Military Embedded Systems


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Military Embedded Systems

Special Report

ISR as a Service: Providing users with affordable surveillance and reconnaissance

Robert Smith Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions

As the type and number of military and national security threats increase, so does the sophistication and capabilities of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems needed to address those threats. The problem, however, is that developing and operating advanced ISR systems is costly, and in many cases a user does not have the time, resources, acquisition processes, or technological maturity to make an ISR procurement practical.

GPS: Smaller, faster, jam-proof, and nearly everywhere

Sally Cole Senior Editor

Missile systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) payloads, soldier radios, and other applications are seeing the benefits of miniaturization and enhanced performance in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. However, GPS designs also require more elaborate anti-jamming techniques such as combining GPS with Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to combat new, sophisticated threats. Meanwhile, DARPA researchers continue to reduce GPS footprints as they combine a tiny IMU and timing capability on one substrate.

For every soldier, a smartphone

John McHale Editorial Director

Commercial smartphone technology, long thought to be too unsecure or not rugged enough for battlefield use, is gaining support among U.S. military program managers who see it as a cost-effective way to quickly get capability in the hands of warfighters.

Shipboard electronics leverage commercial technology

Dan Taylor Contributor

As technology and requirements evolve, the U.S. Navy is leveraging commercial technology and open architectures to keep shipboard electronics relevant in the 21st century. This also serves to enhance capability for the warfighter in new platforms such as the Littoral Combat Ship and in new systems such as the Air and Missile Defense Radar.

UAS payloads get smarter sensors, enhanced imagery in smaller packages

John McHale Editorial Director

Requirements for smart sensors that can see further and produce high-quality imagery in small, low-weight packages are driving Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) payloads development. Designers of these systems also face challenges such as balancing reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) requirements while increasing performance, uncertain Department of Defense funding priorities, and data link bandwidth limitations.

Capturing, processing, and transmitting video: Opportunities and challenges

Chris Jobling GE Intelligent Platforms

The proliferation of unmanned vehicle platforms – in the air, on the ground, and in the water – has provided an unparalleled opportunity to expand intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Choosing the optimal blend of functionality, performance, reliability, and cost is the key challenge in optimizing the use of video. Meanwhile, key considerations include sensor processing location trends, video fusion, and video compression and bandwidth, in addition to Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP).

VITA 75 vs. VPX: Optimizing unmanned vehicle thermal and payload efficiencies

Mike Jones ADLINK Technology Inc.

The fast pace of UAV/UGV/UUV evolution places an ever-increasing demand on size, weight, and power, while the range of use applications – from surveillance to air defense to communications relays – and interest from national security organizations beyond military continue to grow. To accommodate increasing requirements and diminishing budgets, public contractors and private vendors are moving to Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C)-savvy standards-based systems design, such as by utilizing the smaller envelopes of VITA 75 small form factors to replace existing 3U and 6U VPX technologies. This allows the integration of future payload capabilities into the space available in existing mobile platforms.