The McHale REPORT
John McHale
January 2017

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The McHale Report, by mil-embedded.com Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense electronics community.


Feature: Executive Outlook

Open architecture role in avionics and electronic warfare designs

Enabling commonality across multiple platforms is a priority within U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) procurement for new and upgraded avionics platforms and this open architecture approach is gaining traction in the electronic warfare community as well. In this Q&A with Ed Zoiss, President of the Electronic Systems segment at Harris, he discusses how Harris and [...]

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Feature: COTS Confidential

Trump election, phased array tech, Intel Xeon, VPX, and ARM v-8A impact 2016 military COTS market

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 market highlights and technology game changers from 2016 in the military electronics [...]

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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.
Industry News

Semi-rugged notebooks ordered by U.S. Army for medical department

The Army Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) selected the notebooks because of its high performance and configurable feature set, officials say. The MC4 program provides the tools needed to digitally record and transfer critical medical data from the foxhole to medical treatment facilities around the world. “MC4’s responsibility for creating, maintaining, and updating [...]

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Industry News

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

Dave Diersen, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager of Joint Programs, says “We have begun delivering low rate production vehicles to the Army and Marine Corps for government testing in environments around the country and we have been pleased with its performance thus far.” The vehicles and kits for this order will begin delivery [...]

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News Story

Leonardo unmanned helicopter products strengthened by Sistemi Dinamici acquisition

ROME. Leonardo-Finmeccanica officials announced that the company acquired full control of Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A from IDS S.p.A this week, further strengthening Leonardo's unmanned product portfolio such as the acquisition of the new unmanned lightweight helicopter SD-150 Hero program.

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Industry News

Naval Research Laboratory completes UAV flight with hydrogen-powered fuel cell

WASHINGTON. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers completed the first flight of the Ion Tiger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a new built in-house hydrogen-powered fuel cell.

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Industry News

Enlighten IT Consulting acquired by MacAulay-Brown, Inc.

In 2007, EITC was founded to provide secure cloud engineering, analytics, and big data solutions to the defense and intelligence communities. The company also developed its proprietary Rapid Analytic Deployment and Management Framework (RADMF) for the analytic components of the Big Data Platform (BDP), which deploys within minutes and eliminates hardware, power, space and sustainability [...]

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Industry News

Global electronic warfare market expected to grow steadily between 2016-2026

According to the report, “The Global Electronic Warfare Market 2016-2026,” the market will likely be dominated by electronic protection systems, which will account for 50 percent of the market; followed by EW support, with a 32 percent share; and electronic-attack systems, with an 18 percent share. North America is forecast to dominate the sector, with [...]

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Industry News

U.S. Navy selects Data Link Solutions for F-16 Link 16 program

The contract is worth an estimated $11.7 million with an option for additional MIDS-LVTs for $7.7 million under the F-16 Link 16 program. Link 16 is a secure, high-speed Tactical Data Link used by the United States and NATO allies. MIDS-LVT provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation, digital voice and TACAN, all in [...]

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Industry News

Top ten 2016 military electronics stories

The most popular stories on Mil-Embedded.com throughout 2016 covered subjects such as manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T), Long-Range Strike Bomber concept, the Lockheed Martin/Leidos merger, solid-state radar tech, and more. Check them out below.

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Industry News

F-16 aircraft to receive Raytheon's mission computer upgrade

PLANO, Texas. Raytheon engineers will develop and produce F-16 Modular Mission Computer Upgrade for the U.S. Air Force.

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Industry News

Modeling and simulation technology support contract won by CACI

Under the R2-3G contract vehicle – valued an estimated $31 million – CACI will support the development of electro-optic/infrared and SIGINT payload modeling and simulation capabilities, as well as training systems. The company will also provide pilots and trainers to develop and execute the Army’s airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (A-ISR) programs of instruction. CERDEC [...]

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Industry News

ONR completes demonstration with swarm of autonomous unmanned boats

ARLINGTON, Va. Office of Naval Research (ONR) engineers completed a demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay using autonomous unmanned swarming boats with results that could potentially create new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions.

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News Story

Billion dollar PAC-3 missile contract won by Lockheed Martin

DALLAS. Lockheed Martin won a $1.45 billion contract to produce and deliver Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors to U.S. and allied military forces as they upgrade their missile defense capabilities.

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News Story

Raytheon encryption devices provide Navy tactical radios with next-gen safeguards

MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts. Raytheon engineers will provide the U.S. Navy with next-generation encryption devices to protect military tactical data transmissions for air, surface, subsurface, and ground assets under a $32 million production contract.

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News Story

DIRCM & SIGINT market outlook

WASHINGTON. The market for directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems and airborne signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems and programs is healthy and growing according to research from Teal Group.

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Industry News

Cybersecurity simulation and training collaboration forged by SAIC, root9B

“Traditional training pipelines have focused on developing core learning objectives in an academic environment before introducing students to operationally relevant scenarios,” says Mike Morris, root9B Chief Technology Officer. “The unfortunate side effect of this divide-and-conquer methodology is an attrition of knowledge, failure to establish relevancy, and increased time to operational effectiveness. This partnership with SAIC [...]

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Industry News

Military C4ISR market growth creates opportunities for cybersecurity and COTS suppliers

High-end C4ISR solutions will also face increasing competition from sufficient lower-cost alternatives, according Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace & Defense team. C4ISR solution providers have acknowledged the requirement for improved collaboration, and enhancements that commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software can provide, and are now weaving them into their systems. “Advancements such as hypersonic weapons and [...]

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Industry News

FAA issues final rule for small general aviation airplanes

The rule affects airplane manufacturers, engine manufacturers, and operators of affected equipment. FAA’s new Part 23 rule (PDF) establishes performance-based standards for airplanes that weigh less than 19,000 pounds with 19 or fewer seats and recognizes consensus-based compliance methods for specific designs and technologies. It also adds new certification standards to address general aviation loss [...]

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Industry News

Navy Research Laboratory grants license agreement for commercial applications

Officials say, the technologies has been used to test and characterize structural composite materials, electronics materials, shape memory alloys, and additively manufactured components. “This suite of technologies has been a game changer in the Navy, enabling accurate material characterization and structural health monitoring for various material systems with an accuracy never before possible with conventional [...]

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Industry News

NATO fleet will receive digital flight deck upgrades from Boeing

Thirteen additional NATO AWACS will receive installation of the upgrade as part of a $257 million modification effort. The entire fleet is scheduled to complete the upgrades in 2018. NATO’s AWACS fleet is the alliance’s first integrated, multinational flying unit, providing rapid deployment, airborne surveillance and communication for NATO operations. Officials say, the digital capabilities [...]

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Industry News

U.S. Army orders hand-held precision targeting systems from DRS Technologies

ARLINGTON, Va. U.S. Army officials selected DRS Technologies to produce next-generation hand-held precision laser targeting systems under a firm-fixed-price contract that is valued an estimated 339.3 million for the next five years.

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