McHale Report – November 2017                               
November 2017

The McHale Report, by mil-embedded.com Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense electronics community.


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Executive Outlook

GaN tech driving radar and electronic warfare designs
GaN tech driving radar and electronic warfare designs

Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology continues to be a game changer for military radar, electronic warfare (EW), and communications applications. In the following Q & A with Roger Hall, General Manger, Defense & Aerospace for Qorvo he discusses GaN’s impact on these applications, reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements, how automotive radar innovation is influencing military designs, as well as the buzz on the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) show floor this summer


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Top Stories

DARPA's new program aims to turn plants into sensors
DARPA's new program aims to turn plants into sensors

Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials launched a new program to pursue technologies to engineer robust, plant-based sensors that are self-sustaining in their environment and can be remotely monitored using existing hardware. The program - Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) - aims to utilize simple plants as the next generation of intelligence gatherers.


Flight data recorder will go up with NASA's Dream Chaser to ISS
Flight data recorder will go up with NASA's Dream Chaser to ISS

Data-storage firm Ampex Data Systems -- a wholly owned subsidiary of communications provider Delta Information Systems -- has garnered a contract from space-component maker Sierra Nevada Corporation to provide a rugged flight multifunction data recorder (MDR) for the Sierra Nevada spacecraft cargo system.


Navy completes testing of the acoustic flank array for submarines
Navy completes testing of the acoustic flank array for submarines

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center completed testing on Northrop Grumman Corp.'s hull-mounted acoustic Advanced Flank Array (AFA) under a Work for Private Parties agreement.


RAF to add threat-simulation hardware to A400M aircraft
RAF to add threat-simulation hardware to A400M aircraft

Defense and security firm Leonardo has signed a contract with Britain's Ministry of Defense to provide equipment that will simulate radar threats to the Royal Air Force (RAF) new A400M transport aircraft prior to takeoff.


Ballistic-missile defense radar passes crucial milestone
Ballistic-missile defense radar passes crucial milestone

Lockheed Martin has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) portion of testing with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR). Passage of this goal means that the LRDR has demonstrated compliance to all technical performance measures and requirements. The radar system will be part of a layered ballistic-missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. from ballistic-missile attacks.


Korea Aerospace outfits its KF-X multirole fighter aircraft
Korea Aerospace outfits its KF-X multirole fighter aircraft

Korea Aerospace Industries has chosen Harris Corporation to furnish carriage and release systems for the next-generation Korea Fighter-Experimental (KF-X) program.


Blogs & Columns

Remembering OpenSystems Co-founder Wayne Kristoff
Remembering OpenSystems Co-founder Wayne Kristoff

We lost a family member over Thanksgiving. Wayne Kristoff, co-founder of OpenSystems Media, husband to our CFO and former president, Rosemary Kristoff, and patriarch to our Arizona team. Wayne lost a short battle with cancer. He was 71.


Next-gen 'Internet of Battlefield Things' on the way
Next-gen 'Internet of Battlefield Things' on the way

In the not-too-distant future, humans and smart technology may merge to function as a cohesive network, providing warfighters with “extrasensory” perception in terms of battlespace situational awareness, prediction powers, and risk assessment.


Thank you to our veterans
Thank you to our veterans

One of the best things is not just covering the technology used by the U.S. military, but getting to know the men and women, who use that technology to keep us safe. It continues to be a privilege. Today, all of us at Military Embedded Systems and OpenSystems Media wish every man and woman who serves today or has served a Happy Veteran’s Day and a heartfelt thank you for your service.


Making COTS great again
Making COTS great again

Is it possible to produce commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computers that come closer to the original concept’s promise of faster and more affordable procurements? A COTS version 2.0?


Boys & Girls Clubs of America STEM Centers of Innovation for Military Families
Boys & Girls Clubs of America STEM Centers of Innovation for Military Families

Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. This issue we are highlighting the nonprofit organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), which is opening four new STEM Centers of Innovation for military families.



Electronic warfare systems and open standards at AOC show
Electronic warfare systems and open standards at AOC show

This month we discuss electronic warfare (EW) technology, the impact of open standards in the EW community, software defined radios (SDRs), and the buzz on the floor the Association of Old Crows (AOC) Annual Meeting Association of the U.S. Army’s (AUSA) this month in Washington with exhibitors at the event.



Markets & Business Deals

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General Atomics acquires assets of small-satellite technology firm

General Atomics has acquired the majority of the assets of Surrey Satellite Technology US (Englewood, Colorado), an established provider of small satellite technologies, systems, and services. The assets and workforce will be integrated into the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) as GA-EMS enhances its focus on development and delivery of small satellite and advanced payload systems.





Analysts: Tactical data link market to rise to $6.43 billion globally by 2022></a></td>
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Analysts: Tactical data link market to rise to $6.43 billion globally by 2022

The tactical data link market is projected to grow from $4.76 billion in 2017 to $6.43 billion by 2022, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.17 percent over that period.


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Aurora Flight Sciences acquired by Boeing

Officials at Boeing completed the acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, developer and manufacturer of aerospace platforms and autonomous systems.


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Business barometer: 2018 trend predictions

Watching consumer gadgets roll out every year gives one the impression that our advancements in computing technology are moving quickly but then one realizes that things do not move at the same pace in critical embedded computing.


Navy, RAAF MOU focuses on developing latest jammer technology></a></td>
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Navy, RAAF MOU focuses on developing latest jammer technology

Officials from the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian air force (RAAF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the latest jammer technology.


DARPA teaming up to develop graph processor chip for potential DoD use></a></td>
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DARPA teaming up to develop graph processor chip for potential DoD use

Northrop Grumman will team with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to collaborate on the development of a graph processor chip that aims to vastly enhance efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors.


DATC Consortium group to develop NextGen Army combat vehicle prototype></a></td>
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DATC Consortium group to develop NextGen Army combat vehicle prototype

Officials at the U.S. Army TARDEC selected the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC) group to assist in the development of a next generation combat vehicle - experimental prototype (NGCV-EP). The group is lead by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) under an eight-year contract, valued at $237 million.


Global military radar market will reach $162.1 billion cumulatively by 2027, says study></a></td>
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Global military radar market will reach $162.1 billion cumulatively by 2027, says study

The global military radar market, valued at $14 billion in 2017, is expected to grow at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.46 percent over the next 10 years, to reach $17.8 billion by 2027, and at the end of the forecast period will cumulatively be worth a total of $162.1 billion.




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