Avionics Design – May 2017                               
May 2017

The Avionics Design monthly E-newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com covers hardware and software avionics designs and certification issues in the commercial and military avionics markets in the U.S. and Europe via the Military Embedded Systems partnership with Aviation Maintenance magazine and the Aviation Electronics Europe show.

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Military & commercial unmanned systems designs leverage open architectures
Military & commercial unmanned systems designs leverage open architectures

Every month the McHale Report will host an online roundtable with experts from the defense electronics industry – from major prime contractors to defense component suppliers. Each roundtable will explore topics important to the military embedded electronics market. This month we discuss the military and commercial markets for unmanned systems, open architecture trends, and what to expect at the upcoming Xponential show next week in Dallas, which focuses on unmanned systems.


Cyber intrusion detection system will focus on mid-flight actionable intelligence
Cyber intrusion detection system will focus on mid-flight actionable intelligence

Cybersecurity was a hot topic at the Sea-Air-Space, the Navy League’s Global Maritime Exposition. In this Q&A, Raytheon’s Government Cyber Security Director William E. Leigher discusses the challenges that the Department of Defense (DoD) faces when implementing cybersecurity measures to platforms and how the military services need to build high-end cybersecurity measures into a war plan. Leigher also discuss Raytheon’s research and development (R&D) project to build a cyber intrusion detection system that will enable aviators to one day receive an alert and actionable intelligence of cyberattacks mid-flight.


Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), an overview
Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), an overview

Budget cuts and sequestration, while handcuffing the defense industry and the warfighter, have also forced the government to embrace a movement toward more commonality across multiple platforms through open standards and establishing a culture of re-use. One such initiative, the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), creates modular open systems architecture specifications to enable re-use of key sensor components across multiple platforms and services. In this Q&A with Dr. Ilya Lipkin, Lead Manager for SOSA at the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, explains SOSA, its similarities to other initiatives like the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), how standards organizations like VITA are involved, and why today’s procurement environment is so open to initiatives such as SOSA.


COTS Signal Processing for Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

Sponsored by: Curtiss-Wright, Pentek, Abaco Systems, Annapolis Micro Systems
August 15, 11am ET



The drone era is upon us
The drone era is upon us

From the moment an autonomous car gave Weather channel celebrity Jim Cantore a lift to the stage to start his keynote address to the xPonential audience to his introduction of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator Michael Huerta, the message of the event was clear: Drones are going to be part of our daily lives sooner rather than later.


Advances in MIL-D-38999L connectors lead to smaller, lighter, and greater bandwidth
Advances in MIL-D-38999L connectors lead to smaller, lighter, and greater bandwidth

The military circular connectors have been around since the beginning of time, or so it seems. They were developed in the 1930s for Army and Navy severe applications. The “AN” Series of Circular connectors, as they were known, originated in the 1930s as a dependable, rugged military electrical connector that has evolved into the 38999 electrical interconnect system today that now has many more demands on it than simple point-to-point electrical connections. It has been utilized by not only the military, but has also found its way into Industrial, Aerospace, and Automotive applications where dependability is paramount.


Gulf Airline Growth Not Matched by Recruiting Policies
Gulf Airline Growth Not Matched by Recruiting Policies

Attending the MRO Middle East conference and exhibition in Dubai was, to a certain extent, going back to a previous life for me. Back in the 1990s I spent several years working in the rapidly growing Emirate working for the Dubai World Trade Centre, an independent British bank, and then for my own public relations company.


Avoiding the Expenses Associated with Hidden Hazmats in Aircraft Parts
Avoiding the Expenses Associated with Hidden Hazmats in Aircraft Parts

Is that aircraft part that you are shipping to your customer a hidden hazmat? And are you complying with federal laws that affect the shipment of those parts? Many repair stations and air carriers ship aircraft parts that are hazardous materials, and they may not even recognize them as hazardous materials! It is important to be able to recognize hazardous materials and to package, identify and ship them correctly.



Market study: Avionics market to be worth $92.85 billion worldwide by 2022
Market study: Avionics market to be worth $92.85 billion worldwide by 2022

The global avionics market is projected to grow from $62.22 billion in 2016 to $92.85 billion by 2022, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.90 percent over that time frame, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets.





Bell Helicopter Canada chooses Curtiss-Wright cockpit voice/flight-data technology
Bell Helicopter Canada chooses Curtiss-Wright cockpit voice/flight-data technology

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions has been selected by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to provide the Curtiss-Wright cockpit voice and flight-recorder technology to upgrade the cockpit electronics in the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon multirole utility helicopters.


Boeing, Air Force demo airborne networking system
Boeing, Air Force demo airborne networking system

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force recently completed developmental flight testing on the Boeing-developed Talon HATE airborne networking system, which enables secure communications between multiple aircraft and ground stations.


Lockheed Martin gains contracts to upgrade Japan's fleet of Apaches
Lockheed Martin gains contracts to upgrade Japan's fleet of Apaches

Lockheed Martin has won contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) system for Japan's fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters.


Organizations solicit proposals for UAS traffic-management systems
Organizations solicit proposals for UAS traffic-management systems

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), have announced a Request for Information (RFI) on traffic-management systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).


Market for target UAVs to reach $6.2 billion by 2022; defense sector will see highest growth
Market for target UAVs to reach $6.2 billion by 2022; defense sector will see highest growth

The global market for target drones -- or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in the training of anti-aircraft crews -- is projected to grow from $3.79 billion in 2016 to $6.20 billion by 2022, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.55 percent during the forecast period, according to research from MarketsandMarkets.


First F-35B assembled outside the U.S. rolls off the line in Italy
First F-35B assembled outside the U.S. rolls off the line in Italy

Lockheed Martin has announced that the first short take-off/vertical landing version of the F-35 combat aircraft (the F-35B) ever assembled outside of the U.S. recently rolled out of its Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Italy.




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