Radar Quarterly – March 2017                               
March 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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USMC, Northrop Grumman complete integration event with AN/TPS G/ATOR system></a></td>
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USMC, Northrop Grumman complete integration event with AN/TPS G/ATOR system

U.S. Marine Corps and Northrop Grumman officials completed an initial integration event for the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system.


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, National Instruments
March 15, 2pm ET


Raytheon to operate & maintain radar systems in mobile sensors contract win></a></td>
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Raytheon to operate & maintain radar systems in mobile sensors contract win

U.S. Air Force officials selected Raytheon for the "Mobile Sensors" contract valued an estimated $128 million.


Army contracts with Chemring for ground-penetrating radar upgrade></a></td>
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Army contracts with Chemring for ground-penetrating radar upgrade

Chemring Sensors and Electronic Systems, the U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based Chemring Group, has won a contract from the U.S. Army to supply 10 ground-penetrating radar trial systems.


MALD-J navigation system flight test demonstrates performance in GPS jamming environment></a></td>
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MALD-J navigation system flight test demonstrates performance in GPS jamming environment

U.S. Air Force and Raytheon officials validated the performance of the GPS Aided Inertial Navigation System (GAINS II) for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) in six flight tests from B-52 and F-16 aircraft at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.


LeoLabs adds phased-array radar into network aimed at tracking space debris></a></td>
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LeoLabs adds phased-array radar into network aimed at tracking space debris

LeoLabs, Inc. officials announced that its Midland Space Radar (MSR), located in Texas, is now operational and providing orbital data on low Earth orbit-based satellites and debris. Engineers completed the addition to its network of phased-array radars in an effort to track debris and prevent collisions in low Earth orbit (LEO).


Royal navy orders additional Kelvin Hughes SharpEye radar systems></a></td>
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Royal navy orders additional Kelvin Hughes SharpEye radar systems

Royal navy officials tasked Kelvin Hughes to deliver additional SharpEye radar systems for the new Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Tamar and HMS Spey.


Leonardo's AESA radar to be installed in French Army's UAV></a></td>
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Leonardo's AESA radar to be installed in French Army's UAV

Safran Electronics & Defense selected Leonardo's PicoSAR active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the French Army's Patroller unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The radars will be used by the French Forces under a contract in which Leonardo will provide a number of radars and spares. First deliveries are expected in 2017.


Thales tasked to deliver GaN CWI transmitters to Royal Danish navy></a></td>
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Thales tasked to deliver GaN CWI transmitters to Royal Danish navy

Officials at the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization tasked Thales to deliver 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters to be integrated in the current ESSM fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish navy.


State of Qatar to receive Raytheon's early warning radar system></a></td>
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State of Qatar to receive Raytheon's early warning radar system

Raytheon received a fixed-price, incentive-firm letter contract for a Qatar early warning radar system. The Foreign Military Sales contract is worth $1,066,297,129.




GaN use in radar/EW applications gets hot
GaN use in radar/EW applications gets hot

Military radar and electronic warfare (EW) designers continue to invest in gallium nitride (GaN) technology for its performance advantages. Meanwhile, the overall military radio frequency (RF) and microwave market continues to be strong, as advances in phased-array systems and other complex applications depend more and more on these components.


Low-latency processing, open architectures key for smarter radar/EW systems
Low-latency processing, open architectures key for smarter radar/EW systems

System-performance requirements and open architectures are driving development of smarter radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems. For EW systems, low-latency processing is a key requirement.


FPGA coprocessors for low-power adaptive beamforming in hybrid VPX HPEC systems
FPGA coprocessors for low-power adaptive beamforming in hybrid VPX HPEC systems

Beamforming techniques have become very important in the fields of radar, electronic warfare (EW), sonar, wireless communication, and medical imaging. These enable continuous formation of beams from array antennas (or array transducers) towards a tracked target - or a moving user in the case of wireless communication - and cancellation of all the interfering signals coming from other angles. For tactical or airborne radar and EW solutions, the execution speed of the beamforming algorithms and the low power consumption are critical. In these situations, VPX high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) hybrid field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and CPU systems appear to be the best suited approach.





The key to preparing vehicles for A-PNT
The key to preparing vehicles for A-PNT

A-PNT, or assured position, navigation, and timing, is a relatively new buzz phrase in military navigation systems. It enhances existing selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) GPS navigational technologies (which are already immune to spoofing) with other PNT methods that are not susceptible to signal loss, jamming or satellite destruction. A-PNT’s lofty goal is to give soldiers the ability to identify and communicate accurate location, course, and time without countermeasure interference.




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