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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Oct 16, 2011

AMDR Advanced radar in Navy's Aegis upgrade becomes budget casualty. The Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar will not be integrated as planned in the latest improvements of the Aegis combat system. The Navy changed its request for proposals to label the AMDR integration as a "sample problem" instead of a "price competition line item," effectively dropping AMDR from the project. People with knowledge of the program say the change was driven by budget demands. Oct 14, 2011

AmSafe Industries Tarian Excels at DARPA Testing of TRAPSNet. AmSafe[umlaut] Industries, Inc., the leading provider of engineered restraint systems to the aviation, defense and specialty vehicle markets, today announced a successful test of its Tarian[umlaut] rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection system that is an integral part of Textron Defense Systems (TDS) TRAPSNet countermeasure. The TRAPSNet countermeasure completed a two-week test event sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in March this year where Tarian demonstrated excellent performance. The Tarian RPG protection system was selected for integration into TDS' Tactical Rocket Propelled Grenade Airbag Protection System (TRAPS) because of its superior performance, exceptionally light weight and flexible form factor. TRAPSNet is a passive countermeasure that can be integrated with TRAPS onto any ground vehicle, wheeled or tracked. TRAPS incorporates Textron Defense Systems' sensors, which are configured to identify incoming objects fitting the profile of an RPG warhead. Once the sensors confirm an RPG threat, the countermeasure deploys an AmSafe Tarian RPG net that is integrated into a standard airbag to defeat the RPG while preventing vehicle penetration. The variant of Tarian RPG Net used in the TRAPSNet system has independently been approved by the UK Ministry of Defence and is in operation in Afghanistan as part of a $4m contract for AmSafe's unique Tarian QuickShield bar armor repair kit. "We are delighted that our Tarian RPG net has once again proven to provide superior RPG protection. Its application in the Textron Defense Systems innovative TRAPS architecture provides customers with the unique advantages of world class RPG protection and an unobtrusive form factor," said Neal McKeever, vice president defense for AmSafe. The Tarian technology, in operational service in Afghanistan since 2009, has been rigorously testedNin the U.K. by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence, and in the U.S. by its Department of Defense counterpart DARPANto include over 750 live firing shots. This testing has verified both a high level of performance and a multi-hit capability inherent in the Tarian technology. Oct 10, 2011

Elbit Systems Elbit Systems of America Awarded $23 million IDIQ U.S. Army National Maintenance Contract for Repairs to ANVIS/HUD[umlaut]. Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded a five-year, $23 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) National Maintenance Contract by the US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Aberdeen Proving Grounds, for depot level repair services on Elbit Systems of America's Aviator's Night Vision Imaging System (ANVIS-7) Head Up Display (HUD) System (ANVIS/HUD[umlaut]). The contract is a follow-on to previous Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract for depot level repair services on the ANVIS/HUD[umlaut]. Work will be performed by Elbit Systems of America Service and Support Solutions in Talladega, Alabama and is expected to be completed in 2016. Elbit Systems of America is a world leader in providing sophisticated avionics systems for rotary and fixed wing military and commercial aircraft. Service and Support Solutions is the Elbit Systems of America Repair Center of Excellence, supporting Elbit Systems of America systems and those of several other major manufacturers. The ANVIS/HUD[umlaut] collects and displays critical flight information from aircraft sensors and converts the information into visual imagery in rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. The system, which consists of the Signal Data Converter (SDC), Control Converter Unit (CCU) and the Helmet Display Unit (HDU), improves flight safety and situational awareness by reducing the pilot's head and eye motion for cockpit scanning. Using the ANVIS/HUD[umlaut], complicated maneuvers in bad weather and low visibility conditions, low altitudes, or night operations may be performed safely with enhanced...

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