Military electro-optics experts at L3Harris Technologies Inc. will provide shipboard gun sights for the fire-control necessary for U.S. Navy and Coast Guard warships to hit enemy ships and aircraft with naval gun fire under terms of a potential $54.2 million seven-year contract announced Monday.
The EOSS electro-optics system is a check sight and targeting sensor for anti-surface and anti-air warfare and naval gun fire support missions aboard Navy destroyers, cruisers, and Coast Guard vessels, Navy officials say.
Source: L3Harris to build electro-optical gun sights for Navy destroyers and cruisers, and Coast Guard ships | Military Aerospace
Project management experts at jet engine designer Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies company in East Hartford, Conn., needed software to help manage complex projects. They found their solution from DecisionEdge in Austin, Texas, and Encore Analytics LLC in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Pratt & Whitney specializes in the design, manufacture, and service of commercial and military aircraft engine systems, as well as auxiliary power units. Financial details of the deal were not released.
Source: Pratt & Whitney chooses DecisionEdge and Encore Analytics for project management software for engine design | Military Aerospace
U.S. Navy anti-air warfare experts needed an electronics manufacturer to build sensors and weapons tactical network equipment for Navy surface warships and carrier-based aircraft. They found their solution from the DRS Laurel Technologies segment of Leonardo DRS in Johnstown, Pa.
The CEC is a tactical sensor and weapons network that uses Navy ships and aircraft for anti-air warfare. It combines information from sensors operating over wide geographic areas in a common tactical picture for battle groups at sea. It improves overall situational awareness, and enables fleet commanders to work closely together to attack enemy forces from long ranges.
Source: Leonardo DRS to build tactical network equipment for U.S. Navy surface warships and carrier-based aircraft | Military Aerospace
U.S. electronics open-systems standards experts have published the first official version of the Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) technical standard, which is intended to reduce development and integration costs for military capabilities and reduce time to field.
SOSA 1.0 is to streamline U.S. military capabilities by enabling rapid, affordable, cross-platform capabilities based on best practices of system, software, hardware, and electrical and mechanical engineering.
Source: At long last, SOSA open-systems standards guidelines officially released; now comes compliance testing | Military Aerospace
Real-time software in embedded computing, like real-time operating systems (RTOS) in military and aviation applications, must work quickly and with no errors to ensure mission success. On top of reliability, experts in real-time technology say it must have strong trusted computing and information security for critical and classified data.
“The first trend is that system security is being taken more seriously,” explains Richard Jaenicke, director of marketing for Green Hills Software in Santa Barbara, Calif. “The number of breaches continues to grow each year. One part of the solution is a zero-trust approach where each user and device is verified against approved action in a security policy. That approach contrasts to relying on perimeter defenses such as an initial login.
Source: Real-time software boosts mission- and life-critical credibility | Military Aerospace
Countries disputing China’s claims in the South China Sea will be watching closely the development of this sophisticated drone.
The state-run China Daily quoted developers from the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in Xi’an, China, as saying that this bionic unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) has dived deeper than 3,300 feet, including gliding and flapping wing propulsion. They added that it would “play an important role in marine environmental protection.”
Source: Manta ray-shaped unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) undergoes sea test for future Chinese reconnaissance | Military Aerospace
The 6,670-mile-per-hour weapon hit a target in the Barents Sea, say officials of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, who claim the missile is capable of Mach-9 speeds and able to evade all Western defenses.
The Zircon test-firing comes as part of a new arms race for advanced missiles, which also has seen North Korea and the U.S. test-fire their own hypersonic weapons in the past month.
Source: Russia fires 6,670-mile-per-hour Zircon hypersonic missile from a nuclear submarine in successful launch | Military Aerospace
The free-flight test of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) occurred in late September, announced officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.
Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound. The missile, built by Raytheon Technologies, was released from an aircraft seconds before its Northrop Grumman scramjet engine kicked on, DARPA officials say.
Source: Raytheon and Northrop Grumman air-launched HAWC hypersonic missile passes free-flight test in late September | Military Aerospace
Mobile ICBM launchers, hypersonic nuclear weapons, multiple precision-guided re-entry vehicles, and several missiles attacks at once, each with several separating warheads, are all very serious threats.
The emerging NGI is expected to destroy several ICBMs at once, while distinguishing actual ICBMs from debris, decoys, or enemy countermeasures. This requires a new measure of seeker discernment for missile defense that can discriminate actual threats from decoys, and to track many threats at once.
Source: U.S. military fast-tracks hypersonic weapons for missile defense against sophisticated new enemy ICBMs | Military Aerospace