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25 Apr 11. FLIR Systems has its new Quark. A quantum leap ahead in the design and capability of longwave thermal camera cores, Quark provides
leading-edge imaging performance and reliability in a compact, lightweight package. Quark’s innovative design is enabled by wafer-level packaging of the microbolometer sensor. These design breakthroughs allow a number of new capabilities and features, including ultra-small volume (less than 0.5 cubic inches), low mass (less than 20 grams), and a shock rating of 800 g’s. The Quark is a feature-rich thermal camera core that gives OEM remarkable versatility and the ability to integrate Quark into a wide range of applications.

27 Apr 11. The Iranian Air Force has successfully test fired its laser Sokho-24 missile, Iranian air force lieutenant commander general Seyed Mohammad Alavi has said.
“Our experts have revived important capabilities of the Sukhoi-24, including its laser missiles, radar-guided air-to-ground missiles and long-range missiles,” he added.
The laser missiles successfully hit the target with zero-zero error.
Sokho-24 is a strategic supersonic all-weather fighter jet with upgraded electronic warfare systems for improved performance during night operations. The air force is also planning to test fire the long-range radar-guided high-precision missiles from the Su-24 fighter bomber in the near future. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

21 Apr 11. ATK and Army Research Laboratory Sign Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that Will Speed the Pursuit of Future Technologies. CRADA Creates Future Opportunities for Cooperative Research and Builds Upon an Already Strong Relationship. ATK Advanced Weapons and the Army Research Laboratory have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to pursue future technologies that will support the Warfighter both today and into the future. Specific to this CRADA, ATK and ARL can use the base agreement to quickly begin new collaborative projects by creating an amendment to set the terms and conditions of the work to be completed rather than requiring a new CRADA be drawn up for each new project.
“ATK and ARL have a long history of sharing our resources to quickly bring technologies to the soldier that will provide them with weapons that have greater precision and reliability as well as products that will provide greater survivability on the battlefield,” said Bruce DeWitt, Vice President and General Manager for ATK’s Advanced Weapons Division. “Under this newly signed CRADA, we will be able to more easily pursue collaborative IR&D efforts that could span from System Simulation Modelling to developing Extended Range Munitions.”
Today, soldiers require the technologies necessary to operate both effectively and safely in rapidly changing situations and battlefield environments. Cooperative agreements between the government and industry play a key role in focusing the rapid transition of innovative technologies to the Warfighter to enable the Army’s Future Force. A CRADA allows the Federal government and non-Federal partners to optimize their resources, share technical expertise in a protected environment, share intellectual property emerging from the effort, and speed the commercialization of federally developed technology. A CRADA is an excellent technology transfer tool. It can:
* Provide incentives that help speed the commercialization of federally-developed technology.
* Protect any proprietary information brought to the CRADA effort by the partner.
* Allow all parties to the CRADA to keep research results emerging from the CRADA confidential and free from disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act for up to 5 years.
* Allow the government and the partner to share patents and patent licenses.
* Permit one partner to retain exclusive rights to a patent or patent license.
The collaboration between industry, academia and the government is a key element of the alliance concept as e

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