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AI-enhanced magnetic navigation for military planes gets capabilities trial - Story

June 09, 2023

A team of researchers at the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) and the Massa­chusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported a successful demonstration of the capabilities of an aircraft outfitted with artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced magnetic navigation, known as MagNav.

Radar/EW

Angry Kitten EW system gets thorough workout by U.S. Air Force - News

May 19, 2023

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  The U.S. Air Force conducted an operational assessment of a new electronic countermeasures combat training pod -- dubbed "Angry Kitten" -- during 30 sorties over two weeks in April 2023.

Radar/EW

CAES sends MOSA-aligned converter to USAF open-architecture demo - News

March 22, 2023

ARLINGTON, Va. RF technology provider CAES announced that its 3U converter was chosen to be part of the US Air Force (USAF) MIRAGE airborne electronic warfare (EW) pod demonstration. The new SOSA-aligned 3U wideband RF converter was recently sent to Georgia Tech Research Institute for integration into the demonstration. 

Comms

U.S. Air Force awards Cubic HW/SW contract to support comms backbone - News

March 22, 2023

SAN DIEGO. Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) won a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Research & Development (R&D) program for Halo-Enabled Resilient Mesh (HERMes) software and a hardware prototype, both of which are intended to boost the technological capabilities of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) high-capacity backbone (HCB).

Unmanned

Air Force plans to field 1,000 UASs for "wingman" operations - News

March 08, 2023

AURORA, Colo.  Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said that the U.S. Air Force plans to buy 200 Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter jets to pair with at least 1,000 small uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- known as Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCAs) -- during his address at this week's 2023 Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium.

Radar/EW

USAF inks $287 million contract with Curtiss-Wright for flight-test instrumentation - News

February 06, 2023

EDWARDS, Calif. Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) – Air Force Test Center (AFTC) has entered into a 10-year, $287 million firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract with Curtiss-Wright under which Curtiss-Wright will provide its High Speed Data Acquisition System (HSDAS) aerospace instrumentation technology to support AFTC flight test programs.

Radar/EW

Advanced SiP assemblies from CAES will continue on USAF wideband radio - News

January 31, 2023

ARLINGTON, Va. Mission-critical RF company CAES won a spot to continue contributing to the U.S. Air Force on the Extremely Wideband Radio Frequency Spectrum Operations (EWO) system.