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21 Jul 15. Canada to buy radar, communications equipment. Canada plans new contracts for a radar system and a future soldier equipment communications program, according to a report in Defense News. The announcement came along with the award of two contracts for standard military trucks. The flurry of contracting activity may be tied into Canadian politics; the ruling Conservative Party is accused of mismanaging military acquisition, and elections are coming in the fall. Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced that Mack Defense of Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been awarded two contracts totaling $834m (US $642m) to provide 1,500 standard military pattern trucks and related equipment for the Canadian Forces. Public Works Minister Diane Finley, said the next few months will bring the acquisition of a medium-range radar to allow Army units to detect and locate the source of incoming mortar and artillery fire and the announcement of the winning firm for the first phase of the future soldier equipment communications program. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
21 Jul 15. IEE, the enhanced display experts, has completed all environmental qualifications necessary for airborne operations for their 25.5” rugged WUXGA display (1920×1200 resolution) with wide viewing angles. Production has begun in their Van Nuys manufacturing facility.
IEE developed this avionic monitor in conjunction with BAE Systems for a U.S. Air Force Airborne Platform. The large display supports multiple windows of information or full resolution display of HD Sensor data. With optional touch screen technology, these displays make for an immersive operator experience.
“Higher resolutions mean the ability to fit more data on the screen, but still be able to hone in on key information by simple touch gestures,” said Tom Whinfrey, CEO of IEE. “We are constantly advancing display technologies to help increase operator effectiveness.”
The 25.5” WUXGA rugged display is now qualified to MIL-STD 810G and joins IEE’s wide range of enhanced flat panel displays that meet these rugged Military standards. The 810 environmental standards are in addition to MIL-STD-167, MIL-STD 461D and MIL-STD 901. Other rugged displays range in size from a 7” display all the way up to 25.5” and beyond.
* Native luminance of 350 cd/m2
* Contrast ratio of 1500:1
* Digitally-controlled dimming system with a 250:1 ratio
* Operating temperature of -20°C to +70°C
* Typical power consumption of 45W
* MTBF of more than 40,000 hours
* Dual, switchable DVI digital video interface, implemented via a military-grade circular connector
* High-bright 600 cd/m2 to 800 cd/m2 for daylight readability and NVIS goggle compatible bezel and display backlighting
* Touch screen technologies including surface capacitive (SCAP), projected capacitive (PCAP), infrared (IR) and resistive
* Photopic Feedback System for automatic dimming capabilities
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22 Jul 15. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully integrated and flight tested seven Open Mission Systems (OMS) payloads in a span of less than three months into a U-2 Dragon Lady, marking the corporation’s sixth demonstration flight in support of the U.S. Air Force’s OMS vision.
“This demonstration focused on communications relay capabilities and dynamic weapon retargeting within an OMS integration methodology,” said John Clark, director of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (the Skunk Works®). “This demonstration showed our ability to integrate mission capability rapidly and affordably while highlighting how the OMS standard provides the Air Force a mechanism to own the technical baseline for their future systems.”
This demonstration focused on communications relay capabilities, dynamic weapon retargeting and methodology. Multiple