aims to build a long term relationship with suppliers that are willing to develop sustained, excellent performances to better meet the markets needs. Tuned to the particular end markets needs, it applies to every Business Unit of EADS. It facilitates the implementation of a deepened, privileged relationship between EADS and its best suppliers, called “Competitive Partnership.”
2 Jan 03. The U.S. Army will wait another 60 days to field its Web-based “electronic military personnel office,” known as eMILPO, according to U.S. Army Personnel Command officials. The new personnel system was originally scheduled to go online in early January, officials said, but an eMILPO fielding team uncovered problems that will require technical solutions. The eMILPO system was designed to give near real-time, Army-wide visibility on personnel information via a Web-based application. Some data transactions into eMILPO failed at a high rate during its final systems test, though, officials said. During this test, several problems arose due to the migration of 43 super server databases to the eMILPO test database.
9 Jan 03. ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE: ATK – News) has acquired Composite Optics, Inc. (COI), a leading supplier of advanced composite products for the space and a