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March 2022

The McHale Report, by Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense and aerospace electronics community.
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Capt. Shelby Ochs, USMC, co-program manager of Blue sUAS 2.0 project for the Defense Innovation Unit, will keynote the Unmanned Systems Virtual Conference, being held April 12 at 11 am Est. Dawn M.K. Zoldi (Colonel, USAF, Retired), Founder & CEO of P3 Tech Consulting LLC and named one of the 2021 Top 50 Women in UAS by LinkedIn, will host the keynote session.
Defense integrators are starting to adopt 5G technology for satellite communications (SATCOM) on the move applications through various programs aimed at deploying commercial innovations more quickly to warfighters. In this podcast, Rajeev Gopal, Vice President, Advanced Systems for Hughes Defense Intelligence Systems Division, goes in depth on military 5G solutions as well as SATCOM trends from this month's Satellite 2022 show, jamming tech, and how artificial intelligence/machine learning is impacting SATCOM networks.
Aerospace engineering business Hypersonix Launch Systems together with the University of Southern Queensland, LSM Advanced Composites, and Romar Engineering have been awarded a $2.95 million Cooperative Research Centers Projects (CRC-P) grant from the Federal Government to develop a reusable hypersonic platform.
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) has completed two U.S. Army flight tests intended to demonstrate the system’s scalability to enable Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capabilities.
The global market for military and commercial flight simulation is projected to reach $6.1 billion by 2025, notching a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% over the analysis period, according to a new study by Global Industry Analysts, "Commercial and Military Flight Simulation -- Global Market Trajectory & Analytics."
See more, detect more, and decode more – these are the primary requirements being asked of unmanned systems in the military, and proprietary hardware and software can make achieving those goals a challenge. This is why Army, Navy, and Air Force leaders mandated a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for all new programs and upgrades. MOSA initiatives aim to offer commonality of hardware to enable easier and more affordable technology insertion in unmanned systems.
The Quartz Model 5553 3U VPX board, based on the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC Gen 3, provides full sub-6 GHz direct-RF I/O support and greater flexibility with more decimation and interpolation options. The Model 5553 is ideal for 5G and LTE wireless, SIGINT, EW, communications and radar applications. Complementing the RFSoC’s on-chip resources are the 5553’s sophisticated clocking section for single board and multiboard synchronization, a low-noise front end for RF input and output,16 GBytes of DDR4, a 10 GigE interface, a 40GigE interface, a gigabit serial optical interface capable of supporting dual100 GigE connections and general purpose serial and parallel signal paths to the FPGA.
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This week’s product, the Mercury Systems’ SOSA aligned Jade 5585 250 MHz A/D with Virtex UltraScale+ HBM FPGA - 3U VPX board, is an 8-channel, high-speed data converter with programmable DDCs (digital downconverters). It is suitable for connection to HF or IF ports of a communications or radar system. Its built-in data capture feature offers a turnkey solution as well as a platform for developing and deploying custom FPGA-processing IP.
This week’s product, ADLNK Technology’s VPX3-TL module, integrates an 8-core CPU for enhanced graphics computing, artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration capabilities, and diverse I/O for next-generation, mission-critical applications. The module is based on Intel Xeon W-11000E processor, formerly Tiger Lake-H, with enhanced data and graphics performance and targets Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), radar, electronic warfare (EW), and other defense applications.
This week’s product, Extreme Engineering Solutions’ (X-ES’) XPedite7870 3U VPX-REDI Module, is a single-board computer (SBC) based on the Intel Xeon D-2700 series (formerly Ice Lake-D) of processors. It is targeted at computationally heavy applications requiring maximum data and information protection such as Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), radar, and other mission-critical defense systems.
This week’s product, the Abaco Systems’ VP831 3U FPGA processing card with 100 gigabit Ethernet, leverages Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ and Zynq UltraScale+ technology. A technology upgrade from the existing VP889 product, the VP831 is aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard and is designed for mission-critical military applications such as communications, sensor processing, radar, and electronic warfare.
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Danish company Space Inventor are cooperating with the French defense and technology company Thales in Denmark to develop new technology intended to monitor and identify military threats in space and on Earth.
Designers of systems aimed at countering unmanned aerial systems (UASs) or drones can now take advantage of open architecture designs and modular artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) to detect, identify, track, and mitigate potentially dangerous aircraft.
The U.S. Air Force has selected BAE Systems, with support from FlexRadio, to provide software defined radios (SDRs) for its Airborne High Frequency Radio Modernization (AHFRM) program. The contract, which has a value of $176 million, provides a secure alternative to satellite communication methods.
Annapolis Micro Systems
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced a new category of future-forward unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), designed with a focus on information dominance and airspace supremacy.
The global military unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) market is projected to grow to $10.17 billion by 2030, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.2% from 2022 to 2030, according to a report from Market Forecast, "Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) for Defense and Security – Market and Technology Forecast to 2030."
SOLUTE, a Sigma Defense company, announced that it has won a U.S. Navy Digital Integration Support Cell (DISC) task order to facilitate development security operations (DevSecOps) for NAVAIR's Minotaur Family of Services (MFoS).
These days, program managers are trying to figure out how best to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of supply-chain disruption, while protecting their customer’s program schedule and supporting the warfighter.
BAE Systems launched its versatile Storm EW Modules designed to provide customized offensive and defense electronic warfare (EW) mission systems for combat platforms for the broader United States and allied fleets.
Northrop Grumman Corporation and Ball Aerospace announced a partnership to design and develop the two mission payloads for the U.S. Space Force’s Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Polar (NGP) program.
Wind RIver
The nature of cybersecurity has taken a dire turn across the aerospace and defense industry as threat vectors multiply and incidents such as the SolarWinds attack have caught many organizations unprepared.
This informative whitepaper guides readers through a comprehensive set of questions and considerations to chart their path to compliance. From selecting a test laboratory to choosing proper power cables, establishing necessary precautions, and more – it’s all covered.
Sponsored by: Wind River
Date: April 12, 11:00 a.m. ET