Radar Quarterly – December 2016                               
December 2016

The Radar/Electronic Warfare newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com and OpenSystems Media provides features, news, columns, and more covering radar and EW technology as well as hardware and software designs for systems in the defense, aerospace, and automotive markets.


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Air Force exercises $76 million option on Raytheon aerial decoy jammer contract></a></td>
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Air Force exercises $76 million option on Raytheon aerial decoy jammer contract

Raytheon Missile Systems has secured a contract from the U.S. Air Force to continue production of vehicles and support equipment for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J), a low-cost, air-launched programmable craft that can deceive opponents' radars and air-defense systems by duplicating all combat flight profiles and aircraft radar signatures.


Strategies for Open Architecture COTS Operating Systems

Developers tasked with creating applications that may be deployed over decades are, in effect, being asked to predict the future. Down load this Whitepaper to read more.


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DARPA's Adaptive Radar Countermeasures project moves to Phase 3></a></td>
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DARPA's Adaptive Radar Countermeasures project moves to Phase 3

Engineers at BAE Systems will move to Phase 3 on the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The contract modification brings the cumulative value of BAE Systems’ ARC contract to $35.5 million.


Northrop Grumman orders additional components for USMC G/ATOR system></a></td>
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Northrop Grumman orders additional components for USMC G/ATOR system

Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC. will deliver additional components and subsystems of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system to Northrop Grumman under a contract valued an estimated $18.6 million.


Royal Netherlands air force to upgrade its AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure pods></a></td>
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Royal Netherlands air force to upgrade its AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure pods

Engineers at Northrop Grumman will upgrade the AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods for the Royal Netherlands air force (RNLAF) F-16 aircraft fleet.


Sonar upgrades to Australian submarines to be provided by Thales></a></td>
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Sonar upgrades to Australian submarines to be provided by Thales

Thales engineers will be upgrading Australia’s Collins class submarine sonar systems a design and pre-production contract.


Raytheon, UMass granted $1.9 million to research flexible RF devices for GPS></a></td>
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Raytheon, UMass granted $1.9 million to research flexible RF devices for GPS

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and University of Massachusetts Lowell have received a grant of $1.9 million to advance the commercialization of flexible hybrid radio-frequency (RF) electronics that are aimed at use in military global positioning systems (GPS), among other applications.


Lockheed Martin selects Textron Systems' A2PATS for F-35 EW simulation testing></a></td>
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Lockheed Martin selects Textron Systems' A2PATS for F-35 EW simulation testing

Lockheed Martin selected Textron Systems' Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) for simulation testing of the F-35 Lightning II electronic warfare (EW) systems. Under contract, Textron Systems engineers will provide threat simulation capability in the F-35 Norwegian, Italian Reprogramming Lab (NIRL) located at Eglin Air Force base, in support of international partners.


Avionics, radar upgrades coming to Korean F-16s from Lockheed Martin></a></td>
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Avionics, radar upgrades coming to Korean F-16s from Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin won a $1.2 billion contract to provide avionics and radar upgrades 134 F-16 fighter jets for the Republic of Korea air force (ROKAF).


Electronic warfare systems sustainment contract won by Harris></a></td>
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Electronic warfare systems sustainment contract won by Harris

U.S. Air Force officials selected Harris Corp. to perform sustainment work on the B-52s' and C-130s' electronic warfare systems.


Lockheed Martin places waveguide components order for AN/SPY-1D radar></a></td>
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Lockheed Martin places waveguide components order for AN/SPY-1D radar

Lockheed Martin officials placed an order with Cobham for multiple waveguide components and assemblies to support production of the company's AN/SPY-1D 3-D fixed-phased array radar. The contract is worth an estimated $10 million.


Freedom-variant LCS vessels to receive Airbus Defense and Space TRS-4D radars></a></td>
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Freedom-variant LCS vessels to receive Airbus Defense and Space TRS-4D radars

The U.S. Navy's Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will receive the TRS-4D naval radar from Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., who is under contract with its affiliate, Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH.


MQ-8C Fire Scout to be equipped with Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s AESA radar></a></td>
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MQ-8C Fire Scout to be equipped with Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s AESA radar

U.S. Navy officials selected Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to be equipped on the unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout for testing and evaluation


Foreign Military Sale of field radar systems requested by Kuwait></a></td>
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Foreign Military Sale of field radar systems requested by Kuwait

State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for radar field systems and related equipment, training, and support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale with the cost estimating at $194 million.


Court grants MACOM’s preliminary injunction on GaN-on-Silicon rights against Infineon ></a></td>
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Court grants MACOM’s preliminary injunction on GaN-on-Silicon rights against Infineon

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles has granted MACOM’s request for a preliminary injunction in MACOM’s lawsuit against Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. over Gallium Nitride on Silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology rights.




Leveraging GaN for radar and soon GaN-on-diamond
Leveraging GaN for radar and soon GaN-on-diamond

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory officials in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense selected Raytheon for a follow-on Title III contract to improve its process to produce Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based semiconductors. In a Q&A with Chris MacDonald, an Engineering Fellow in Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Microelectronics and Engineering Technology (MET) Department, he discusses the thermal challenges engineers face with implementing GaN technology into radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, as well as how GaN-on-diamond could effectively help in the future.


FPGAs fuel military electronic warfare, cognitive radio, and radar signal processing innovation
FPGAs fuel military electronic warfare, cognitive radio, and radar signal processing innovation

Demand for increased signal-processing performance continues to be insatiable among military radar, electronic warfare (EW), and communications integrator especially as the latter two move into cognitive applications. In this Q&A with Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-founder of Pentek in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, he discusses how embedded signal-processing can enable cognitive EW and cognitive radio, how FPGAs have revolutionized embedded computing, and how the defense industry is competing for young engineering talent with the behemoths of the commercial world.


FPGA coprocessors for acceleration of shape recognition algorithms in hybrid VPX HPEC systems
FPGA coprocessors for acceleration of shape recognition algorithms in hybrid VPX HPEC systems

To reach the level of performance requested by the latest military specifications, electronic warfare (EW) systems designers rely more and more on VPX high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) platforms. To handle the global IP traffic growth - predicted to reach 132 exabytes (EB) per month in 2018, according to Cisco's Visual Network Index - electronic systems must manage the data flow in and out of the semiconductor devices. Designers of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have developed devices offering high bandwidth and performance with very high-speed interfaces that can bring superior parallel processing power. This reality enables the design of high-performance hybrid HPEC systems that can be used for such demanding applications as ultrafast shape-recognition systems.





Abaco Systems buys 4DSP as well as Technobox I/O product line
Abaco Systems buys 4DSP as well as Technobox I/O product line

It's been less than a year since Abaco left the GE umbrella when they were acquired by Veritas Capital out of New York City, but they have already started growing through acquisition with two embedded computing additions in the last month, acquiring 4DSP LLC of Austin, Texas as well as acquiring the Micro Mezzanine System (MMS) product line from Technobox in West Berlin, N.J.




New RF tuners drive the design of multichannel signal analyzers for SIGINT
New RF tuners drive the design of multichannel signal analyzers for SIGINT

Here’s the problem: Your unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is flying through densely populated geography when one of its signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems’ radio-frequency (RF) channels detects an emitter signal of interest on a specific frequency, indicating a potential target. It’s not enough to know there’s a potential threat out there somewhere. You need to know the threat’s exact location, and you need to know it in near-real-time. The challenge is that to geolocate a particular emitter, the SIGINT system needs to reassign three or four of its other RF channels, so they can – along with the original channel – perform the interferometry, using TDOA [Time Difference of Arrival] localization techniques, that’s needed to zero in on the potential target.


Facilitating deep learning techniques with HPEC
Facilitating deep learning techniques with HPEC

The long-sought era of machine learning in finally at hand. The potential benefit to the warfighter of deep learning techniques both enormous and profound. With defense systems trending towards greater application autonomy, deep learning techniques too complex to implement with more traditional processing technologies can now help to significantly drive advancements in on-platform processing of streaming signal or image data. These techniques are proving useful for pattern recognition tasks such as natural language processing and image feature detection, producing highly reliable autonomous decisions based on huge data sets.




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