8-Channel Portable Serial Recorder

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has announced a new recorder for the popular family of Talon® recording systems: the Model RTR 2736A multi-channel Serial FPDP (sFPDP) rugged portable recorder, suitable for military and aerospace, radar, and communications applications. The RTR 2736A is capable of capturing up to 8 Serial FPDP data streams in real time to solid state drives (SSD). It fully complies with the VITA 17.1 specification and additionally supports sFPDP baud rates up to 4.25 Gbaud.

The RTR 2736A includes a high-performance PCIe Gen. 3 SATA III RAID controller capable of streaming contiguous data to disk in real time at aggregate rates up to 3.2 GB/sec. The hot-swappable SSD array is available in 1.9 TB to 15.3 TB configurations and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, or 6. The new Talon portable chassis for the RTR 2736A boasts a smaller footprint that is lighter in weight, and provides double the storage capacity, number of channels and the recording rates of previous generation of Talon portable recorders. It also supports AC and DC power options.

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Electronic Warfare Technology

Military electronic warfare (EW) systems including navigation, radar guidance, terrain mapping and others, require lightweight compact components, with radio frequency (RF) output power levels to several kilowatts typically needed to meet system requirements. As GaN transistor technology advances in frequency and power output, solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) have begun replacing traveling wave tubes (TWTs) at frequencies up to 6 GHz. The utilization of this technology results in a lower cost and greater efficiency over the life of a product.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Amplifiers, Navigation and guidance systems, Military vehicles and equipment

Cloud Security & Compliance

Not too many years ago, network security was a relatively low level priority in most organizations. That has changed today due to such high level failures as the recent breaches at Sony and Target. Closer to home, the University of Maryland is now incurring large expenses for all students due to the recent leak of personally identifiable student information.

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MicroTCA Computing for Mil/Aero Applications

Small Form Factor (SFF) embedded systems have been gaining popularity due to their small size, weight, and power (SWaP) advantages. The SFF architectures are typically purpose-built, providing just a few specific functions. But, the performance level is often limited and the versatility and re-usability across multiple applications is typically very low. Is a balance available where there is high performance and versatility in an open standard architecture, but a compact size that is optimized for SWaP-C (C stands for cost)?

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Computer software / hardware

Fanjet Evolution — the Next Steps

The global aerospace sector has always represented the cutting edge of practical technology advancement. When the first military jet engines emerged in the post-war 1940s it was clear that commercial applications would soon follow. The leap in performance, payload capability, maintainability, and speed compared to the best that turbo-supercharged piston-engines could offer was truly revolutionary.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Propulsion, Engines, Commercial aircraft

Next-Generation Phased Radar Systems Lead to Hardware Improvements

Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Radar, Product development

Dry Drilling Composites Using Carbon Dioxide Cooling

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Electronic Warfare Development Targets Fully Adaptive Threat Response Technology

When U.S pilots encounter enemy air defenses, onboard electronic warfare (EW) systems protect them by interfering with incoming radar signals — a technique known as electronic attack (EA) or jamming. Conversely, electronic protection (EP) technology prevents hostile forces from using EA methods to disable U.S. radar equipment assets.

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Multi-Spectral Targeting System

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

The MX™-15D designating turret from L-3 WESCAM was successfully used during a weapons demonstration on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The demonstration effort was part of the Advanced Technology Tiltrotor (ATTR) program. Through a cooperative agreement between Bell Helicopter and L-3 WESCAM, the designating trials were conducted over a 14- day period in November of 2014 at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Defense, Military aircraft

Radar-Based Threat Detection

Rapiscan Systems
Torrance, CA

Rapiscan Systems recently announced the addition of CounterBomber, a radar-based threat-detection technology, to its portfolio of security products. The CounterBomber system can identifiy concealed person-borne threats, such as suicide vests and weapons, at stand-off distances. Using an optional remote networking capability, CounterBomber’s video-steered radar technology detects threats, even when the system operator is hundreds of meters away.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Radar