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.

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Dry Drilling Composites Using Carbon Dioxide Cooling

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Composites, Drilling, Composite materials, Fasteners

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.

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Floating Armor Torso System

BCB International Ltd.
Cardiff, UK
+44 (0)2920 433 700

A Floating Armor Torso System (FATS), designed for marine-based forces, inflates when coming into contact with water. If the wearer were to be shot or injured in the line of duty and fall into a river, lake or the sea, the BCB technology would automatically inflate within seconds. The armor increases to the capacity of the size of the inflatable.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Protective clothing