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29 Sep 03. Integrated Defense Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: IDE – News) subsidiary IDT-PEI Electronics, now part of DRS Technologies Inc., announced the successful completion of test and evaluations of their fleet of four XM1124 Hybrid Electric High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HE HMMWV) produced by PEI under subcontract to AM General Corporation, the prime contractor for the HMMWV, and the Program Manager for Light Tactical Vehicles at the Army’s Tank Automotive and Armaments Command. IDT-PEI built and supported the hybrid electric vehicles throughout the demonstrations and evaluations. These early design vehicles were extensively tested by Army personnel in arduous environments during the 14 month evaluation period at multiple sites including the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, Yuma Proving Grounds, and at the Cold Region Test Center near Delta Junction, Alaska.

01 Oct 03. Northrop Grumman’s Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Integrated Systems sector and the U.S. Air Force have successfully demonstrated the operation of a new smart bomb rack assembly (SBRA) that increases the B-2 stealth bomber’s capacity to deliver smart (GPS-guided) weapons by a factor of five. In a test conducted Sept. 10 at the Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, a B-2 stealth bomber successfully released 80 independently targeted guided weapons against 80 separate targets. The B-2 released the weapons in a single pass. The test marks the first time an aircraft has delivered this many guided independently targeted weapons at one time.

30 Sep 03. Dy 4 Systems has announced a new version of its leading-edge SVME/DMV-182 single board computer (SBC) with an integrated dual-channel MIL-STD-1553B interface. For the first time, Dy 4 has integrated the popular MIL-STD-1553B interface without using a PMC mezzanine module. With the ‘1553 option installed, the SVME/DMV-182 still has two PMC sites available for use, offering the industry’s highest functional density in a single-slot, rugged VMEbus card. If the functionality offered by two PMC modules is not required initially, the unused site(s) are still a valuable asset to support future system upgrades.

01 Oct 03. To better support its growing activities in Malaysia, EADS is expanding its local presence and is implementing a Smart Partnership and Investment Policy. Smart Partnership is aimed to build up industrial cooperation at the early stage of the programme, allowing true participation in design, development and manufacturing, as well as possible customisation and enhancements.

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