Monday, March 22, 2010

Research and Markets: RQ-7 and US Army Tactical UAS: Requirements, Scenarios and Outlook

Defense News: DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and

The 47-page research note provides three U.S. Army acquisition scenarios: two for the RQ-7 UAS and another for an evolving rotary-wing unmanned system. We initiated this research based upon multiple, independent inquiries, with the knowledge that RQ-7 is still in a delivery phase, said G2 Solutions Research Director Ron Stearns. During our research Army announced the cancellation of the Future Combat Systems Class IV UAS, with many in industry wondering how funds would be reallocated, which missions would be prioritized and how these systems would work together. G2 Solutions believes that within this forecast Army will require a tactical UAV with payload, range and endurance greater than what RQ-7 or system enhancements will be able to provide.

The RQ-7 scenarios depict a partial recapitalization, and a full-system recompete, although both assume a certain level of standardization and backfit/reuse. The rotary-wing UAS assumes a much larger platform optimized for missions such as resupply, communications, ISR and others. Each forecast includes revenues flowing to: the UAV, ground control, sensors as well as components/support. Depending upon the forecast emphasis, these program elements will vary greatly, Stearns said. Look for a high Technical Readiness Level (TRL) platform to be fielded quickly, in an effort to manage risk perceptions and move capability quickly to theater.

The forecast provides visibility from 2013 to 2025, with acquisition revenues peaking in the 2018-2021 timeframe with close to half of all-scenario revenues accounted for. The report draws upon U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) publications, ranging from Unmanned System Roadmaps to the recently-released Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) in order to plot organizational shifts over time. Operations tempo and an increasing thirst for tactical persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) will continue to place tactical unmanned systems at the forefront of mission prosecution.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Executive Briefing
  • Overview and Intent
  • Operations Tempo, ISR Challenges Affect UAS
  • Performance Demands
  • Background
  • RQ-7: Status and DoD Plans
  • Army FCS Class IV UAV Cancellation Brings Greater
  • Emphasis for RQ-7
  • Task Force ODIN Further Validates
  • Manned/Unmanned Persistent ISR Approach
  • RQ-7/TUAS Mission Growth
  • RQ-7/TUAS Expanding System Demands (1)
  • RQ-7/TUAS Expanding System Demands (2)
  • RQ-7/TUAS: Next Generation Enhanced
  • Capabilities
  • RQ-7/TUAS: Next Generation Anticipated
  • Attributes
  • RQ-7/TUAS: Acquisition Challenges
  • RQ-7: Can it Bridge the Gap?
  • Title Slide: RQ-7/TUAS Scenarios and Competitors
  • RQ-7 Army TUAS Competitive Environment Radar
  • Screen.
  • RQ-7/Army TUAS Scenario Revenues (2013-2025)
  • RQ-7/Army TUAS Scenario: RQ-7 Open Recompete plus
  • FCS Class IV Replacement (2013-2025)
  • RQ-7/Army TUAS Scenarios: All Aircraft Acquisition
  • Forecasts (2013-2025)
  • + many more

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ComCam International Quoted on OTCBB

Defense News: WEST CHESTER, Pa., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ComCam International Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:CMCJ.ob - News) announced today that it has commenced trading on the OTC Bulletin Board. The stock was approved for quotation effective March 16th under the trading symbol "CMCJ."

"Listing on the OTC Bulletin Board will increase the profile of ComCam International with both private and institutional investors," stated Don Gilbreath, CEO of ComCam. "This opportunity to broaden our shareholder base comes at an excellent time for our company as we continue to grow our business."

Moving forward ComCam expects revenue to be divided between the provision of services (70%) and the sale of products (30%). ComCam expects to expand its provision of security-related services to correctional facilities and to focus on product sales in advanced video fusion and control system technologies.

ComCam develops network video command-and-control products and leads the way in providing distributed computing remote network video devices, and services to U.S. government agencies, correctional facilities, Fortune 500 companies, research centers, original equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and dealers worldwide.

Please visit ComCam at -

Forward-Looking Statements

A number of statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. A safe-harbor provision may not be applicable to the forward-looking statements made in this press release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including timely development, market acceptance of products and technologies, competitive market conditions, successful integration of acquisitions, and the ability to secure additional sources of financing. The actual results that ComCam may achieve could differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. ComCam encourages the public to read the information provided here in conjunction with its most recent filings on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. ComCam's public filings may be viewed at



Pete Ianace
ComCam International Inc.
Telephone: (972) 365.4848

Northrop Grumman Returns Restored B-2 Bomber to Active Duty

"Spirit of Pennsylvania" is First B-2 to Receive Insignia of Global Strike Command

Defense News: PALMDALE, Calif., March 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) has returned to service with the U.S. Air Force a freshly painted, completely overhauled B-2 stealth bomber known as the "Spirit of Pennsylvania."

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Northrop Grumman Returns Restored B-2 Bomber to Active Duty: Northrop Grumman has returned to service with the U.S. Air Force a freshly painted, completely overhauled B-2 stealth bomber known as the "Spirit of Pennsylvania." This aircraft is the first B-2 to receive the insignia of the newly formed Global Strike Command, which assumed operational control of the B-2 fleet on Feb 1. In the photo, Northrop Grumman technicians prepare jet for its return flight to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., operational home of the B-2 fleet.

The aircraft lifted off from Air Force Plant 42 here early in the morning on Jan. 26 for its return flight to Whiteman Air Force Base, operational home of the Air Force's 509thBomb Wing and the nation's fleet of B-2s.

"The Spirit of Pennsylvania is the latest B-2 to complete a comprehensive overhaul process called programmed depot maintenance (PDM) that we perform in Palmdale on every B-2 every seven years," said Dave Mazur, vice president of long range strike and B-2 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "We've put this national asset back into its optimal form to serve the strategic needs of the country."

The Spirit of Pennsylvania is the first B-2 to be painted with the insignia of the newly formed Global Strike Command, added Mazur. It was also featured in an early 2009 Sports Illustrated photo showing a B-2 flyover of the Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena.

Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2, the flagship of the nation's long range strike arsenal and the only combat-proven stealth aircraft in the current inventory. Global Strike Command assumed full operational control of the B-2 fleet on Feb 1.

According to Mazur, the programmed depot maintenance process takes approximately 13 months. It includes a complete restoration of the bomber's composite airframe to a "like-new" condition, plus inspections, service and flight testing of all of the aircraft's major mechanical and electrical systems. To date, every B-2 has completed at least one PDM cycle.

The current B-2 fleet comprises 20 aircraft: 19 operational assets plus one flight test aircraft based at Edwards AFB, Calif. that's used to validate software and weapon systems upgrades.

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is one of the most survivable aircraft in the world. It is the only aircraft that combines long range, large payload and precision weapons in a single platform, giving it the ability to penetrate deeply into enemy airspace and hold at risk an enemy's most valued assets. It can fly more than 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling, giving it the ability to reach any point on the globe within hours.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Succeeds In First Vertical Landing

Defense News: F-35B Lightning II Stealth Fighter Lands Vertically For First Time At Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland....NSI News Source Info # 546
The supersonic Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter, piloted by Graham Tomlinson, lands vertically for the first time at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on March 18, 2010. The F-35B will be used by the U.S. Marine Corps, the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, and the Italian Navy and Air Force. It is the first supersonic fighter capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, and will have the capability to operate from austere bases near front-line combat areas, and from small ships.

Enigma CEO to Speak at Airline and Aerospace Operations and MRO IT Conference

Presentation to address “IT Considerations in a Modern MRO Facility”

Defense News: BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jonathan Yaron, president and CEO of Enigma Inc., the leading software company for aftermarket service and parts, will be speaking on the topic of “IT Considerations in a Modern MRO Facility: Will Paperless Become a Reality?” at the Airline and Aerospace Operations and MRO IT Conference Americas on March 23, 2010 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel. The conference will address the key issues relating to the development of IT and its application in maintenance and aircraft flight operations.

Yaron will discuss how information technology plays an increasingly important role in a modern MRO facility;new applications have radically improved the process of integrating supply chain and engineering content with maintenance planning and ERP systems. His presentation will discuss some of the obstacles, as well as the inherent opportunities, for airline operators and MRO shops to become much more efficient and profitable by embracing new IT solutions.

Enigma will also exhibit at the conference, in booth #E13, to demonstrate the Enigma InService MRO, Job Card Generator and Revision Manager solutions for aircraft maintenance. These solutions allow maintenance planners, technicians and engineers to improve maintenance speed and accuracy and to control the distribution of new and modified service information, including: parts, manuals, bulletins, job cards, revisions, engineering orders and more.

Enigma has helped airlines like Japan+Airlines&index=6&md5=e701fd37bd2f3e7adc8ac50cdba8741b">JapanAirlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to decrease maintenance costs, increase equipment uptime and improve maintenance efficiency and consistency.

Quote attributable to Jonathan Yaron, president and CEO of Enigma Inc.:

“Automated revision management, job card generation and digital signatures are just a few of today’s IT offerings that can reduce maintenance time and support costs. However, inconsistent documentation standards, mixed fleets and regulatory concerns have prevented the industry from embracing many of these technologies. I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak with the leading airlines and MRO providers in this region. Enigma’s aircraft maintenance solutions continue to help numerous airlines and aviation shops realize substantial efficiency gains to drive business growth, and there is a great need for our technology.”

Links for more information:

About Enigma

Enigma is the only software company delivering a product suite that improves the efficiency, consistency and profitability of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations and aftermarket sales and service organizations. Enigma’s unique products integrate with product lifecycle management, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning and other enterprise applications to provide a dynamic encyclopedia of service, parts and diagnostic information that captures technicians’ expertise and manages an optimal service and support workflow. By facilitating aftermarket maintenance, parts logistics and equipment uptime, Enigma helps service and support organizations maximize their profitability. For more information, visit and

Enigma 3C is a registered trademark of Enigma. All other trademarks or trade names belong to their respective owners.

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CyOptics 500Gbps TOSA/ROSA Sets New Record for Photonic Integration

CyOptics, Inc.

Technology Demonstration Co-Funded Through ATP/NIST Award

Defense News: LEHIGH VALLEY, PA--(Marketwire - 03/22/10) - CyOptics Inc., an industry leader in the design and manufacture of Photonic Integration Circuits, today announced the successful demonstration of an industry first 1/2 Terabit/s (500Gbps) Transmit Optical Subassembly (TOSA) and Receive Optical Subassembly (ROSA) targeted at next generation Ethernet applications. The Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) components leverage a combination of monolithic and hybrid integration to deliver 500Gbps in a single pair of TOSA and ROSA.

While the IEEE is expected to ratify a standard for 100G Ethernet by the middle of 2010, initial industry and standard body discussions have already started on how to make the next leap to 1 Terabit to meet the ever-increasing demand for optical bandwidth. The 500G demonstration marks the successful completion of the 2nd year milestone as part of a three-year project funded by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program (ATP) to develop the next generation Terabit Photonic Integrated Circuit (TERAPIC™). The final project goal targets the demonstration of optical laser and receiver components for transmission speeds of up to 1 Terabit/s (1,000Gbps) by the end of 2010.

The TOSA encompasses 12 electro-absorptive modulated lasers (EMLs) with wavelength channels from 1270nm to 1380nm on a 10nm channel grid. The lasers are grouped in three (3) arrays with each array monolithically integrating four (4) EMLs. Each EML has a typical small-signal bandwidth of > 30GHz allowing non-return-to-zero (NRZ) operation at 43Gbps. The three EML arrays are flip-chip bonded to a planar lightguide circuit (PLC), which serves as the mounting platform and provides the optical multiplexer (MUX) function. The ROSA couples the signal through an optical PLC-based de-multiplexer (DeMux) to twelve (12) high-speed PIN detectors with a 3dB bandwidth of more than 50GHz and a continuous wave (CW) responsivity of 0.8A/W. The current package dimensions of the TOSA are 22mm x 22mm, and the ROSA 30mm wide x 26mm long. CyOptics leverages its high speed Indium Phosphide (InP) device technology for the fabrication of the cutting edge 40G EML array and 40G PIN detectors, as well as its highly automated hybridization and planar packaging platforms for the assembly of the TERAPIC components. The PLCs for this demonstration used Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology designed and fabricated by Kotura, CyOptics' partner in the ATP/NIST project. For the future commercialization of the TERAPIC technology, CyOptics intends to also leverage its in-house Silica PLC platform.

The transmission tests were performed over 2km of SMF with each channel tested at 40Gbps. For the demo, a commercial SOA was used in front of the ROSA to boost the signal. Each channel was tested to be error free to <>

About CyOptics

Built by industry founders and leveraging its Bell Labs heritage, CyOptics has a unique tool box of optical integration device and manufacturing capabilities supporting its leadership position in the supply of sub-components to the optical communications and defense/avionics markets. CyOptics is an industry leader in both hybrid integration using different elements in a single package and monolithic integration on a single chip. Our products are enabled by an automated "nano-tech" capable manufacturing process that delivers best performance, uniformity and cost. The Company's InP design, device fabrication and high performance packaging operations are located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; its Silica PLC fab is located in South Plainfield, NJ; its planar automated packaging and testing operations are located in Matamoros, Mexico. CyOptics is ISO 9001:2000 certified. For more information, please visit or call 1-484-397-2061.


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Coverity Uncovers Software Complexity in Avionics

Source code analysis leader - Coverity Inc

Defense News: SAN FRANCISCO, March 22 /PRNewswire/ --

What: "Accelerating Safety-Critical Airborne Software Integration," a free, one-hour webcast from OpenSystems Media and Coverity, Inc. focused on the heightened requirements of today's complex avionics software. The webcast will cover effective strategies for detecting and fixing software integration defects for complex aerospace and defense systems.

When: March 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM ET

Where: Register for the webcast online at

Who: Chris Ciufo, who oversees OpenSystems Media's Military and Aerospace group of magazines, will moderate this discussion featuring:

  • Steve Morton, aerospace software development expert and founder of TBV Associates
  • Ilya Dreytser, technical manager at Coverity

About Coverity

Coverity (, the software integrity leader, is the trusted standard for companies that have a zero-tolerance policy for software failures. Coverity's award-winning portfolio of software integrity products discovers software defects in development before they can impact the business. More than 900 customers rely on Coverity to help them deliver high-integrity software. Coverity is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco.

Micrel Introduces New Gigabit PHY for Embedded Ethernet

Low Power Consumption, High Integration and Small Size Targets "Green" Systems

Defense News: SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - 03/22/10) - Micrel Inc., (NASDAQ:MCRL - News), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today announced the KSZ9021GN and KSZ9021RN, two new single-port 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit transceivers that support data transfer over a standard CAT-5 unshielded twisted pair cable. The solutions are ideal for enabling green system designs and Gigabit Ethernet performance in Home, Industrial, SOHO and SMB applications, such as set top boxes, broadband gateways, media converters and IP devices for voice and video. Volume quantities are currently available. For specific pricing, please contact your local Micrel sales office. Samples can be ordered at:

"Micrel's Ethernet products have been a key enabler in the broad adoption of Ethernet in the Digital Home and Industrial segments," noted Wiren Perera, Micrel's director of Ethernet Products. "Increasing performance demands for these applications necessitate migration to higher speeds so Micrel is now delivering Gigabit solutions with lower power, smaller size and reduced emissions -- all comprising the same high Micrel standards in quality and reliability. Micrel's KSZ9021 series also features a unique level of integration which, combined with low power and size, makes these solutions ideal for Green systems."

The high level of on-chip integration in the KSZ9021 series results in reduced system bill of materials, simplified hardware design, improved signal integrity and reduced emissions. Termination resistors and LDO controller, along with built-in diagnostic features, are just some of the integrated functions that significantly reduce the cost and the complexity of Gigabit Ethernet applications. Specifically, the on-chip termination eliminates eight external termination resistors. The 10/100/1000Base-T IEEE802.3-compliant transceivers feature RGMII (KSZ9021RN) and GMII (KSZ9021GN) interfaces. The ICs also offer LinkMD® cable diagnostics that support quick resolution of common cabling problems and reduce network downtime. Automatic MD/MDIX crossover support eliminates the need for a cross-over cable, thus reducing installation costs. The devices will be available for both commercial and industrial temperature ranges. The commercial range is currently available and the industrial range will be introduced in the first quarter of 2010.

About Micrel, Inc.
Micrel Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide Analog, Ethernet and High Bandwidth markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. Web:

Note: LinkMD is a registered trademark of Micrel, Inc.