McHale Report – January 2017
January 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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Feature

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.


Pentek Introduces Jade Architecture Module for Extremely Wideband Signal Applications

The Model 52841 comes preconfigured with a suite of built-in functions for data capture, synchronization, time tagging and formatting, making it an ideal turn-key interface for radar, communications or general data acquisition applications. The Model 52841 features an A/D acquisition IP module and a programmable DDC for easy data capture and moving. Single-channel mode decimation can be programmed to 8, or 16 to 512 in steps of 16. Dual-channel mode decimation can be programmed to 4, or 8 to 256 in steps of 8, with both channels sharing the same decimation rate. In dual-channel mode, each DDC has an independent 32-bit tuning frequency setting ranging from DC to the A/D sampling frequency.


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Top Stories

Air Force gives Diligent, KIHOMAC green light for A-10 embedded avionics system
Air Force gives Diligent, KIHOMAC green light for A-10 embedded avionics system

Diligent Consulting, a federal information technology (IT) services company, has announced that it has secured a $940,891 contract to support Ki Ho Military Acquisition Consulting (KIHOMAC--Reston, Virginia) in providing software sustainment engineering and support IT services at Hill Air Force Base in Utah for the A-10C Operational Flight Program (OFP).


U.S. Navy's MH-60 helicopters to be equipped with electronic warfare pods
U.S. Navy's MH-60 helicopters to be equipped with electronic warfare pods

U.S. Navy Officials selected Lockheed Martin for a new development contract to provide the MH-60 helicopters with its electronic warfare (EW) surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats.


Challenger 2 main battle tank obsolescence management contract won by Rheinmetall
Challenger 2 main battle tank obsolescence management contract won by Rheinmetall

Engineers at Rheinmetall will be managing obsolescence issues for the British army's Challenger main battle tank under a Challenger 2 Life Extension Program (CR2 LEP) Assessment Phase contract from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD).


New $176 million JLTV order placed by the U.S. Army
New $176 million JLTV order placed by the U.S. Army

U.S. Army officials placed an additional order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program with Oshkosh Defense, LLC to deliver 409 vehicles, 1,984 installed kits, 82 packaged kits, as well as related services and support. The order is valued at an estimated $179 million and it's the fourth order since the August 2015 initial award.


Raytheon, Navy run Tomahawk missile tests
Raytheon, Navy run Tomahawk missile tests

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon have completed two flight tests of the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, in a demonstration of how service personnel can plan missions in real time to strike time-sensitive enemy targets.


Canadian special forces combat vehicle contract won by Polaris Defense
Canadian special forces combat vehicle contract won by Polaris Defense

Officials at Public Works and Procurement Canada (PSPC) selected Polaris Defense for the Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) contract worth an estimated $15.5 million. The contract includes DAGOR vehicles, maintenance and operator training, spare parts, and the option for additional vehicles to meet the requirements of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).


DoD demonstrates large autonomous microdrone swarm
DoD demonstrates large autonomous microdrone swarm

The Department of Defense (DoD), in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office (SOC) and Naval Air Systems Command, has successfully demonstrated one of the world's largest microdrone swarms, which showed advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decisionmaking, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.


Blogs & Columns

Can you trust that drone?
Can you trust that drone?

The recent activities in the South China Sea of the seizure and subsequent return by China of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) – also known as an "ocean glider drone" - has once again brought drone security into the spotlight. Securing data collected as part of Internet of Things (IoT) environments is top of mind, and never more so than in military applications.


Top 10 2016 radar/ electronic warfare stories
Top 10 2016 radar/ electronic warfare stories

Radar and electronic warfare (EW) stories continued to be popular on Mil-Embedded.com throughout 2016. Funding remained steady and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology was a driving factor for some these systems. Our top read stories covered design innovations, EW school, Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, Aegis Combat System, and more.


Domains of warfare and strategic offsets
Domains of warfare and strategic offsets

For 2017 I will write with an emphasis on present capabilities of the U.S. and our enemies, as well as new platforms and strategies under development.


Top avionics and aviation stories of 2016
Top avionics and aviation stories of 2016

The top avionics and aviation stories of 2016 covered subjects as manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and the Long-Range Strike Bomber concept.



Common standards, 3U VPX, open architecture initiatives flavor ETT conference
Common standards, 3U VPX, open architecture initiatives flavor ETT conference

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 use of board-level open standards by the military and trends emerging from the Embedded Tech Trends conference held last week in New Orleans.



Markets & Business Deals

DARPA's TUNA program will demonstrate prototype at sea></a></td>
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DARPA's TUNA program will demonstrate prototype at sea

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) engineers completed the initial phase of the Agency's Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program, where they developed concepts and technologies that focus on restoring connectivity for U.S. Forces when tactical networks are taken offline. Engineers will now enter the next phase, which aims to demonstrate a prototype of the system at sea.



Veritas Capital to acquire Harris' government IT business segment></a></td>
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Veritas Capital to acquire Harris' government IT business segment

Veritas Capital and Harris Corp. officials have entered into an agreement, in which Veritas Capital will acquire Harris' government IT services business for $690 million in cash. The transaction is subject to regulatory review and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of fiscal 2017.


FACE Conformance program now open for business></a></td>
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FACE Conformance program now open for business

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Conformance Program is now up and running, officials say.


"Hack the Army" program finds 118 unique and actionable vulnerabilities></a></td>
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"Hack the Army" program finds 118 unique and actionable vulnerabilities

Officials released the results of the latest Department of Defense (DoD) bug bounty program, termed "Hack the Army": The three-week scheme found 118 unique and actionable reports; the first vulnerability was found within five minutes of the launch of the program.


U.S. missile manufacturers experience surge in demand></a></td>
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U.S. missile manufacturers experience surge in demand

Makers of precision-guided missiles and bombs -- including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems -- are hastening to keep up with demand as the U.S. military continues its aerial assault on Islamic State targets, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.


U.S. Air Force T-X competition moves forward without Raytheon & Leonardo team></a></td>
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U.S. Air Force T-X competition moves forward without Raytheon & Leonardo team

The U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training program will move forward without a Raytheon and Leonarndo team. Company officials have announced they will not pursue a winning bid in the competition.


Rohde & Schwarz cyber unit acquires security firm DenyAll></a></td>
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Rohde & Schwarz cyber unit acquires security firm DenyAll

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity has announced its acquisition of DenyAll, a Paris-based web application security and vulnerability management vendor. The DenyAll deal is intended to expand Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity's current stable of network and endpoint security and management products.


Booz Allen Hamilton completes acquisition of Aquilent></a></td>
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Booz Allen Hamilton completes acquisition of Aquilent

Officials at Booz Allen Hamilton closed the acquisition of the Laurel, MD-based digital services firm eGov Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Aquilent) on January 24, 2017. The transaction is expected to add approximately $20 million of revenue through the remainder of Booz Allen's fiscal year 2017. It is expected to be accretive to Booz Allen earnings and operating margin in fiscal year 2018.


Northrop Grumman/Lufthansa partnership aids Australian air force></a></td>
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Northrop Grumman/Lufthansa partnership aids Australian air force

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, Va.) has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik to support the Royal Australian Air Force's fleet of KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. Northrop Grumman IDS is the prime contractor for MRTT Through-Life Support (TLS).




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