Radar Quarterly – February 2017                               
February 2017

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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DARPA spectrum challenge chooses teams to expand spectrum access></a></td>
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DARPA spectrum challenge chooses teams to expand spectrum access

DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] has selected 30 teams for Phase 1 of its Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), a three-phase competition designed to greatly expand the amount of radio traffic that the electromagnetic spectrum can accommodate.


COTS Signal Processing for Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

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


Unmanned Aircraft and Safety Certification

Sponsored by: AdaCore, Curtiss-Wright, LDRA
March 15, 2pm ET


Thales Group contracted to upgrade Swiss Air Force master radars></a></td>
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Thales Group contracted to upgrade Swiss Air Force master radars

The procurement organization for Switzerland's armaments, known as armasuisse, has awarded Thales Group the contract to upgrade the master radars for the Swiss Air Force. The agreement, which amounts to 74 million euros (approx. $79.5 million) is intended to extend the lifespan of the radars and ensure the systems' continued operation until 2030.


Multi-mission radar order received by RADA for HEL weapon system></a></td>
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Multi-mission radar order received by RADA for HEL weapon system

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. officials received a Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar-based (MHR) RPS-42 system order for development and testing of a High Energy Laser (HEL) ground-based tactical weapon system from a Far-Eastern customer.


U.S. Navy, Japan, MDA complete first SM-3 Block IIA missile intercept test></a></td>
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U.S. Navy, Japan, MDA complete first SM-3 Block IIA missile intercept test

In a collaborative effort with the Japan Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the U.S. Navy completed a flight test on February 3, resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3). The test demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis Weapon System and how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats.


Weapon-system intercept testing completed, says Israel's defense dept.></a></td>
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Weapon-system intercept testing completed, says Israel's defense dept.

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) report successful completion of a series of tests on the "David’s Sling" weapons system, a missile-defense system central to Israel’s multilayer antimissile array.


Counter-drone system reaches TRL-9 status></a></td>
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Counter-drone system reaches TRL-9 status

The AUDS [Anti-UAV Defence System] has been named the first fully integrated counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipment worldwide to achieve TRL-9 status. TRL-9 -- the highest technology readiness level or maturity that a technology system can attain -- signifies that a technology system or product is in its final form and has been real-world proven through successful mission operations, according to the definition from the Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA.


New signal processor for AMRAAM to be developed by USAF, Raytheon></a></td>
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New signal processor for AMRAAM to be developed by USAF, Raytheon

U.S. Air Force and Raytheon engineers will team up to develop a new signal processor for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) under the Form Fit Function Refresh program (F3R).


MACOM completes acquisition of Applied Micro></a></td>
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MACOM completes acquisition of Applied Micro

MACOM Technology Solutions has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Applied Micro Circuits, a manufacturer of connectivity chips for cloud data centers. The deal was previously valued at $770 million.




Cognitive electronic warfare: Countering threats posed by adaptive radars
Cognitive electronic warfare: Countering threats posed by adaptive radars

Threats posed by adaptive radars to electronic warfare systems are a colossal challenge for the U.S. Navy, but a combo of advanced signal processing, intelligent algorithms, and machine learning techniques are being developed to help warfighters detect and counter them.


Building highly parallel rugged computers for electronic warfare
Building highly parallel rugged computers for electronic warfare

Electronic warfare (EW) systems are among the most challenging embedded systems to design and deploy. Not only do they require voracious amounts of signal processing, they also require more mundane server-style processing (for signal library maintenance, data logging, etc.) and are often packaged in extremely size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained environments such as under wing pods.


Asking the right questions about HPEC software development tools for radar, SIGINT, and EW applications
Asking the right questions about HPEC software development tools for radar, SIGINT, and EW applications

High performance embedded computing (HPEC) system designers tasked with architecting large-scale supercomputer-class processing systems for radar, signal intelligence (SIGINT), and electronic warfare (EW) applications depend greatly on the software development tools available to them.


Reducing costs and risk while speeding development of signal processing system development
Reducing costs and risk while speeding development of signal processing system development

Radar and other digital processing systems are by their very nature complex and challenging to configure. Depending on the system architecture, the radar program’s team of software, hardware, FPGA and system engineers might require four to eight weeks to optimize the configuration of the board level modules selected for their particular project.





President Trump, sequestration, and the COTS market
President Trump, sequestration, and the COTS market

During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump promised increased military spending if elected. Now that he has assumed office, many in the defense electronics industry have their fingers crossed that he will follow through.




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