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We are all quite used to the standard curved shape of a commercial aircraft window, but believe it or not, they were once square. In 1952, three tragic commercial airplane crashes left engineers puzzled. The ill-fated airframes had two things in common—a fuselage that tore apart at cruising altitude, and square windows. 

Because commercial flight demand had increased at the time, airlines needed airplanes with the capacity to travel at a higher cruising altitude of 30,000 ft.—formerly, commercial aircraft were propeller driven, and traveled at 10,000 to 12,000 ft. With the invention of commercial jet aircraft, engineers designed aircraft with a cylindrical fuselage that was pressurized. These changes meant the aircraft could operate as commuter transport at higher altitudes, with less drag. Unfortunately, the square window design remained. 

In inspecting the debris, the design flaw of the windows was quickly determined. As a plane increases in altitude, external atmospheric pressure lowers. The difference between external and internal pressurization causes the fuselage to contract and expand slightly. In the case of the 1952 crashes, the stress created within a fuselage material was aggravated by the rigid edges of the square windows. Because the rigid shape interrupts the stress distribution across the surface of the fuselage, stress concentration builds at the edges of the window. As a result, the elevated stress created fractures in the material of the fuselage.

Aircraft windows are now rounded in order to ensure even distribution of stress across the airframe. Modern window engineering has multiple failsafes and the capacity to preserve pressure conditions of the cabin. Passenger windows are two panels with airspace in between. One panel operates as a fail safe to protect the interior cabin pressure even if the other panel fails. 

New window technology continues to develop, and can be seen in modern aircraft cabins like that of the Boeing Dreamliner. It’s windows have multi-ply transparency material mounted on a composite fuselage. This material is designed with crack propagation resistant properties, and is able to manage more impact than its predecessors. As a result, windows made with transparencies are able to manage greater overall loads.


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A portmanteau of “aviation” and “electronics”, “avionics” is a word used to describe aviation electronics for aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft. Avionics are incorporated on an aircraft for a multitude of purposes: communication, navigation, monitoring, flight-control systems, fuel systems, collision-avoidance systems, flight recorders, weather systems, aircraft management systems, and in-flight entertainment. As a result, electronic configurations are located all over the aircraft. Systems are integrated and required to communicate with each other for safety. But, without connectors, none of this would be possible. 
In 1929, the Aeronautics Radio Inc (ARINC) was formed to develop standards for avionics. The military also created their own initiatives, the Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) and the Open Systems Architecture (OSA). IMA allows the same part or card to be used between different computer modules and reduces weight and maintenance issues. OSA is a strategy that relies on defined and published standards-based interfaces and module designs. 

Because avionics are constantly evolving and advancing, their connectors need to evolve to meet the increasing demands. Engineers work on increasing efficiency and developing systems that can handle transmitting high-speed data and bandwidth, without increasing weight. One of the main contributors to fuel consumption is weight because it requires more power to get a heavy aircraft lifted. Someone might assume that avionic connectors are small enough that their weight doesn't have a significant impact on the aircrafts total weight— but that's incorrect.
One of the methods used to decrease weight without reducing the ability to meet high speed data requirements is choosing the right materials. Avionics have evolved away from electromechanical components to electronic and digital technologies. Part of the advancements is the use of fiber optic cables and copper. Fiber optics used to be seen as fragile and difficult to use, but today they are known to increase speed and data, reduce weight, and do not require cable shielding.


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The Body of an Airplane
An airplane is an intricately designed machine. Not one component is solely responsible for getting it up in the air. All of its parts work together to balance aerodynamic factors and operating requirements. The main parts of the body of an aircraft are the fuselage, the wings, the empennage, the landing gear, and the engines. A simple way to understand the body of an aircraft is to compare it to the human body. 

The fuselage is like the torso of the body— it connects all of the appendages and makes them whole. The wings and the empennage are connected to it; the fuselage houses the cockpit and cabin which include the restrooms, galleys, kitchens, and flight attendant seating. A fuselage is designed around payload requirements, aerodynamics, and structures. On a passenger aircraft, the upper part of the fuselage cross-section houses the passengers and the lower part houses cargo. The landing gear on an aircraft absorbs the stress of take-offs and landings and slow an aircraft down after ground contact. Larger aircraft have retractable landing gear, which is housed in the aircraft's fuselage during the flight to make the aircraft more aerodynamic.
 
The wings are like arms— they are connected to the middle of the aircraft. The wings are most often the part of an aircraft that provide lift. The lift coefficient varies with the angle of attack. Increasing the angle of attack will increase lift up to the maximum lift coefficient— also known as the critical angle of attack. Going above this will cause an aircraft to enter into a stall.
 
Wings have various additions, including spoilers, trailing-edge flaps, leading-edge slats, and ailerons. Spoilers are deployed during landing to slow the aircraft down; they reduce lift in a controlled way. Flaps are deployed for takeoff and landing to increase lift. Leading edge slats allow wings to operate at higher angles of attack. Ailerons usually form part of the trailing edge of a wing and are used to control the rolling motion, therefore changing the flight path. On passenger jets, the engines are usually located below the wings. Engines are housed in engine nacelles, which reduce drag and direct airflow for the purpose of cooling the engine.
 
Located on the tail of an aircraft, the empennage is like the legs— it provides balance. An empennage has a vertical and a horizontal stabilizer. The vertical stabilizer controls yaw and the horizontal stabilizer controls pitch. Yaw is the movement of an aircraft along the vertical axis; it’s often used with the ailerons to control and balance the direction of an aircraft. Pitch is the movement of an aircraft along the horizontal axis; it controls the aircraft moving up or down.
 
Each component in the body of an aircraft is important to flight. Just like the human body, every system interacts with and balances each other. Without one, the aircraft would not fly properly. 

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KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are units of measurement that allow businesses to track their success and evaluate how effectively they are achieving their objectives.  When choosing which KPIs to use, utilize the SMART acronym.

A. Specific – Are your objectives clear?
B. Measurable – Can you quantify your objectives?
C. Attainable – Are your objectives realistic?
D. Relevant – Are your objectives related to your overall business?
E. Time – In what amount of time do you expect to meet these objectives? 

Inventory planning is a must for any airline housing spare parts for maintenance purposes.  Airlines don’t want to deal with an extended AOG situation resulting from a lack of parts, but it’s unrealistic to house a whole aircraft’s worth of spares that may, or may not, be needed. Five important KPIs regarding inventory planning capabilities that every airline should focus on include the following.
  1. Inventory Turn - Stock being issued/overall inventory value= Inventory Turn. Usually low, parts don’t typically fail that often.  It may be beneficial to sell or exchange parts, which are slow-moving, rather than have them sit in inventory.
  2. Inventory Per Tail - The amount of inventory you have, per aircraft.  Some aircraft have more expensive parts than others, so be sure to keep aircraft type in mind.
  3. Inventory Investment - Includes all operational/capital spending (repair costs, holding costs, etc.).  Budgeting for this really depends on demand– flight hours, upcoming maintenance checks, and busy seasons should all be factored into this.
  4. Inventory Service Level - Determined by the level of stock you have sitting in your warehouse.  It’s the amount of time a part is available (where it is available, and for how long).
  5. Inventory Cost Per Hour of Flight - Operating costs/flying hours= Cost Per Hour Of Flight
    Remember it is important to consistently review, revise and reevaluate your KPIs.  As your business changes, so should your objectives and goals.

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Importance Of Reed Relays in Electronic Field
First appearing in the 1930s, reed relays were once a critical component of telecommunications systems. Despite phasing out of telecommunications, they are now more prolific than ever as they find use other applications such as automatic test equipment, electronics, etc


Reed relays are relays with contacts made of a magnetic material with electromagnetics that act directly on the switch inside of requiring an armature. This relay contains a reed switch, an optional diode, an encapsulating package with connection terminals, and a coil for creating a magnetic field. When used correctly, this type of relay is a perfect device, especially since it has inherent isolation between voltage controls and operating coils. This type of mechanism allows for a flawless signal switching.

The reed switch, a component within the relay, has two metal shaped blades created from highly magnetic material. These blades are encapsulated inside a glass tube, making them resistant to corrosion. This glass seal also protects debris from entering the switch, allowing for a lengthy mechanical life.  Due to their magnetic nature, the blades are attracted to each other and with enough of a push, the blades will touch, forming an electrical contact. These two blades are the only point of contact within the switch.

Reed switches have many different varying factors, one of which is size. Longer reed switches do not require long-distance blade deflection, allowing for the blade gap to be closed more easily. Shorter reed switches are typically made with thinner materials to allow for easier blade contact.  These small switches allow for small relays to be constructed, a critical aspect when space is an issue. Reed switches are used to generate electricity in a circuit. The generation of electricity inside a circuit is critical, making reed switch a necessity to operate to anything with a circuit board such as an aircraft or a vehicle.

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Aircraft engines and car engines seem like they would be rather similar. After all, they are both machinery that power massive vehicles used to transport people and goods. But, the truth is, aircraft engines are rather different. Aircraft utilize RPMs, not multi-gear transmissions.

RPMs are like gears in a car, in the sense that propeller driven aircraft depend on specific RPM, or revolutions per minute, settings to achieve different stages of flight. So, the RPMs are at maximum setting during take-offs and landing, and they are reduced to a slower and more efficient setting during flight. During flight, the aircraft engine’s RPM doesn’t change, but the engine power, which translates to speed, can.
 
Aircraft engines have three major controls: the throttle, the propeller knob and the mixture knob. While the throttle is like the gas pedal of a car in terms of increasing and decreasing power, it’s different in that the aircraft engine still runs at the same speed even as the throttle changes the power output. That’s because the propeller knob changes the RPMs. When the aircraft takes-off, the propeller knob and the throttle are set to full forward for maximum power. But at cruising altitude, the throttle is set to reduce the power output and the propeller RPMs accordingly. The mixture knob is then used to lean the fuel-air ratio to the proper stoichiometric ratio for that particular altitude so that the aircraft flies smoothly.
 
Notice, to reach cruising speeds, only the throttle and the mixture knobs need to be changed. But the aircraft can still speed up or slow down. The propeller knob doesn’t have to move, and the RPMs don’t have to change. That’s because speed is based on the power output by the throttle, and how propeller blades automatically change pitch, or the distance it would move forward if it were cutting through a solid, accordingly.
 
Clearly, aircraft engines and car engines are not that similar or comparable. You don’t have to deal with altitudes, stoichiometry of fuel-air ratios, or pitch when you drive a car. But, like a car, you do have to maintain your engine and repair and replace parts when need-be. At times like that, you have ASAP Purchasing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, one of the premier suppliers of aviation parts and components ranging from massive engines to tiny bearings. 

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Autonomous cars are self-driving vehicles. It is very interesting to see how long we have come from having a basic mode of transportation which has slowly but surely evolved into much more than that. A handful of the automobile industry has slowly transitioned into building their first autonomous cars. Companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Audi, and of course Tesla electric have many of them on the road today. However, owing to the nature of the advancement there are still many errors to fix due to possibilities of crashes and potential deaths as seen by Tesla Model S as the first autonomous car fatality. It is important these vehicles can detect objects, fog, and all the hazards of the road 100% of the time before progressing any further.
Autonomous vehicles need Infrared cameras to allow better visibility than light-based cameras. Although there is a limitation due to the high cost and limited resources available. Now the time has gone into research to find a different solution that will enable an overall better technology for the vehicle.
The University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, the Air Force Research Lab and the University of Missouri collaborated to create a new material that enables better-infrared technology. This new material is called chalcogenide perovskites. This was found in barium titanium sulfide (BTS) which cooperated uniquely, where the light interacted in two different directions. The BTS would make for better image contrast which well helps better improve sensing objects. This new technology will improve and advance the technology behind autonomous vehicles efficiently at a better cost.
ASAP Purchasing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find the best-infrared sensors. Veritable Aviation is your premier online distributor of whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate infrared cameras and detection systems. ASAP Purchasing has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.asap-purchasing.com or call +1-412-212-0606.

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Toshiba has just announced they are adding two brand new N-Channel devices to their extensive family of U-MOS IX-H family of high-efficiency and high speed switching MOSFETs. TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL are the two newest additions to the MOSFETs lineup by Toshiba. They help designers improve performance while reducing power consumption in most of the power supply applications for DC-DC converters as well as the secondary side circuits of the SMPS AC-DC power supplies. They have a maximum VDSS rating of 40V and allows for operation with gate-source voltages of +/-20V and the maximum respective drain currents are between 100A and 82A. Having low typical on resistance of just 2.5mO at VGS=10V enables an output capacitance (COSS) of 1000pF which ultimately ensures the efficiency of the on-state operations, rapid switching and lowers switching losses.

TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL provides the optimal trade-off between resistance and capacitance to support optimum performance and efficiency in power supply applications. Boasting a synchronous rectification designs with low output charge that reduces the rectification power loss in regards to device contributions. Lastly the TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL will primarily operate with channel temperatures up to 175 degrees Celsius thanks to the U-MOS IX-H technology devoted to ensuring stable operations over a variety of load conditions and temperature ranges.

Here at ASAP Purchasing, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Toshiba products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. All of our aircraft parts are extensively tested and enjoy our consumer-centric warranty If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at http://www.asap-purchasing.com call us at toll free at (714) 705 4780.


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Recently, On-chip tuning capacitors have had a major issue with being too lossy and causing problems for the user. This issue has been identified and according to the university of California, Santa Barbara has allegedly stated the issue is within the,

"deposition of complex oxides, such as barium strontium titanate, is problematic because of the high temperatures and oxygen-rich environment involved."

Also reporting another major issue has to do with the BST- based device being limited by the deposition and processing methods appose to the actual base material. A change in fabric has become a main solution to their overloading issue by replacing chemicals commonly used in photolithography that contaminate BST. The film in the chip requires a smaller electrode dimensions and finer lithography that the standard integrated capacitor structures. Another challenge that that they face is low-loss reactive devices are microwave frequencies.

Finding alternatives is their main concern to cease the unruly effects that the chip has been encountering. Over much research they have soon discovered that the deposition of low dielectric loss is possible from a hybrid,

“hybrid form of molecular beam epitaxy that uses metal organic precursors.”

As the BST capacitor have many uses they have soon to be used to create phase shifters for phased array antennas in mobile communications or also may be used in antennas in cellular communications.

Despite these unruly materials with the BST this is not the first dilemma of its type. According to Professor Robert York of UCSB there has already been,

"some barium strontium titanate devices are already used for commercial RF electronics, and the infrastructure for deposition and fabrication already exists within semiconductor foundries.”

As a result, the University to provide ICs with films that are placed exactly on metal electrodes.

ASAP Purchasing can provide a wide variety of capacitors, semiconductors and other board level components. Dealing with some of the top electronic components manufacturing companies in the industry to for fill your component need in one source. Our goal is to ease your logistics to get you equipped and installed instantly. For a better look at the products we have to offer visit our website at www.asap-purchasing.com. For instant RFQs email us at sales@asapsemi.com or to speak with one of our sales representatives give us a call at (714) 705 4780.


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In recent News, Apple the creator of the iPhone and many apple products have finally witnessed a drop-in sales in its birth place of China. Many competitors are on the rise to surpass and beat apple sales, Samsung and Android being some of the top. Per the tar Worldpanel Comtech Iphones take 31.8% of smartphone sales with a growth of 1.3%. Android a top apple competitor has taken a plunge in the US numbers with 66% and a total of 0.6% decline in revenue sales. The release of the IPhone 6s allowed Apple to compete with Samsung’s release the Galaxy S7/S7 edge. In the US both companies competed side by side for the number one spot was recorded as the,” iPhone 6s devices accounted for 15.1% of the US smartphone OS market in Q2 while Samsung’s Galaxy S7/S7 edge accounted for 14.1%.

“Alongside the US the numbers in the UK headed in the same direction showing that.”

Apple grew 3.1% to 37.2% market share, in France it took 20.2% share and in Germany its share went up 1% to 14.2% share.” Although these sales in the US and UK have gone up it has not been the same for China. Some say that the plunge was due to market share loss or even the being,” outmaneuvered and outclassed.”As iphones are released almost every year many state that they are lacking newer features rather than just an average software upgrade with a better camera. These numbers that were lost due to these factors are quite a large impact in the company. Tim Cook the CEO of apple tries to explain their downfall and says, “we had a surge of upgraders that came into the market for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the upgrade rate increased relatively more in Greater China than elsewhere around the world.” 

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of electronic parts and board level components. Being able to provide a broad variety of parts for your very needs. Look at our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing.com and explore all Apple broad level components for use in various applications. Keeping up with the latest and most modern electronic equipment is our goal. For a better idea of what we can provide give us a call at (714) 705 4780 or email us at sales@asapsemi.com.


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PSMP Cable Plugs

In Danbury, the company Amphenol RF is expanding to its new PSMP interface. Due to the flexibility there will be four new cable connectors that will be available. These specific cables are designed for 0.141- and 0.86-inch diameter semi-rigid and conformable cables which allow engineers to have way more choices than they currently have.

These new cable plugs are made to operate in high power applications. These applications can run all the way up to 200 W at frequencies of 2.2 GHz. These connectors look similar to the SMP interface, with features of gold and copper outer contacts in white bronze as well. The purpose of these specific finishes ensure a mechanical fit and maximize electrical performance.

The company Amphenol RF is one of the top manufacturers of connectors for use in radio frequency such as microwaves and data transmission systems. Their headquarters are located in Danbury, Connecticut, USA. While they are located in the United States they have global sales that include countries such as Asia and Europe. Some of their standard products include RF connectors, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies. Aside from their standard products they also have custom engineered products that include multi-port ganged interconnect, blind-mate and hybrid mixed-signal solutions.

While their main focus is on building on flexibility of PSMP designs, the 4 cable connectors that are available are designed in semi-rigid and conformable cables. These designs suit high-power applications that can range all the way up to 200 W. The mating style is similar to SMP interface, where as well the white gold-plated female center contacts with copper plated in white bronze. These plates ensure mechanical fit and they also optimize electrical performance allowing the high-power ranges to reach a 200 w. This company also adds versatility to the board to focus on their PSMP line.

ASAP offers a wide variety of electronic parts corresponding to Amphenol RF parts and products. We like to stay up to date with modern technology and modern parts to fulfill your aerospace electronic component needs. For a further look at our inventory visit us at www.asap-purchasing.com or give us a call at (714) 705-4780. For instant RFQ’s email us at sales@asapsemi.com.

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Senate Confirms a US New Air Force General

On August 23rd 2016. John Vandiver wrote an article for Stars and Stripes talking about the newest Air Force General to be nominated to lead the U.S. Africa Command as well as the U.S. Air Force. These two positions were approved by the U.S. Senate on the prior Wednesday.

For the newest Air Force General, David Goldfien was appointed. Goldfien replaced General Mark A. Welsh. Goldfein was the vice chief of staff for the service before taking over as the Air Force chief of staff. Goldfein has experience in combat experience as well as flying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here’s what Air Force Secretary Deborah James had to say about Goldfien being appointed.

“There is not a better person to lead our airmen into the next century of Airpower dominance.”

For the newest U.S. Africa Command, Marine Lt. General Thomas Waldhauser was appointed. Waldhauser replaced General David Rodriguez who was in charge for the past three years. Waldhauser was the director of joint force development with the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to taking over as the U.S. Africa Command. Waldhauser will be focusing on the instability of Libya in attempts to defuse the situation with the Islamic State trying to establish ground in Libya.

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Lenovo Think pad X1 Yoga

Lenovo announced the release of its first OLED screen laptop after a long period of anticipation.  Supplying was delayed by Lenovo’s testing, to ensure best possible version was released.  The Think pad X1 is the first of its kind in Lenovo’s history now being available for an exceptional price of $1,682. It can compete with its counterparts in the market as a standard LED screen priced at just $1,394, US which is also standard for most lap top screens in the industry.

These competing screens do not stray too far from each other but have some noticeable different qualities. Although they both have the i5 Core Skylake processors, the OLED is more expensive and has the tendency to have “imagine burning “which is caused by leaving an image on the screen too long.

There is also a catch with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED model -- you cannot get WiGig Wi-Fi, which is available in the LED models.

For this reason, companies that produce PCs have strayed from their production such as Samsung and LG limit. Instead they manufacture LED products for smaller high volume commodities and large screen TVs.  HP is going to limit its work with the OLED production and ensuring that the final product works well, before even thinking about bringing the latest innovation to low model laptops.

The ThinkPad is the next best thing for a light weight and efficient travel lap top to date. The pad has a rotating screen which allows it to turn into a tablet for a closer hand on grip. The OLED screen emits images at 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution. Equipped with an approximated 11 hours of battery life tested by Lenovo. Weighing as little as 2.6 pounds and is about a solid .67 inches. It is the perfect on the go product.

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Intel is finally catching up and creating a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. They may make an appearance at Intel’s developer show next month. They will show all of the details during a technical session while it is being held in San Francisco. All of the information about the glasses isn’t available yet, but they seem very similar and just between the two glasses created by Microsoft and Google.

They describe it as a product that uses Intel’s Collaboration Suite video capabilities to "transform Intel's enterprise collaboration experiences with secure, cost-effective, hands-free and augmented reality technologies."

The glasses are a blend from the real world into a virtual world, creating 3D objects, video chat such as Skype or video games that have a 3D effect but at the same time have a real world background.

They also allow a remote way of communication. For example, if one were to video chat or Skype while wearing the glasses it allows them to be hands free and more remote instead of having to hold up a cell phone or sit in front of a computer. It would also blend virtual and real world into one during the video chat and in the future help out with areas such as medicine and education.

Smart glasses and components manufactured by Intel might also run into some problems like their competitors, such as being too bulky or not being allowed to wear them in public places. A popular game such as Pokemon Go could enhance the glasses capabilities such as being able to measure distance and recognize items and map locations.

Although Intel already has Smart Glasses, they do not do what the new AR glasses would be doing. One of the features that differentiates them from the others is the Real-sense camera. It goes in depth with the shape and contour of objects

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There has been skepticism in the last few years about the idea of “Made in America”; but there is assurance in a particular segment that “USA made” product dominates, and that the global weapons trade.

The Military-Industrial Complex has figured out that USA made products inspire a lot of brand loyalty even with countries like Saudi Arabia. The USA was the world’s leading arms dealer in 2014 and 2015. With $36.2 billion in sales in 2014, in which there was a 35% in sales over 2013. 2015 also proved to be a more profitable year with $46.6 billion in sales. A Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report on the global arms trade that the United States maintains a commanding “33% share of total arms exports and is the world’s top seller for five years running”. With a total customer base 96 countries in which 40% is exported to the Middle East.

One explanation to the increase in 2015 could be traced to the marketing efforts of US personnel stationed at the US embassy in Jordan. They represented the US at Jordan’s eleventh bi-annual Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX). SOFEX offers arms manufactures to display their merchandise and to cut deals potential buyers.

Deployed at SOFEX were Senior Commercial Officer Geoffrey Bogart and Regional Safety and Security chief Cherine Maher to push sales of American made arms. Maher stated,

We are very high on the safety and security market in Jordan.

while his colleague stated,

there is an abundance of market prospects for US companies to do business in Jordan, including in border security, cyber security, command and control centers, telecommunications equipment, military vehicles, artillery, tactical equipment, bomb and metal detectors, and closed circuit television (CCTV) and access control.

The countries that offer the most opportunities consist of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and Iraq. With Iraq having a 2014 market value about $7.6 billion and it is estimated to increase to $19 billion because of the latest issues with ISIS.  Corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and etc, took $90.29 billion of the over $175 billion worth of taxpayer dollars that were contracted to the top 100 military contractors.

A recent Map-light analysis concluded that,

the major U.S. government contractors have received $1,171 in taxpayer money for every $1 invested in lobbying and political action committee contributions during the last decade.

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Elbit Systems present its latest spectrum of solutions for changing requirements of the defense, and commercial aviation to increase pilot awareness and reinforce flight protection and safety. Solutions for commercial aviation include avionic systems, advanced electronic warfare, electro-optics and unmanned systems. Elbit has said to bring their aviation solutions to the Farnborough, a week long show used for trade and also open to the public on the last 3 days held in Hampshire, England.

Prime examples of the new systems that will be presented at Farnborough are systems such as Spectrotm- XR and Light spear.  The Spectrotm – XR offers a long range electro – optical ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance) system for ISTAR missions enhancing manned systems with more over all awareness. On the contrary the Light Spear system provides protection to a UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) and allows Jamming of the system to take place.

Alongside the UAS Elbit offers the Comint/DF system. This particular system was designed to handle multiple communication systems at once and for compatibility with any UAS. Communication is the key in any system which is why Elbit offers their line of Data Links which provides wireless communication for manned or unmanned aircraft. Designed with Tracking, Telemetry, Ranging and Control systems which can be installed into space vehicles and satellite earth stations.

Tracking devices help find uncharted items in desperate times of need, now controlled by the Family of Intelligence and EW Systems for Cellular Communications systems. Identifying and locating potential threats designed and used by the military, law enforcement, and intelligence entities.

With endless solution programs Elbit displayed at the Farnborough, it continues to be one of the top Homeland Security and Commercial programs in the industry.

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Outside the United States lurks one of the USA’s largest Airforce base; located in southwest Germany is Ramstein Air Base. Ramstein serves as the headquarters for the US Air Force in Europe and is a crucial Air base for drone warfare, airlifting special-ops units and transporting munitions for airstrikes. The Air Base is the home to 57,000 US citizens and the Defense Department calls it,

the largest American community outside of the United States, Ramstein serves as the biggest Air Force cargo port beyond US borders, providing full spectrum airfield operations along with world-class airlift and expeditionary combat support.

To make the US soldiers feel home, Ramstein has five American colleges have campuses on the base and large Exchange store that is considered the largest in the US military. A public-affairs officer, Maj. Tony Wickman stated that

The scope of that projection is vast, with areas of responsibility that include Europe, Russia, and Africa—104 countries in all. And Ramstein is well-staffed to meet the challenge, with over 7,500 “active duty Airmen”.

At the moment, Ramstein supports fifteen different major combat operations and the newest addition to the base are fleet of fourteen newest-model C-130 turboprops. The plane is known for its spacious cargo bay that can carry up to 44,000 pounds of supplies or 92 Army Airborne “jumpers” who can weigh up to 400 pounds. The C-130J is ideal for flying war material and special-operations forces to remote terrain in northern and western Africa and the Pentagon describes it as “a rugged combat transporter designed to take off and land at austere fields”.

In 2011 Ramstein’s 60,800-square-foot Air and Space Operations Center opened and it came with “40 communication systems, 553 workstations, 1,500 computers, 1,700 monitors, 22,000 connections, and enough fiber optics to stretch from here to the Louvre in Paris.” Making it one the most technological advanced air bases.

Ramstein is absolutely essential to the US drone program.

says Brandon Bryant, a former Air Force sensor operator who participated in drone attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia for five years while stationed in New Mexico and Nevada.

“All information and data go through Ramstein. Everything. For the whole world.” Bryant and other sensor operators had Ramstein on speed dial:

Before we could establish a link from our ground-control station in the United States to the drone, we literally would have to call Ramstein up and say ‘Hey, can you connect us to this satellite feed?’ We would just pick up the phone and press the button and it automatically dials in to Ramstein.


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On Monday July 11 2016, Keith Stuart wrote an article for The Guardian that talks about Microsoft’s Xbox One and the games that come along with it. After this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, there was much talk about the Xbox One S that Microsoft had on display during this conference.

To give you some idea as to what is promised in the Xbox One S, Microsoft has said that this console will be compatible with the 4k definition. Along with this, the size of the Xbox One S console will be reduced to a size 40% less than its predecessor. Microsoft has plans for this to be released in the later months of 2017.

Here is what Phil Spencer, the man behind the Xbox business plan after Don Mattrick’s leave in July of 2013, has to say about this.

I mean, there are definitely business minds that would say, ‘You should keep everything as close to the now-now-now answer as you can’. Talking about the future is always a challenge.

The goal of the E3 conference for Spencer was to use the community to pique interest in the new development console. In a normal case, Microsoft would have planned to keep this a secret and have people sign NDA’s however the team decided to try something new this time around.

Mike Ybarra the director of program management of the Xbox had to add his comment to this.

A lot of people are missing the fact that Xbox One S is a 4K, UHD physical Blu-ray player too. Well, those are retailing at $399. With Xbox One S, at $299, you’re getting 4K Blu-ray, a 4K upscale for games and video, it’s 40% smaller than Xbox One, and has the power supply built in. I think people are going to be blown away when they see Microsoft HDR games and videos, frankly. It’s a pretty big difference.

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With the mechatronics technology on the rise, a pronounced challenge by Ford was tested on their proving ground located in Arizona, USA. This thrilling experiment was carried out as part of their Smart Mobility program. Ford’s research and development team has certainly penetrated a new bench mark in the automotive industry by proving that their vehicles can now start cruising in the streets with no headlights or cameras, and using only LIDAR sensors. This enriched technology operates by measuring the distance around the vehicle’s perimeter and illuminating a target by means of a laser light.

This technology was previously trialed on vehicles but hasn’t met the required success criteria. The reason this was the case was due to the poor quality camera images it generated, although it still offers a superior image resolution in comparison to the radar. However, Ford did overcome this obstacle by installing a high resolution digital 3D road map along with the virtual driver software which resulted in a vehicle guided by a further developed LIDAR system to track complex roads in a very detailed manner. The sensors equipped in the LIDAR system are very sophisticated that it has the ability to scan the surroundings up to nearly 3 million times per second. This refined system operates infrared light with a 200 meters range to generate a richer digital three dimensional image of the vehicle’s exterior environment.

All of this decisive information is then paralleled to a digital high-resolution road map which contains extremely comprehensive data that was previously stored to define other essential details such as trees, buildings, signs, road markings and many more specifics. The autopilot software then relates all the LIDAR signals revealed from the vehicles surroundings to the instantaneous radar and map data to finally convert those to breaking and steering commands.

LIDAR technology has also significantly reduced in size and price which greatly contributes to ease launching this brilliant technology on a mass scale. Consequently many reputable companies and academic institutions are currently investing today in developing human machine interface designs.


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HARDWARE-TOOLS-INDUSTRY-IN-DUBAI

By getting prepared for the Middle East’s major upcoming hardware, tools and machinery’s exhibition, a market analysis has shown that the fastest growing city in the world; Dubai, has an estimated line of work valued at 5.74 billion AED which includes imports, exports and also re-exports to other countries in the MENA region.

The USA is considered one of the key partners involved with Dubai’s hardware and tools line of work at an assessed value of 878 million AED, followed by China (746 million AED), Italy (346 million AED), Germany and finally Saudi Arabia (248 million AED).

One of the highest commodities in the construction industry is the rock drilling / exchangeable hand tools which has a market share of 1.05 billion AED, and estimated to be 20% of the total market. Other highly valued commodities include mountings, fittings and other similar parts used for buildings which has an estimate value of 397 million AED, as well as automatic door closer (315 million AED) and non-household tools (261 million AED).

Director General and Chairman of Board of Executive Directors of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, Mattar Al Tayer has opened the 17th edition of the three-day exhibition which took place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. This included over 180 exhibitors from over 10 countries representing 250 brands.

Although many would say that Dubai has already reached its peak in terms of strategic growth and development, and the industry could possibly move to the maturity stage; the Middle Eastern and North African region still has such a great significance in the global construction business alongside with some other industries affiliated with it, such as the Oil & Gas market.

Having that said, it’s certainly the perfect opportunity to launch several distinctive construction related products, such as the nippers presented by Channel-lock from the USA, which is a prime manufacturer of superior quality pliers. Italy has also introduced through Technotubi Picena a wide range of anti-torsion, double coated polyester hoses that is also used for purposes other than construction as well as many more industry pioneers such as Knipex from Germany.


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Programming at its finest brought by MODIVOUS latest innovation: Fathom Neural Compute Stick. The reading and the way a machine perceives files to a whole new level. The Fathom easily confused to just a plain USB drive stick comes with a lot more to offer than just reading and saving normal files. Designed to further learning and to show how to learn with in Dept files other than just any ordinary USB stick will allow. The Fathom Neural Compute Stick a whole entire internal network known as a neural network to be takin down from a cloud and displayed on the device that is the ultimate end user.

This Fathom Stick not only Is embedded with the ability to save like a normal flash drive but is filled with Googles top of the line machine learning software named Tensor-flow which majors in vision processing. This software will allow devices such as robots and drones to be able to integrate vision applications into their already existing software by placing into it a USB port that connects into a developer board within them.

It allows devices to learn new tasks such navigating to a certain place automatically while moving out of harm’s way at the same time, no controller needed. It would also enable a drone’s camera to record after it sees a certain object, a street light for example.

Many share the same problem of not being able to have USB open their files upon opening on a certain device or also being able to have files to teach devices new commands without taking the device in half. "As a participant in the deep learning ecosystem, I have been hoping for a long time that something like Fathom would become available," said Yann LeCun, the director of artificial intelligence for Facebook.

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Bombardier-C-Series

On March 23, 2016, there was an article released by Aviation Tribune that describes about how there has been another huge accomplishment by completing the CS100 aircraft’s European route. This is deemed as a success to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

To get more information on this program, the aircraft has over 30 city pair flights all throughout Europe and its cities over a span of three weeks.

There was an event in Zurich on the 23rd of March which gives even more details about how Bombardier is getting ready to deliver the first CS100 aircraft in the month of June.

Here is what Peter Wojahn, the Chief Technical Officer of Swiss International Air Lines has to say about this.

Considering that Bombardier inserted the CS100 aircraft into a number of the network operations we currently service, the route-proving program provided us with a real indication of how the C Series will operate in our route system when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in June. As the launch customer and the first airline to operate the C Series aircraft, we are very pleased and impressed with the results. It was equally exciting to see these first set of flights operating from our home-base in Zurich.

Rob Dewar, the vice president of the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft also has a few words to add with this newly improved aircraft with a market for 100 to 150 seat arrangements .

We’re also delighted that the flying public in Europe, who will ultimately be among the first in the world to fly aboard the aircraft, got a chance to see it operating in prime cities over the past few weeks, as we took the opportunity to show the aircraft to a few European airlines. They were excited to see the first all-new airliner built for the 100- to 150-seat market in close to three decades landing at their airports for the very first time.


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mac-mini-launch

On June 1st 2016, Karen Haslam released an article on Mac-world talking about the new Mac mini which includes information on the specifications, features, release dates, and rumors. It seems as if the Mac Mini has not been given an upgrade since 2014, however, this doesn’t mean that Apple will show something new this year. There has been a lot of rumors as to what kind of specifications will be in the Mac Mini. These rumors are based on past trends of what has been coming out to the marketplace with every upgrade.

The Mac Mini is considered the cheapest desktop Mac which as a fully installed OS X desktop. However, this unit does not come with a display, mouse, or keyboard. At one point in time, the Mac mini OS X server was available for purchase. That time has passed however in October 2014.

The most recent Mac Mini came out in October 16th 2014 while there has been a new release in 2014. Because of this trend, it is likely that a new version of the Mac-Mini will come out in 2016. As it stands currently, there are three different prices of the Mac Mini: 399 pounds, 569 pounds, and 799 pounds. With this being said, there doesn’t seem to be rumors that show that the Mac Mini will get a reduction in price.

There is a possibility that the Mac Mini will become much smaller and thinner because Apple could get rid of the CD drive that might be considered obsolete at this day in age. There is a 4GB RAM model currently which might be discarded for a higher RAM as a base at 8 GB RAM.


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Raspberry-Pi-Zero-Camera-Connector

Last week on May 16th, Eben Upton, Founder of Raspberry Pi announced that the company would be launching a camera connector for their flagship product the Raspberry Pi Zero which made its own debut back in November of 2015. Upton revealed that the decision was made when it was discovered that the fine pitch FPC connector that is used on the Raspberry Pi’s Compute Module Development Kit fits almost seamlessly onto the right side of the Zero’s board.

In order for consumers to connect the camera to the Zero, Raspberry Pi is offering its own custom six-inch adapter cable which allows for the conversion of fine-pitch connector format to the coarser pitch that is utilized by the camera board. Raspberry Pi is aware that consumers believe the release of the camera was delayed for too long however Upton notes that since the release of the Zero the company has been swamped and has immediately sold every copy of the Mag Pi issue 40 and every Zero available for distribution.

Simply, put demand for the product was too great that the company had trouble filling orders so the development and release of the camera option was continually put on the back-burner so that production of the Zeros’ could take priority. Furthermore, complicating matters is the fact that the Zeros’ had to compete for factory space with the Raspberry Pi 3 which was ramping up for its own launch at the end of February. Raspberry Pi Zero was developed in Wales to the price of five dollars and includes a Broad-com BCM2835 application processor, 512 MB of SD RAM, and an additional micro SD card slot.

It has the smallest form size out of all the Raspberry Pi models at 65 mm by 30 mm by 5 mm. To date, there are approximately 30,000 Zeros in the word and the company plans on continuing to produce thousands more until all demands are met. The Camera connector looks like two small microchips connected by a yellow ribbon and since its inception back in 2012, the Raspberry Pi mini computers have been utilized by millions of people across the globe to learn about programming at a bargain basement price.


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nvidia new gpu

Nvidia, the American technology company which designs graphics processing units for the gaming market has recently announced their most recent gaming graphics processing units, the Ge-force GTX 1070 as well as the GTX 1080. These gaming graphics processing units are based on the most recent Pascal architecture and were initially revealed in early May. During the initial launch, Nvidia did not provide much information regarding the GTX 1070. Now, the company has revealed more information regarding the graphic card.

Nvidia has recommended that the GTX 1070 features 1920 CUDA Cores, rather than the 2560 CUDA Cores found in the GTX 1080. The most recent GTX 1080 is equipped with 8 GB of GDDR5X memory from Micron. In comparison, the GTX 1070 will continue to utilize the old generation of 8 GB GDDR5 memory.

Our Pascal-based GPUs feature enhanced asynchronous compute, and are the first to harness the power of 8GB of Micron's new GDDR5X memory. The GTX 1080 is the first gaming GPUs designed for the 16nm FinFET process.

the company reported.

The GTX 1080 is equipped with a base clock of 1,607 MHz as well as a boost clock of 1,733 MHz. The GTX 1070 has a clock speed which is slightly lower, as this gaming processing unit has a 1,506 MHz base clock as well as a 1,683 MHz boost clock. Compared with its predecessors, both the GTX 1070 as well as the GTX 1080 requires less power. The GTX 1070 has 100W less than Nvidia’s Titan X with a TDP of 150W; the GTX 1080 features a TDP of 180W. The GTX 1070 will be equipped with a heat pipe cooler that is similar to the one found in Nvidia’s GTX 980. The GTX 1080 will be equipped with a vapor chamber cool. The CEO of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huan, has announced that the GTX 1080 will be officially available on May 27, while the GTX 1070 will be officially available on June 10.

The GTX 1080 will be available in two models: the regular version priced at $599 and a Founders Edition, which will have a price tag of $699. The Founders Edition will be available from Nvidia, Zotac, PNY, Palit, MSI, Innovision 3D, Gigabyte, Galaxy, Gainward, EVGA, Colorful and ASUS.

reported Sumit Passary from Tech Times.

The GTX 1070 will also hit the shelves in two models: the regular version that will cost $379 and the Founders Edition, which will be priced at $449.

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m.2-solid-state-drives

M.2, formerly known as Next Generation Form Factor has created a power packed small-form-factor multi-purpose connector. It is stated that it will replace mSATA and mini- PCIe slots that are used in many laptops.

Storage is the key feature, but not the only one. It also supports USB, SATA, and PCIe. These tiny drives will result in super-fast storage ability for your laptop and/or personal computer. Jon L. Jacobi of PC World states that,

It is these units are nearly four times the speed of SATA, sitting at 2GBps.

These M.2 SSDs don’t come stock in many systems, so they created a M.2 expansion card that is only a modest $25.00 to upgrade any system. Jacobi has tested six new and old M.2 SSD drives to show readers of PC-world which is the best. To show how far this technology has advanced he also tested the very first M.2.

  • The 256GB Samsung SM951 PCIe (AHCI)
  • The 256GB Samsung SM951 PCIe (NVMe)
  • The 480GB Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe (AHCI)
  • The 256GB Samsung XP941 PCIe (AHCI)
  • The 320GB Intel 530
  • The 256GB Samsung EVO SATA drive
  • The 256GB Samsung 850 Evo M.2

Testing was performed on the Asus X99 Deluxe/U3.1 motherboard, 32GB of DDR4, & Intel Core i7-5820K

The 256GB Samsung SM951 PCIe AHCI came out on top with writing 10 GB test and the reading 10 GB test. While the 256GB Samsung 850 Evo M.2 showed its technological age being the worst of both tests. The gap between the slowest and the fastest M.2 SSD was over a 1,000 Mbps difference.


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Nvidia-GPU

Nvidia Corporation’s Tesla P100 graphics processing unit is being ready for use in one of Switzerland’s fastest super-computers.

The GPU will be the fastest the company has ever made. It will be put to the test when they use 4,500 of them to upgrade the super-computer known as Piz Daint at the Swiss National Super-computing Center in Switzerland. Providing an upgrade to this computer is no easy task, as it is already the seventh fastest computer in the world (It operates at 7,788.9, TFLOP per second – in other words, it’s extremely fast). The world’s fastest computer is China’s Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) at the National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou – which astoundingly operates about seven times as fast.

Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said he was, quote, “Friggin excited,” for the product to finally be put into use. Piz Daint is a bit unique for a super-computer in the sense that it uses a GPU to increase the speed. Only the Titan, used at the Oak Ridge National Lab in the United States shares that quality out of the ten fastest computers in the world.

The chip will be one of the biggest ever made. It will pack in 150 billion transistors into the device, which will provide huge horsepower for the computer. It also implements High Bandwidth Memory 2, a new technology that makes GPUs even faster. The upgraded computer can be expected to be put into use by the end of 2016.

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Electronics Weekly released an article by Richard Wilson on April 29th 2016, talking about how crowd funding is changing the way how chip companies operate their business. It seems as if there is a semiconductor company that is using crowd funding in order to collect investments to bring different types of products into production and then commercializing them.

This semiconductor company is called Lime Micro-systems. They have started a crowd funding campaign in order to bring their chip into production. This chip is called the Lime SDR, which is used on a radio platform.

Lime Micro-systems semiconductor company plans to raise around $500,000 in order for the company to successful have enough money in order to finish the last and final stages of development as well as being as to mass produce the chip.

This route seems to be very effective as using traditional routes such as using only investments from internal resources sometimes can not amount to the amount of money that can be pulled in by outside resources such as crowd funding. Crowd source also allows for companies to bring products into the market place a lot faster, assuming that the funds are raised.

Here’s was the company has wrote about their success with crowd funding.

We have now achieved £30,000 which is the first of our Stretch Goals. We will now develop and add three extra project examples on our GitHub page in addition to the two that we are currently working on. These projects will extend the functionality of the Creator Ci40 Dev kit to cover cloud-based transactions and advanced IoT functions. We will update you with progress on these projects as they happen.

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intel-fpga-technology

Intel, the American multi-nation technology company and one of the world’s highest valued and largest semiconductor chip makers, has recently deployed a co-processor of its own in order to compete with rivals AMD and Nvidia, both of which offer graphics processors. Intel’s co-processors are being offered in the form for field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs. Field programmable gate arrays are incredibly fast chips which are capable of being reprogrammed in order to perform specific tasks.

Just last year, Intel acquired Altera, the American manufacturer of re-configurable complex digital circuits known as programmable logic devices (PLDs), for $16.7 billion. This acquisition has allowed Intel to venture out beyond central processing units in order to shift their focus onto co-processors which can be utilized for demanding computing tasks. Recently, Intel Corporation has started to deliver server chips equipped with field programmable gate arrays as part of a pilot program. Intel is pairing their Altera Arria 10 FPGAs alongside its Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors in a multi-chip module. This multi-chip module is being referred to as Broad-well-EP.

Intel Corporation introduced these Xeon E5 chips just a couple of months ago. An Intel spokesman suggested that over time, the field programmable gate array technology will eventually be integrated into the same piece of silicon die as the central processing units.

FPGAs are being used by Microsoft to deliver faster Bing results and by Baidu for image search. FPGAs are less flexible than GPUs and execute tasks based on functionality programmed into a chip. FPGAs can be faster than GPUs on specific tasks, but are also very power hungry.

reported Agam Shah from PC World.

Intel plans to put FPGAs in cars, robots, servers, supercomputers and IoT devices. The chip maker has provided examples of how FPGAs could be programmed for genomics, or how the chips could tackle specific functions in a car. Integration of the FPGA into a chip will bring down power consumption and provide a direct path of communication with the CPU.

Field programmable gate arrays are also utilized in communications equipment, which Intel Corporation intends on pursuing as developments of 5G are anticipated to grow significantly. Intel Corporation - Computer Memory Parts may act as vital components to several IoT installations, which currently utilize field programmable gate arrays in order to connect devices with cloud services.


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Consumer electronics company Saitek has recently unveiled the latest iteration of their popular hands on stick (HOTAS) flight simulation peripheral. Dubbed the X-56 Rhino, the new device allows for aspiring combat pilots to replicate exact flight controls in a virtual environment. In fact, the X-56 Rhino is designed to work in conjunction with a virtual reality head mount.

Saitek is renowned for their easy to use peripherals, and the X-56 Rhino only serves to further this reputation. The grip on the X-56 Rhino joystick is meant to conform to the human hand, and each button is slightly different so that they can be easily located without having to look down at the controller. Upgrades for the new HOTAS include mini-analog sticks with six degrees of freedom, VR support, a new paint scheme, and five different spring settings. Saitek’s previous HOTAS was already one of the best in the industry, and X-56 Rhino only further cements their place.

The X-56 Rhino also features a customizable software suite.

According to the official Saitek website,

Saitek's software provides the ability to completely customize all of the X-56 Rhino's axes and buttons. You can adjust dead-bands and response curves to fine-tune axes to respond as you wish; all buttons can assign any number of in-sim commands, such as afterburner, Frame Shift Drive, target lock and weapon group firing. The software also allows programmability for an array of mouse and keyboard commands – from basic single-key inputs to very advanced, timed, and macro commands.

Saitek was founded in 1979 with an initial goal of developing advanced electronic chess games, but the company soon expanded into manufacturing PC peripherals for flight simulators and driving games. Eventually the company was purchased by Mad Catz in 2007, and Saitek’s North American headquarters were subsequently moved to San Diego. To this day, Mad Catz produces most of their flight simulator peripherals under the Saitek name.

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Samsung, the South Korean multinational conglomerate company, has recently initiated the mass production of the 10-nanometer class, 8 gigabit DDR4 DRAM chips. These chips are the first of their kind to be produced in the industry to date. The innovative DRAM chips utilize the smallest and latest semiconductor fabrication process of 10 nano-meter. This enables Samsung to build more efficient and faster memory, as these new chips appear to offer significantly faster data transfer rates while simultaneously consuming less power. The technology used by Samsung is anticipated to power the future generation of computers, regardless if they are for enterprise-based or personal usage.

The company's 10nm-class DRAM will enable the highest level of investment efficiency in IT systems, thereby becoming a new growth engine for the global memory industry.

said the president of Memory Business for Samsung Electronics, Young-Hyun Jun.

This new DRAM chip is reported to have as much as 3,200 Mbps of data transfer support, enabling this chip to operate faster than the 20 nano-meter DDR4 DRAM’s 2,400 Mbps by over 30 percent. In addition to this, the new DRAM chips are equipped with new modules which use less power by 10 to 20 percent in comparison to the older 20 nano-meter version. Samsung has reported that their new DRAM chips will help to improve the overall design efficiency of major enterprise networks as well as future HPC systems.

Compared to NAND flash storage that are currently used in SSDs and memory cards, the 10 nm process for DRAM is still on a nascent stage and seemed more difficult to accomplish.

reported Menchie Mendoza from Tech Times.

While NAND uses a single transistor for every cell, DRAM crams the same cell space with both a transistor and a capacitor with the latter usually positioned on top. The new 10 nm for DRAM currently has 8 million cells, each of which contains a transistor and a capacitor.

 Through the use of a proprietary circuit design technology paired with quadruple patterning lithography, Samsung Electronics was able to successfully design and create the first 10 nano-meter class cell structure in the industry.

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Air-Force-Sci-Fi-Champ-Project

Missiles shooting laser beams? Sounds like the premise for the next summer blockbuster doesn’t it? Well before you race off to look for the next show times available look no further than the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the heart of Kirtland Air Force Base, Counter-Electronics Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) is being worked on which is intended to decimate enemy air defenses with directed-energy beams that come off a low-flying cruise missile.

If it sounds preposterous, this author assures you this is not a product of science fiction. The Armed Forces already have traditional counter-electronic warfare weapons like the EA-18G Growler used by the Navy which is a version of the F/A-18 Super Hornet designed to jam enemy radar. The CHAMP takes the smash-mouth approach and just eliminates it altogether. Lt. Nicholas Quartermont of the Air Force Research Laboratory revealed that at the present moment CHAMP only works off a B-52 but the team is working on adapting CHAMP for weapons that can be launched by the F/A-18 and also by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

In 2012 Boeing announced in a press release the initial successful testing of CHAMP and that the Air Force had plans to test the multi-shot, multi-target and steerable version of the system later in the fiscal year. The CHAMP missile was able to navigate using a pre-programmed flight plan and knocked out the target’s data and electronic subsystems with bursts of high-powered energy. The Air Force believes that the advantage of the system is that CHAMP allows for selective high-frequency radio wave strikes that avoids damaging structures and risking lives by locking on to a very precise electronic targets  in a single mission.

Essentially, CHAMP carries a small generator that emits bursts of microwaves designed to blow out electronics with pinpoint accuracy. And unlike tradition nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapons that fire once and blacks out  entire nation-states, CHAMP can fire multiple times pinpointing and blacking out only the designated target with frightful accuracy and efficiency. In theory this would knock out radar defense of a hostile state but will not blow out the electrical grid of the civilian section.


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Nvidia-Tesla-P100

Agam Shah released an article on PC World on April 7th, 2016 that talks about Nvidia. Nvidia’s CEO said he was frigging excited the very next day after the company introduced the Nvidia Tesla P100. This will be the world’s fastest GPU in the history of the world which can be used to upgrade the super computer Piz Daint. There will be approximately 4500 of these GPUS that will be put into supercomputers in Switzerland at the Swiss National Super-computing Center.

There are plans for the Piz Daint computer upgrade to be deployed by the end of this year.

Shah mentions some characteristics of the Tesla P100.

The Tesla P100 has 16GB of HBM2 (High-Bandwidth Memory 2), a new type of fast memory making its way to GPUs. The memory chips are stacked on top of each other in a 3D format instead of being placed next to each other. The new format makes HBM2 a faster and denser form of memory.

The Tesla P100 will be one of the largest chips ever made. It will consist of over 150 billion transistors.  Along with this it will also have all new kinds of GPU technologies that will give Piz Daint a huge surge in horsepower.

According to PC World, the Piz Daint has 7.8 petaflops at its very peak performance. With this caliber of petaflops, the Piz Daint is considered the 7th fastest computer in the whole world. As of now, the fastest is the Tianhe-2 which is made in China. Tianhe-2 has a top performance for 54.9 petaflops. This information is based off of the Top500 list that was released in November.

Two of the world’s fastest computers use GPUs to speed up simulations and scientific applications. These computers are the Titan and the Piz Daint. The Titan is located at the U.S oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Shah talks a little hit about how the Tesla P100 has already been installed into a desktop type computer.

Nvidia has already made a desktop-type supercomputer with the Tesla P100. The DGX-1 can deliver 170 teraflops of performance, or 2 petaflops when several are installed on a rack. It has eight Tesla P100 GPUs, two Xeon CPUs, 7TB of solid-state-drive storage and dual 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

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f35-military-engine

Aerospace engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has recently unveiled that they have given brand new ten year contracts to four Italian suppliers (Aerea S.p.A., APR S.r.l., Mepit S.r.l., and NCM S.p.A.) worth upwards of $17 million.  The new contracts will allow each of the four companies to manufacture key components for Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engines.   This announcement is just the latest example of Pratt & Whitney expanding their global manufacturing network on behalf of their F135 engine program.

According to Cliff Stone, vice president of business development at Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, the company chose the four Italian suppliers based on many criteria including reliability, quality, and cost.

Pratt & Whitney works hard to identify and team with capable suppliers who can deliver high-quality products at competitive prices. These awards directly support our goals for F135 industrial participation with small and medium enterprise suppliers… We have had great success working with Italian industry. We recognize the advanced capabilities and value that exists with these particular suppliers and look forward to having them as part of Pratt & Whitney's global supply chain for the F135 engine.

The Lockheed Martin produced F-35 Lighting II is a next generation all-weather single engine stealth jet currently in its final development phases.  Although the plane is being almost entirely funded by the United States, a number of other countries regularly contribute to its production including Canada, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy.  Despite all of this support, the F-35 program has experienced a slew of delays and increased costs.  The program cost is currently at over $1.5 trillion, thus making it the most expensive weapons system in all of history.  Initial deliveries finally began in late 2015, with all planes scheduled to be delivered by 2037.

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Ian Paul, contributor of PC World, uploaded an article on HP’s Envy laptops on Apr 5, 2016. Three Envy electronics were released during Tuesday’s announcement. One of these three Envy’s has the newest AMD Bristol Ridge chip. This Envy is the only device on the market that is carrying this AMD Bristol Ridge chip.

During the announcement, HP went on the also release the very slim HP Spectre which is considered the world’s thinnest laptop as of now. The HP Spectre will have a width of 0.41 inches.

The Envy x360 convertible is considered to be 21 percent more thin than its predecessor which had a thickness of 0.74 inches. Although there hasn’t been that much of a drastic change in the internal specifications, the physical size has definitely decreased. In terms of chips, the Envy x360 convertible was using a Broad-well. However this year, 2016, the Envy will have using the Sky-lake chips.

As mentioned before, the Envy x360 will be the first laptop to carry the AMD Bristol Ridge chip which can be offered at HP’s quad core AMD FX 9800P for this laptop.

There are also different screen resolution options to choose from, such as 1080p as well as 4K resolution. In terms of ports, the Envy x360 will come with two USB 3.0 ports as well as a USB Type-C connection. To add on to this, there is also an HDMi port along with an SD card reader. Battery life can withstand up to 11 hours. There will also be 16GB of RAM with a 2 terabyte hard drive.

There is also the 15.6 inch laptop (or 17.3 inch) with touch screen capability. Both of these will come with three USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C connection which can be used to fast charging.

For the 15.6 inch model, it will have a 0.71 inch profile that also weighs 4.4 pounds. This also uses an i7 core processor with integrated graphics. Maximum amount of RAM for this model is 16 GB. You also have the 256GB PCIe solid state drive and a 1TB HDD.

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On Thursday March 31, 2016 Lebanon received three military helicopters from The United States to help fight against the overgrowing extremists located close to the Syrian border. There have been seven other US helicopters that were made available for Lebanon’s air fleet.

The sale of the three, $26 million helicopter was announced at a recent ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Richard H. Jones. He states that this move helps “demonstrate America’s continued commitment to support”.

The United States is not the only one coming to aid Lebanon in its fight against terrorism. Coincidentally, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond visited the ceremony and stated that Lebanon is an important part of the front-line against terrorism and pledged continues support.

Lebanon’s deputy chief of staff, Gen. Manuel Kerjian states that

The U.S. military aid to Lebanon is boosting the level of combat preparedness, allowing for Lebanon to combat enemy terrorist like AL-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Hammond is delighted by the way that the UK support has been translated by the Lebanese armed forces in strengthening border security and enabling the armed forces to take the fight to Daesh and keep Lebanon safe from combative incursions.

Since 2012 the UK has assisted over 19.8 million pounds ($28.5 million) to help train and mentor to allow Lebanon to secure 100 percent of the Syrian border.


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Turbomeca, the helicopter engine maker has released "Boost" which is their online engine maintenance tracking system. Boost, which stands for bank of online services and technologies, is regarded as a highly secured, web-based application developed and paired with IBM which will allow its operators to receive 24/7 support from Turbomeca, access real-time data from a personalized engine that will enrich their own fleet maintenance management. Among the customers for the initial launch are Bristow Group, Helicopters Italia, HeliDax, Helli-Union, and Advanced Helicopter Services. By June, it is expected that the first customers will be 100 percent paperless by managing its engines through Boost. With full integration into the configuration manager, electronic engine logbook and access to technical publications, Boost will allow customers to link directly into interactive technical publications, tailor the configuration of customers’ engines, and track technical upgrades and modifications by linking directly into the engine logbook.

As for security, Boost will periodically perform a consistency check to warn if something is amiss with the configuration of the engine and being hosted on an IBM online secured database that employs a digital signature system. The system will also scan fleets against service bulletins checking for updates with the option of further configuration and using technical data to further build more services. David Reese of IBM stresses that the reliability and security of the system is unparalleled and believes that the work in advanced analytics have presented IBM with a tremendous opportunity to literally and figuratively transform the helicopter industry. The data collected in the electronic logbooks will capture, analyze and predict failures for future projects. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of aircraft products. Look at our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing.com and explore various aircraft parts manufactured by Turbomeca Engine. Please contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com if you have a demand for any of these connector parts or call us toll free at (714) 705 4780 and one of our knowledgeable sales person will assist you.

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Sikorsky has announced today that a second CH-53K helicopter has achieved its first flight, and is now part of their flight test program. The Lockheed Martin-owned company added that the helicopter it is joining in the program has expanded its flight envelope to 120 knots as part of the King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program.

Adding a second aircraft into flight status signifies another milestone for the CH-53K program.

said Sikorsky's vice president of CH-53K Programs.

Mike Torok also said,

With both aircraft in flight test, our flight envelope expansion efforts will accelerate as we continue to make good progress toward our initial operational test assessment and full aircraft system qualification.

The United States Marine Corps mandates that these tests be passed before it can be added to their fleet. They are looking to add two more of these choppers before they can complete qualification. This heavy lift program testing period will last an estimated three years. They plan to have a total of ten squadrons that use this helicopter when it is all said and done.

It is exciting to have two CH-53K helicopters flying. said Col. Hank Vanderborght, U.S. Marine Corps program manager for Heavy Lift Helicopters said,Our program continues on pace to deploy this incredible heavy lift capability to our war-fighters.

The two helicopters made their first flights just three months apart – the first in October of last year, and the second in late January of 2016. Together, they have amassed nearly a day and a half of total flight time – this has included test runs from current Marine Corps helicopter pilots.

Some of the cool new features that this model has included upgraded rotor blades with anhedral tips, a more neatly designed cockpit, fly-by-wire flight controls, upgraded cargo and handling capabilities, better survivability and reliability, a low maintenance elastomeric rotor head, as well as upgraded engines.

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Bombardier-CSeries

After months of preparing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that they have finally begun testing new European flight routes using a specially outfitted CS100 aircraft. Bombardier will be conducting these proving exercises through Swiss International Air Lines’ (SWISS) facility located in Zurich. This base will serve as a sort of central hub for testing connecting flights to a number of different Eastern and Central European cities including Brussels, Vienna, and Warsaw. SWISS will receive their initial CS100 delivery within the next few months, and these proving exercises are essential towards examining the CS100s capabilities. Each exercise will be conducted by replicating exact speeds, altitudes, and operations found within a typical SWISS commercial flight.

As the launch customer and the first airline that will operate the CS100 aircraft, the European route- proving program is very important to us and will provide a real indication of how the aircraft will operate in our network when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in the next few months," said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines.

The C-Series aircraft occupies a unique sector within the Aerospace market in that it focuses solely upon mid-sized passenger aircraft ranging from only 100 to 150 seats. Through advanced materials and avionics development, Bombardier has managed to create a completely original aircraft that saves customers over $10 million for each one purchased. Once the initial CS100s are delivered to SWISS, Bombardier will likely receive even more interest in their C-Series. Look for even more C-Series aircraft in the years to come.

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Discussions have turned into a signed agreement between Innova Aerospace and representatives from Rolls-Royce at the Heli-Expo 2016 event for a technical development program aimed at certifying the RR300 turboshaft engine for the composite, single-engine helicopter, Innova C630. The agreement was legitimized by Executive vice president of corporate development for Innova Aerospace, Greg Fedele and Senior VP of helicopters and light turboprop engines for Rolls-Royce, Jason Propes.

Located in Auckland, New Zealand at the North Shore Airport, Innova Helicopters and privately owned Innova Aerospace have agreed to a 3-year contract to provide technical installation support to the C630 certification program. With an expected development phase of 2 to 3 years, the initial type and production certificates will be certified by the New Zealand CAA. The inception of this union started when representatives from each companies met in July 2011 at Oshkosh.

It was there that Rolls-Royce vice-president of customer business; Tim McGrath became convinced that the partnership between the 2 companies would be a match made in heaven.

We were impressed with the design of the helicopter and thought our engine would be a good fit,” he said. “That started the relationship.

And while Rolls-Royce is already preoccupied with the contract with Robinson Helicopter for their annual 100 RR300 engine commitment, McGrath anticipates no issues with increasing production rates in their efforts to accommodate the new agreement in place with Innova. Innova for their part maintain their excitement in partnering up with a company that is an industry leader with a renowned reputation around the world for world-class production and first-rate engineering expertise in the field of aerospace and aviation.

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Small Planet Airlines

Small Planet Airlines, a leisure airline whose primary clients hail from European countries like Poland, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, and Great Britain, works in conjunction with some of the largest holiday operators to fly passengers during the summer season to some of the great holiday vacation countries in the world such as Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. Small Planet Airlines moves their fleet to the Asian region during the winter season and also organizes private reserved flights for athletes, celebrities and national delegates. Small Planet Airlines’ fleet comprises of about 21 Airbus aircrafts that include the Airbus 321 and Airbus 320.

Director of Small Planet Airlines, Vytautas Kaikaris notes that as Small Planet has grown over the years there have been growing demand for the airline to fly larger aircrafts to better suit the needs as well as increase the efficiency of flight scheduling for the customer. The removal of the Boeing 737-300 aircraft as well as upgrades to the cabins of the new larger aircrafts will distinguish and separate the airline from other leisure airlines in Europe. Most notable of the upgrades include the wireless internal network AirFi, new Recaro seats and custom LED lighting will be implemented this winter with more changes coming in the following summer.

The gradual phasing out of the 737-300 has already began with the replacement Airbus 320 aircraft set to take its place. Small Planet Airlines is proud to be an official Airbus operator now and plans to continue the overhaul of its fleet by introducing a whole fleet of Airbus 320 and Airbus 321 by the end of next year. This move by Small Planet Airlines to switch from the Boeing 737-300 to the Airbus 320 and 321 was prompted by the airline’s desire to maximize capacity for its most popular routes as well as increasing the customer satisfaction in terms of comfort.

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Boeing's next gen plane

In an immense show of intercontinental collaboration, three different Japanese aerospace manufacturers have proposed a new partnership with Boeing to produce a new fleet of next-gen small passenger planes.  This new breed of aircraft would seat roughly 200 passengers and eventually replace Boeing’s 737 Max series.  If Boeing agrees to this deal, aircraft development would likely begin in the early 2020s, as the 737 Max itself has yet to be released.

The proposal being spearheaded by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Fuji Heavy Industries, and Mitsubishi Industries would see each company providing resources and financial support for specific sections of the planes.    To further sweeten the deal, the trio of Japanese companies intends to split the risk and revenue from the project proportionally dependent upon investment amounts. Since this project is estimated to cost nearly $900 million, splitting costs would be ideal for all companies involved. If the project does end up failing, each company would lose significantly less money than if either of the companies were to attempt to design and manufacture the plane on their own.

As competition continues to heat up with Airbus, Boeing must find new ways to stay ahead of the curve.  That being said, Japanese companies may be the key to success for Boeing moving forward.  Many see the technological prowess demonstrated by Japanese companies – especially the trio involved in this proposal - as essential for Boeing. Each of these three companies have already produced sections for other Boeing planes, and they are proven business partners. The 787 is a prime example of all three companies working together on a Boeing contract, with Mitsubishi providing the wings, Fuji providing additional central wing components, and Kawasaki providing front fuselage elements.  If this deal is a success, we will likely see even more collaboration between Boeing and Japanese companies in the years to follow.

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Royal Canadian Air force

The Boeing CH-147 Chinook is becoming a prime time player for the Royal Canadian Air Force, with its versatility and tactical abilities being displayed regularly. The heavy helicopter shows off a stunning combination of quickness and power. It can maneuver through and land in tight and tricky places, while having heavy lifting capabilities like its Hafthór Björnsson. The maximum gross takeoff weight that it can handle is listed at around 50,000 pounds.

The king sized helicopter is able to accomplish many different kinds of missions, not just ones that involve picking up heavy stuff and moving it somewhere else. It can also support the Canadian army in the field of battle, assist in natural disaster relief, or provide humanitarian assistance.

Recently, it was able to show just what it could do at a flight demonstration with 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at the Canadian Forces Base is Petawawa, Ontario. Along with the squadron of smaller helicopter, they were able to take their enemy completely by surprise, and complete the transport of three 4,000 pound loads. Most of Boeing helicopter would need three separate trips to be able to do that. The 23,000 lb helicopter shows off some insane capabilities. With a three-man crew and 28,000 extra pounds to carry, its stats are impressive.

  • Maximum speed: 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 130 kt (149 mph, 240 km/h)
  • Range: 400 nmi (450 mi, 741 km)
  • Combat radius: 200 nmi (230 mi, 370 km)
  • Ferry range: 1,216 nmi (1,400 mi, 2,252 km)
  • Service ceiling: 18,500 ft (5,640 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,522 ft/min (7.73 m/s)
  • Disc loading: 9.5 lb/ft2 (47 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.28 hp/lb (460 W/kg)

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United Kingdom Receives First AW169

Finmeccanica, the leading industrial group in Italy for aerospace, security, and defense industries, has recently delivered its first AugustaWestland AW169 to Specialist Aviation Services. This new generation intermediate class helicopter is the first to be delivered to a customer in the United Kingdom will be entering into service with Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Ambulance after Specialist Aviation Services installs an advanced medical interior.

“We are very proud to be introducing the all new AW169 helicopter into service in the United Kingdom with one of the country’s leading air ambulance operators,” said the group managing director at Specialist Aviation Services, Henk Schaeken. “We have been very busy training our engineers and pilots in preparation for the introduction to service of the AW169, so we can deliver from the outset the same high level of aircraft availability and support, which our customers have come to expect from us.”

Specialist Aviation Services has also been selected as an Authorized Service Center for the new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopter in the United Kingdom. The company will also offer a wide range of maintenance and support services to AW169 operators.

“The imminent delivery of the AW169 is a very significant event in the development of HEMS in the United Kingdom, especially in a heavily populated region the size of Kent, Surrey and Sussex—some 3,600-square-miles,” said the chief executive at Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, Adrian Bell. “The enhanced capabilities of the helicopter will allow us to further develop and improve the life-saving service we deliver to the community and the aircraft offers the exciting potential to reconfigure how these services are delivered for maximum effect in the future.”

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News has begun to pour out about Northrop Grumman Corporation’s latest press release stating that they have secured yet another contract. In fact, it is Northrop Grumman’s second consecutive contract valued at $285 million dollars. Northrop Grumman has received a contract modification from the United States Navy to configure the first Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. This aircraft will be an all-weather airborne vessel designed for early warnings command and control. Northrop Grumman is expected to outfit the aircraft at its primary facility in St. Augustine, Florida. Though the work timeline has not been revealed yet, the company is expected to be the one handling the Japanese requirement for the foreseeable future in regards to this next generation airborne early warning aircraft. This is actually a modification of the contract originally drafted in November 2014.

"The E-2D will provide a critical capability that will serve as a force multiplier for the Japanese government, first responders will be able to receive and act on information more quickly than before with greater airborne early warning capability and a networked communications system."

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The Times of India recently released an article showing that the Indian Air Force’s order of the 36 Rafale fighter jets has been completed with the French government. This deal was closed during New Year’s eve 2015. Dassault, the French aircraft builder and integrator, will supply all the Rafale aircrafts in a flyaway condition.

The transaction has a similar caliber as the Mirage 2000 aircraft signed in 1985. During this time, almost 60 of the Mirage 2000 were delivered. The basic agreement outlined that 49 was to be delivered however an additional 10 more was acquired during a later time.

The Indian Airforce had also closed a deal for the Russia Kamov 226T helicopters on Christmas Eve when The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Russian Government. This would be considered the 2nd deal that the Indian Airforce has closed within a month’s timespan. The Rafale aircraft is a twin-engine multirole fighter jet that is nuclear capable and can be used in air to air as well as ground to ground attacks due to its onboard system, Electronic Warfare. Electronic Warfare can also perform radar jamming, aerial reconnaissance, air supremacy, air interdiction (or deep air support), and in-depth strike tactics.

The 36 Rafale equates to roughly over $100 million-plus per aircraft. This deal was done in a government to government deal during Modi’s visit to Paris in April 2015. The deal entails that the delivery of the aircrafts will begin within three years of the signed agreement. There has been word from French industry sources that Dassault may possibly expedite the delivery process even faster if the Indian Air Force requests for it. Dassault has sold the Rafale to Egypt and Qatar in the last year with UAE seriously considering to purchase as well.

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JAXA Akatsuki

The Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) announced that its Venus orbiter spacecraft Akatsuki has successfully rendezvoused with Venus. Originally, the national agency intended for Akatsuki to slip into Venus’ orbit five years ago in December 2010.

“We had a perfect operation!” said project manager Masato Nakamura, of the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency‘s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science.

Known as the Morning Star and the Evening Star, Venus is Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. Venus possesses similar dimensions to Earth’s proportions, though their climates and atmosphere differ quite a bit. By studying the relatively similar Venus, scientists and researchers can learn about how the two planets evolved to develop the different atmospheres and terrains that they possess today.

In contrast to Earth’s oxygen-rich atmosphere, Venus’ atmosphere is mostly comprised of carbon dioxide. With a denser atmosphere producing 90 times more surface pressure than on Earth, Venus has a volatile surface temperature of 460 degrees Celsius. The Akatsuki will explore Venus’ meteorology and climatology to determine how two planets that started out similarly could end up so differently.

Major characteristics of the Akatsuki mission are as follows:
  • International Designation Code: 2010-020D
  • Launch Date: 6:58, May 21, 2010 (JST)
  • Launch Vehicle H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 17
  • Location: Tanegashima Space Center
  • Shape: Box shape with twin wing-type solar array paddles
  • Weight: 500 kg mass at liftoff
  • Destination: Venus elliptical orbit
  • PeriVenus Altitude: 300 km
  • ApoVenus Altitude: Approx. 80,000 km
  • Orbital Inclination: Approx. 172 degrees
  • Orbital Period: Approx. 30 hours

As of right now, the Akatsuki orbiter is closer to Venus than Earth is closer to the Moon.

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Cosmic Girl 747-400

Virgin Galactic announced that it will enter the small satellite launcher market with the debut of “Cosmic Girl,” a retrofitted Boeing 747-400 commercial jet aircraft. The re-engineered 747-400 jet will support Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne small satellite launch service.

"The Boeing 747 has a very special place in my heart," said Virgin founder and CEO Richard Branson. "I never imagined that today one of our 747s would get a second chance and help open access to space. I'm absolutely thrilled that Cosmic Girl can stay in the Virgin family - and truly live up to her name."

Due to growing customer demand, Virgin Galactic doubled LauncherOne’s payload capacity from 100 kilograms to 200 kilograms in September of this year. For $10 million USD, Virgin Galactic will launch a 200-kilogram payload into Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO). LauncherOne is capable of delivering 400-kilogram payloads into other orbits.

“Air launch enables us to provide rapid, responsive service to our satellite customers on a schedule set by their business and operational needs, rather than the constraints of national launch ranges,” said George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO. “Selecting the 747 airframe provides a dedicated platform that gives us the capacity to substantially increase our payload to orbit without increasing our prices.”

Originally a member of the Virgin Atlantic commercial jetliner fleet, the Boeing 747-400 dubbed “Cosmic Girl” was picked for the LauncherOne program due to its spotless operational history and first-rate maintenance record. The LauncherOne launch vehicle will be ferried under the left wing of the jetliner. Cosmic Girl completed its maiden flight in September 2001 and was delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways by Boeing that following October.

Unlike conventional rocket launches which are subject to weather and range constraints, the “Cosmic Girl” 747-400 would be able to operate in nearly any weather conditions with minimal preparation. This flexibility in launch schedule should lure future customers for the platform.

“Imagine,” Branson said. “We could literally, on 24 hours’ notice, be taking off and putting a satellite into whatever orbit you want.”

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Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin announced that the US Navy has issued a funding balance of $279 million for the construction of the future Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown (LCS 23). Earlier in March 2015, Congress awarded Lockheed Martin $79 million in advanced procurement funding for the future USS Cooperstown.

“By providing this funding, the Navy demonstrates its commitment to the Lockheed Martin-led team in building the advanced Freedom-variant littoral combat ship,”

said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training.

“We have delivered three of these ships to the fleet so far, and we stand committed on the remaining block buy deliveries.”

Tapped as the prime contractor on the future USS Cooperstown, Lockheed Martin will lead a team comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine and naval architect Gibbs & Cox. Together, they have already delivered three other Freedom-class littoral combat ships-the USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Forth Worth (LCS 3), and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). This new $279 million award comes just days after the US Navy commissioned the Lockheed Martin-built USS Milwaukee.

Currently, USS Freedom (LCS 1) calls San Diego its home port and was deployed to Southeast Asia in 2013. USS Fort Worth is currently serving in the US 7th Fleet in Southeast Asia.

An agile, highly maneuverable combat platform, the littoral combat ship (LCS) is designed to combat threats in shallow, coastal waters such as submarines and small boats.

The Lockheed Martin-designed Freedom-class variant of the littoral combat ship is based on a semi-planing monohull design. Based on the Fincantieri Destriero 60,000-horsepower yacht and Jupiter-class ferry, the Freedom-class seaframe is comprised of a steel hull with aluminum superstructure.

Backed by twin Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW gas turbine engines and two Fairbanks Morse Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B STC diesel engines driving four large Rolls-Royce waterjets, the Freedom-class littoral combat ship exhibits a maximum speed of 45 knots.

Lockheed Martin currently has six other Freedom-class littoral combat ships under construction.

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Japan Launches First Commercial Satellite

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that they have launched Japan’s first dedicated commercial satellite with an HII-A rocket. Carrying the Telstar 12 Vantage broadcast and telecommunications satellite developed by Ottawa, Canada-based Telesat, the H-IIA launch vehicle took off from the Yoshinobu launch pad at Tanegashima Space Center. This was the first time the H-IIA upgraded second stage has been deployed and the first commercial launch for the rocket.

Upgrades to the second stage of the H-IIA platform include an advanced turbopump cooling system that will use less of the oxidizer supply and changes to the attitude control system to allow evaporating propellant to be used as a means of thrust when coasting.

A proven launch platform, the H-II rocket family had previously carried out successful launches in February, March, and August of this year-carrying payloads of Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) reconnaissance spacecraft into orbit and completing the Kounotri 5 (HTV-5) resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). November’s Telestar 12 Vantage mission is Japan’s fourth and final launch for the year. Overall, this was the 28th successful launch for Japan’s flagship rocket.

Commissioned by Telesat in September 2013, the Telstar 12 Vantage satellite was manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. Based on Airbus’ Eurostar 3000 satellite bus, the Telstar 12 Vantage weighs 4,900 kilograms (10,800 pounds) and is destined to operate from a central orbital location of 15-degrees West. It will provide coverage for high-traffic zones such as the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Caribbean, and the South Atlantic.

By marrying high throughput spot beams with conventional regional beams, the Telstar 12 Vantage allows greater flexibility in network design. Current Ku-band terminal equipment are fully backward compatible with the Telstar 12 Vantage.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga commented that with this successful launch demonstrating the capabilities of his nation’s rocket engineering, he expects Japan to receive more launch orders from both domestic and overseas private sector customers.

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TPQ-36 Firefinder

The United States military has completed the delivery of two brand new radar systems to Ukrainian armed forces.

Ukraine is in a time of crisis, so the decision was made by the US Army to deliver the system - thus shoring up the country’s defense and internal security operations. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko gave the green light on the delivery after being debriefed by the US military. The radars will be used by the Ukrainian military to help protect themselves and civilians from deadly attacks from rockets and other artillery.

The radar they will be using is the AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar - one that is used to quickly locate weapons with accuracy. Made by French defense company Thales, it will automatically locate medium-range enemy mortars, artillery, and rocket launchers. The system has the ability to track multiple enemy threats simultaneously. Even if the enemy weapon in question fires only one round, it can detect and report its location accurately.

A few key features of the Thales-made radar system include:

  • Medium-range weapon locating X-band radar
  • Air cooled transmitter
  • Automatically locates enemy mortars, artillery and rocket launchers
  • Compact and mobile
  • Modernized and compact radar processor

In the past two years, it is estimated that the United States has given over $265 million in security assistance to Ukraine. For 2016, the US has already allocated $300 million of its budget towards aiding Ukraine by boosting their defense capabilities. Barack Obama has chosen to delegate authority to the Secretary of State to draw down up to $20m in defense articles and services. More than 8,000 Ukrainians have been killed because of the ongoing conflict, according to the United Nations.

Ukraine will hope to minimize future casualties by employing their new radar systems as soon as possible.

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PT6A-140A Turboprop Engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of United Technologies, has introduced the PT6A-140A engine for the general aviation market. Touted as the most powerful and fuel efficient engine on the general aviation market, the PT6A-140A is ideal for operators flying utility aircraft in high-heat and high-altitude conditions. The PT6A-140A turboprop engine was developed to meet the demands of current flyers of PT6A-backed aircraft but who wish for advanced performance specifications.

P&WC general aviation vice president Denis Parisien said,

"There are more than 70 PT6A engine models used for over 125 different aircraft applications around the globe, a testament to the PT6A's unmatched versatility, performance and reliability.”

Delivering 15% more power while consuming 5% less fuel, the PT6A-140A requires no warming up or cooling down-maximizing efficiency and productivity. The engine provides 867 mechanical shaft horsepower and 1,075 thermal mechanical shaft horsepower.

Modularly designed and externally fitted, the PT6A-140A is easily accessible for maintenance tasks. The rear-facing, reverse flow inlet and forward-facing turbine section are easily maintained. Routine engine inspections can be completed in the field or in the hangar, while still on-wing. The engine has one of the longest time-between-overhaul (TBO) intervals on the market. With a TBO interval extendable to 8,000 hours or 12 years depending on the mission, the PT6A-140A’s TBO is not tied to engine cycles.

“No one understands the needs of general aviation better than we do,” said Parisien. “We built the industry with the PT6A turboprop engine more than five decades ago and we've never stopped innovating since. These engines are a demonstration of the advancements we've made and our focus on delivering the best engines for customers and operators."

Available in 69 models, the PT6A family of engines ranges in power from 500 shp to 2,000 shp. With more than 6,500 operators in over 170 nations, the PT6A engine has over 335 million flight hours. Since entering service in the 1960s, more than 41,000 PT6A engines have been delivered.

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Lockheed Martin C-130

Early next week, United States officers are expected to brief French military as well as procurement staff on the details of the Pentagon announcement that four Lockheed Martin C-130J airlifters are being offered to France for the price tag of $650 million. This estimated price, which was announced by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency, is significantly more than what the French armed forces had in mind, as France has set aside only €330 million, or US $354 million, in order to acquire the Hercules aircraft. Currently, French troops are in Africa engaging in combat, and are seeking full tactical support. The defense minister is expected to decide on the C-130J airlifters by the end of this year.

The United States officers are anticipated to brief the French Air Force, chief of staff, as well as Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office as part of a proposal of a draft letter of acceptable to the request from France. The $650 million price tag encompasses a variety of offerings, including potential upgrades for the aircraft and the accompanying equipment in the future as well as further spares and training, which is intended to minimize delays as requests will have to work their way through the lengthy and diligent United States congressional clearing process.

The core of this offering though, which is valued around $355 million, is for two Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transports and two KC-130J refueling planes with both variants equipped with Rolls-Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines, as well as four spare engines. A French source suggested that the defensive aids subsystems would cost roughly around $50 million, totaling in at $405 million-a price tag which should be within reach for France.

The defensive aid subsystems includes AN/AAR-47A(V)2 missile warning systems, AN/ALE 47 electronic countermeasure dispensers, AN/ALR-56M radar warning receivers, as well as electronics and radios. The French Air Force has strong desires to acquire these C-130J models, which would help to complement their fleet of 14 C-130Hs.

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Cobham

Cobham announced that they have received a $157.5m in missile electronics order. The missile electronics order is specifically being worked on by the Cobham Microelectronic Solutions, a business sector of the Cobham Advanced Electronics Solutions.

Jill Kale, the President of Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions, said, "For over 25 years, Cobham has partnered with leading defense primes and the Department of Defense for important missile programs. We are proud to support their exceptional record of excellence through continuous measureable improvements and block upgrades. We look forward to continuing to support these critical programs."

Cobham is considered one of the most important suppliers when it comes to radio frequency electronics. Specifically, Cobham is an important supplier when it comes to radio frequency electronics that specialize in missile guidance and processing. Cobham also works with hardware such as synthesizers, RF converters, and transmitters which are sometimes known as Integrated Microwave Assemblies (IMAs). The IMAs are based off the Cobham intellectual property called the MMIC. MMIC is short hand for Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit.

Cobham has over 12,000 people working for them on over four different continents. With these 12,000 people, Cobham is able to touch the lives of customers spread across 100 different countries. Cobham also has leading market positions in wireless, video and data communications, audio, satellite communications, air to air refueling, aviation services, defense electronics, life support and mission equipment.

Cobham’s mission statement is as follows: “The most important thing we build is trust. We protect lives and livelihoods with our differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into customer needs and agility. Our innovative range of technologies and services solve challenging problems in harsh environments across commercial, defense and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean, specializing in meeting the growing demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth.”

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Toyota

Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, announced a five-year, $1 billion research and development effort in Artificial Intelligence and establishing a Silicon Valley research and development center to pursue those goals. Conceived as a research facility bridging basic science and commercial engineering, it will be organized as a new company named Toyota Research Institute. Toyota will initially have a laboratory adjacent to Stanford University and another near M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass. The Toyota Research Institute will be led by Gill Pratt, who recently joined Toyota from DARPA where he ran the Robotics Challenge, an event that promoted work on robots that can work with humans.

The goal of the Toyota Research Institute is to bridge the gap between fundamental research and product development, particularly of life saving and life improving technologies,

said Pratt at a Tokyo news conference on Thursday. The new effort by Toyota is also the latest indication of a changing of the guard in Silicon Valley’s basic technology research. Last year, for example, Microsoft closed a satellite laboratory of its Microsoft Research division in Silicon Valley and laid off about 75 researchers.

Artificial intelligence technologies were disappointing for decades, but they have finally begun paying off, leading to systems such as Siri, the personal assistant from Apple, and rapid improvements in self-driving vehicle technology. And in recent years, there has been a rush to recruit talented researchers in so-called machine learning, many of them produced by Stanford and the nearby University of California, Berkeley. Toyota plans to hire 200 scientists for its artificial intelligence research center.

Toyota already faces competition in some of these research areas from the likes of Google, which has been working on autonomous car technology for several years and already has prototype cars driving on public streets near its Silicon Valley headquarters. The company has already shown an R2-D2-like robot that scoots around and picks up things for people, designed to help the elderly, the sick and people in wheelchairs. It has also shown human-shaped entertainment robots that can carry on conversations and play musical instruments.

As the world’s top auto manufacturer, Toyota already uses sophisticated robotic arms and computers in auto production, including doing paint jobs and screwing in parts. The next challenge will be to optimize that technology using AI solutions to make the driving experience smarter and safer. Toyota says that its goal is to form a bridge between the research that is happening in the labs of top universities and actual product development.

"As technology continues to progress, so does our ability to improve products,"
said Toyota president Akio Toyoda.

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Bombardier CSeries Jet

Bombardier Inc., the Canadian multinational transportation and aerospace company, has agreed to trade off nearly half of their stake in the CSeries jet program to the government of Quebec. In exchange for this large stake, the Quebec government will provide a $1 billion lifeline to Bombardier Inc. This deal confirms that Bombardier is too important and vital to the economy of Quebec, to the extent that the government would not allow it to fail. The company employs more than 35,000 people, playing a crucial role in the Canadian aerospace sector.

The long-delayed CSeries, paired with increasing development costs, has put severe pressure on Bombardier’s cash position. The company anticipates that it will have to spend around $2 billion over the span of the next two years in order to accumulate enough sales and sufficiently reduce costs to balance out the cash-flow basis.

Once this deal is finalized, Bombardier should have cash reserves close to $5 billion after Quebec’s investment. Bombardier also intends to generate additional money by selling a minority stake in its train business, either to an individual buyer or through an initial public offering.

Ottawa has to do its fair share", said economy minister of Quebec, Jacques Daoust. They supported the auto industry in Ontario. We expect them to support the aerospace sector in Quebec.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Bombardier had recently requested 350 million Canadian dollars (or $265.3 million USD) in financial assistance from the federal government. Bombardier has resorted to government funding, as its dual-class share structure has made it more difficult to attract funding from investors who are concerned that the founding family maintains too much control. The dual-share structure that Bombardier adheres to offers the family, as well as descendant of the company founder, the ability to control 54.4% of the total voting rights.  In addition to this, the relatives own roughly 8.8% of Bombardier’s outstanding voting and super voting shares.

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Pep Boys
Bridgestone has announced that they have acquired Pep Boys for $835 million in all cash via their shares. The shares are about $15.00 each. The transaction is being structured as a tender offer.

Gary Garfield, the CEO and President of Bridgestone America, commented on the companies:

“Bridgestone and Pep Boys are two leading companies that share a proud heritage in the American automotive services industry. Our shared expertise and commitment to our customers and employees will help us build an even stronger organization.”

Pep Boys is headquartered in Philadelphia. It has been leading the nation’s automotive aftermarket niche in both products and services since 1921. Pep Boys has over 800 locations with over 7,500 service bays in 35 states. This does not include Puerto Rico.

Pep Boys will add their 800 locations to Bridgestone’s 2,200 tire and automotive service centers, operating under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Hibdon Tires Plus, Tires Plus, and Wheel Works brand banners.

Pep Boys CEO Scott Sider commented:

“We are excited to join the Bridgestone family of companies to become part of the world’s largest company-owned tire and automotive service retail network. This transaction delivers a significant premium for Pep Boys’ shareholders and offers new opportunities for our employees across a bigger business. We look forward to working with the Bridgestone team for a smooth and successful transition.”

This whole transaction is expected to close by the beginning of 2016. Following the completion of this whole transaction, Pep Boys will no longer have its stock trading in the New York Stock Exchange. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting at the exclusive financial advisor to Bridgestone.

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Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant Ships

The United States government has recently approved of the potential sale of four Lockheed Martin Freedom-class ship variants to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia will be using these ships in order to create the core for their Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet. This foreign military sale, which is estimated to be valued at $11.25 billion, will include four Lockheed Martin Freedom-class variants which will come equipped with five COMBATSS-21 Combat Management Systems (4 installed, 1 spare), five Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) UPX-29 (4 installed, 1 spare), five Compact Low Frequency Active Passive Variable Depth Sonar (4 installed, 1 spare), as well as many more associated systems, munitions, and weapons. All of this equipment will serve as the basis for the Saudi Naval Expansion Program II (SNEPII), which is a program estimated to be valued at $20 billion in order to update the weathered United States-built Saudi fleet which is currently operating in the Persian Gulf.

“This acquisition will enhance the stability and maritime security in the sea areas around the Arabian Peninsula and support strategic objectives of the United States,”
read the State Department notification which was issued on Tuesday morning.
“The proposed sale will provide Saudi Arabia with an increased ability to meet current and future maritime threats from enemy weapon systems. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships will provide protection-in-depth for critical industrial infrastructure and for the sea lines of communication.”

The final tonnage of the Saudi Arabian variant is still undetermined at the moment, though Lockheed Martin has offered a variety of sizes of the Freedom class for foreign sales.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to provide the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with four multi-mission surface combatants (MMSC), based on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship,”
read a statement from Lockheed Martin.
“We look forward to working with both navies in developing a low-risk, cost effective approach that delivers value back to the customers.”

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Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is upgrading the battle command systems of the United States’ military branches. These battle command systems are in charge of all airborne assets which include the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. This includes bombers, tankers, fighters, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, and cruise missiles.

The Air Tasking Order Management System, also known as ATOMS will be updated with the Lockheed Martin contract given by the U.S. Air Force. This contract permits commanders to deploy air assets, execute air tasking orders and partake in centralized planning.

The Air Force Command and Control Air Operations Suite, also known as the C2AOS, and Control Information Services, also known as C2IS is replacing ATOMS Theater Battle Management Core System, also known as the TBMCS which will make planning, directing, and controlling more efficient through automation.

C4ISR Systems vice president for Lockheed Martin, Dr. Rob Smith stated,

"Since developing TBMCS in 1995, we've ensured that the system provides the tools needed for coordinated air operation. This effort provides the warfighter with additional system to system interoperability to support their continually evolving mission.”

In addition, Lockheed Martin is planning to upgrade over 200 air tasking requirements that will help the integration between management systems such as Legacy Air Force and Army air management systems with ATOMS. Lockheed Martin will improve on warfare capabilities, specifically net-enabled ones. This will help the Air Force navigate remote guided and controlled weapons more efficiently through a system.

Suzanne Smith, a media contact for Lockheed Martin commented,

“Lockheed Martin is commemorating 20 years of supporting TBMCS. Operationally deployed in 2000, TBMCS is used by all air wings of the United States military to plan and execute airborne missions, maintain automated airspace deconfliction, and enable synchronized air battle management.”

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UH-60M Blackhawk

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has been working on a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Saudi Arabia, who is interested in purchasing UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters along with the associated equipment. Under this potential sale, which is estimated to value $495 million, Saudi Arabia has requested a wide selection of supplies including nine UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, 20 incorporated global positioning systems with inertial navigation systems, 21 T700-GE-701D engines (comprised of three spares and 18 installed), 12 AN/AAR-57, 20 M240H 7.62mm machine guns, as well as common missile warning systems. Additional equipment that Saudi Arabia has also requested includes M134 miniguns, aircraft survivability equipment, dual-mode controllable search lights, electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) system, external electric hoists, quick rope insertion and extraction system, dual patient litter system, internal auxiliary fuel tank system, and ballistic armor protection system.

This large encompassing package will also feature repair and spare parts, personnel training, training equipment, communications equipment, ground support equipment, tool and test equipment, logistics and technical support services, as well as other forms of program and logistic support. Serving as prime contractors for this potential FMS program will be General Electric Aircraft and Sikorsky Aircraft.

The Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) hopes to utilize these helicopters in order to perform and provide humanitarian support, search and rescue, disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and combat operations. If this deal is approved by the United States State Department, this sale is anticipated to positively contribute to the national security objectives and foreign policy of the United States by offering aide in order to increase the security of a significant US partner for economic progress and political stability in the Middle East.

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Ceradyne PLATES

Ceradyne, a 3M Company, has received a contract modification that is worth $34 million from the US Army to assist in the making of body armor pieces for enhanced small arms protective inserts (ESAPI) for the Solider Protection System Vital Torso program. This contract was created because the U.S Armed Forces were looking to seek improvement on their agility and mobility. The U.S. Army has been brainstorming ideas on how to reduce the weight of the soldier’s armor without losing much protection.

According to Cheryl Ingstad, the business manager of Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M, the company is working on these improvements:

“We’ve made it our mission to leverage innovation in advanced materials science to reduce the weight burden carried by soldiers. 3M’s capability to decrease the weight of products, while maintaining or even enhancing performance characteristics, is well-recognized in industries from automotive to apparel. 3M has deep expertise in safety products used by the military, such as Peltor tactical communications systems from 3M, and head, eye, hearing and respiratory protection. 3M is the only provider to supply the U.S. Armed Forces with both body armor and the most advanced helmet available, the enhanced combat helmet (ECH). “

Ingstad also commented on the quantity they have manufactured for the U.S. Armed Forces:

“Ceradyne has fielded over 100,000 ECHs and 2 million body armor inserts to the U.S. Armed Forces. Our speed in production and delivery is in part due to our major investment in state-of-the-art helmet manufacturing. Just as we invest heavily in research, development and manufacturing, we also have a major effort underway to understand and translate soldier needs in head and body protection to exciting, new developments in our products.”

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Tesla Batteries

In an effort to meet California initiatives to combat global warming, the Irvine Company has decided to fit more than a dozen office buildings with battery-powered energy systems. The new energy saving systems will use batteries purchased from Tesla, and they will primarily be used during the peak summer months when tenants turn up their air conditioners. One of if not the main selling points of the new energy saving system is that they charge up during periods of lower use when electricity is fairly inexpensive. Tesla plans on teaming up with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to install and operate the energy storage systems. Each office building will be fitted with an “energy farm” of batteries roughly the size of 5 parking spaces.

One company that looks to benefit greatly from this new deal is electricity supply company Southern California Edison (SCE). The initial batch of office building battery farms will provide SCE with enough reserve capacity to power 10,000 homes. This additional capacity is crucial for SCE as it looks to meet green state initiatives as well as offset the capacity lost from the San Onofre Nuclear plant shutting down. Edison has already acknowledged that energy saving storage systems such as Tesla’s will be essential for the future of California’s energy grid.

The Irvine Company is more willing to pursue new energy saving technologies when compared to other landlords because it is privately owned and holds on to property for the long term. Although the battery systems will only be applied to 15 buildings initially, The Irvine Company is looking to expand the peak-reducing technology to other markets such as San Diego and Northern California in the future. With the impending success of this project, Tesla is hoping to become a major player in the race to develop a smarter and more efficient grid throughout California.

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Irobot

iRobot has received an IDIQ contract with the potential value of $96 million from the U.S. Navy to deliver its new MK1 robots. iRobot is a leader in providing robotic technology-based solutions. According to the first multi-year IDIQ contract (which has a total ceiling of $46.7 million), it has support services, upgrades, and spares for the Man Transportable Robotic System (also known as the MTRS) MK1 robots. The MK1 robots are modeled after the iRobot’s multi-mission’s iRobot 510 PackBot.

According to Tom Frost, the senior vice president and general manager of the iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit says,

"iRobot values its long standing service to multiple agencies within the Department of Defense. Our family of robots are smart, light, rugged and easy to use. We take pride in the role they play to keep our service members safe, and we remain committed to ensuring the U.S. Navy's MTRS fleet is equipped with the latest in robotic technologies to combat threats that persist globally."

iRobot Corporation has multiple divisions from their products. They have their Home, Business, and Defense and Security lines. The Home iRobots help people find a more efficient way to clean, the defense and security robots help defend and protect those people in harm. iRobot uses a multitude of technologies such as navigation, manipulation, mobility, and artificial intelligence.

To learn more about what iRobot offers, here is a short description from iRobot themselves:

“To support and encourage the development of robot technology, iRobot offers comprehensive resources for third-party developers, providing information and products that facilitate the creation and easy integration of new payloads, behaviors and capabilities on iRobot platforms. iRobot collaborates with external developers from government agencies, academic institutions and small and large businesses to create and bring to market innovations that help warfighters and public safety professionals tackle dangerous missions with less risk.”

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DARPA

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently and successfully tested its persistent close air support (PCAS) prototype system. This system was tested on the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft. The most recent test, which took place near Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, marked the system’s initial debut on a United States Air Force platform. With 50 successful attacks made by troops coming out from a position of defense (also known as a ‘sortie’), the test demonstrated that a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) on the ground is capable of commanding an airstrike with three simple clicks on a tablet.

During the testing which took place near Nellis Air Force Base, ten sorties featured live-fire weapons engagements utilizing a combination of GPS- and laser-guided munitions. Data sharing between the JTAC and pilot was enabled through PCAS tactical datalinks in order to determine the timed release of precision-guided munitions.

"Close air support and similar operations rely on teamwork, and we have shown that a flexible architecture and extensible technology toolsets are key to making groundbreaking improvements in air-ground coordination,”
said Dan Patt, the program manager of DARPA.
"These and other test results suggest PCAS-like approaches have the potential to provide an unprecedented synchronized understanding of the active battlefield."

The PCAS program is intended to offer more accurate, prompt, and easy air-ground coordination for close air support (CAS) as well as other missions. DARPA’s PCAS program strives to create a system which enables the sharing of real-time weapons-systems data and situational awareness, simultaneously with the support of technologies compatible with practically any aircraft.

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Lockheed Martin

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin has just received a $227 million contract from the US Army for its brand new Alternative Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary (GMLRS). The new US Army contract also includes provisions to provide for a Foreign Military sale of GMLRS rockets to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed to perform in any condition, with swift deployment and a range far greater than that of conventional weapon. Also, the new alternative version of the GMLRS vastly improves upon its predecessor. New features include a more precise accuracy processor, an enhanced anti-jam system, a 200 pound Unitary Warhead, one-round one kill capability, and reduced collateral damage. One of if not the largest improvement in the alternative GMLRS is the lowered risk of unexploded ordinance. This missile has one of the longest ranges of any submunition warheads, but it is also incredibly accurate.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Tactical Missiles vice-president Ken Musculus stated the following about the GMLR and the Alternative GMLR:

"GMLRS is a combat proven precision-strike system. We are confident that the new GMLRS Alternative Warhead will also provide reliable, highly accurate capability for our domestic and international customers."

The GMLRS rocket is currently launched from the Lockheed HIMARS or M20 family of launchers during combat operations. The new features included within the alternative GMLRS rocket gives operators in the field of duty much more confidence that the device will detonate when employed.

As for the production of GMLRS rockets, Lockheed manufactures them in their award-winning Camden, Arkansas, facility. Lockheed has produced more than 25,000 GMLRS rockets to date from this facility. Aside from the US Army, Lockheed also produces GMLRS for the armed forces of France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and Singapore. The GMLRS has been quite popular in recent years, so look for more orders of the improved Alternative version in the years to come.

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AIM-9X Sidewinder

The United States Navy has cleared Raytheon to begin full-rate production on the AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II infrared air-to-air missile, according to reports out of Tucson.

The AIM-9 Sidewinder is the most advanced short-range air-to-air missile in the world, and the 9X Block is the latest version of it. This installment of the Sidewinder has been around for fourteen years now, and its capabilities have been proven in multiple combat situations throughout the world. Over forty nations throughout the world use it.

The Navy is looking to obtain as many as they can at the moment, due to their outstanding performance. It is easily the weapon of choice for short range missile warfare.

"We've proven the increased capabilities of the AIM-9X Block II, and are confident Raytheon can produce missiles at full rate,"
said U.S. Navy Program Manager Captain Jim Stoneman, PMA-259.
"We look forward to getting them into the hands of our warfighters as quickly as possible."

Some new upgrades include a modernized electronics package creating the ability to lock on after launch using a new datalink that supports beyond-visual-range-engagements.

Specifications of the missile are as follows:

Primary Function: Air-to-air missile Contractor: Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ Date Deployed: AIM-9B:1956 Propulsion: Solid-propellant rocket Length: AIM-9M, 9.3 feet; AIM-9X, 9.9 feet Diameter: 5 inches (0.13 meters) Wingspan: 2 feet 1 inch (0.63 meters) Weight: 188 pounds Speed: AIM-9M, Classified; AIM-9X, Classified (Supersonic) Range: Classified Guidance System: Passive infrared Warhead: Annular blast fragmentation (conventional) weighing 20.8 pounds (9.36 kg)

The missile is currently used on aircraft such as the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-4 fighters, A-4, A-6 and AV-8B attack aircraft, and the AH-1 helicopter. It is used by the air force of nine international customers, in addition to the US.

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737-800s

Jet2.com, a low-cost British airline in the United Kingdom, has recently finalized a deal with Boeing for 27 next-generation 737-800 aircraft. Under this contract, which is estimated to be valued at $2.6 billion, Jet2.com will be receiving 737-800NG airliners over the span of the next two years. The company will be using these aircraft to serve its holiday package and flight-only customers by deploying these airplanes to leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, such as the Canary Islands and other European leisure cities. Jet2.com hopes that this new fleet with help to strengthen its business, as well as to provide the company with reliable, comfortable, and cost-effective aircraft.

Jet2.com is already a loyal customer with Boeing, as they currently operate an all-Boeing fleet consisting of around 60 Boeing aircraft. This billion dollar contract will be Jet2.com’s first direct order with Boeing.

"We are very proud that Jet2.com has again selected Boeing to meet its continuing fleet requirements,”

said Todd Nelp, Vice President of Commercial Aviation Services at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful next-generation 737 family and has accumulated more than 6,900 orders worldwide.”

Jet2.com, a subsidiary of Dart Group, started commercial aircraft operations in 1983. In 2003, the company started operating passenger flights from Leeds Bradford Airport. Currently, the airline flies over 3 million customers per year from 7 Northern departure bases to 55 destinations spanning 364 holiday resorts.

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AH-64E Apache Guardian Helicopter

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has advised to Congress that there may be a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, along with all of the associated equipment, to the United Kingdom. Under this sale, which is estimated to have a value of $3 billion, the United Kingdom’s government has requested the remanufacture of 50 WAH-64 Mk1 attack helicopters into AH-64E Apaches equipped with 110 T-700-GE-701D engines. In addition to this, the sale will include the refurbishment of 53 AN / AAR-11 modernized pilot night-vision sensors, 53 AN / ASQ-170 modernized target designation and acquisition sights, and 52 AN / APG-78 fire control radars. That’s not it though. The package will also include the upgrade of 300 Apache aviator integrated helmets, 52 AN / APR-48B modernized radar frequency interferometers, 55 radar electronics units (longbow component), 60 AAR-57(V) 3 / 5 common missile warning systems with 5th sensor and improved countermeasure dispenser, as well as 120 embedded global positioning systems (GPS) with inertial navigation.

If approved by the United States State Department, the sale will also include AN / APR-39D(V)2 radar signal detecting sets, AN / AVR-2B laser detecting sets, integrated helmet and display sight systems (IHDSS-21), M206 infrared countermeasure flares, KOR-24A Link 16 terminals, manned-unmanned teaming international, M211 and M212 advanced infrared countermeasure munitions flares, as well as identification friend or foe transponders. Obviously, this $3 billion sale encompasses a wide range of products and services.

This sale contributes to foreign policy the national security of the United States by strengthening the relationship of a NATO ally, which has been and continues to be an important force for economic progress and political stability worldwide. Several large aerospace companies have been chosen as prime contractors for the FMS program, such as General Electric, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, and Longbow Limited Liability.

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Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation has received a $97 million contract from the United States Navy for an Airborne Jammer order.

Under this agreement, Harris will provide their state-of-the-art self-protection jammers. These jammers are used to keep pilots and their crew safe by protecting them from radio frequency threats. This order marks a continuation in the eighteen year legacy of critical IDECM (integrated defensive electronic countermeasures) program support.

The actual product they provide is the ALQ-214 radio frequency integrated countermeasure system. The device detects radio frequency dangers, such as hostile radars and air defense systems. It is used by the Navy to protect carrier-based F/A-18s, for both Hornets and Super Hornets. Technology like this is incredibly important when it comes to protecting the men and women of the Navy.

"The ALQ-214 is one of the most capable airborne jamming systems ever built," said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. "In the complex, contested battlespaces our aviators face, it is a critical element of their ability to outpace evolving electronic threats and maintain a strategic edge."

With electronic warfare ever evolving, it is important for Harris to create the most capable technology to stay ahead of the game and neutralize the enemies. There are currently four IDECM Block configurations:

  • IB-1: AN/ALQ-165 and the AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoy
  • IB-2: AN/ALQ-214 and the AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoy
  • IB-3: AN/ALQ-214 and the AN/ALE-55 Fiber Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD)
  • IB-4: AN/ALQ-214 ECP

This order marks the twelfth time Harris has fully produced the ALQ-214. The contract that was signed includes an option in 2016 for a thirteenth production, as well as field support and assembly repairs. The 46 systems plus spare weapons replaceable assemblies will equip new aircraft and modernize the existing fleet. Harris provides solutions to government and commercial customers for all mission critical challenges.

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DDG

On August 7, 2015, the State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale to Japan for technologies including the guided missile destroyer 7 (DDG), AEGIS Combat System (ACS) 8, Underwater Weapon System (UWS), and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) for an estimated cost of around $1.5 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of this potential sale on August 4, 2015.

If everything goes according to plan, Japan should receive two ship sets of the MK 7 Aegis weapon system as well as training, equipment and support for Japan’s fiscal year 2015 as well as 2016’s guided missile destroyers.

The equipment and support includes systems engineering, on-site vendor assistance, spare parts, system training, staging services, and technical services.

In doing so, Japan’s acquisition of 8 ballistic missile defense capable ships will further enhance interoperability with the US Navy.

The AEGIS Combat System is the world’s premier naval air defense system and is the sea-based element of the United States’ Ballistic Missile Defense System.

What’s great about this is that the system is integrated with radar and missile system which is capable of simultaneous operation defending against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats. Because the AEGIS is a multi-function phased array radar, it is the world’s most advanced and versatile maritime radar which is also scalable to meet the needs for a wide spectrum of ships from corvettes to aircraft carriers on missions.

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GM

In an effort to revitalize the city of Flint, Michigan, who was synonymous with the meteoric rise of Ford in the first half of the twentieth century, General Motors plans to invest $877 million dollars into the Flint Assembly Plant. This overhaul and investment is expected to be part of a plan to open up and expand three U.S. truck plants to install new assembly lines, body welding shops, and paint operations for future production of Silverado pickups and SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade, while avoiding shutting down the plant and delay ongoing production.

“In the last several years, GM’s investments in the city of Flint have topped $2.5 billion, creating hundreds of construction jobs and an economic boost for the community,” Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said in a statement.

This investment not only strengthens the ties between GM and the city, it demonstrates that Flint continues to play an important role in the resurgence of manufacturing in Michigan and the rest of the United States.

The economic impact alone in 2014 generated $238 million dollars in wages and $46.5 million dollars in payroll taxes for the community of Flint. The investments could prove useful in assisting GM to make headways for the new labor agreements the United Auto Workers union is negotiating with the Detroit Three automakers. Securing jobs at U.S. factories is a top priority for union leaders. Flint Assembly employs more than 2,800 workers, including nearly 2,600 hourly workers represented by UAW Local 598.

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Bombardier Global 7000

Bombardier Inc. has delayed the commercial debut of its Global 7000 business jet by two years, the most recent in a string of setbacks.

The Global aircraft were originally planned to make their debut sometime next year, but the circumstances at hand have pushed that date back to the end of 2018.

The Canadian aerospace company has fallen on hard times this year, as they have seen their debt grow massively with all the delays in their CSeries commercial program. The CSeries and Global families have made Bombardier raise approximately $3 billion in debt and equity for adequate financing.

Bombardier is predicting the 7000 and 8000 airplanes will make up for this, contributing as much as $3 billion in yearly sales once it is entered into service. It is a unique aircraft, in that it is one of the longest range business jets. It will have a range of 7,300nm and seat up to seventeen passengers.

Getting the plane ready has proven to be a difficult task for them, however. Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare expressed these sentiments of the hardships presented from making this one-of-a-kind aircraft.

"Creating an aircraft of this unique caliber with no compromise in terms of performance and comfort is challenging,” Bellemare was quoted by Bloomberg.

The company has already had to make several cutbacks this year with all the problems they are having. First, they confirmed plans to scale down the production of Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets due to issues with China, Russia, and Latin America. Also, the firm stopped its Learjet 85 business aircraft development program. These factors have contributed to putting about 1,700 jobs at risk.

Stocks at Bombardier have dropped fifty-seven percent this year, including a drop of nearly ten percent just last week. They are currently sitting at $1.63 per share.

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Teledyne

Teledyne Technologies announced in July 2015 that they have secured a USD$15 million contract with NASA to provide hyperspectral remote-sensing imagery from an instrument to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument, built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will be integrated into the multi-user system for earth sensing (MUSES) earth-observation platform at the station. It is said to be the first instrument to be installed in the MUSES platform which will also house three other Earth observation tools.

The special sensor is designed to be functional in the light wavelength range of visible through the near infrared. In addition, it is expected to collect more than 70 million km² of data per year. President and CEO of Teledyne Technologies, Robert Mehrabian, is very proud to have secured the contract. He said in a statement: “Our partnerships with Nasa and DLR further expand the commercial use of the ISS, while providing our governments with unique imaging data."

Once the data is collected, it will assist scientists in a multitude of areas including atmospheric research, forestry and agricultural management, and other areas of scientific and humanitarian importance. MUSES is expected to become operational in 2016 and the hyperspectral instrument and imagery will come into use in 2017.

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Thales

At the end of last week, word broke that the Canadian government is reportedly planning on cancelling a USD$55 million contract with Thales Canada to deliver new radar units in order to support its CF-18 fighter jet squadrons in Cold Lake, Alberta and Bagotville, Quebec. Signed in November of 2010, the deal called for Thales Canada to deliver two Ground Master (GM 400) air-defense tactical-control radar systems, scheduled to begin in 2013. According to Defense Department documents, costs of the equipment had increased to over USD$78 million which led to the Public Works Department being called in to negotiate with Thales and try to resolve the issue.

Unfortunately, a resolution could not be reached and according to Public Works spokeswoman Annie Trapanier, "In February 2015, Canada and Thales reached agreement in principle to terminate this contract by mutual consent. Public Works is working with Department of National Defense (DND) to identify an appropriate path forward to meet their long-term capability needs on this project." Negotiations for a final termination agreement are still in the works.

This is not the first time a Thales Canada deal has gone bad. According to analysts, this botched deal adds to other sour deals such as the high-profile F-35 Stealth Fighter project, Cyclone helicopter purchase for replacing Sea Kings and used British submarines. Thales’ GM 400 offers detection from very high to very low altitudes. It can also track a wide range of targets, from highly maneuverable tactical aircraft flying at very low altitudes to the unconventional small radar cross-section devices, such as unmanned aerial vehicles or cruise missiles. The Ground Master 400 has already been selected by 10 countries, among them Finland, Estonia, France, Malaysia Slovenia, Germany and Canada.

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BBC Micro Bit

The British Broadcasting Corporation has released its new Micro Bit (stylized as “micro:bit”), a new device for the company’s computer literacy project designed to capture the imaginations of the next generation of programmers.

The Micro Bit is a small programming device that can fit in your pocket. It hooks up to a tablet or PC via a USB cable, where you can write code and publish it onto the device. Its main purpose is to teach younger users how to write simple code, hopefully inspiring them to become our coders and programmers of the future.

The device comes with features such as a Bluetooth antenna, an accelerometer, a compass, and a reset button (for when you get really frustrated when your code isn’t working). It has a programmable array of twenty-five red LED lights, two buttons, and a motion sensor that is built in.

Kids are becoming more and more computer literate over the years - probably more so than a lot of adults. But BBC’s director general Tony Hall feels that knowing how to use them is not enough. There needs to be a desire from more kids to want to program them.

"We all know there's a critical and growing digital skills gap in this country and that's why it's so important that we come together and do something about it," he said at a launch event in London.

Programming a computer may seem like a tall task for a child, but consider how we teach kids other skills. We give kids a ball and tell them to go play, even when they have no experience playing a sport before. We give them a paint brush or a pencil and tell them to make pictures when they know nothing about art. The BBC thinks it should be no different with computer programming: trial and error, and having fun with it.

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National Security Space

With a scheduled date of June 26, the upcoming hearing on the US space launch strategy is bound to get heated. The forthcoming hearing, dubbed “Assuring National Security Space: Investing in American Industry to End Reliance on Russian Rocket Engines,” will feature a panel of government speakers followed by one from private industry. The House Armed Services - Strategic Forces Committee, the agency that oversees the nation’s ballistic missile defense, strategic weapons, space, and Department of Energy national security programs, wants the public to understand that Congress meant it when it mandated the US Air Force to end its reliance on Russian-made launch systems by 2019.

In a press release heralding the hearing, Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama stated: “It is not the time to fund new launch vehicles, or new infrastructure, or rely on unproven technologies. It is the time for the Pentagon to harness the power of the American industrial base, and move with purpose and clarity in order to swiftly develop an American rocket propulsion system that ends our reliance on Russia as soon as possible.”

Congress desires to wean the US Air Force off the Russian-made, liquid-oxygen/kerosene-fueled, dual-combustion RD-180 rocket engine. The RD-180 is the powerhouse behind the popular Atlas V expendable launch system, operated by the Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance.

The government panel features:

  • John Hyten, Commander of Air Force Space Command
  • Gen. Samuel Greaves, Commander of Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, the unit responsible for procuring space hardware
  • Katrina McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
  • Mike Griffin, the former NASA administrator who co-authored a study in 2014 that advocated swapping out the RD-180 as soon as possible

The private industry panel will include:

  • Tory Bruno, President and Chief Executive of ULA
  • Rob Meyerson, President of Blue Origin
  • Julie Van Kleek, Vice President of Advanced Systems and Launch Programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the developer of the LOX/kerosene-fueled AR1 that could replace the RD-180 on the Atlas V expendable launch system
  • Jeff Thornburg, Senior Director of Propulsion Engineering at SpaceX, ULA’s latest rival in the national security launch market
  • Frank Culberson, President of the Space Systems group at Orbital ATK
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Lockheed Martin has received the first of five instruments, a Thermal Emission Spectrometer, for NASA’s asteroid-bound OSIRIS-REx probe.

OSIRIS-REx, meaning Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, is designed to bring back samples from the Bennu asteroid. 101955 Bennu is an asteroid that is potentially on a collision course with Earth, rating third on the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale.

Now before you lock yourself in your apocalypse shelter, the point of the mission is just to collect data from what is one of the oldest parts of the Solar System. Bennu was chosen because it is relatively close to us, even though it will take years for the mission to be completed.

The mission will involve finding out the temperature of the asteroid, as well as finding what sort of chemicals and minerals are present in it. This could help explain where things like water and other organic materials on Earth come from.

The instrument is the size of your household microwave, and has gone through years of design, testing, and calibration. It is able to read temperatures with an accuracy of 0.2°F. The part was built at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, so there were surely some nice 115°F days to test it on.

This mission could possibly explain how life on Earth came to be.

"If we go to this asteroid and find this carbon-rich material people think is there, it really is revolutionizing our understanding of the solar system," said Greg Mehall, the project engineer with ASU. "It's the first time we've ever done anything like this."

The Thermal Emission Spectrometer will soon be installed onto it, and it is planned to launch sometime in 2016. The O-Rex, if you will, will make a two year long voyage to the asteroid. It should return to Earth with its samples in 2023.

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General Atomic

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has successfully tested their railgun projectiles with on-board electronics at US Army’s Dugway Proving Ground.

Four separate tests were conducted on the device, and it passed with flying colors at the Utah-based proving ground. Projectiles were tested to see if they could handle the railgun’s launching conditions. They were launched at 30,000 times the acceleration of gravity, and were exposed to the full electromagnetic environment they would see in real-life situations. Sometimes those launch speeds can reach as high as seven-times the speed of sounds.

It also focused on developing the precision guidance of the weapon. They did this by having the electronics on-board the projectiles assess in-bore accelerations and projectile dynamics.

"This is a significant milestone in the technology development toward a railgun weapon system, and marks the first time flight dynamics data have been successfully measured and down-linked from an aerodynamic projectile fired from our railgun on an open test range,” said GA Electromagnetic Systems Group Missile Defense Systems Vice President Nick Bucci.

The testing also included the milestone 100th launch for the GA-EMS' 3 megajoule Blitzer electromagnetic railgun. It was a testament to the durability of the company’s technology.

"GA-EMS' successful testing and on-going investment to advance our scalable railgun and projectile technologies illustrates our commitment to mature this transformational weapon system and provide the warfighter multi-mission advantages across several platforms,” Bucci later added.

The versatility of the railgun to be used on a multi-mission platform derives from the scalability of the GA-EMS launcher and the modularity of the pulse power system. The way electromagnetic railguns work is by using electricity to fire projectiles, rather than chemical propellants such as gunpowder.

Stored electrical energy create a magnetic field that can launch a projectile as fast as 2 to 2.5 km/sec (Mach 6 to 7.5). It is also safer to use, as transporting and storing explosives can be dangerous.

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In June 2015, Toyota executive Julie Hamp was taken into custody by Japanese police on charges of illegally bringing a restricted painkiller into the country. The next day, Toyota president Akio Toyoda spoke up in support of Hamp, calling her a “’trusted and essential’” aide and defended her by saying that he was confident she had not broken the law intentionally. After the apprehension, Tokyo police raided Toyota Motor Corporation’s headquarters as well as its Tokyo and Nagoya offices as a result of Hamp’s arrest.

Julie Hamp, age 55, was recently appointed as Toyota’s Head of Public Relations and is its highest female executive ever. Her appointment was highlighted as a sign that Toyota was promoting diversity in a move to reflect its global reach and the fact that 80% of its sales stems from international, non-Japanese customers. However, some are worried that her arrest will be seen as a sign that promoting women in the workplace might be too risky. Diversity detractors commented against American Hamp’s and another Frenchman’s promotions into the Toyota executive roles. Toyota traditionally has only employed Japanese males in executive positions.

Hamp had previously worked for Toyota’s U.S. operations and was in the middle of moving her possessions to Japan when she was arrested. Prior to working for Toyota, she worked for PepsiCo Inc. for five years as well as General Motors Co. for 25 years. Hamp was not able to comment on the matter as in Japan, suspects can be kept in custody for up to 23 days even without a formal charge.

Toyoda shut down these concerns in a news conference the day after Hamp was arrested. "We will maintain this diversity promotion policy," he said, adding that he felt a personal bond of responsibility to Hamp because she was one of his direct reports. "All of them are like my children," Toyoda said of his executives. "Protecting the children is the responsibility of the parents. Ms. Hamp is a very important, trustworthy friend." He also hinted at the fact that Toyota might not have done enough to prepare Hamp for settling in Japan and adjusting to its rules. He ended by saying, "In addition to being a close friend of mine, Julie Hamp is an invaluable member of Toyota's team."

The day she was arrested, Japanese media reports cited police investigators as saying that a parcel addressed to Hamp and labeled "necklaces" contained 57 oxycodone pills buried at the bottom or in packets, as well as toy necklaces and pendants. A spokesman for the Tokyo police said the package was sent via international mail from the U.S. and was intercepted by customs agents at Tokyo's Narita Airport on June 11. Hamp told police she didn't think she had imported an illegal substance, the spokesman also said.

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Monster Cable

Following a January lawsuit filed by Monster against Apple-owned Beats Electronics, Apple announced that they have suspended Monster’s right to make licensed accessories for their devices. Under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) certification process that was established in 2005, Monster produces accessories such as lightning charger cables and headphones that are certified to work with various Apple devices. On May 5 of this year, Apple terminated its deal with Monster and the company will no longer be able to make their accessories.

The lawsuit was filed after Monster accused Beats Electronics co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, and HTC of conspiring to acquire Monster’s portion of Beats through a fraudulent deal. Prior to Apple’s purchase of Beats Electronics, Monster designed and sold Beats by Dre headphones but in 2011, Beats sold 51 percent of the company to HTC which led to a new ownership clause in the Beats/Monster deal. Later, Beats bought back the stake they sold to HTC and subsequently convinced Monster CEO Noel Lee to sell part of his 5-percent stake also. Afterwards, Lee was convinced that the transaction was a scam designed to exclude Monster from receiving profits from the headphone sales and later, profits from the Apple acquisition, which would have been more than $100 million had he retained his stake in the company.

Since losing their agreement with Apple, Monster is now required to change its packaging as well as reworking certain products that used licensed technology. Monster will be allowed to sell Apple accessories through the end of September but after that they are no longer permitted to sell or produce MFi-certified cables or headphones. David Tognotti, a lawyer for Monster, released a statement defending his client: He believes that the move is excessive and "shows a side of Apple that consumers don't see very often. Apple can be a bully.” Over 900 of Monster’s 4,000 products produced since 2008 have been made under the MFi program and the company says they have paid over USD$12 million in licensing fees since then.

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Boeing BBJ MAX

At the 2015 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, Boeing Business Jets was pleased to announce the first sale of its BBJ MAX 9 ultra-large cabin, long range private jet. The recipient of the new aircraft is an undisclosed European customer. This BBJ MAX 9 deal marks the fifth order for the BBJ MAX family. Previously, Boeing has landed 4 orders for the BBJ MAX 8 variant.

"We are thrilled to announce that the BBJ MAX 9 program is officially launched with our first BBJ MAX 9 order," said Boeing Business Jets President David Longridge. "While maintaining the unmatched cabin comfort of today's BBJ, the BBJ MAX's lower fuel use, increased range capability, updated flight deck, lower noise and reduced emissions enable the airplane to better meet the diverse needs of our VIP customers."

The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) version of the 737 began development in 1996 under the guidance of teams from both Boeing and General Electric. This family of aircraft, which includes the BBJ, BBJ2, and BBJ3, will be replaced by the new-generation models. The first BBJ MAX variant to be ordered is the 737-8 which succeeds the 737-800 and incorporates improvements of aerodynamics and systems from the standard MAX. In addition, the aircraft features a more fuel efficient CFM Leap-1B engine and exhibits a range of 6,325 nautical miles. The BBJ MAX 9 will replace the BBJ3 and features an 11,700-kilometer range, a maximum takeoff weight of 195,000 pounds, and a spacious 1,120-square-foot cabin.

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RS-25 Engine

The third hot fire test of an RS-25 engine of the Space Launch System has been completed at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US. The engine was fired for 500 seconds. SLS is the newest rocket from NASA. It is being designed to send astronauts on future missions beyond Earth’s orbit. The Rocket will be equipped with four RS-25 engine and travel at speeds of 17,500 mph.

The RS-25 engines are the world’s most reliable rocket booster engine. The liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engines have powered humans and payload on all 135 Space Shuttle Flights. For over three decades, they have enabled the advancement and construction of the International Space Station, deployment and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, and furthering our scientific understanding of the Universe. Even though the RS-25 has been used for decades, the SLS will have different performance requirements which require the engine to be retested. On the SLS, the engines will be used in a cluster of four. Each engine has increased its thrust from 491,000 pounds vacuum thrust to 512,000 pounds vacuum thrust.

This series of testing on the RS-25 started January 9th and the second test was executed on May 28th. Four more tests are planned as part of the current development engine. The tests are designed to test the performance of the engines with colder liquid oxygen temperatures, greater inlet pressure and higher vehicle acceleration, more nozzle heating, and its position with the SLS booster exhaust nozzles. New ablative insulation and heaters are also be evaluated during testing.

The prime contractor for the RS-25 engines’ is Sacramento, California-based Aerojet Rocketdyne. Designated Exploration Mission 1, the first test flight of the SLS will have a 77t lift capacity. The first test flight will carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit. Lift capability will be enhanced to 143t to facilitate missions even farther into our solar system. NASA hopes to use this configuration to reach Mars.

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In June 2015, the US Navy announced that they were set to christen their tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), on Saturday June 13th at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. This ship was named in honor of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who resigned from Congress in 2011 to recover from wounds sustained in an assassination attempt. She was known for her support of the military and veterans.

"The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the beginning of what is certain to be a long life for this great ship,” US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, describing the event. "It is also a celebration of the skill and dedication of the men and women who have built LCS 10 and the courage of her namesake. This ship truly embodies the Navy motto of Semper Fortis - always courageous."

The Independence-class vessel was constructed as part of the LCS program and is the 16th ship to be named after a woman and the 13th to take the name of a living person since 1850.

The goal of the US Navy’s LCS program is to fill gaps in the critical, urgent operational war-fighting requirements that currently exist in the Navy to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. The LCS-class consists of the Freedom and Independence variants, which are developed by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, respectively. Austal USA, along with Bath Iron Works, is part of the team led by GD. The soon-to-be USS Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be delivered to the fleet in 2017.

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The Pilatus PC-24 has completed its first flight in Switzerland, two years after the jet was announced.

It was originally thought that the PC-24 would make its first flight in late 2014, but after some delays it was finally able to make its maiden voyage. Deliveries are still expected to be on time - some time in 2017 - as was first announced back in 2013.

The jet is a versatile one, as it is designed to have the capabilities of using paved and unpaved runways. This could be helpful for emergency landings or landing in places normal planes cannot. The two standard floor plans are a six-seat and eight-seat executive floor plan. There is also a ten-seat commuter floor plan, and combination arrangements to suit emergency medical or passenger and cargo situations. It also comes with a cargo door as standard equipment.

The jet is powered by two 3,400 pounds-static-thrust Williams FJ44 engines. It posted good takeoff numbers as noted by engineers monitoring the flight from the ground. It took off in less than 2,000 feet and climbed to 10,000 feet in approximately three minutes. The pilots reported no problems and excellent handling characteristics. Standard protocol for the 55-minute test flight mandated that the landing gear be left down the entire time.

The testing group was overjoyed with the results that they were waiting years for, as Pilatus Aircraft board of directors chairman Oscar Schwenk stated,

"It's an emotional moment for sure, and another major milestone in the Pilatus and Swiss aviation history.

"Seeing our new business jet take off on its maiden flight is something we've worked very hard for, and dreamt about for a long time. The flight went exactly as planned with no problems whatsoever."

The company will build three PC-24 prototypes to test, and hope to get certifications and initial deliveries by 2017.

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SpaceX and Boeing are both building private spaceships to taxi astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. Since the cancellation of NASA’s shuttle program, restoring the ability to launch American astronauts to ISS has been a top priority. It now appears that the goal is closer than ever.

Boeing received the first order for a commercial crew change flight to ISS in 2017. It is said the contract is the first-of-its-kind. SpaceX has not yet received a contract from NASA but it is expected that they will receive one later this year. Boeing’s CST 100 or Crew Space Transportation 100 was just approved to proceed to assembly, integration and test activities. CST100 had to complete the delta integrated critical design review, the fourth milestone in the commercial crew transportation capability (CCtCap) phase to get the approval to move forward.

The space capsule has been designed to transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo. A standard mission would carry four crew members and 220 pounds of pressurized cargo. The capsule would dock on the space station and then it would remain with the station serving as an emergency lifeboat for approximately 201 days. Unmanned and manned test flights still need to be performed prior to the operation crew rotation mission.

In early 2017, after manned testing, it will be confirmed that the Boeing CST100 will be capable of meeting the requirements set by NASA. The contract awarded to Boeing is worth just over $4.2 billion. The contract SpaceX received from NASA was worth $2.6 billion to build the Crew Dragon spacecraft that is launched atop a Falcon 9 Rocket. The CST100 will usher in a new era of space exploration. Once again, the USA will be able to send our astronauts into space.

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The 787-9 Dreamliner is a stretched version of the 787-8.  It has a seating capacity suitable for 250-290 passengers. In the past, the 787-9 aft and mid fuselage sections was fabricated, assembled, and integrated at the North Charleston plant in South Carolina. From there, it was sent to Everett for final inspection.

The 787-8 achieved final assembly at the South Carolina plant for over three years. The first assembly of a 787-8 in South Carolina occurred in 2012. Now, in 2015, the plant is celebrating a new milestone with the delivery of the first 787-9 to roll out of Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly. The Dreamliner rolled off the assembly line in January 2015 and completed its first flight last month. In addition to being the first 787-9 from South Carolina, it is also the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.

Airlines continue to take possession of the new Dreamliner. In July of 2014, All Nippon Airways took possession of their first 787-9 Dreamliner. Their new plane will allow ANA to meet the growing demand for air travel as the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics approach. ANA is the first airline to operate both Dreamliner variants, the 787-8 and the 787-9. The advantage of the 787-9 over the 787-8 is a fuselage that is 20 feet longer.

Allowing up to 40 more passengers per plane, on top of that the 787-9 will use 20 percent less fuel and produce 20 percent fewer emissions than similar planes. ANA has already ordered 29 more. More than 1000 787’s have been ordered by sixty different customers. Currently, 160 of them are in operation. If the 787-9 wasn’t enough, the new 787-10 will continue to improve on the platform.

The first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled in South Carolina was delivered to United Airlines.  This increases United’s fleet of 787-9’s to a total of four. In addition to their 4 787-9, United Airlines has 12 787-8’s already in service. United was the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly a 787-9 in September of 2014. After receiving their 787’s, United Airlines has opened new direct routes from Los Angeles to Melbourne.

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Pratt & Whitney has won the 2015 Gold Edison Award in the transportation-aviation category for their PurePower Geared Turbofan. The award recognizes achievement in innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy.

Pratt & Whitney officials credited their work ethic and not being complacent with what they have done in the past.

“Our dedication to innovation and identifying ways to continuously improve is in our blood at Pratt & Whitney,” said Greg Gernhardt, President of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “For the past 90 years, we have not let status quo satisfy us. The Geared Turbofan engine is just one example of our drive to create new solutions that benefit our customers, the environment and the broader public. We are thrilled to be recognized as a top transportation innovation of the year.”

Since 1987, the Edison Awards have been given out annually in The Capitale’s ballroom in New York City. It salutes those who show excellence in new product and service development, marketing, and human-centered design. It is inspired by the spirit of Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness.

“It’s exciting to see companies like Pratt & Whitney continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards. “Edison Awards recognize the game-changing products and services, like the Geared Turbofan engine, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”

The PurePower PW 1000G Turbofan has gone through 20 years of research, testing, and development. It offers significant reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise, and operating costs. It has completed over 17,000 hours and 32,000 cycles of full engine testing. It also has 4,000 hours of flight time under its belt.

Five aircraft platforms currently use the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine: the Mitsubishi MRJ, Airbus A320neo, Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E-Jets E2, and Irkut MC-21.

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naval-avionics

On February 20, 2015, Engility Holdings, Inc. was awarded a USD$27.6 million contract by the United States Navy for work on the Naval Avionics Platform Integration Emulator (NAPIE) system. The contract calls for Engility Holdings to provide product and technical support for NAPIE system development and testing. This system allows for fast integration of innovative prototype technologies, such as sensors or algorithms, to current platforms.

Engility Holdings will provide program management, engineering services, system architecture, guidance quality analysis, flight test data analysis, and field support to the Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Department. Additional features include core computing elements such as data recorders, test engineer consoles, and several different electrical, electronic, avionic, and mechanical parts. The system will fully comply with military standards, qualify for Navy test authorizations, and Federal Aviation Administration approval.

With already over 20 years of experience working on the design, development, and technical aspects of the Naval Avionics Platform Integration Emulator system, Engility will complete this contract over a five-year period for the Air Traffic Control Systems Division, Naval Air Warfare Center, and Aircraft Department Patuxent River, MD. Engility Holdings, Inc. is an independent company made up of leading businesses within L-3’s Government Service segments: MPRI, Command & Control Systems and Software, Global Security & Engineering Solutions, Linguist Operations & Technical Support, and Engility Corporation and International Resources Group.

The company is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia and provides consulting, program, business support, engineering, technological lifecycle support, information technology modernization, supply chain and logistics management, and education services to the United States government. With influence in over 40 countries, the company supports and provides critical services to the U.S. Department of Defense along with allied foreign governments.

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mosanto-acquires-syngenta

The world’s biggest provider of seeds to farmers Monsanto has presented an unsolicited offer of $45 billion to take over their Swiss rival Syngenta. However, the company has not given up as it continues to work on a deal, planning on increasing the initial bid of 449 Swiss francs per share which is a 36 percent premium to Thursday’s closing price.

If a deal does happen, it would provide Monsanto access to highly profitable crop protection chemicals with an estimated potential sales of over $31 billion. Monsanto is already one of the biggest leaders in their industry of genetically modified crop seeds. Syngenta denied Monsanto’s $45 billion offer as it felt the offer undervalued its prospects and did not take into consideration of regulatory risks.

Analysts predict that Monsanto may have to offer a premium of up to 40 percent to the shareholders of Syngenta to make an attractive deal. In addition, antitrust scrutiny is inevitable which could possibly lead to forced sales in certain crops such as United States corn industry. Analysts suggest that American regulators could react when seeing two leaders of the agricultural market combine.

Monsanto’s attempt is also stirring up political controversy, as the deal is likely tax benefits and that Syngenta stands as a highly regarded blue chip for Switzerland. Monsanto Company is an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. Headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri, the company is an industry leader in producing genetically altered seeds and herbicide glyphosate.

The company is one of the first to ever apply a biotechnology industry business model to agriculture in which they heavily invested in research and development while recuperating costs through using and enforcing biological patents. With over 21,000 employees, the agricultural giant has generated over $14 billion in yearly revenue in which they serve the worldwide market.

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Headquartered in Surrey, United Kingdom, Sperry Marine is a premier designer and manufacturer of navigational equipment including steering systems, compass systems, speed logs, integrated bridge systems, and control systems. Founded in 1997, Sperry Marine was formed out of three legacy companies with over a century of maritime navigation experience-Sperry Gyrocompass, C. Plath, and Decca Radar. Since 2001, Sperry Marine has been operating as a business unit of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation and Maritime Systems Division.

Sperry Marine’s extensive portfolio of navigational goods includes the following patented products:

  • Autopilot & Steering Control Systems: The first manual steering system to be based on controller area network (CAN) technology, Sperry Marine’s NAVIGUIDE 4000 manual steering system and NAVIPILOT 4000 self-tuning adaptive heading control system control a variety of steering gear types for both single and double rudder vessels.
  • Compass Systems: The reliable Jupiter flat glass magnetic compass incorporates a steering compass, a bearing compass, a reflector compass, and an overhead compass into one system. Weighing just 8.8 kilograms and spanning 180 millimeters, the Jupiter compass can be fitted within the wheelhouse and in all NAVIPOL magnetic compass binnacles.
  • Integrated Navigation & Bridge Systems: The Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Integrated Bridge System (IBS) enhance a crew’s situational awareness. Engineered with reliable sensors to support the vessel’s core navigation system, the Sperry Marine IBS system ensures proper route planning, status monitoring, daily chart management, log-keeping, and alarm awareness.
  • Navigation Radar & ECDIS: Incorporating the most current state-of-the-art Panel PC technology, the Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT ECDIS-E features a 24-inch wide screen display with key sensor inputs to keep the crew aware of engineering statuses, alarm alerts, and navigational information.

For the fiscal year 2013, Sperry Marine’s parent company Northrop Grumman reported revenues of USD$24.7 billion.

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Nvidia is turning its attention to gaming, automotive, and cloud computing applications, as they are now looking to sell their 3G and LTE modem business.

Nvidia announced it will cease its Icera operations in the second fiscal quarter of 2016. They purchased Icera for $367 million in 2011 in hopes of becoming a big name in the smartphone industry. However, it turned out to be nothing more than a dream as rival industries such as Qualcomm Inc. took their business. Several Android-based tablets using Nvidia’s chipset also failed to sell well.

Nvidia expects the Icera 4G LTE modem supply to last at least until their self-imposed 2016 deadline, but the company expects to join forces with third-party modem suppliers and will no longer develop its own once that day is reached.

The Icera 450 slim-modem platform worked with NVIDIA Tegra processors to enable high-performance HSPA+ smart phones and tablets. It had a full 3G and 2G voice, a radio interface layer for Google’s Android OS, and major PCB savings from integrated baseband and integrated RF chips. Their platform is based on the ICE8065 baseband and ICE9225 RF IC. Some specifications of the platform include:

  • HSPA+/3G/2G multimode
  • Multiband HSPA+ Cat 18 (28Mbps)
  • HSUPA Cat 6 (5.7Mbps), Cat 7 (11Mbps) HSUPA upgradable
  • Quad-band GPRS/EDGE

Nvidia has nearly 9,000 employees worldwide, 500 of which were part of the Icera modem operation. They were based primarily in the UK and France, with some smaller teams located in Asia and the United States. The company had a reported revenue of $4.13 billion in 2014, and an operating income of $496 million.

The future of the 500 employees working on it is unclear as of now, as are the details of what they will do with Icera. More information is expected to come out later in the week when reports for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 are released.

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On Saturday, May 2nd, the John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard. The US Navy assigned the name John Finn to the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51), one of their newest guided missile destroyers. This name was in remembrance of a Medal of Honor recipient, John Finn, who showed “magnificent courage in the face of almost certain death.”

He fought in Hawaii during the Japanese attacks. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens hopes that this name will reflect a quiet, humble and observant leader, which he believes that this fleet will embody this message. In order for the launch to take place, the 637-foot floating dock was flooded and slowly submerged under water. The ship was then pulled south with tugs so that the Navy could continue testing and eventual activation.

Captain Mark Vandroff, class program manager of the DDG 51, stated, “This is the first DDG 51 class ship to launch in almost four years and we're both proud and excited with the progress the program is making. I look forward to John Finn joining the fleet and the other ships of her class to continue in the legacy of success that is the Arleigh Burke destroyer."

Equipped with the Aegis Combat System, John Finn is ready to fulfill difficult missions and rough weather conditions. Further capabilities include anti-submarine warfare, command and control, anti-surface warfare, and advantages in the air, undersea, surface, and ballistic missile defense.

Captain Vandroff further said, “DDG 51 production is in full swing at the shipyard. The Navy and shipbuilder are working closely together to ensure continued quality and value as production continues on the restart ships." The Navy anticipates a bright future for John Finn, and they hope that this fleet can uphold its great name.

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G500-G600-Business-Jets

In April 2015, GKN Aerospace announced that they have received a contract from Gulfstream Aerospace to provide wing skins for its G500 and G600 business jets. The deal calls for GKN to produce upper and lower wing skins for the ultra-long jets at its advance machined structures plant in Wellington, Kansas.

These wing skins will produced in an interesting way: in order to reduce weight and maintenance, the upper wing skins will be constructed in a single piece and made without fasteners and joints. The lower ones will incorporate several panels and complex design features. Last year, Gulfstream Aerospace chose PPG Aerospace, Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division, Esterline, and GE Aviation to supply various components for the G500 and G600 aircraft but this year, GKN was the lucky choice.

Daniele Cagnatel, GKN Aerospace North America aero-structures CEO, said: "Our success here is founded on the depth of expertise we have in long bed machining and wing skin manufacture. At the latest count, we have produced more than 5,000 wing skins at our Wellington facility, including skins for Gulfstream's award-winning G550 aircraft." Cagnatel also said in a statement: “This important new contract reinforces our relationship with Gulfstream and this is a relationship we aim to foster and grow for the long term.

This contract also represents a major development in our strategic drive to increase our presence in the business jet market.” In addition to GKN Aerospace, the company’s other divisions include GKN Driveline, GKN Land Systems, and GKN Powder Metallurgy. As a whole, GKN employs 50,000 workers worldwide and in 2014 reported a revenue of GBP$6,982 million.

Headquartered in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK, GKN is a British multinational automotive and aerospace components company that can trace its origins back to 1759 and the birth of the Industrial Revolution.

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Harris has received a $27 million contract from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to supply additional Falcon III wideband manpack and handheld tactical radios.

The details of the contract state that Harris will supply Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpacks and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios to their NSA tactical communications network. The radios will aid their special operations forces by improving terrestrial and ground-to-air communications, as well as extending secure wideband networking.

Every little tactical advantage you can find for is huge - like a football coach finding a weakness in a team based on hours of watching film - and this upgrade in equipment gives USSOCOM just that.

"The Harris Falcon III radios enable the SOF to stay connected wherever the tactical edge happens to be. Our products support SOF-unique capabilities and include a full suite of DoD waveforms to provide interoperability across all branches of the US Department of Defense,” said George Helm, president of Harris RF communications department of defense.

The AN/PRC-117G gives soldiers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to tactical awareness. It provides real-time information through a portable radio that is significantly smaller than previous models.

It is JTRS Certified, NSA Type-1 Certified, JITC Certified for Narrowband Interoperability Assessment and compliance with DAMA standards. Due to high bandwidth data operation, it uses the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2).

The AN/PRC152A is a handheld device that provides high speed data services and voice services on the move. The device combines interoperability and traditional waveforms, a daring synthesis of new technology. It’s just like a cell phone, except for the NSA. Features include video and image dissemination, situational awareness and mapping, texting, emailing, and mobile apps.

They will both help support network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation missions.

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GKN Aerospace is coming up with a titanium powder to use in additive manufacturing for their aerospace components.

The GKN-led consortium that is in charge of the development of TiPOW (which stands for Titanium Powder for net-shape component manufacture) will try to find a way to produce the powder in bigger quantities and at a cheaper price.

GKN Aerospace Engineering and Technology division’s senior vice-president Russ Dunn said:

"We believe AM has the potential to revolutionize the design and manufacture of aircraft, unlocking innovations in low drag, high-performance wing designs and lighter, even more efficient engine systems that will dramatically improve airframe performance and reduce noxious emissions and noise."

The program will begin with developing titanium alloys and powders that can be used for additive manufacturing, and will later create methods to produce the AM-designed materials at lower costs.

Additive manufacturing basically means they are printing 3D designs of metallic parts, built up in layers from powdered metal. It is different from normal manufacturing in the sense that it is built up piece by piece, rather than having swathes of material taken away from billets or castings.

“TiPOW will give us a better understanding and insight into improving airplane performance and will undoubtedly deliver more technological advances to the industry. This program highlights the capabilities of the UK aerospace, promotes healthy competition and will lay the groundwork for even more innovation," added UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute chief executive Gary Elliott.

Some of the benefits of using additive manufacturing is that it is very energy-efficient and has a high raw material-to-product conversion rate. It also eliminates the need to design bespoke tooling, and can reproduce highly complex geometries with little to no hassle.

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Major General James Post has been fired from the United States Air Force for his comments relating to the A-10 aircraft.

Post suggested that it would be treasonous for any of his subordinates to praise the A-10, which is being controversially retired. The quote in question read, “If anyone accuses me of saying this, I will deny it … anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason.”

The comments were made in January at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada while addressing over 300 airmen at a weapons and tactics review board.

The Air Force’s actions show a change of heart based on their original comments. In an e-mail to Military?.com, spokeswoman Maj. Genieve David defended him, “The intent of his comments were to communicate the Air Force’s position and decision on recommended actions and strategic choices faced for the current constrained fiscal environment.”

Post was heavily criticized for his comments about the A-10, also known as the “Warthog” and “Tankbuster”. Its primary contractor since the late 1980’s has been Northrop Grumman. The Air Force has been pushing for the retirement of the fleet of nearly 300 for around five years due to monetary reasons. Post took it to extreme levels with his comments, warning others to not say anything positive about it.

Post released an apology for his comments in a statement:

“The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command’s constraints. It was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone’s access to their elected officials. I now understand how my poor choice of words may have led a few attendees to draw this conclusion and I offer my humble apology for causing any undue strain on the command and its mission.”

Post was a two-star general, and the second-highest ranking officer at Air Combat Command.

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USAF Pits F-35
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter passed a big test when it flew in a combat simulation against F-16 Fighting Falcons. The F-35 practiced air-to-air combat maneuvers for the first time – and after passing with flying colors – has been cleared for more strenuous drills. “When we did the first dogfight in January, they said, ‘you have no limits,’” said Lockheed Martin F-35 test pilot David “Doc” Nelson. “It was loads monitoring, so they could tell if we ever broke something. It was a confidence builder for the rest of the fleet because there is no real difference structurally between AF-2 and the rest of the airplanes.” He added that most pilots like the maneuverability the Joint Strike Fighter provides, and the departure resistance was high during the angle of attack testing. The operational maneuvers were flown by Nelson in an AF-2, the primary Flight Sciences loads and flutter evaluation aircraft, and one of nine F-35s used by the Edwards AFB-based 412th Test Wing for developmental testing. Some general characteristics of the F-35 include possessing a Pratt & Whitney F135 after burning turbofan and a total weapons payload of 18,000 lbs.
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 50.5 ft
  • Wingspan: 35 ft
  • Height: 14.2 ft
  • Wing area: 460 ft²
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.6+ (1,200 mph)
Lockheed Martin says their F-35 is unmatched when it comes to how many different things it can do. At the time it was conceived in the 1990’s, it was already projected to be the greatest fighter ever made. To this day, it is living up to the lofty expectations set years ago. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Lockheed Martin products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lockheed Martin parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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In April of 2015, the Israel Missile Defence Organization’s Directorate of Defence Research and Development along with the US Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the third test of the David’s Sling Weapon System (DSWS). Developed from a collaboration between Raytheon and Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the DSWS is a terminal missile defense interceptor system intended for use against short-range ballistic missiles, large caliber rockets and cruise missiles with ranges from 40 to 300 kilometers away. Through hit-to-kill technology, the system utilizes an interceptor dubbed the Stunner. The DSWS program began in 2009 when Raytheon received two subcontracts from Rafael worth $100 million. Raytheon assisted prime contractor Rafael with developing the interceptor and missile component, as well as the missile firing unit launch system of the David’s Sling.

The DSWS is meant to integrate with Israel’s broader missile defense initiative which is composed of the Iron Dome, Patriot and the Arrow 1, 2, and 3 systems. The DSWS can be used in both mobile and stationary settings, providing a further layer of coverage in the country’s comprehensive missile defense strategy. The first test of this system was conducted in 2012. After completing the system’s third test, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that he believes the DSWS will be operational within the next year (2016). The system can hold up to 16 missiles at once. Guidance is directed by radar and electro-optical sensors found on the nose of the missiles, which can be retargeted automatically or manually by a command operator. For striking targets, the Stunner missile contains two motor pulses to propel the missile through its mid-course stage and finally a third pulse for thrust once the target is locked on. Using the DSWS is currently quite costly, with estimates totaling up to $1 million USD for a single interception. Israel asked the United States in March 2015 for additional funding of $317 million, allocated solely for missile defense endeavors, on top of the $158 million already sought in the 2016 US federal budget. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Raytheon products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Raytheon parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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Asteroid
In March of 2015, NASA announced that its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will entail a retrieval of a 4-meter boulder from an asteroid which will be placed in orbit around our moon. This mission will provide insight into a future journey to Mars. Costing approximately $1.25 billion USD plus launch costs, the initiative is expected to take place with initial launch slated for December 2020 and arrival at the selected asteroid two years later. NASA astronauts will follow up on the boulder and collect samples for analysis. ARM, which will use an unmanned robotic spacecraft to travel to the asteroid, was established in 2010 as a replacement for the long-delayed and over-budget Constellation Program. The likely candidate for the asteroid will be 2008 EV5.

Discovered in 2008, the 2008 EV5 is about 400 meters wide and was first observed by the Catalina Sky Survey. The asteroid takes 343 days to complete an orbit around the sun. Other front runners include Itokawa and Bennu – asteroids which are both 500 meters in width. The ultimate goal of ARM is to test the viability of technology and capabilities which are under consideration for a mission to Mars. The spacecraft will be equipped with a solar electronic propulsion system, using the sun’s energy to create thrust, which is more efficient and can carry a spacecraft further than strictly using conventional rocket fuel. In addition, ARM should give NASA more practice and data on navigating and maneuvering in space, particularly with the robot arm technology that will be used to grab the boulder.

During this mission, NASA will also undergo a practice deflection maneuver with the ultimate purpose of potentially diverting an asteroid which is on a collision course to Earth. The space agency will measure the trajectory of the impact on the asteroid and analyze its effects. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier to a number of federal agencies such as NASA. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current aerospace parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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Raytheon has been awarded a contract from the United States Air Force to provide Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles (AMRAAM). Valued at USD$528.8 million, the contract is a modification to an original Lot 28 production deal. Per the agreement, Raytheon will provide AMRAAM Lot 29 production along with other system equipment. In addition, Raytheon has to include foreign military sales to Korea, Oman, Singapore, and Thailand. Expected to be completed in 2018, work will be done at Tucson, Arizona with the contracting activity from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Elgin Air Force Base, Florida.

The Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile is an innovative, all weather, lightweight, and cost effective missile. The missiles are able to provide active radar guidance as it uses advanced digital technology. In addition, the missiles feature an autonomous guidance and can attack low altitude targets. The weapon is also very effective in air to air combat. The mature seeker design allows the missile to quickly and accurately find targets in all types of environments. Raytheon looks to develop an extended range version of the missile for ground based air defense. Dubbed, AMRAAM-ER, this missile will be able to intercept at greater distances, higher altitudes, and will have integration to NASAMS launchers. Currently, over 36 countries have purchased the highly efficient and reliable Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles for use on aircrafts such as the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, and Harrier. The F-35 is currently being tested for integration and will have full capability in 2015.

Raytheon is an aerospace and defense company that has a primary focus on weapons and military electronics. The company is currently the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. As one of the largest contractors of the United States government and defense, Raytheon has over 63,000 employees and has met over $24 billion in yearly revenue.

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GE has agreed to a contract with the United States Air Force (USAF) to define high-performance embedded computing architectures of future generations of radar processors.

The processors will be installed onboard USAF platforms.

GE’s Intelligent Platform will spend the next 6 months researching to benchmark and optimize synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator radar modes on multiprocessor high performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems.

In addition to that, the award includes the development of a lab-based processor system that has a clear path to rugged deployment on USAF platforms. This type of platform will embrace the open system architecture (OSA) approach based on open and de facto industry standards and interfaces in both hardware and software.

"This contract award acknowledges GE's experience and leadership in the development of high-performance embedded computing solutions,”
said GE Intelligent Platforms Business HPEC Systems Engineering Manager David Tetley.
"This includes those using general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) technology for the most demanding applications, and the application expertise with which we are able to support our customers. It is an exciting project to be working on as it will help create the radar processor architectures of the future, and can have a significant bearing on the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the US Air Force in the years to come."

The main objective of the GE’s Center of Excellence is to meet the high customer demand for TRL (technology readiness level) COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) solutions that can keep costs low, shorten time-to-market, and help to eliminate program risk. This will enable prime contractors, system integrators and OEMs to turn their attention towards value-adding and creating competitive advantage. The Center takes advantage of GE’s COTS Rugged Systems (CRS) capability to support the rapid deployment of systems to the field.

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Google’s New Drone
In March of 2015, Google announced that they will be completely redesigning their drone for their upcoming drone delivery system – Project Wing. Headed by the Google Project X Research Lab, this endeavor seeks to develop commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicles. The program is over two years in the making (established in 2011), but the company only formally announced its existence last year. The announcement marked the project as a potential competitor with Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service. Before Project Wing, the company has already ventured into the drone industry with the $60 million USD purchase of drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace in April 2014. The original prototype was a single-wing design spanning five feet which was supposed to have vertical take-off and landing capabilities. An alleged problem with this design was that the drone was unable to withstand high wind conditions and subsequently veered off into uncontrolled flight paths.

Testing took place in Australia, five months after the team first noticed problems, in a rushed attempt to determine the viability of the design. Engineers anticipated problems with the design early on, but the company decided to confirm their reservations with field testing. Astro Teller, director of Google X, released a statement to the press at the 2015 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. He described the drone’s issue with a shifting payload as the vehicle switched from vertical to a horizontal orientation when airborne, as well as its difficulty maintaining hover position. Google X is the division of the company focused on developed progressive, forward-thinking technologies. Headed by Astro Teller since 2010, the research arm is dedicated solely to producing innovative and slightly improbable projects – called “moonshots” by the company. Some notable projects include: Google Glass – a controversial computer-equipped eyewear development, Project Loon – a project to provide internet services to underdeveloped regions via hot air balloon, and the Google self-driving car.

Based in Mountain View, California, the division is located approximately ½ mile from the GooglePlex, Google’s main corporate headquarters. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of drone products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current drone parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-866-756-8540 for a quote.

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Pentagon Electronic Warfare
Through an initiative to increase technologic warfare capabilities throughout the Department of Defense and U.S. military, the Pentagon has created a task force to address shortfalls. This panel is dubbed the Electronic Warfare Executive Committee. Deputy of Defense Bob Work stated, “They believe it is an important part of their offensive and defensive arsenal, and it's going to be on the forefront of any initial guided munitions salvo exchange.” His main goal is to create a focus group that examines investments across the different departments while forming recommendations. These suggestions will then be sent to the Secretary and Department of Defense to implement changes. Furthermore, they hope that this new committee will shift the military’s focus to payloads rather than platforms. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are known to be equipped with weapons, sensors, and cameras to relay immediate information on the battlefield.

The Electronic Warfare Executive Committee hopes to utilize these UAVs to make concise and urgent decisions. Work also plans for a Business Process Systems Review, allowing more money to be allocated towards technologic advances. This review includes a full analysis of the Defense Department’s one million employees with more than $134 billion used towards managing logistics, health care, service contracts, and financial management. Further improvements may come from the commercial business sector, with a predicted twenty to thirty percent change. Technologic advancements include robotics, biotechnology, miniaturization, data analysis, and other key areas. This will include operations on both land and sea.

They hope to replace the outdated AN/ALQ-99 jammer with the Next Generation Jammer, which will be placed on the Boeing EA-18G Growlers. Northrop Grumman, a leading aerospace manufacturer, was recently awarded a Navy contract to fund the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP). Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Boeing and Northrop Grumman products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Boeing and Northrop Grumman parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-866-756-8540 for a quote.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne
One month after the announcement that Aerojet Rocketdyne switched management, the Competitive Improvement Program was put into action by the company. This plan involves a forty percent reduction in facilities and a ten percent reduction in workforce. The most targeted facility will be the company’s headquarters near Sacramento, California, which involves an overall reduction from 230,000 square meters to about 140,000 square meters. Furthermore, the workforce will be cut down by more than 500 employees, 250 of which are stationed in the Sacramento office. GenCorp anticipates that this plan will cost $110 million during the next four years, according to data from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. However, they hope that this astounding loss will translate to savings of $145 million each year. If successful, gains should be seen at the start of 2019. The previous president, Warren M. Boley, Jr., was replaced by Scott Seymour in June 2013. While president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Seymour will be retaining his position as chief executive of GenCorp. Also during this time, Aerojet merged with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, forming Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Both companies maintained a close relationship for more than twenty-seven years. March 9th marked the transformation of GenCorp into Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. A day later, Glenn Mahone announced that the Sacramento projects regarding the manufacturing of three missiles will be transferred to Arkansas and Virginia in efforts to reduce program costs. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a current manufacturer of many engines, such as the RS-25 and RL-10. The former was a reusable engine for the Space Shuttle. The Pratt & Whitney RL-10 is currently used on the Delta IV and Atlas V. As a top supplier of engines and parts for both commercial and military uses, Aerojet Rocketdyne is hoping to grow with new leadership and a strong business plan. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerojet Rocketdyne products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Aerojet Rocketdyne parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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Controlling the sky

According to 2014 rankings, Boeing maintains its standing as the world’s top exporter of arms. This is the Seattle-based company’s second consecutive year at number one. For fiscal year 2014, thirty percent of the company’s revenue (over $27 billion) came from things “pursuant to U.S. government contracts, which include foreign military sales through the U.S. government.” However, Boeing’s total sales to the US government saw a slight dip in percentage, going down from 34% in 2013 to 30% to 2014.

The Middle East in particular has driven demand among arms-exporting companies. The region accounted for $9.24 billion worth of Boeing’s revenue (including commercial aircraft) for 2014. Saudi Arabia alone purchased $6.5 billion worth of military goods, an increase of over 50% from 2013. That number is expected to climb to nearly $10 billion in 2015. One of Boeing’s sales to Saudi Arabia remains the largest foreign military arms sale in US history. In 2011, the country purchased 84 new F-15 Strike Eagle fighters, as well as a contract to upgrade 70 existing F-15s. Including new helicopters, support and training, the total sale to Saudi Arabia was worth about $29.4 billion. Deliveries of new Strike Eagles begin this year and go through 2019, while upgrades are slated to begin in 2016.

The top 10 arms exporters for 2014 is as follows:

  1. Boeing Co.
  2. Lockheed Martin Corp.
  3. Raytheon Co.
  4. Airbus
  5. United Aircraft Corp.
  6. Russian Helicopters
  7. United Technologies Corp.
  8. BAE Systems
  9. Thales Group
  10. Finmeccanica

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Rockwell Collins

Airlines have been working vigorously to develop a more mainstream and cost-effective product for flight tracking in order to replace the outdated method of passive, infrequent flight tracking. These changes are much needed-especially, after the recent disappearances of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Rockwell Collins and SITA have both developed new packages that will allow airlines to actively track their flights.

Although the final form and concept of operations for this required tracking are not yet set in stone, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced that this transition calls for airlines to obtain position data every 15 minutes. For the U.S., Canada, China, and several other countries where dispatchers are already required to actively track their assets, the change could merely mean a more frequent update of the reports airlines already receive in oceanic and remote areas. For other parts of the world where operational oversight is much less stringent, the upgrades will require a complete shift in operations. In either case, airlines want to maximize the use of existing avionics and data streams while minimizing the costs of any new measures.

Rockwell Collins has been working with five non-U.S. airlines on a new tracking service that will be part of its “GlobaLink” family of services. The new Flight Tracking Solutions, which are to be officially revealed in March of this year, include working with individual airlines to map gaps in route structures where more frequent position reports will be needed to meet the ICAO’s new standards and determine how to achieve the most cost-efficient mix of data transmission methods. The complete breakdown of the ICAO’s proposed standards are expected later this year. The airlines Rockwell Collins has been working with have not tested the tracking solution directly in their operations but are expected to within the next few weeks.

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The Boeing Company is an American global designer and manufacturer of airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites. It also provides leasing and product support services to a multinational customer base. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on reported 2013 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value. Earlier today, Boeing announced that they have received a USD $594 million order from Alaska Airlines to provide six Boeing 737-900 extended range (ER) aircraft—four of which are to be delivered in 2016 and the remaining two in 2017.

Alaska Airlines, one of the youngest fleet operators in North America, plans to use these new 737-900ERs to replace the remaining 737-400 airliners, as the new aircraft can transport 25 percent more passengers using the same amount of fuel. Andrew Harrison, the executive vice-president of Alaska Airlines, is looking forward to getting the new jets. "We're delighted Boeing is able to expedite delivery of four of these new 737-900ERs, increasing the number of planes we'll receive next year to 19.” He believes that the comfortable highly efficient Boeing company jets will both expand and strengthen Alaska Airlines’ leading Pacific Northwest network. Alaska Airlines serves more than 100 cities across Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. With this order, their total of locally manufactured aircraft on order increases to 79.
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Eurofighter Typhoon
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is a European multinational aerospace and defence corporation that manufacturers aircraft parts as well as civil airliners. Airbus was originally formed as the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), but in January of 2014 was reorganized as Airbus Group—combining the divisions for development and marketing of civil and military aircraft, as well as communications systems, missiles, space rockets, helicopters, satellites, and related systems. In February 2015, Britain’s Ministry of Defence announced that a USD$228 million deal has been signed to equip Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets with the newest Brimstone 2 surface attack missiles.

These missiles, which have already been used by Britain’s Tornado jets in Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq, are designed to hit fast moving targets over land and sea with high accuracy and low risk of collateral damage. Each Typhoon jet will be able to carry six of these missiles. BAE Systems, Airbus Group, and Alenia Aermacchi have teamed up to manufacture the Typhoon combat jet and also own the European missile group MBDA who is responsible for producing the Brimstone missiles. Bernard Gray, the MoD’s chief of defence material, described the purpose of the multi-million dollar contract: "The integration of Brimstone 2 represents a step change in Typhoon air-to-surface capability, providing for the first time both a low collateral moving target capability and multi-weapon launchers." This integration is set to be delivered into service by Britain’s Royal Air Force towards the end of 2018. Eurofighter Typhoon is built on the strength of four European nations: UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and their leading aerospace and defence companies. The program supports large numbers of highly skilled and specialized jobs.

Total employment on the Eurofighter Typhoon project is estimated at more than 100,000 personnel from 400 companies across Europe. The partner companies in the program—BAE Systems, Alenia Aermacchi, and Airbus Defence & Space manage industry suppliers employing over 100,000 people across the supply chain, enriching the technology capabilities of the whole European region. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Airbus, BAE Systems, and Alenia Aermacchi parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Airbus, BAE Systems, and Alenia Aermacchi parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call 714-705-4780 for a quote.

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Saab military aircraft

Founded in 1937 in Stockholm, Sweden, the Saab Group is an aerospace and defense company that designs and produces air traffic control systems, fighter and military aircraft, military systems, and radar. Saab’s Security and Defense Solutions business unit develops systems within the civil security sector in addition to training and simulation solutions.

In February 2015, Saab Defense and Security announced that they have received a contract from Northrop Grumman to deliver components and subsystems for the United States Marine Corps’ AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system. The contract, which is worth USD$32 million, also includes the integration of new software designed by Saab.

Northrop Grumman will be integrating these Saab assemblies into the Lot 1 G/ATOR systems, which are set to be delivered between 2016 and 2017. This new AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR system, the first of its kind to be developed by the Department of Defense, will replace five older Marine Corps systems. It will provide multi-faceted detection and tracking capabilities including air defense, air surveillance, and ground weapon locating to enable engagement of a wide range of hostile threats. It also offers a wide range of air traffic control capabilities which will ensure the safety of Marines worldwide.

The Saab Group is a global force that employs over 13,000 workers. Not only is Saab involved in the aerospace industry, but in the late 1940’s the company created the Saab Automobile division and began manufacturing cars. In 2012, they reported a net income of USD$1.54 billion and a revenue of USD$24 billion.

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Embraer Aircraft

Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, reported a successful close to the calendar year 2014, keeping itself in a neck-and-neck race with its counterpart Bombardier for the title of third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. Currently, only Boeing and Airbus are larger. TAM Linhas Aereas, a Brazilian airline, is in the process of finalizing an order for thirty regional jets from Embraer, in efforts to strengthen its domestic Brazilian network.

The order would include 18 of Embraer’s E2 E-Jets along with options for an additional 12. In addition, GOL, which is Brazil’s largest airline, is in discussions with both Boeing and Embraer in a deal valued at $1.7 billion for 20 aircraft to replace its older models. Embraer’s updated E195-E2 is competing with Boeing’s updated 737 Max 7 for the deal from GOL. If Embraer is to win the deal, which is expected to be announced before the end of the quarter, this would represent a huge success for the company. GOL currently operates an all-Boeing fleet.

Embraer, as of late, has emerged as the top seller of regional jets and other medium-range aircraft. While Bombardier has been developing a new CSeries jet from scratch, Embraer chose to instead modify and revamp its existing E-Jet, a move which has paid dividends. Embraer already has over 200 orders for the new E-Jets, which is in line with Bombardier’s aircraft orders. However, Bombardier has shelled out a significantly larger amount in its development of the new CSeries.

Embraer, founded in 1969, is a publicly-traded Brazilian aircraft manufacturer that generates around $5.7 billion in annual revenue. It develops and supplies commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft as well as aeronautical services. The company currently employs close to 20,000 people worldwide.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Embraer to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.


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Altera logic devices

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Altera Corporation is a premier designer and manufacturer of programmable logic devices (PLD)—electronic components used to build reconfigurable digital circuits. Founded in 1984 with the invention of the world’s first reprogrammable logic device, Altera supports a number of end markets with its array of custom logic solutions—including medical, military, test & measurement, telecommunications, automotive, and cloud computing.

Altera employs a 2,600-strong workforce spanning 19 countries. Altera primarily produces its parts via its partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) based in Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park—the largest pure-play semiconductor foundry in the world. However, just last year, Altera and computing giant Intel struck a foundry deal together. For the fiscal year 2013, Altera reported US$1.73 billion in revenues coming from over 12,000 customers.

Popular in the defense community, Altera products ensure survivability of an aircraft mission in the chance of avionics system failure. Altera produces solutions to problems that come up in the display unit, switch system, airborne computing, backup power, and head-up display systems of military aircraft. In 2014, General Dynamics declared Altera the Defender of the Year. Altera is heavily involved in the US Army’s Soldier’s Network program. The company supports the tactical voice and telecommunications technologies of General Dynamic C4 System’s latest two-channel secure voice military radio.

Altera operates technology centers in the following domestic and international locations:

  • Austin, Texas
  • San Jose, California
  • Hampton, New Jersey
  • Aswan, Egypt
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • High Wycombe, United Kingdom
  • Newfoundland, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Shanghai, China
Altera’s portfolio of goods includes the following hardware solutions:
  • Arria FPGAs: The mid-range family of Arria field-programmable gate arrays provide an even harmony of performance, power, and price. Performing at 20nm, they possess 96 transceiver lanes that deliver 3.6 Tbps of serial bandwidth.
  • Cyclone FPGAs: The Cyclone family of FPGAs are the lowest in cost and power, making them ideal for high-data, cost-sensitive purposes.
  • Stratix FPGAs: The Stratix family of FPGAs are the highest in density and bandwidth, making them perfect for high-end purposes.
  • MAX CPLDs: The MAX family of complex programmable logic devices comes equipped with on-chip flash storage and an internal oscillator.
  • HardCopy ASICs: The HardCopy family of application-specific integrated circuits is the industry’s only 40-nm system-capable ASICs engineered with an FPGA-based design flow.

For the advancements it made in the industry, Altera took home the top honors of “Design Team of the Year” and “Ultimate Product – Software” at the 2014 EE Times and EDN Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards.


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Bulgin Water Proof Connectors

Established in 1923, British-based Bulgin Components is a leading global designer and manufacturer of connectors, fuseholders, and switches. It was founded by research and development proponent Arthur Bulgin OBE—a life member of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and one of the six founding members of the Radio and Electronic Components Manufacturers’ Federation (RECMF).

RoHS, REACH, and ISO 9001 compliant, Bulgin manufactures the following interconnect products:
  • Battery Holders
  • IP68 Buccaner Connectors
  • Hazardous Area Connectors
  • IEC Connectors
  • Polysnap Connectors
  • Mains Filters
  • Fuseholders
  • Indicators
  • Switches

For joining electrical circuits together, connectors are needed. Bulgin produces a wide range of interconnect solutions. For strong, rapid connections in harsh environments, the Bulgin 7000 Series Buccaneer connectors are ideal. IP66, IP68, and IP69K certified, the 7000 Series Buccaneer of circular connectors are environmentally sealed to prevent dust and water from entering the system. The UL94-V0 rated, UV stable, halogen free, all-plastic housing of the connectors are designed with quick mating and release mechanisms. The “scoop-proof” contacts prevent data loss from mismatching, and are built for blind mating applications. Polarization and visual alignment features ensure proper mating.

To convert electric power into radio waves, an antenna is required. Bulgin’s portfolio of interconnect products includes the SMB (SubMiniature B) Waterproof Antenna. Resistant to environmental degradation, the SMB Waterproof Antenna radiates omnidirectionally at a half-wavelength configuration. It is specifically engineered for the 2.4GHz, 440-470MHz, and 900/1800/1900MHz frequency bands. Manufactured to IP68 EN60529 standards, the SMB Waterproof Antenna is also dustproof via its secure screw thread locking.

Designed to hold a wide range of battery sizes—AAA(RO3), AA(R6), C(R14), CR123, D(R20), and PP3(6R61), Bulgin’s battery holders can fit one, two, three, or four cells. Easily customizable to a client’s needs, the battery holders fixing styles include screw and flange panel fixing, as well as PCB and base mounting variants. The panel-mounted models are produced in two styles: standard fixing and front panel sealed. The open frame styles are PCB- or base-mounted with an interlocking mechanism to join adjacent holders together. They are produced from high-quality molding and metal components to ensure steadfast connection.

Resistant to vandalism, Bulgin’s line of LED indicators are manufactured in a variety of bezel, LED, and color styles. They are panel mounted and meet the IP67 criteria for hermetically sealed front panel use. Designed to complement Bulgin’s family of vandal-resistant switches, the LED indicators are similarly designed with stainless steel bodies that resist harsh environment applications.


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Brunton outdoor lifestyle products

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Brunton is a popular producer of outdoor lifestyle products including navigational tools, optic products, portable power, and lighting systems. Established in 1894 by a geologist, Brunton got its start with the creation of the innovative Brunton Pocket Transit—a specialized compass that utilizes magnetic induction damping rather than traditional fluid to damp needle oscillation. Since 2010, Brunton has been operating under Swedish-based Fenix Outdoor Group. Fenix is broken down into two main units—Brands and Retail. The Brands business unit produces and markets the Brunton (instruments), Fjallraven (backpacks), Tierra (apparel), Primus (stoves), and Hanwag (boots) brands of outdoor and leisure gear.

Brunton’s most popular product is its compasses. Today, Brunton’s Pocket Transit comes in the following models: GEO Pocket Transit, International Pocket Transit, Conventional Pocket Transit, and COMPRO Pocket Transit.

The latest offering to its family of compasses is the GEO Pocket Transit. The newest and most technologically advanced Transit consists of a waterproof, aluminum billet body assembly which makes the GEO Transit virtually indestructible. For visibility, the compass is conveniently built with a precision aligned mirror for “see-through” sighting capability. The GEO model possesses a hinge clinometer with 1-degree increments for accurate readings of half-degree dip measurements. It is integrated with a magnetic north-seeking rare-earth magnetic perched atop a sapphire jewel bearing. The ball and socket tripod mount is centered for accurate rotations. For azimuth or vertical angles sightings, Brunton designed a “Buck Horn”-style sight for maximum accuracy.

In addition to manual compasses like the GEO Transit, Brunton produces self-calibrating digital compasses. The Get-Back GPS digital compass points directly back to any of three points, constantly recalibrating as the user moves, showing the route by arrow and the distance in meters or miles. Backlit with blue lighting, the Get-Back is ideal for when the user is lost. The Get-Back is engineered with a rechargeable internal battery. The battery is rechargeable by solar power or Brunton power packs.

In 2010, the Defense Logistic Agency’s Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio contracted Brunton for US$40,000 worth of magnetic compasses. Earlier this year, the General Services Administration sourced US$20,000 worth of forestry compasses from Brunton. Right now, Brunton is in competition for a US$434,034 contract for the Educational Component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, hosted by the United States Geologic Survey (a federal agency dedicated to studying the nation’s natural resources).

For the fiscal year 2012, the United States operations of Brunton’s parent company Fenix reported US$23 million in revenues.


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ACCO material handling and conveyor systems

Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Acco Systems, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of standard and custom automated conveyor, rail, and material handling systems. Founded in 1919, Acco Systems’ portfolio of products includes belt/chain skid conveyors, automated electrified monorail systems, automated storage/retrieval systems (AS/RS), skillet conveyors, towline systems, horizontal and pendulum conveyors, twin-trolley systems, and overhead and inverted power-and-free systems. Today, Acco Systems, Inc. operates under Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany-based Durr AG, a global firm specializing in mechanical and plant engineering technologies.

With nearly a century of experience, Acco Systems prides itself on the diverse range of material handling systems it has created over the years. As the company continues to grow, it constantly remains an innovative figure in its field. Acco Systems pursues and develops new methodologies to make sure its products maintain the highest levels of productivity and excellence.

To maintain its position as a pioneering figure in the industry, Acco Systems has developed and refined a number of newly-patented material handling and conveyor systems, design and engineering disciplines, and control/management software.

Always in pursuit of new technologies, Acco Systems holds a number of patents. One of its most recently acquired ones is a patent for a proprietary conveyor system for a powder paint spray booth. Awarded by the U.S. Patent Office in 2005, this patent describes a new method involving evenly-spaced, parallel first and second moving belts supported by a multitude of space rollers—all enclosed within a sealed housing.

The patent also entails a powder paint collector located below the powder paint booth. The powder paint collector is to receive powder paint from between the sealed housings. Built out of stainless steel, the 10-inch wide continuous belts are protected by grating to allow personnel to walk over the conveyor system without damaging the apparatus. Lying between the conveyor housings, the V-shaped collector system directs powder paint into reservoirs housed on opposing sides of the conveyor system.

As part of Durr AG, Acco Systems counts the following companies among its clients:
  • Embraer
  • BMW
  • Harley-Davidson
  • TATA
  • Jaguar
  • Citroen
  • Hyundai
  • Porsche
  • Airbus
  • Land Rover
  • Chrysler
  • SAIC
  • FIAT
  • Renault
  • General Motors
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Boeing
  • Ford
  • Toyota

For the fiscal year 2014, parent company Durr AG expects to reel in USD$3 billion in revenues. The current order backlog for the firm exceeds USD$2.9 billion.

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Esterline Sensors and Systems

Esterline Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty aerospace and defense products for over a century, has been involved in several key acquisitions over the past two decades. Starting in 1998, the company agreed to purchase Kirkhill Rubber Company for $83 million, at which time Esterline had already acquired two-thirds of Kirkhill’s stock.

Kirkhill Rubber Company makes custom-engineered products using elastomers, which are synthetic rubbers. At the time, the company generated $60 million in annual revenue. This acquisition has proven to be very fruitful for Esterline over the years, as it has utilized the custom-engineered products in the commercial and military aerospace industries.

Five years later, Esterline acquired Roxboro Group’s aerospace-sensors division for $88 million. The move allowed Esterline to expand business in Britain and also to increase its sales in sensors unit by 50% to a total of $150 million. Esterline was also able to add an array of temperature, pressure, and motion detector products to its portfolio. In the most recent expansion of its aerospace business, Esterline acquired Leach Holding Corporation in 2004 for $145 million, a move that was increased annual sales by an additional 20%.

This has been the biggest acquisition to date and added electrical components to its portfolio. Today, due to steady growth and acquisitions, Esterline competes with companies such as Eaton and Goodrich and maeks parts for every Boeing commercial aircraft in production.

Esterline Technologies Corporation, founded in 1906, is a publicly-traded manufacturer of aerospace, defense, gaming, and medical products. It is one of the most well-known suppliers of equipment for Boeing and Airbus as well as American and allied military forces. The company employs over 12,000 people at 50 locations worldwide, who are spread across its Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials divisions.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Esterline Technologies Corporation to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.


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King Nutronics

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Nutronics, Inc . is a company that engineers electro-optical solutions for problems in laser propagation due to atmospheric turbulence. Established in 1995, Nutronics develops technologies to combat optical turbulence for both the civil and military markets.

An optical wave propagating through atmospheric turbulence will experience irradiance fluctuations, also known as scintillation, due to a small index of refraction fluctuations (for instance, optical turbulence). Nutronics offers products in four areas to combat this:

  1. The company produces high-quality AO systems for applications with a cooperative or point source target such as those needed for Free Space Optical (FSO) Communication.
  2. The company engineers heavy-duty AO systems for applications with non-cooperative extended targets.
  3. The company creates optical phased-array beam steerings controlled by wavelength.
  4. The company designs diagnostic systems that analyze customer’s issues using modeling and simulation tools.

Stemming from his early projects while in the US Air Force, Nutronics CEO Jeffrey Barchers is a proponent of using the idea of Strehl or Wavefront Error Budget calculation to visual and quantify the performance of an adaptive optical system. This method is useful for singling out and fixing assembly failures.

Nutronics utilizes this methodology in its AORTA (Adaptive Optics Requirements Test Assembly) diagnostic system. Nutronic’s AORTA system is ideal for wave optical simulation data or high-resolution wavefront sensor data. AORTA operates without sacrificing spatial or temporal sampling.


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As of November 2014, Airbus Group has announced that it will be divesting its share in Dassault Aviation, a French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets, a move which is expected to raise 794 million euros or $987 million prior to any deal expenses. Airbus Group will be selling its shares back to the French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, with plans to decrease its stake in the company even further by mid-2015. Effective immediately, Airbus will be decreasing its stake from 46% to 42%, with a 9% cancellation of treasury shares, and an additional 10% decrease scheduled to take place by June 2015. The motive behind the move points back to the increased pressure that Airbus is facing to focus on making commercial aircraft as opposed to military aircraft.

Dassault’s shareholders approved the purchase and cancellation of up to 10% of the total stock. Although Airbus does not manufacture corporate aircraft, it does currently compete directly with Dassault in the realm of military aircraft through the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is develops in tandem with BAE Systems of the UK and Finmeccanica of Italy. Dassault Aviation, founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch, has been a major aircraft manufacturer for France since before World War II. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Dassault specialized in the production of combat aircraft as well as ballistic missiles, and military transport aircraft and helicopters, before refocusing on corporate and business aircraft.

The company, since 1979, has been partially owned by the French government. Airbus Group holds the largest portion of shares in the company currently at 46.32%, with Dassault Group holding 50.55% and the remaining from private investors. The company generates in excess of 4.593 billion euros in revenue annually. ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Dassault Aviation to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.
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LEDtronics-emitting-diode
Headquartered in Torrance, California, LEDtronics, Inc. is a premier provider of light emitting diode (LED) products including lamps, clusters, and arrays. Founded in 1983, LEDtronics is an ISO 9001/2008 certified and ROHS compliant Minority-Owned Small Business employing a 300-strong workforce. Since its establishment, LEDtronics has delivered over 10,000 individual LED lighting products to federal and Fortune 500 clients such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Caterpillar, Siemens, Cisco Systems, Square D, and IBM. LEDtronics’ LED lighting systems use 80% to 90% less energy than the incandescent systems they replace—making them a cost-efficient solution for a variety of applications. In addition to consuming less energy, LEDtronics’ LED lighting products have a longer operational life—guaranteed to work for up to 100,000 hours or 10 years. FAA-approved, LEDtronics’ products are ideal for avionics platforms. The company’s arrays are engineered to withstand the shocks, vibrations, and extreme temperatures of a turbulent flying environment. The long lifespan of LEDtronics products minimizes the downtime needed for aircraft maintenance. LEDtronics’ portfolio of high-brightness, energy-efficient lighting products geared towards avionics/aircraft lighting includes runs the gamut from passenger reading lights to sub-midget flanges. LEDtronics technologies are seen lighting the following landmarks:
  • Vincent Thomas Bridge – Port of Los Angeles
  • Monrovia Library Park
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Farnsworth Museum
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Central Library – Pasadena, California
  • Bayonne Bridge – Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Bardavon Theater – Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Pantages Theater – Hollywood, California
ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of LEDtronics, Inc. parts. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified, ASA-100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production LEDtronics, Inc. components and assemblies ranging from tube light fixtures to panel indicators to canopy lights and more at asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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Fokker-Landing-Gear
Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies is a designer and manufacturer of lightweight aero structures, electrical wiring interconnection systems, and landing gear for the global aerospace industry. Founded in 1912, Fokker got its start by developing a number of iconic aircraft for the German Air Service during World War I, including the crimson-hued Fokker Dr.I triplane piloted by the flying ace Red Baron. As of 2008, Fokker Technologies has been operating as an entity of Dutch aerospace and industrial manufacturer Stork B.V. which purchased the fabled company in a USD$2 billion deal. Today, Fokker operates via four business units: Fokker Aerostructures, Fokker Elmo, Fokker Landing Gear, and Fokker Services. Fokker Technologies counts the following industry giants among its clients:
  • AgustaWestland
  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Cessna
  • Dassault
  • Gulfstream
  • Hamilton Sundstrand
  • Honeywell
  • Raytheon
  • Rolls-Royce
At the July 2014 Farnborough International Airshow, Fokker Aerostructures landed a deal with Northrop Grumman Corporation to support the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighter program. As part of this agreement, Fokker is responsible for the delivery of the in-flight opening doors. Cementing Fokker’s role as a strategic supplier in the F-35 program, this contract ensures a steady flow of specialist work for the Fokker facilities in Hoogeveen and Papendrecht. In the commercial market, Fokker is a key supplier to a number of airliner platforms. In August 2013, Fokker Aerostructures inked a deal with Airbus for the design and production of the outboard flap for the A350-1000 widebody jetliner. Measuring almost 74 meters from nose to tail, the A350-1000 possesses the longest fuselage out of Airbus’ A350 XWB family of aircraft. For the fiscal year 2013, Fokker Technologies boasted USD$946 million in revenues. Civil projects counted for 43% of revenues for Fokker Technologies, while defense industry sales counted for 31% of revenues, and, finally, services rounded up the total with 26% of revenues. For that same period, revenues by business segment can be broken down as follows: Aerostructures (53%), Services (26%), and Electrical Systems (21%). Fokker maintains manufacturing presences and research & development facilities in the U.S., the Netherlands, Romania, Mexico, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, China, and Singapore.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Fokker Technologies to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.


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Heico-Prodcuts
Heico Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company, broke a sales record by exceeding $1 billion in total sales in 2013 for yet another year. This represents a 12% increase in total net sales, bringing the total to $1.008 billion, with a corresponding net income of $102.4 million or a 20% increase. Both third quarter and fourth quarter results exceeded initial expectations, with net sales jumping by about 19% each quarter. The growth comes as a result of a boost in credit to $1 billion through 2018, which allows management to acquire high-quality businesses. Estimates put yearly growth at an average of 20% for the next several years, due mainly in part to acquisitions that are set to take place. Another considerable factor would be the increased range of aviation and electronics parts that the company is offering. More and more commercial airlines are turning to Heico to purchase FAA-PMA parts that are much more cost-effective than comparable products by big names such as Pratt & Whitney and GE.

Heico Corporation, based in Hollywood, Florida, generates $55 million in annual net income with only 2,350 employees. The company is involved in the design and manufacturing of aerospace, defense, and electronics products around the world, serving a customer base that spans commercial aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunication, and electronic industries. Their specialties are developing FAA-PMA approved parts at a fraction of the cost of brand-name parts. They also offer aircraft component maintenance, repair, and overhaul, and electrical and electro-optical systems and components.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Heico to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.

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Exelis-Military-Applications
Exelis Inc., an international aerospace and defense company, divested its military and government services business in 2013, a business which had been focused on facilities management, logistics, and network communications. Exelis now joins a list of companies that have recently spun off their services business, due mainly in part to increasing price pressure and competition in services that are resulting in lower and lower profit margins. This trend has been making the services sector unprofitable in companies that have large portfolios. SAIC recently spun off its services business, as did L-3 Communications in 2012. The new, leaner Exelis is now focused more on surveillance and intelligence solutions, which represents approximately $3.4 billion in gross revenue.

The company reported $5.5 billion in gross revenue in 2012. The spinoff company, which includes the Mission Systems division, has 7,000 of the company’s total 19,000 employees. The main goal of the split is to increase return on invested capital business. After the split, the revenue from defense and commercial sales will be about 50/50 as opposed to the original 77% total company revenue that was generated from defense sales previously. Exelis was founded in 2011 as a spinoff of ITT Corporation’s defense business. ITT Corporation is a global industrial manufacturer of specialty components used in aerospace, transportation, energy, and industrial markets. Exelis is now a publicly-traded company with the following divisions: Aerostructures, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Systems, Information Systems, Mission Systems, Night Vision, and Communications Solutions.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Exelis to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.

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I-B-Moore-O-Ring
I.B. Moore Company, Incorporated was established in 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky. The company produces elastomer products for industrial applications. With both standard and custom products, I.B. Moore offers a varied range of industrial devices. The company offers a line of standard molded O-rings of varying hardness and compound composition. Their products include: nitrile 70 durometer, nitrile 90 durometer, neoprene 70 durometer, silicone 70 durometer, EPDM 80 durometer, and Viton® (a proprietary synthetic fluoroelastometer manufactured by DuPont™) 75 durometer. In addition, the company offers an extensive collection of highly customizable products.

These include: modified O-rings (spliced and vulcanized to an end users specifications), cord stock (long strings of elastomer material), roller assemblies (composed of a choice of urethane and rubber, these devices are used for printing, sorting, and dispensing machinery), roller recovery (reinforcing industrial rollers with more durable materials), extruded parts, industrial hoses (for hydraulic, industrial, and pneumatic pressure, I.B. Moore’s hoses include fittings, sleevings, and springs and can be utilized for water, gas, air, food and beverage, marine applications (equipped with stainless steel clamps), material handling, petroleum transfer, pressure washing, steam applications, and more), industrial & medical tubing (made from clear plastic, PVC, thermoplastics, rubber, silicone, neoprene, and urethane, the company’s tubing can be matched with fittings, seal plastics, and other I.B. Moore accessories), seals, die-cut gaskets (coming in hundreds of compound compositions with a variety of thickness and durometer), molded rubber parts, and custom urethane molding. If you’re in the market for parts for O-rings or any other aerospace industry related product, look no further than ASAP Purchasing, the aerospace focused division of ASAP Semiconductor.

ASAP Purchasing is a one-stop center for all your parts procurement requirements. We stock a vast inventory of obscure and difficult to find parts for an extensive list of products from manufacturers including I.B. Moore. Visit our website at www.asap-purchasing.com or contact us at sales@asapsemi.com for more information or to submit a request for a quote.

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Parker-Aerospace
A division of the multibillion dollar, global company Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace specializes in flight control, hydraulic, fuel & inerting, fluid conveyance, thermal management, and engine technologies. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Parker Aerospace is certified to ISO 9001:2008 and EN/JISQ/AS9100:2009 standards. Used in a wide variety of aircraft (including fixed-wing military planes, commercial and military transports, business and regional planes, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters), the company has a vast product portfolio of nearly 50 categories. Parker Aerospace is committed to advancing the latest technologies for safety and efficiency. The company has developed a number of innovations to provide solutions for electromagnetic interference (EMI) including fiber optics and dielectric isolators. These fiber optics are immune to EMI and high intensity radiated fields (HIRF), both of which can cause severe electronic malfunction or failure. Other advantages of fiber optics are their nearly unlimited bandwidth capacity and extremely light weight and non-interfering properties. Parker has developed dielectric isolators for their fluid conveyance systems which insulate hydraulic fluid from the dangerous effects of static charge and lightning. The company has also recently made fuel cell technology a commercially viable alternative to propeller and ram air turbine starters and offers a number of fuel cell products for a variety of applications. Parker advances cleaner power-generation technology which offers better combustion and higher performance. Their fluid atomization technology, proprietary nozzle-designs, and lower installed and life-cycle costs allow for greater fuel efficiency with less polluting burn. Their Macrospray® macrolaminate technology is a nozzle design with numerous layers fitted to create a macrolaminate stack.

Coming in two varieties, the Macrospray Single-Point and Macrospray Spider, these nozzles’ advantages include a smaller resulting pressure drop size and lower operating pressure for increased energy conservation. It also integrates multiple injection points allowing the creation of highly complex fluid paths. The exhaustive list of available Parker Aerospace product lines include: Advanced cooling systems, air turbine starters, aircraft and electronics thermal management, brake assemblies, caps and adapters, dynatube fittings, electric motor-driven pumps electrohydraulic servovalves, electrohydrostatic actuation, electromechanical actuation, electronic controllers, fiber optic systems, flame arrestors, fuel actuated valves, fuel and spray nozzles, fuel breakaway valves, fuel measurement and management systems, fuel tank inerting systems, high-pressure swivel joints, hydraulic accumulators, hydraulic axial piston pumps, hydraulic bootstrap reservoirs, hydraulic fuses and hose fittings, hydraulic motors, hydraulic power supplies, hydraulic pumps, hydraulic systems, hydraulic utility actuators and thrust reverser actuation, hydraulic valves, hydromechanical actuators, indi-lok quick couplings, magnetic fuel level indicators, master cylinder assemblies, motor actuated valves, motor-driven pumps, nutlok fittings, pneumatic valves, PTFE hose assemblies, rubber hose assemblies, single shut-off valves, slide-lok couplings, thread-lok couplings, tube assemblies, waste drain and galley systems, and wheel assemblies.

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Deschner
Based in Santa Ana, California, Deschner Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of industrial motion control devices. The company was founded in 1960 in Los Angeles, California by R.E. Deschner. Now holding nine patents, Deschner innovated a revolutionary design in industrial shock absorbers and speed regulators that prevents leaks and improves stability in a streamlined and simple construction. This proprietary seal is a unique feature of Deschners products, which are offered within two primary families: the Cushioneer® shock absorber and the Kinechek® speed regulator. The Cushioneer is designed to absorb excessive vibration and hitting of fast moving equipment. Useful for deceleration applications, this device can withstand high levels of impact energy and facilitate load reduction. The Cushioneer comes in two types: an infinitely adjustable model and a self-adjusting model. The former is ideal for applications which require flexibility. Rotating the knob allows the user to adjust flow restriction depending on the load capacity. With a grooved design, the self-adjusting model is useful for fluctuating impact loads in which fluid flow becomes restricted as the piston advances. Both are available in stroke lengths of ½ inch, 1 inch and 2 inches with an absorption capacity of 2 inch pounds to 1600 inch pounds. As a result of Deschner’s hermetically sealed, frictionless rolling diaphragm (with guaranteed leak-free functionality), the Cushioneers do not require an external fluid reservoir. The Kinechek promotes smooth and constant movement of pneumatically powered equipment (such as drills, mill tables, or second operation lathes). Kinecheks contain a steel high pressure cylinder with a fluid meter mated to a metal piston.

Along with its original variant, the Kinechek comes in variety of models to suit a number of needs including the Super K, the Mini K, the cushion-start Kinechek, the slow return Kinechek, the Skipchek, and the PeckChek. The original Kinechek is available in stroke lengths of ½ inch up to 6 inches with a capacity of up to 1200 pounds and can be adjusted over 300 degrees. It is also available in a high capacity version which can withstand up to 2400 pounds of force. The Super K provides the functionality of a 4-6 inch operating stroke within a smaller frame and can withstand maximum load. The Mini Ks are the family’s smallest sized models with ½ - 1½ inches for up to 400 pounds. The specialty cushion-start is a dual shock absorber/speed regulator in which the first 25% of the stroke serves to cushion, and the rest of the stroke subsequently controls the load. The slow return extends the time it takes for the plunger rod to return – ranging from 6 to 22 seconds per inch of stroke. The Skipchek allows the device to proceed during fast feed (skip) interval times. Finally, the PeckChek is modified for peck drilling operations in depths of over three times the drill diameter.

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Panasonic-Avionics
Originally Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation (founded in 1979 by Konosuke Matsushita of Matsushita Electric Industrial Corporation), Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC) is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation which focuses on designing and manufacturing in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for airlines across the globe. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Panasonic Avionics is a privately held company with operations across the United States and in Japan, Dubai, Singapore, France, London, and Germany. With major sales offices placed in Europe and Asia, the company has an engineering and development facility located in Lake Forest, California; quality management offices in Bothell, Washington; and manufacturing locations in Osaka, Japan. PAC is compliant with AS 9100, ISO 14001, and ISO2 27000 certification standards. Boasting a customer base of over 275 airliners, over 500 million passengers on various flights come in contact with PAC equipment every year. In 2005, Matsushita Avionics was rebranded as Panasonic Avionics. A pioneer in on-board passenger control units, the company’s first in-flight entertainment system (under the Matsushita name) was installed on the B767-200 in 1981. Their signature IFEC systems were developed from innovations in surface-mount technology that could produce ultra-thin radio. A company of numerous “firsts”, their Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) system was developed in 1998 which became the first full-cabin AVOD (named System 3000) to enter revenue service in 2001. In 2003, PAC was the first company to deliver all digital TV and IFE systems (named eFX). In 2005, they were the first IFEC company to qualify under RoHS environmental design regulations. In 2006, with eX2, they were the first to provide in-service digital twin-aisle systems and the only to deliver Mobile Office. That same year they created a mobile phone and broadband connectivity system, Global Communications Suite, by which passengers could access the internet during a flight. PAC’s offer three categories of in-flight systems: the X series, Digital Multiplexed Passenger Entertainment Systems (DMPES), and Cabin Management Systems (CMS).

The X series is composed of monitors, handsets and servers, and a suite of software for interactive media for each passenger seat. Using the latest in Ethernet, Linux, and MPEG standards, the systems have a flexible, open-architecture platform that can be easily upgraded with new monitors and peripherals. Their system families include: eX1 (for narrowbody, single-aisle aircraft), eX2 (for both linefit and retrofit widebody aircraft), eX3 (their most advanced, tenth generation system for widebody aircraft), eXLite (a cost-effective light-weight, low-power system with fewer line-replaceable units (LRUs)), and eXW (a base-line system with only five LRUs which creates less fuel burn and lower installation time). DMPES is an overhead broadcast solution for single-aisle aircraft in a theater-style configuration. Finally, the CMS are used by cabin crew to control the on-board environment from a single interface. These highly-functional, integrated devices can serve as a mission control center and display flight information, make announcements, be used to monitor and troubleshoot on-board systems, play videos, and many other functions.

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FINMECCANICA
Finmeccanica, a large European industrial group, has seen its aerospace business falter and come to a halt as of late, as it has again reported weak end-of-quarter performance results. For the first nine months of 2014, the company has been stagnant at $10.49 billion in sales while profits are falling to 539 million euros due to drops in the bottom line in almost every sector it is involved in. While revenues from both civil and military Alenia aircraft and structures businesses have gained 16.5%, the profit has declined by 8.1%. The bottom line decrease can be attributed to a number of factors, one of which would be the increased competition. The one bright spot for the company would be AgustaWestland helicopters, which enjoyed a 1.3% increase in net sales with a 37% increase in new orders.The Finmeccanica CEO is attempting to restructure the aerospace business, particularly the defense and security electronics division, which has been suffering the most due to budget cuts in defense programs around the world.

Outside of aerospace, the company’s rail transport business has enjoyed improved performance, which has had its fair share of troubles in the past as well. As the leading industrial group in the technology sector in Italy, Finmeccanica is a major international supplier when it comes to aerospace, defense, and security. The seven sectors in which the company operates are as follows: aeronautics, helicopters, space, electronics, defense systems, transportation, and construction. The company, which is 30% owned by the Italian government, generates an estimated 16 billion euros in annual revenue. Despite recent setbacks, the company has made significant strides since its inception in 1948. It now employs almost 64,000 people in 100 different countries.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Finmeccanica to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote.

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Universal-Avionics
Universal Avionics Systems Corporation was founded in 1981 by Hubert L. Naimer. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the company remains a private organization controlled by the Naimer family. Universal Avionics has a manufacturing division and a sales, marketing, and support office in Tucson, Arizona and engineering divisions in Redmond, Washington and Duluth, Georgia. The company developed the world’s first advanced multi-sensor computer Flight Management System (FMS), the UNS-1 in 1982. An integral part of an advanced avionics system, the FMS is responsible for managing the flight plan and reducing the workload on the crew. In 2007, the company’s WAAS/SBAS enabled FMS were the first to be certified for WAAS-enabled LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance, a set of aviation instrument approach procedures) and granted TSO-146b, Class Gamma-3 approval by the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, Universal Avionics’ WAAS antenna was the first to receive TSO-C190 certification. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a satellite based augmentation system (SBAS) that improves the accuracy of GPS signals using ground reference stations relayed to WAAS satellites. In 2002, the company was the first to create a Synthetic Vision System with Exocentric 3-D View certified for Part 25 aircraft. This advanced imaging system gives a three dimensional perspective of the aircraft from behind and to the left, incorporating a dynamic terrain image with the flight path.

Universal Avionics offers products in the following categories: WAAS/SBAS FMS, integrated displays, situational awareness, communications, recorders, attitude heading reference systems, and accessories. Their FMS systems have minimum descent altitudes of only 200 feet with ½ mile visibility greatly improving accessibility and safety. The GPS/WAAS receiver is accurate to within .01 nanometers with 99.999% availability under WAAS coverage. FMS product families include: UNS-1Lw, UNS-1Fw, UNS-1Ew, MCDU, and LPV Monitor. Equipped with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), these FMS greatly enhance a pilot’s situational awareness. Their integrated displays include the EFI-890R advanced flight display for flight deck modernization, the EFI-890H for helicopter flight decks, and the MFD-640, a multi-function display which include TAWS capabilities, weather graphics, visualizations, and other functions. Their UniLink® UL-80X is a communications management unit that facilitates two-way air-to-ground communications. The UniLink features FANS 1/A+ compliance, full ACARS/CMU functionality (including Out-Off-On-In and Airline Operation Control), auto-position reporting and aircraft tracking, and high resolution weather graphics. In addition, the Unilink can operate in 25 kHz and 8.333 kHz channel spacing and with or without a built-in VDR.

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Embraer-Small-Jet
It is common knowledge that the commercial aviation industry is dominated by aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus, who essentially control a duopoly on the market. Most major commercial airlines are operating either a Boeing or Airbus commercial airliner. Embraer and Bombardier, however, compete for third place, albeit a distant third, in the aviation market. Bombardier is a multinational Canadian company with both an aerospace and transportation division. Embraer is a Brazilian-owned company that supports commercial, military, and executive aircraft. These companies used to be in the running with Boeing and Airbus until Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas and became a powerhouse in the industry. It is a lesser-known fact, however, that Embraer is actually one of the leaders and largest providers when it comes to business jets. Embraer’s biggest planes are comparable in size to the smallest jets manufactured by Boeing and Airbus. In a strategy coined “right-sizing” by CEO Frederico Fleury Curado, the company has been carrying out an aggressive marketing campaign targeted towards its newer and smaller E-Jets, a plane with less than 130 seats. The advantages of such an aircraft is that it is the optimal size for routes that don’t have dense traffic. Furthermore, it maximizes efficiency, as efficiency is lost on larger aircraft when all the seats aren’t filled. The E-Jet is perfect for filling the demand in feeder hubs or bypass hubs, where smaller planes are more cost-efficient. Theoretically speaking, the largest aircraft have the lowest cost per seat if filled completely, but this is not always the case when it comes to lesser traveled and shorter routes. This so-called “right-sizing” strategy is catching on in the US and Europe as well as in some Asian countries.

Embraer’s success is that it is tapping into the market of low-cost carriers as opposed to the high-density routes that are dominated with a huge concentration of Boeing and Airbus jetliners. Embraer took a step in the right direction recently, with a $2.4 billion sale to a US commuter carrier for its regional jets. The company has a current backlog of 150 E-Jets, which is significant considering that the price tag per jet is $48.3 million. In addition, Embraer has current outstanding orders of 50 E190-E2 and 50 E195-E2 aircraft. On the other hand, direct rival Bombardier is currently struggling to secure firm orders for their new CSeries jet. The CSeries experienced major delays due to engine fire issues and missed the industry’s biggest expo. Although tentative, Bombardier has reached a deal with China’s Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co. for 20 aircraft. The issue at hand here is that Embraer is tapping into the low-cost carrier market while Bombardier, with the larger CSeries, is in direct competition with traditional airliners that operate Boeing and Airbus. Embraer manufactures commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft in addition to other aeronautical services. As a member of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), Embraer received the Tony Jannus Award in 2012, which is an award given annual for acknowledge contributions to commercial aviation. The company generates an estimated $5.7 billion in rannuel revenue, with $329.1 million in net income. Keep an eye on Embraer as they seek to expand their market share and become an even larger player in the aerospace industry in the coming years.
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Bombardier-CSeries-Jets
Bombardier Aerospace, the aerospace division of Bombardier Inc, has made significant progress as of late in reaching its target of 300 firm orders. Macquarie AirFinance, an airline leasing firm, has committed to purchasing 40 of the CS300 jetliners, which is excellent news to Bombardier, a company that has been struggling to find operators for its new aircraft. Macquarie AirFinance, an Ireland-based company, leases aircraft to 73 different operators in 43 countries. Should the aircraft be a success, Macquarie AirFinance is expected to exercise an option for an additional 10 aircraft. News of this commitment resulted in an increase of Bombardier’s stock by 3.7%. Delivery, which will take place between 2017 and 2019, will compose a very large portion of the leasing firm’s new fleet. The new deal is worth around 3.14 billion euros. In total, Bombardier has secured firm orders for 243 CSeries aircraft and has a commitment for orders on a total of 563 aircraft. Talks are also in progress with several Chinese airlines for additional CSeries commitments. This is excellent news for Bombardier, which has been suffering from significant development delays, one of which included an engine fire that halted all test flights. Furthermore, doubt still remains as to whether the company can meet the tentative deadline for early next year. Despite all the setbacks, the company still insists that its new CS300 aircraft boasts several advantages, most importantly the 20% increase in fuel-efficiency as compared to other commercial aircraft. Bombardier is currently in competition with rival Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace company, for third largest global manufacturer behind aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus.

Embraer has had major success with its marketing campaign for its business jets, a strategy coined “right-sizing” by CEO Frederico Fleury Curado. Embraer has been filling the demand for feeder hubs or bypass hubs where smaller aircraft are more cost-efficient, as opposed to Bombardier which is competing directly with traditional airliners that operate Boeing or Airbus jetliners. It certainly has seemed like Embraer was pulling ahead in the race, so news of Bombardier’s new aircraft deal is definitely well-received among company officials and shareholders alike. Bombardier Inc. is composed of two divisions: aerospace and transportation. In total, the company employs 38,350 people and operates from its headquarters in Quebec, Canada. The aerospace division was formed when Bombardier acquired Canadair in 1986 and turned the failing business around. In 1990, the company then acquired Learjet Company and also de Havilland Aircraft of Canada the following year, all of which contribute aircraft to Bombardier’s current portfolio. The aerospace division now brings in more than 50% of the company’s total revenue. The most popular aircraft are the Dash 8 Series 400, CRJ100/200/440, and CRJ700/900/1000.
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Dempsey Injection Molding
Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, Dempsey Industries is a custom dip molding and coating business. Founded in 1970, Dempsey Industries now operates as a subsidiary of MDI (Molded Devices Incorporated). ISO 9001:2008 certified to manufacture custom dip molded vinyl parts, Dempsey Industries is an innovator in the PVC dip molding, PVC coating, rubber molding, and custom injection molding industry. Dempsey Industries operates three facilities with 24,000 square feet of production space. One 7,000 square feet facility is dedicated solely to dip molding and coating for medical applications. The Dempsey plants house twenty-three RotaDip soldering units that operate with minimal oxide contamination. To maintain purity in the manufacturing process, RotaDip soldering units remove dross (insoluble solder oxide) that builds on the surface of a static solder bath. This ensures a clean, unadulterated surface for Dempsey to hot tin dip components. To skim the solder surface, the RotaDip soldering unit rotates at fixed and variable speeds against a stainless steel blade. The adulterating dross collects against the face of the stainless steel blade. It is then swept over the side of the solder reservoir and into an annular oxide collection tray.

At these carefully maintained facilities, Dempsey also performs secondary operations such as pad printing, hot stamping, silk screening, slitting, piercing, die cutting, and packaging in-house. One of Dempsey/MDI’s popular products is glass covers and protectors. Committed to glass protection, Dempsey developed custom glass corner protectors to protect clients’ plate glass products. These specially molded corner protectors provide superior protection from damage during material handling and shipping. These corner protectors are permanently plasticized and flexible. Manufactured out of plastisol, these protectors consist of a suspension of PVC particles in liquid plasticizer. Acquired by MDI in May 2013, Dempsey Industries joins Sellersville, Pennsylvania-based US Plastic Coatings (custom plastic dip molding and dip coating) and Tempe, Arizona-based Southwest Mold (custom plastic injection molding and precision mold making) under the MDI corporate umbrella. Dempsey Industries along with the other two acquired firms add to MDI’s capabilities as a leading plastics and rubber processor.

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Janco-rotary-switches
Based in Sylmar, California, Janco Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of custom rotary switches, potentiometers, and refined modular control systems for the commercial and military aerospace markets. Founded in 1947, Janco Corporation engineers its products to be as sleek and compact as possible to save weight and space in an aircraft. In the aerospace industry, Janco Corporation is known for its advanced spin-recovery system controls that optimizes safety during flight testing. Popular with federal agencies, Janco Corporation counts the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Naval Inventory Control Point, and the Defense Supply Center among its clients. Today, Janco operates as a business unit of Bellevue, Washington-based Esterline Technologies Corporation. Acquired by specialty manufacturer Esterline in June 2012, Janco Corporation adds a well-regarded, profitable company to Esterline’s Aerospace division. The engineering talent and the manufacturing capabilities that Esterline acquired though Janco in the purchase complement the company’s growing cockpit controls portfolio. Janco prides itself on not being tied to any one aircraft company—it services them all. The company’s products are found on such notable platforms as the Space Shuttle, the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15 Eagle tactical fighter, and the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter. As part of Esterline, Janco’s revenues are broken down as follows: Defense/Space 40%; Commercial Aerospace 40%; and Industrial Applications 20%. Notable contracts that Janco Corporation has recently landed are as follows:
  • In 2012, Janco Corporation received a USD$124 thousand contract from the Department of the Army for its totally-enclosed, explosion-proof, rotary switches.
  • In 2012, Janco Corporation delivered USD$52 thousand worth of switches in support of the Sikorsky Black Hawk UH-60A/L program.
ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of MIL-DTL-3786 approved Janco Corporation parts. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified, ASA-100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Janco Corporation components and assemblies ranging from pushbutton selector switches to potentiometers to optical encoders and more at asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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heico-produts
Established in 1957 as Heinecke Instruments Company, Heico is a publically traded corporation headquartered in Hollywood, Florida. For fiscal year 2013, the company attained over $1 billion dollars in net sales for the first time. Certified to ISO 9001:2001 and AS9100:2001, Heico is also site survey approved by the US Air Force and the US Navy for Critical Safety Items. With a product portfolio of over 100,000 different part numbers, the company continues to rapidly expand with both in-house innovation and through strategic acquisitions.Some notable acquisitions include: EMD Technologies which produces high-voltage energy generators, Dukane Seacom which produces underwater acoustic locator beacons, dB Control which produces traveling wave tube amplifiers and microwave power modules, and Lucix Company which produces sub-system electronics for satellites. Specializing in serving niche markets and producing high-reliability components, the company supplies the aerospace, defense, medical, and telecommunications industry. Heico operates under two primary business segments: the Flight Support group (designing and manufacturing FAA-approved parts for aircraft) and the Electronic Technologies group (designing and manufacturing electrical and electro-optical systems and components).

The Flight Support business holds over 14,000 FAA approved parts. The Electronic Technologies group provides mission-critical, high-reliability devices for extreme or complex applications including industrial turbines, targeting systems, and missiles. Products include hybrid DC/DC converters, microwave latching ferrite switches, high voltage cable assembles & connectors, power supplies, amplifiers, shielding, and much more. Both businesses maintain a long-standing relationship with the US military service and have products which support a wide range of engines (including the F101, F110, JT8D-200 series, T-56 Series III, and much more) and weapons systems (including the F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft, KC-135 refueler, P-8 Orion, and many other aircraft). For all your parts purchasing requirements, ASAP-Purchasing is a one-stop depot for board level components, NSN parts, civil aircraft parts, and IT hardware parts. Along with Heico products, we carry an extensive inventory of current, obsolete, and hard to find parts from a large number of manufacturers. Visit our website at www.asap-purchasing.com for more information or email us at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be available to assist you.

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heidenhain-parts
Headquartered in Shaumburg, Illinois, Heidenhain Corporation is a premier designer and manufacturer of numerical controls and drive technology for machine tools. Founded in 1889 as a metal etching factory, Heidenhain’s modern product line includes digital length gauges, linear scales, rotary and angular encoders, digital readouts, CNC controls, and machine inspection equipment. Today, the company operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Traunreut, Germany-based Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH—a global producer of precision measurement and control equipment.The company’s extensive product portfolio includes:
  • 12 million rotary and angle encoders
  • 5 million linear encoders
  • 470 thousand position displays
  • 240 thousand TNC controls
Offering highly accurate readings over long ranges, Heidenhain length gauges are produced in a variety of lengths—12 millimeters, 25 millimeters, 30 millimeters, 60 millimeters, and 100 millimeters. Built to withstand a harsh industrial environment, Heidenhain length gauges are ideal for applications calling for comparative measurements, such as in series production. Just last month, Heidenhain Corporation released the brand new TNC 640 control. The TNC 640 is the company’s first milling machine control to be designed with optional turning functions. By using Heidenhain’s TNC 640 control, a client can quickly transition from Milling to Turning cycles in the same program—making it a cost-efficient solution. Just like conventional milling operations already in use, the TNC 640 can be programmed in plain text. Built out of stainless steel, the TNC 640 is fitted with a specially prepared keyboard surface and display to prevent fingerprints from tarnishing the device. Due to its comprehensive turning cycles, the TNC 640 is ideal for frequently repeated operations like thread cutting, roughing, and recessing. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Heidenhain Corporation parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Heidenhain Corporation components and assemblies ranging from length gauges to rotary encoders to touch probes and more at asapsemi.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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Helipebs-Parts
Headquartered in Gloucester, England, Helipebs Controls is a leading in-house developer and manufacturer of hydraulic and pneumatic components and sub-assemblies catering to the oil & gas, fatigue testing, pharmaceutical, green energy, and tool making markets. Founded in 1968, Helipebs Controls is proudly entirely British-owned.Notably, Helipebs Controls’ technologies support the Airbus A340-600 and A340-500 super-stretch jetliners. Airbus contracted Helipebs Controls for the testing of the A340-600’s and A340-500’s aircraft landing gear systems. To conduct testing, Helipebs constructed an exact replica of the two jetliners’ aircraft landing gear system which called for reproducing the wheels, tires, and the corresponding hydraulic and control hardware. Produced at a cost of USD$13 million each, this contract birthed the largest ever Airbus landing gear system test rig.To confirm complete integration of the landing gear systems with the Airbus A340-600/500 jetliner before its operational deployment, Helipebs Controls put the systems through a rigorous testing program consisting of six thousand performance cycles. The Helipebs Controls-produced rig enabled engineers from the Airbus UK team to evaluate the new landing gear technologies before the aircraft’s maiden flight. The engineers from the Helipebs Controls team assisted the Airbus UK engineers with the design of the attachments located between the main test frame and aircraft’s undercarriage system. In addition to Airbus, Helipebs Controls products provide definitive solutions to the following clients’ valve technology needs:
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence
  • Dyson
  • Shell
  • General Electric Oil & Gas
  • BAE Systems
  • ExxonMobil
  • Bombardier
  • BP
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Messier-Dowty
ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Helipebs Controls parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Helipebs Controls components and assemblies ranging from large bore cylinders to stainless steel valves to pneumatic control systems and more at asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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Helgesen-parts

Headquartered in Hartford, Wisconsin, Helgesen is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom hydraulic reservoir tanks catering to the agriculture, construction, firefighting, forestry, material handling, mining, and railway markets. Founded in 1977, Helgesen produces hydraulic reservoirs ranging from those with a 5-gallon capacity to those able to house well over 730-gallons to meet a wide range of customers’ volume requirements. Helgesen does not view its products as merely hydraulic tanks but rather as advanced fluid conditioning devices. Helgesen tanks improve hydraulic circuit performance, and increase hydraulic system reliability—all in a cost-efficient system. The company’s European operations are based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, its Asian facilities are in Tianjin, China, and its South American offices are located in Boituva, Brazil. Helgesen utilizes a proprietary production system to optimize the manufacturing of each reservoir tank it produces. The system dubbed the Helgesen R4 Production System consistently ensures products are formed to an application’s specified needs. Because fluid aeration causes a multitude of problems in a hydraulic or lubrication oil system, Helgesen strives to make its production environment as controlled as possible.

Aeration in a system occurs when air taints the hydraulic fluid. Evidence of the contamination includes unpredictable actuator movements, foaming of the hydraulic fluid, and a present banging noise when the actuator compresses and decompresses. Helgesen’s R4 Production System produces products de-aerate fluid mechanically, decrease size, reduce fluid temperature, increase fluid dwell time, and improve suction pot pressure. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Helgesen Products. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Helgesen components and assemblies ranging from 5-gallon hydraulic tanks for municipal buses to 50-gallon hydraulic tanks for asphalt pavers to 150-gallon hydraulic tanks for military telehandlers and more at asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540


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linear-Piston-Motion
Headquartered in Enumclaw, Washington, Helac Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of helical hydraulic rotary actuators and other construction equipment accessories. Since its founding in 1968, Helac Corporation has delivered over 500,000 actuators to satisfied customers all over the world. The company serves those in the agriculture, construction, energy, marine, military, mining, and truck markets. Designed to simultaneously function as a rotating device, mounting bracket, and bearing, Helac Corporation helical hydraulic rotary actuators are able to perform the roles of many other components, making them a cost-efficient choice. Engineered with an advanced, sliding-spine mechanism, Helac actuators translate linear piston motion into powerful shaft rotation. The actuators are comprised of a housing and two moving parts--the central shaft and piston. To rotate, helical spine teeth on the shaft lock up with the corresponding teeth on the piston’s inside diameter—much like a zipper. An additional set of helical spine teeth on the piston’s exterior diameter engages with the gear in the housing to complete the motion. Due to the compact design and simple installation of its products, Helac Corporation has been a favored supplier to U.S. military.

During the period spanning the years 2000 to 2013, Helac has been awarded fifteen contracts from federal agencies on behalf of the U.S. military. Helac products are built to survive the harsh environments of a maritime or land-based operation. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Helac Corporation parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Helac Corporation components and assemblies ranging from high torque rotary actuators to PowerGrip construction attachments to PowerTilt pin grab couplers and more at asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.

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Acquip Rotating Equipment Solutions
Headquartered in Miami Beach, Florida, Acquip Rotating Equipment Solutions is a leading supplier of comprehensive laser alignment, metrology, and 3D scanning systems catering to the petrochemical, oil and gas, and power generation markets. Founded in 2003 by a field engineer, Acquip has become a leader in the laser alignment field in only a decade. The company operates four business units: services, rentals, marine, and training. In addition to manufacturing instrumentation products, Acquip also employs a team of engineers to perform adjustments and maintenance on clients’ gas turbines, steam engines, gearboxes, propeller shafts, blowers, generators, pumps, motors, and many other types of rotating equipment. Just this summer, Acquip Rotating Equipment Solutions released a new, innovative adjustable magnetic base mount kit that enables any measurement arm or laser tracker to be easily fitted onto plates, assemblies, and any other curved, hard-to-mount surfaces—making it a prime tool for eliminating the typical issues and limitations that arise from using conventional mounting systems. Before Acquip’s proprietary curved surface mount, conventional mounts mandated that an operator would need to have a large and impeccably flat surface in order for the mount to affix properly. Any imperfection or bump on the exterior would cause the mount to rock and become unstable. This instability would generate non-repeatable or false data. 

To solve this issue, Acquip’s engineering team utilized laser and optical instrumentation to design a distinctive Mag-Base that enables the operator to customize how the mount creates a contact with a surface. By making the mount customizable, the apparatus is able to affix itself onto any uneven surface like bores and pipes. Acquip’s innovative mount base design adds versatility and quickens the measurement process by allowing users to place laser trackers in areas previously inaccessible. Satisfaction guaranteed, Acquip’s new magnetic base has been studied, tested, and proven for six months before being approved for operational use. Acquip debuted this new mounting system for curved surfaces at the 2014 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina. The company named this magnetic base MAGIE. Acquip partnered with Lake Mary, Florida-based FARO Technologies, Inc. to support and distribute the MAGIE platform.

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Britten Norman Spare Parts
Founded by John Britten and Desmond Norman in 1954, Bitten-Norman was established to fulfill an inadequacy in the aviation market for a light, twin-engined utility vehicle with STOL (short take-off and landing) capability for high-density commuter flights. Britten-Norman played a vital role in making cheaper aircraft with minimal base-line systems more widely available for civilians, as well as for developing countries unable to afford more advanced aircraft. Currently beneficially owned by a consortium of private interests, Britten-Norman now operates under four segments: B-N Aircraft (designing and engineering aircraft, both civilian and militarized variants), B-N Aerosystems (producing avionics and systems), B-N Defence (maintenance, repair, and overhaul for the defence industry), and B-N Aviation (for maintenance, repair, and overhaul for general aviation systems). Based in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, the company has sold over 1,250 aircraft to markets ranging from England’s Royal Air Force to police and fishery patrol to tourism. The company is compliant with regulations from UK CAA, EASA (21/145), UK MoD, and ISO9000. With a design philosophy informed by bespoke principles, Britten-Norman offers customizable aircraft from start to finish.

Their first product was a light single-seater parasol wing aircraft known as the BN-1 Finibee which eventually developed into the BN-2 Islander. The company’s existing aircraft portfolio, known as the B-2 Series, includes the Islander, the Trislander, and the Defender. The Islander is a short-haul plane which features a square section fuselage, under-wing hard points for attachments such as pods or spray-booms, and a flat cabin floor which can be reconfigured for multiple uses. The Trislander is a larger version of the Islander with 18-seats, and three piston-powered engines. It features a longer fuselage, fixed tricycle landing gear, increased payload and endurance, and an engine atop the fin. Although no longer actively manufactured, the Trislander is still in service. The Defender is a utility transport vehicle optimized for military applications with increased endurance, fuel capacity, and technological compatibility (for installing the likes of secure communications systems, detection and scanning equipment, or HD IR/TV cameras with laser guidance). In addition to the original Defender, this series contains variants specified for maritime patrol and reconnaissance (Maritime Defender), for urban surveillance and counter-terrorism (Defender 4000), and for airborne early warning (AEW Defender). Equipped with four underwing hardpoints, the Defender can hold ordnance and external stores, including radar systems and cameras. The plane can also be fitted with defense suites including MAWS, DIRCM, chaff and flares.

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Leviton Electrical Wiring Equipment
Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. was founded in 1906 by Evser and Isidor Leviton in New York. The company’s first products were brass mantle tips for natural gas lighting. From selling these items from a pushcart, Leviton is now the largest private company in the electrical manufacturing industry. Headquartered in Melville, New York, the company has a vast sales network in more than 80 countries, a workforce of 6,500 plus strong, a product portfolio of over 25,000 items, and about 600 patents. The company maintains distribution centers in Nashville, Tennessee and Sparks, Nevada, as well as facilities in Bothell, Washington and Tualatin, Oregon.In 2014, Leviton was honored by EC&M (Electrical Construction & Maintenance) magazine with three Product of the Year awards. Responsible for a number of notable innovations, the company’s most familiar item is the Decora® rocker wall switch product line – flat paneled light switches which, aside from the standard toggle, is one of the most commonly seen wall switch designs. Leviton operates with five business segments: Residential, Commercial & Industrial, Lighting & Energy Solutions, Network Solutions, and Security & Automation.
A series of acquisitions and in-company inventions has allowed Leviton to greatly expand their product offerings beyond strictly lighting accessories. The company now has 29 house brands covering everything from electrical wiring devices (such as lampholders, USB chargers, switches & motor controls, etc.), GFCIs and AFCIs (including GFCI receptacles, portable or panel mount GFCIs, AFCI receptacles or switches), lighting controls (including dimmers, fan speed controls, occupancy and vacancy sensors, and more), submetering, network solutions (such as copper systems, fiber optic devices, capable management, etc.) to electric vehicle charging kits and home security & automation (i.e. thermostats or surveillance controls).

If you need to purchase wiring components or parts for other IT products, come check out our IT Hardware selection at ASAP-Purchasing. We stock an extensive range of parts for both current and obsolete products, including those from Leviton. Visit our website at www.asap-purchasing.com to browse our selection or email us at sales@asapsemi.com for more information or to submit a request for a quote.

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Lynn Electronics connectivity products
Lynn Electronics, founded in 1964 and headquartered in Ivyland, Pennsylvania, manufactures data and connectivity products for original equipment manufacturers. With satellite locations in Pompano Beach, Florida; Irvine, California; and Johnston, Rhode Island, the company offers an extensive portfolio of connectivity devices. Their products include: cable assemblies; audio/video cables and hardware; Optilink™ CAT5E and CAT6 BAA/TAA compliant patch cords; fiber optic jumper cables with a choice of 12 jacket colors for multimode, singlemode, and 10GIG 0M3; NEMA, IEC320, and hospital grade power cords; high density LC Uniboot fiber optic patch cords; media converters, network switches, SFP/XFP; fiber optic enclosures; MTP/MPO pigtails; MTP trunk cables; cassettes; trunk assemblies; and harness cables. Lynn Electronics’ Optilink-6 and 5E patch cords are fully manufactured in the United States of America.

The product features BAA (Buy American Act) and TAA (Trade Agreements Act) compliance and CAT6 RJ45 plugs with gold plated contacts flush-mounted with a low profile snagless clip style strain. Their LC Uniboot duplex assemblies, ideal for high density applications, contain flexible 2-fiber interconnect cabling which is half the size of standard zip cord cables. With reverse polarity, the LC Uniboot connector allows easy conversion from A-B configuration to A-A without requiring tools or invasive procedures. The company stocks a line of Corning Cable Systems CAH Connections Gold program certified patch cords. The CAH Gold designation is only given to cable assemble houses who have met a certain quality standard.If you require parts for connectivity products and other IT hardware, look no further than ASAP-Purchasing.

ASAP-Purchasing stocks a vast inventory of current and obsolete parts, including from Lynn Electronics products, and can help you with all your procurement requirements. Look through our extensive selection at www.asap-purchasing.com or contact us at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales will be ready to assist you.
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Sikorsky helicopters
Sikorsky Aircraft, an American aircraft manufacturer and subsidiary of the international conglomerate United Technologies Corporation, has been chosen by the US Navy to build the very next fleet of Marine One helicopters which will be utilized by the President of the United States. Sikorsky has been given the critical task of building and supporting the helicopter fleet for the president for over 57 years and looks to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The $1.24 billion contract that was awarded this year (2014) entails the engineering, manufacturing, modification, testing, and delivery of six S-92 helicopters as well as two trainer simulators to the US Marine Corps. The contract is expected to last until the year 2023 and is considered the first step in supplying a replacement fleet of presidential helicopters, the VXX helicopter, eventually totaling 21 aircraft. Currently, ten other countries also operate the dual-engine S-92 helicopter to transport their head of state personnel. In addition, Sikorsky has delivered more than 200 S-92 helicopters since 2004 that have been used primarily by operators in the offshore oil and gas industry or for search and rescue operations. Sikorsky expects the new VXX helicopter, which was proposed and accepted in 2013, to be just as successful.

The first of the aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2018, with the Navy expected to place orders for the first 17 aircraft in 2019. Production and delivery should be completed by the year 2023. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is an industry leader in helicopter production and design. The company, founded by Igor Sikorsky in 1925, now operates out of Stratford, Connecticut through its parent company United Technologies Corporation. UTC is a publicly-traded S&P 500 Component company that reported $62.626 billion in revenue last year. Sikorsky’s most popular and highly successful aircraft by far is the UH-60 Black Hawk, which has been modified to countless different models over the years and is in use by virtually every branch of the US Armed Forces.

ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of Sikorsky Aircraft spare parts and supports any aerospace platforms that requires Sikorsky Aircraft parts. We supply parts for all Sikorsky Aircraft current platforms in the commercial, civil, and defense markets. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.

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BE Aerospace aircraft cabin interiors parts
The S&P 400 aerospace manufacturer BE Aerospace recently announced that it would be splitting into two independent publicly-traded companies. The decision comes amidst pressure from shareholders to auction assets and also an ongoing interest to pursue a sale of its business. The split would, in theory, make it easier for people to make bids on and potentially purchase the business. This news comes at a time when Zodiac Aerospace, a direct rival of BE Aerospace in the aircraft seats market and a $10 billion company, announced that it was considering selling the company.The two independent halves of BE Aerospace would have a distinct focus, with one focusing on the manufacturing of aircraft cabin interiors while the other would focus on distribution and logistics for both the aerospace and energy service market. This split is expected to be completed towards the end of the first quarter in 2015. The announced split in lieu of the anticipated selloff dropped shares by about 5%. The stock initially rose about 11% when the company announced that would potentially sell itself.

Investors that were hoping for a quick sale of the company and its assets in response to its strategic business alternatives were likely disappointed at the announcement. BE Aerospace currently specializes in the production of aircraft cabin interior products for both the commercial and business jet markets. In addition, the company is also heavily involved in producing consumables and aerospace fasteners. Customers include most of the world’s major airlines, as well as aircraft manufacturers and aircraft leasing companies. United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Japan Airlines, and Southwest Airlines are all significant customers. BE Aerospace, which was founded not too long ago as a $3 million company in 1987, is now valued at over $3 billion. They are considered a leading manufacturer in aircraft interior products as well as a leading distributor of fasteners and consumables.

ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of BE Aerospace spare parts and supports any aerospace platforms that requires BE Aerospace parts. We work directly with BE Aerospace to supply parts for both aircraft cabin interiors as well as aerospace fasteners and consumables. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.

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328 Group aircraft interiors parts
The 328 Group, composed of 328 Support Services and JETS, a UK-based MRO, has been continuously growing under the guidance of CEO Dave Jackson, who came on board back in 2006 with a plan to diversify the company through organic expansion as well as through acquisitions. New business for 328 Support Services includes increased manufacturing, MRO services, engineering, and design services. The company is involved in manufacturing operations for aircraft interiors that include the Airbus A320 and A330 along with the Boeing 737 and 777s.This diversification in business is an attempt to lessen the company’s dependence on its Dornier 328 aircraft, unquestionably the most successful and profitable commuter airliner they produce. This turboprop-powered airliner was initially acquired in 1966 by Fairchild Aircraft, which resulted in Fairchild-Dornier. A very popular jet version, the Fairchild Dornier 328JET, was also manufactured. Between 1991 and 2000, 217 of these aircraft were built at a cost of $12 million each. Although now out of production, the aircraft is still in service with several US regional airlines along with many governments, including Australia, Botswana, USA, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Congo, Denmark, Indonesia, Malta, Nigeria, and Switzerland, among some others.

Although the company is indeed expanding and capturing a market share of other areas of the aerospace business, the Dornier 328 is still their bloodline. The maintenance and support and also spare parts manufacturing are all centered around this aircraft. They are, however, looking for acquisition opportunities each year in which to expand their business. Keep an eye on this company over the next several years as they attempt to compete with the larger and more established European providers such as Airbus.

ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of 328 Support Services spare parts and supports any aerospace platforms currently in use by the 328 Group. We specialize in supplying spare parts for the Dornier 328 and can support your requirements for any of these aircraft still in service. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.

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Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engine
Rolls-Royce, which is a British multinational public holding company, is a major manufacturer of luxury cars, as many are familiar with, as well as aircraft engine manufacturing. The company specialized in the production of vehicles until the car business was split into Rolls-Royce Motors in 1973, with Rolls-Royce Holdings plc now focusing on aircraft engines. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes power systems and is also heavily involved in marine propulsion and energy products. Rolls-Royce is actually the 16th largest defense contractor in the world, with 15.05 billion euros in annual reported revenue. They are also the 24th largest of any company that has a listing on the London Stock Exchange. Rolls-Royce currently powers more than 30 types of commercial aircraft, with a total of over 13,000 engines currently in use around the world. They are a major civil aerospace engine manufacturer for the commercial airline as well as the corporate jet market. Boeing, in 2004, announced that it had selected Rolls-Royce along with General Electric to supply engines for its new 787.

Currently, the company focuses on development of the Trent XWB for the Airbus A350 and the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787. However, faced new competition, Rolls-Royce has unveiled a road map for a new generation of turbofans that will go into service in 2020. This design will be centered around a two-phase evolution of the traditional three-shaft architecture currently in use for engines in the widebody market today. The first of these new innovative engines, named the Advance, is scheduled to be demonstrated next year in 2015. These new engines, a multi-phase design, will feature an improvement in propulsive efficiency through increases in fan diameter and bypass ratio, shrinking cores, and thermal efficiency improvements. Such projects are set to solidify Rolls-Royce’s market share of the aerospace engine market for the next decade.

ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of Rolls Royce spare parts and supports any aerospace platforms that requires Rolls Royce parts. We supply parts for all Rolls Royce current platforms in the commercial, civil, and defense markets. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.

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Thales Avionics Next-Gen Aviation Suite
Thales Avionics, a multinational French aerospace company, is currently in discussions with potential clients on a next-generation Avionics suite, which was initially unveiled at the Paris Air Show in 2013. The discussions with potential customers have been taking place throughout the entire development process. Thales’ new avionic suite boasts a touch-screen configuration that is able to store digital charts and manuals within the suite. It is also compatible with the EU’s SESAR and the US NextGen future air traffic management system, which is being built into the suite itself. The suite is to be designed for several applications and two ranges of products, one being similar to the Google Glass technology while the other is to be more advanced and applied to military systems. Development of the suite is expected to run through 2018, with flight testing and trials in the following year and implementation by the year 2020.

This future cockpit design by Thales Avionics has won the 2013 Red Dot Design Concept Award, which recognizes the company’s focus on innovative man-machine interfaces. This is but one of the many innovations currently taking place. In addition, Thales’ innovative Airport Navigation Function, which integrates the plane’s position on a high resolution geo-references map using an Airport Mapping Database, is scheduled to be installed on the Airbus A320 after enjoying success on the A380 in 2007. Thales is ranked among in the top 100 on the list of most innovative companies in the world. Thales Avionics, headquartered in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, is partially owned by the French government. The company operates in over 50 countries, with 68,000 employees and 13.03 billion euros in reported annual revenue. Subsidiaries of the companies are as follows: Thales Communications, Thales Air Defence, Thales Underwater Systems, Thales Nederland, Thales Australia, Thales Training & Simulation, and Thales Alenia Space. Thales is ranked as the 475th largest company in the world according to Fortune 500 Global and is also the 11th largest international defense contractor, with 60% of its sales being attributed to the military.

ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of Thales Avionics spare parts and supports any aerospace platforms that requires Thales Avionics parts. We supply parts for all Thales Avionics current platforms in the commercial, civil, and defense markets. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.
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Analogic advanced imaging equipments
Based in Peabody, Massachusetts, Analogic Corporation is a premier design and manufacturing company of advanced imaging equipment. Founded in 1967, Analogic specializes in medical imaging and aviation security technology. The company is ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and ISO 14971 certified to produce magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), explosives detection, and baggage check systems. Analogic Corporation’s nearly half-a-century of experience in the advanced imaging field includes creating the world’s first instant imaging computed tomography system scanner, the world’s first airport security CT scanning system, and developing the first logarithmic analog-to-digital converter. Today, over 650 of Analogic’s EXplosive Assessment Computed Tomography (EXACT) system are installed in airports worldwide. As the Transportation Security Administration’s choice for security solutions, Analogic Corporation has landed the following notable homeland security projects:
  • In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs granted Analogic a fixed-price contract for the maintenance, repair, and rebuilding of laboratory equipment.
  • In 2009, L-3 Security & Detection Systems awarded Analogic a US$16.1 million order for Explosives Detection Systems (EDSs)—primarily, the eXaminer 3DX and SX systems. The 3DX and SX possess smaller footprints than other baggage inspection systems, and feature the latest computed tomography (CT) technology which produces high-resolution, 3D, color images in real time.
  • In 2008, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems granted Analogic a US$6.9 million contract for the eXaminer XLB (eXtra Large Bore) high-speed, automatic, inline baggage screening system. This contract is part of an overall US$10.5 million grant from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to L-3 to get the screening system operationally ready.
  • In 2006, John Wood, President and CEO of Analogic Corporation testified before Congress, the House Aviation Subcommittee, and the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on financing and deployment of explosives detection systems for airline passenger baggage.
  • In 2005, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded Analogic a US$2.42 million contract to produce the next-generation checked baggage explosive detection system.
Analogic Corporation has manufacturing presences in the following domestic and international locations:
  • Vancouver, Canada: Design Facility for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Systems
  • State College, Pennsylvania: Design and Manufacturing Facility for Ultrasound Transducers
  • Canton, Massachusetts: Engineering Facility for Motion Control Products
  • Montreal, Canada: Design and Manufacturing Facility for Mammography Detectors
  • Peabody, Massachusetts: Highly-Automated Manufacturing and Design Facility for Medical and Security Products
  • Copenhagen, Denmark: Design Facility for Urology, Surgical, and Ultrasound Systems
  • Shanghai, China: Low-Cost Supply Chain Manufacturing Facility for Emerging Markets
Via our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of Analogic Corporation solutions. Prospective customers can browse our expansive catalogue of hard-to-find obsolete and current Analogic parts—ranging from single channel standard isolators to broadband amplifiers to audio line drivers and more—at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff for a quote via sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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frequency control and magnetic components
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Abracon is a firm specializing in the design and manufacturing of frequency control and magnetic components. Established in 1992, Abracon is ISO 9001:2008 certified to produce radio frequency, microwave, quartz crystal, capacitor, and oscillator products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, and military markets.
  • Crystals & Resonators: Abracon produces a number of quartz crystals and resonators. Cylindrical watch crystals feature great heat resistance for real-time clock and measuring purposes. SMD low-profile crystals have a 0.5mm height making them ideal for use in high-density circuit boards. Built-in capacitance ceramic resonators are embedded with built-in load capacitors and provide a low-cost solution for cost-sensitive applications.
  • Filters: Abracon offers a large range of filter types. Ideal for wireless communication, remote control, and mobile applications, SAW (surface acoustic wave) filters provide low insertion loss and are hermetically sealed to prevent moisture buildup. Small and light weight, ceramic filters provide low loss and high attenuation in digital transmission systems. Monolithic crystal filters (MCFs) provide excellent attenuation bandwidth for mobile communication systems. Made for WLAN, Bluetooth, WiFi, and LNA applications, dielectric balun filters have minimal insertion loss. Dielectric band pass filters deliver excellent solderability to enable high-density mounting.
  • Radio Frequency (RF) & Microwave: Abracon produces many Bluetooth-capable products for automotive, personal, and navigation applications. SMT Bluetooth modules provide a 10-meter range and on-board flash memory for personal navigation devices and headset/headphone applications. Ideal for datacom and telecom purposes, Abracon frequency translators provide input clock smoothing, while also providing phase- and frequency-locked higher-frequency translated output.
Via our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a one-stop-shop for Abracon solutions. Prospective customers can browse our extensive stock of hard-to-find obsolete and current Abracon parts—ranging from high-quality crystal oscillators to magnetic components to SAW devices and more—at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff for a quote via sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.
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Coiltron custom electromagnetics parts
Headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, Coiltron, Inc. is ISO 9001:2008 certified to design and manufacture custom electromagnetics for the aerospace, audio, automotive, industrial, lighting, consumer electronics, marine, medical, and military markets. Specializing in the custom production of transformers, coils, and inductors, Coiltron is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) employing roughly 25 employees, and takes in approximately US$3 million in revenues. Coiltron’s most popular service is its custom-manufactured transformers. Popular for defense applications, Coiltron won five transformer contracts from the US Department of Navy in the years 2008 to 2010. Coiltron’s range of transformers includes the following types:
  • Low to High Frequency
  • Low to High Voltage
  • Low to High Current
  • Step-Up
  • Step-Down
  • Fly-Back
  • Isolation
  • Autotransformers
  • Reactors
For over 25 years, Coiltron has been producing industrial coils and solenoids for engine ignition purposes. The company’s array of coils and solenoids includes the following forms:
  • Air
  • Sensing
  • Ignitor
  • Industrial Brake
Coiltron is able to design and build custom inductors. Its engineering team handles tiny surface mount chips that conduct currents in microamperes to commercial chokes and militarized inductors. Coiltron’s inductors come in the following styles:
  • Fixed
  • Variable
  • Surface Mount
  • Thru Hole
  • Low Profile
  • Mag-Amps
  • Saturable
  • High Current
To work in harsh, high voltage environments, Coiltron develop a detailed molding process to protect its coils and transformers. Coiltron provides the following kinds of encapsulation and molding processes for its clients:
  • High Voltage
  • Environmental
  • Concealment
  • Circuit Board
  • Conformal Coatings
  • Resins
For over 30 years, Coiltron has supplied the following major aviation firms and defense contractors with its technologies:
  • Boeing
  • General Electric
  • Raytheon
  • Honeywell
  • Hughes Aircraft
  • Curtiss-Wight Flow Control
  • Parker Hannifin / Hargraves
  • Rockwell Collins
Via our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor fulfills the Coiltron procurement needs of our customers in the commercial, civil, and government markets. Prospective customers can explore our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Coiltron parts—ranging from coils to transformers to inductors and more—at www.asap-purchasing.com. Feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales representatives for a quote via sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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Cantherm Thermal Devices
Working out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Cantherm (Canadian Thermostats & Control Devices Ltd.) is ISO 9001:2008 certified to design and manufacture thermal devices. With over 50 years of experience in the field and 7 global manufacturing plants, Cantherm is able to produce roughly 100 million units a year. Cantherm’s array of thermal solutions includes:
  • Encapsulated Thermostats: Engineered to withstand long-term exposure to harsh temperatures reaching +220 degrees Celsius, Cantherm’s encapsulated thermostats are available with N/C or N/O contacts and PC mounting pins. Due to their plastic TO-220 style housing, the thermostats are certified for high voltage applications (4000 VAC dielectric at 200 degrees Celsius).
  • Thermal Fuses: Designed to prevent fires caused by irregular heat generation from circuits and other electronic assemblies, Cantherm’s thermal fuses are non-resettable and open electrical contacts when they sense that temperatures go over the pre-determined level.
  • Probes: Consisting of a bi-metallic switch encased in a brass and stainless steel housing, Cantherm’s thermostatic probes act as thermal protectors and temperature regulators. Ideal for NPT (natural polyurethane thread) threaded inserts, Cantherm’s probes are used in automotive, HVAC, agriculture, hydraulics, process control, and refrigeration applications.
  • NTC Thermistors: The MF72 series of Power NTC (negative temperature coefficient) Thermistors suppresses inrush currents to protect sensitive electronics. With a small size and fast response time, the MF72 series of thermistors is Cantherm’s most cost-efficient solution to curb surge currents. It operates in temperatures ranging from -55 degrees Celsius to +200 degrees Celsius. The MF72 is ideal for energy-saving lighting, electronic ballasts, and power inverters.
  • Control Thermostats: Cantherm’s control thermostats are double-sealed in plastic casing to increase water and impact resistance. Ideal for icing prevention, medical applications, thermo-electric heating, LCD displays, fan controls, food warming, and heating blankets, Cantherm’s thermostats are guaranteed for an operational life of 100,000 cycles.
Via our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a one-stop-shop for Cantherm solutions. Prospective customers can browse our large catalogue of hard-to-find obsolete and current Cantherm parts—ranging from thermal fuses to control thermostats to probes and more—at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff for a quote via sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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Calmark/Schroff electronics parts
Headquartered in Bedford Park, Illinois, Calmark was a designer and manufacturer of rugged printed circuit board guides, conduction frame assemblies, and extractors for use in non-benign airborne, maritime, and rugged terrain transportation. In May 2014, Switzerland-based Pentair Ltd. announced that Calmark and Birtcher products have been rebranded and integrated into its Schroff brand of electronics. For the fiscal year 2013, parent company Pentair reported US$7.5 billion in revenues and employed a 30,000-strong global workforce. Calmark’s portfolio of products includes:
  • Conduction Cooled Assemblies: Designed to cool circuit boards in harsh environments where traditional cooling methods are not practical, Calmark / Schroff conduction cooled assemblies provide much needed structural support of the plug-in module during high shock and high vibration scenarios. Calmark / Schroff assemblies are integrated with extractors that provide more than enough force to disengage board connectors. They are compatible with ccPMCs (conduction-cooled PCI mezzanine card) and XMCs (switched mezzanine card). To prevent corrosion, the assemblies come in black anodize, chem film, or electroless nickel plating.
  • Card-Lok: The Calmark / Schroff line of Card-Lok brand retainers are ideal for cold plate/heat exchanger applications. For maximum reliability, a screw-actuated wedge locks the board module assembly firmly in place. For maximum thermal transfer, the wedge design ensures optimal contact between the thermal paths and the heat sinking surface.
  • Channel-Lok: Consisting of a three or five segment retainer mounted in its own self-contained heatsink channel, the Calmark / Schroff line of Channel-Lok brand retainers protect the plug-in unit from shock and vibration. A screw actuation system ensures zero insertion and extraction force on the plug-in unit.
  • Retainers: Calmark / Schroff retainers protect printed circuit boards from heat sinking, grounding, shock, and vibration.
  • Card Guides: With an easy snap-on design and a wide lead-in, Calmark / Schroff card guides allow clients using louver- or lance-type card guides to easily switch to an insulated nylon card guide with minimal changes to strength and air flow.
Via our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a one-stop-shop for Calmark / Schroff solutions. Prospective customers can browse our extensive stock of hard-to-find obsolete and current Calmark / Schroff parts—ranging from metal extractors to retainers to conduction cooling products and more—at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff for a quote via sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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analog semiconductors components
Based in Fremont, California, Calogic, LLC is a specialized design and manufacturing house of analog semiconductors. Established in 1983, Calogic is ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and ISO 9001:2008 certified to produce Bipolar Junction Isolated (JI) and Dielectrically Isolated (DI) products for the power management, telecommunications, computer, instrumentation, and medical markets. Situated in the Silicon Valley, Calogic utilizes silicon gate technology to build the following discrete devices and switch arrays:
  • DMOS Switches: Engineered with Calogic’s patented high speed, low capacitance DMOS (double-diffusion metal-oxide semiconductor) process, the SD5000 Series features monolithic arrays of four bidirectional analog switches that operate with a maximum threshold of 2V. Calogic DMOS switches are perfect for simple TTL (transistor-transistor logic) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) driving in small signal applications, such as audio routing, analog switching, and crosspoint switching.
  • JFET Switches: Designed to be cost-efficient, Calogic JFET (junction gate field-effect transistor) switches have low insertion loss, emit little noise, and come with an automated insertion package.
  • JFET Amplifiers: Designed using Calogic’s trademarked JFET (junction field-effect transistor) processing techniques, the SST404 Series of low noise, low leakage, monolithic semiconductors are surface mountable. With a very low noise output, Calogic’s JFET amplifiers are ideal for sensitive applications, such as precision instrumentation and medical purposes.
  • MOSFETs: Manufactured with a diode-protected gate and a high input impedance, Calogic’s MOSFETs (metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor) are used to switch electronic signals.
  • Buffers: Ideal for line driving, radar, and sonar applications, the CLM6121 Series of high speed unity gain buffers takes up minimal bandwidth (100MHz) and continuously outputs a current of +/-200mA.
Via our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a premier provider of Calogic, LLC solutions. Prospective customers can browse our extensive stock of hard-to-find obsolete and current Calogic, LLC parts—ranging from amplifiers to low dropout voltage regulators to diodes and more—at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff for a quote via sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-866-756-8540.


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United Technologies
The headlines have been recently dominated by news of unrest in Ukraine, beginning with the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Friction has escalated even further with fighting breaking out in Eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed up separatists. The catalyst was the mistaken shoot-down of a Malaysian airlines commercial jetliner over Ukraine which has resulted in international condemnation. Consequently, he US aerospace industry has been put in an uncomfortable position as of late, in addition to other major contractors for the US military.With US and EU sanctions imposed on the banking and energy businesses in Russia, sanctions on the titanium trade are surely soon to follow. Companies such as Boeing and United Technologies along with Airbus Group purchase a very sizable share of their titanium from VSMPO-Avisma Corp, which is a Russian-based entity.

Four companies provide over 90% of the total 120 million pounds of titanium used in the aerospace industry each year. This will directly affect United Technologies, which uses this titanium in its landing gear as well as its Pratt & Whitney engines. United Technologies is a multinational conglomerate that generates a reported $62.626 billion annually and employs 218,300 people globally. Founded in 1975, it is now a publicly-traded S&P 500 Component company. They are involved in the research, development, and production of many high-technology products that span areas including but not limited to aircraft engines, helicopters, industrial products, missile systems, and fuel cells. ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of United Technologies spare parts, supporting parts from all its subsidiaries as well. We supply parts for all United Technologies’ current platforms in the commercial, civil, and defense markets. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.

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Electrical and Electronic Connectors
Hirose Electric Group is a Japanese company founded in 1937 as a specialized manufacturer of electric connectors. Their business was mainly domestic in the Japanese market for several decades until 1968 when they began selling their products internationally. This coincided with the establishment of subsidiaries in the USA as well as in Europe and Asia. Since then, Hirose has established themselves on the international stage by starting sales offices and production facilities worldwide. Their business model is focuses on strong capital investment, a highly skilled labor force, and close interaction with product development divisions with other manufacturers. This strategy allows the company to expand the scope of its business activities and keep up with the ever-changing needs of connectors across several continents. Hirose has developed and supplied thousands of new connectors for numerous applications. As of 2013, annual revenue for the company was 95.9 billion yen with gross profit of 22.3 billion yen. They had 5,020 employees around the world last year. Hirose continues to unveil innovative connector products and continues its existing high-quality connector lines. It has developed connector products for leading manufacturers such as Nokia, Ericsson, Philips, and Volvo. Their current product offering ranges but includes a large number of connectors from the following categories:
  • Circular
  • Rectangular
  • Coaxial
  • Modular
  • Board-to-Board
  • Board-to-Wire
  • FPC/FFC
  • Card Edge
  • Memory Cards and IC Sockets
  • Optical Connectors and Devices
  • Microwave Components
Their product offering exceeds 50,000 unique types of industrial connectors, 30% of which are new products that come and go every year. Their success is due mainly in part to their style of R&D that is user-and-practice-oriented. The fields their products serve are mobile communications, communications and broadcasting, computers, consumer electronics, measuring and control, and automotive.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of all Hirose Electric connector products, supporting requirements for any of the aforementioned fields. Browse our inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com for parts that can help fill your requirement. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will quote you on any parts you need.


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Meggitt PLC is a British aerospace and defense company that was originally established in the 1940s as a machine tool business known as Wilson Lathes. This company went public in 1947 and acquired Dorset, an engineering business, in 1964, subsequently changing its name to Meggitt Holdings, which it is known as today. A series of notable acquisitions over the years has resulted in the company’s current size and business. In 2004, Meggitt acquired the design and manufacturing division of Dunlop Standard Aerospace Group for 700 million euros. They also acquired K&F Industries in 2007 for 930 million euros, which is the parent company of the Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation. Pacific Scientific Aerospace was acquired 3 years later in 2010. In addition, Meggitt also owns Securaplane, which makes the battery chargers for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, and PiezoTech LLC, which makes piezo ceramics and ultrasounds.As it stands today, Meggitt currently operates the following business divisions: •

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems • Meggitt Control Systems • Meggitt Equipment Group • Meggitt Polymers & Composites • Meggitt Sensing Systems Each division is further subcategorized into more specific groups that are further aimed at catering towards specific niche markets and providing very specific products. Meggitt’s business model has proved to be very successful, and as a result, they have gained clients all that include commercial airlines, companies such as Boeing and Airbus, and multi-million defense contracts from countries around the world. Just last year. They also won contracts from Dassault Falcon, Sikorsky, Embraer, and AgustaWestland, among many other companies.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary site ASAP-Purchasing, strives to be a premier stocking distributor of Meggitt spare parts from each and every one of their business divisions. Our goal is to provide parts from our comprehensive inventory or procure parts to meet your requirements. We work with commercial airlines and all of the aforementioned companies. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com to see if we can help you as well.

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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS AND BOEING Aerospace parts
In August of 1997, Mconnell Douglas merged with Boeing to create the world’s largest integrated aerospace company. The Boeing Company, which had been the world’s largest in commercial aircraft manufacturing, bought McDonnell Douglas Corporation in a stock swap worth $13.3 billion. Along with Boeing’s 1996 acquisition of Rockwell International Corp.’s aerospace and defense unit, this move further bolstered Boeing’s ventures into the military defense sphere. Although in decline after its exclusion from the Defense Department’s 1996 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) competition, McDonnell Douglas was still one of the nation’s dominant defense suppliers, having created some of the industry’s most successful fighter aircrafts. McDonnell Douglas’s F-15 Eagle has a thrust greater than the weight of the fully loaded plane and has flown with Israeli, Japanese, Saudi Arabian, and South Korean air forces. As of June 2004, this fighter retained a perfect combat record with 101 victories and no defeats. The F/A-18 Hornet was built for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and in 1986 was chosen to perform for the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration squadron.

The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing merger was unique in a number of ways. At the time it was the 10th largest merger in American history and placed Boeing as the sole manufacturer of commercial aircrafts in the United States. In 1993, with the conclusion of the Cold War, the U.S. government halved the size of its military procurement budget in a meeting known as “The Last Supper”. This set off a wave of aerospace industrial consolidation in the 1990s. Thirty-two American defense companies became nine. Boeing’s focus on commercial aircrafts complemented McDonnell Douglas’s established presence in military contracting to create a civilian/military partnership of considerable scale and breadth. The U.S. government allowed the merger in order to better compete with Europe’s Airbus consortium thus heralding a new era of aircraft manufacturing as a competition among nations, with Boeing as the leading American aerospace firm and only Lockheed Martin as the next primary contender. Although involved in a variety of endeavors (including capital financing and travel services), Boeing remains primarily recognized for its Commercial Airplanes and secondly for its Defense, Space, & Security (BDS) divisions. In 2013, the company reported $86.623 billion in sales and ranked 30th on the Fortune 500. The Boeing Company world’s foremost aerospace and defense firm currently maintains its status. ASAP Semiconductor distributes spare parts for current Boeing platforms and stocks a number of obsolete items as well. Please contact sales@asapsemi.com for more information.
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aircraft propellers
Hamilton Standard, formed in 1929 via the consolidation of Hamilton Aero Manufacturing and Standard Steel Propeller into Hamilton Standard Propeller Corporation, was a supplier of aircraft propellers. They were the largest supplier of aircraft propellers in the world. Other companies in this corporation included the likes of Boeing, Sikorsky, and Pratt & Whitney. Three years prior, in 1926, Sundstrand Corporation was founded via a merger of the Rockford Tool Company and Rockford Milling Machine Company.This company’s primary business was in manufacturing aerospace and industrial products, some of which included emergency power and secondary power systems, electric power generating systems, constant speed drives, and gas turbine engines.On June 10, 1999, these two companies would merge to form the Hamilton Sundstrand we know today. The company then became a global corporation involved in the manufacturing of aerospace and industrial products for markets around the world. In 2012, Hamilton Sundstrand merged with another company once more, this time with Goodrich Corporation, thus forming UTC Aerospace Systems. They currently operate as a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), with annual revenue of $6.2 billion and 17,158 employees. United Technologies Corporation is a multinational conglomerate that develops aircraft engines, helicopters, HVAC, fuel cells, elevators and escalators, building systems, industrial products, and others. Their annual revenue is reported at $58.190 billion. UTC Aerospace Systems is actually a subsidiary of UTC, with their business specifically focuses on aerospace and defense.

They also supply all the international space programs. As a subsidiary of UTC, Hamilton Sundstrand operates the following three major businesses: • Aircraft Systems (Commercial and Military) • Industrial and Energy • Space and Defense They supply integrated systems for all types of aircraft, including military, commercial, regional, and corporate. Such systems are electric systems, fire suppression & detection, air management and thermal systems, auxiliary power units, emergency power systems, engine systems and externals, propulsion systems, and flight control systems. In terms of industrial products, they offer specialty pumps, rotary screw air and gas compressors, dryers and filters, pneumatic tools, high-speed centrifugal pumps, and geared compressors, among others. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Hamilton Sundstrand and UTC Aerospace Systems parts, supporting most of the integrated systems used by military and commercial as well as regional and corporate aircraft. Browse our inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com for any active of obsolete product lines. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and someone will be ready to assist with your requirement.

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ipeco Seating Products
  Ipeco Holdings Ltd, a privately-owned company based in the UK, is engaged in designing and manufacturing products for the aerospace and defense industry. Their core competency is in aircraft crew seating, passenger seating, gallery inserts, electronic power management systems, and composites. Their value-added services as it pertains to these products include product support, repairs, spare part distribution, engineering, testing, customer training, quality approvals, and salt bath brazing. In 1960, Allan Johnson founded Ipeco as a sub-contract machining and fabrication company. In the early 1970’s, there were many reports of pilot fatigue caused by uncomfortable seats. Coincidentally, this is around the same time that Ipeco got into the business of seat design for airframe manufacturers and airlines. As a result, they have now became a global market leader in crew seating for commercial aircraft and are the primary supplier of seats on all Boeing commercial aircraft platforms since 1985, meaning they supply approximately half of the commercial aerospace market. Their success in this industry led to the acquisitions of Benson Lund, Polymeric, AMC, and Pulse.

These companies specialize in aircraft interiors, composite manufacturing, aircraft gallery inserts, and electronic power supplies and battery management systems, respectively. By the early 2000’s, Ipeco had attracted clients that included the likes of Cessna, Bombardier Aerospace, and Hawker Beechcraft. Currently, it is one of only three companies that supplies the ovens, fridges, and beverage makers on the new Airbus aircraft. Ipeco continues to service all types of commercial aircraft with seating products through operations in several UK facilities (Southend-on-Sea, St Neots, Clevedon) and USA facilities (Torrance, Seattle, Wichita). In 2010, Ipeco largest aircraft manufacturer in the world actually won a multi-million pound contract, Boeing, as the sole supplier of cockpit seats for their new 787 Dreamliner commercial jetliner. This contract has solidified Ipeco’s position as an industry leader in commercial aircraft seating and adds to its impressive resume, which already includes Boeing’s rival aerospace giant Airbus.
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Gulfstream Aerospace
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation was formed in the 1950’s when Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co. developed its first business aircraft, named the Grumman Gulfstream I. This was the first aircraft of its kind that was designed solely for business travel. Its huge success led to the development and production of the Grumman Gulfstream II (GII), resulting in one of the most successful lines of civil aircraft known today. In 1972, Grumman and American Aviation Corp, a light-aircraft manufacturer, merged, resulting in the creation of Gulfstream American. The company’s new priority was to focus its efforts on the Gulfstream III. The Gulfstream IV was developed in the 1980s and the Gulfstream V in the 1990s. Towards the end of the 1990s, General Dynamics acquired Gulfstream, subsequently opening a $5.5 million aircraft refurbishment and completions support facility along with purchasing four US maintenance facilities. The company’s focus was now on enhancing product performance while cutting costs. Today, Gulfstream Aerospace operates as a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a large aerospace and defense company that was formed through various mergers and acquisitions. General Dynamics, the 5th largest defense contractor based on revenue, reported $31.513 billion in revenue in the most recent year. The publicly-traded company is also listed on the S&P 500 Component. Their notable products include the very popular and widely used F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The company also re-established themselves in the airframe business through the acquisition of Gulfstream Aerospace. Gulfstream’s specialty is in the design, development, and manufacturing of business-jet aircraft. To date, they have produced more than 2,000 aircraft since 1958. They currently produce the following aircraft models: • Gulfstream G150 • Gulfstream G280 • Gulfstream G350/G450 • Gulfstream G500/G550 • Gulfstream G650 Their newest model, the Gulfstream G650, with a price tag of $65 million, is arguably the best twin-engine business jet aircraft on the market today. It is the biggest, fastest, and overall best-quality private aircraft that money can buy. Gulfstream is way ahead of the game in this regard, as they are not expected to have any real competitors until Bombardier releases its Global 7000/8000, expected to debut in 2016/2017. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Gulfstream parts to support any of the aforementioned platforms. Whether you are operating a current or discontinued Gulfstream platform, we can supply the parts you need to meet your requirements. Browse our inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.

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Ericsson
Lars Magnus Ericsson was introduced to telephones at a young age due to his work as an instrument maker. He would later begin work for a firm, Telegrafverket, a Swedish government agency that produced telegraph equipment. Using this knowledge he acquired, he began a telegraph repair shop in 1876 along with his friend Carl Johan Andersson. At first, his inventions were not very innovative, due to these inventions already being made previously in the United States. However, he grew his business by supplying telephones and switchboards to telecom operating companies in Sweden. He eventually became a major supplier of telephones and telephone equipment in Scandinavia due to the fact that their factories simply could not keep up with the demand. It wasn’t until later on, in 1956, they Ericsson introduced some truly innovative designs, unveiling the first fully automatic telephone system. The company continued along its path of steady growth to reach its current status today as a publicly-traded multinational provider of communications technology and services. In its current state, Ericsson is the largest holder of essential patents for the wireless industry. As of 2012, they have an estimated 33,000 patents. The Sweden-based company employs over 110,000 people in 180 countries, which include locations in the US, India, Brazil, Japan, China, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and Australia. Annual reported revenue is 227.8 billion Swedish krona, with 5.9 billion Swedish krona in annual profit. Their products and services are comprised of telecommunications and IP networking equipment, mobile and fixed broadband, operations and business support solutions, video systems, cable TV, IPTV, and an extensive services operation.

Ericsson is actually a global leader in all mobile network infrastructure (2G/3G/4G), with 35% of the total market share. Ericsson currently operates three main business units: Business Unit Networks (BNET), Business Unit Global Services (BUGS), and Business Unit Support Solutions. Their BNET division is responsible for providing mobile access, fixed broadband access, radio access networks, IP core network, Ericsson Network Technologies, Ericsson Power Modules, and Ericsson Microwave Systems. Their Business Unit Support Solutions division provides support for their large number of mobile phones marketed under the Ericsson brand name. Their Business Unit Global Services unit provides systems integration, education, consulting, and network roll-out services.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Ericsson telecommunications equipment, mobile platforms, and other products. Browse our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing (www.asap-purchasing.com) for a list of our inventory. If you have a requirement for any of these products, contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.

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Hartzell Propeller
Hartzell Propeller traces its beginnings back to the 1860’s, where 17 year old John Hartzell began a career by selling lightening rods. After borrowing $25 and purchasing a horse and wagon, he founded the Hartzell Farm Wagon Company in 1875. In the 1890’s, John’s son George joined the company and later purchased it, renaming the company as George W. Hartzell Company. The main focus of the company was to manufacture gun stocks that were used in World War I. The company continued to be passed down in the family, eventually reaching George’s son Robert Hartzell. On the side, he had a small airplane in which he did regular maintenance. In 1917, Orville Wright, a very well-known man, suggested he use its walnut to manufacture aircraft propellers. Thus, Hartzell Walnut Propeller Company was founded. The company provided numerous aircraft propellers for World War I warplanes. Then in World War II, the company manufactured metal propellers for Hamilton Sundstrand and also produced first composite propellers for the Republic Seabee. In 1948, they began rolling out designs for aluminum propellers which were used in the Aero Commander, Piper Apache, Cessna 310, and Beech Twin Bonanza.

The turboprop propeller was later introduced in 1961, with the certified 5-bladed propeller coming later on in 1975. 3 years later, they produced a composite aramid fiber propeller. Hartzell Propellers is a still a specialty manufacturer of all types of propellers in addition to spinners, ice protection systems, propeller controls, governors, de-ice and fluid anti-ice systems. As a customer-driven company, Hartzell focuses on building its engineering, sales, and manufacturing team, which includes employees that could be anything from weekend hobbyists to full-time pilots. They also provide extensive aftermarket technical support, training, and overhaul and repair services. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of propellers and propeller parts from most of Hartzell Propeller’s current platforms. If you are operating any older aircraft models, we also carry a substantial inventory of obsolete items that will suit your needs. Check out our inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com and contact us at sales@asapsemi.com. One of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.

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Aeroflex
Aeroflex Inc. is actually composed of a group of companies: Gaisler Research, IFR Systems Inc, Marconi Instruments, Radiation Assured Devices, and Wavetek. All these companies were acquired over the course of the most recent decade, from 2002-2014. Their major acquisitions over the years include the following companies: > IFR Systems Inc (2002) - Test equipment manufacturer > Gaisler Research (2008) - Designer of rad-hard IP for space applications > VI Technology (2009) - Test automation company > Willtek (2010) - Test equipment manufacturer > Radiation Assured Devices (2010) In 2007, the company was taken private by a group of private equity firms that included Veritas Capital, Golden Gate Capital, and GS Direct. However, this would only last 3 years, as Aeroflex announced their initial public offering of 17.25 million shares in 2010, taking the company public. Aeroflex now currently consists of two entities, Aeroflex Microelectronic Solutions (AMS), a manufacturer of rad-hard and high reliability semiconductor devices, and Aeroflex Test Solutions (ATS), a producer of electronic test equipment. AMS and ATS have contributed equally to net sales, with a majority of the sales for AMS coming from the aerospace and defense market.

Aeroflex, a publicly-traded company, has been a major producer of test equipment, RF and microwave integrated circuits, and components and systems for wireless communications for quite some time. In addition, they also make motion control products, mixed signal and digital ASICs, spectrum/signal analyzers, incircuit test systems, functional test platforms, and more. Their reported annual revenue is $655 million, with $1.36 billion in total assets and 2,850 employees. Their competitors are Agilent, National Instruments, Anritsu, and Rohde & Schwarz. Very recently, Cobham plc, a UK aerospace company, has reported that it will be acquiring Aeroflex in May 2014 in a deal valued at $1.46 billion. Cobham will pay $10.50 per share and assume $540 million of its debt. The deal, which was negotiated with the private equity firms that own the Aeroflex stock, has been approved by the Aeroflex board and is expected to be completed later on this year.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Aeroflex products from both its AMS and ATS divisions. We carry a large comprehensive inventory of both current and obsolete product lines and also operate a 24/7 database to procure any parts we do not have. As the reported merger progresses, we look forward to working with Cobham to continue supplying new product lines. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com if you have a requirement for any of these parts.

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AirBorn
AirBorn Inc., although not a Fortune 500 company or universally known company by any means, is a very well-known manufacturing company within its industry, especially when it comes to any client that uses connectors and connector products regularly. AirBorn offers thousands of connector products that are used in the following industries:
  • Aerospace
  • Medical
  • Manufacturing
  • Instrumentation
  • Storage and Networking
  • Space Exploration
  • Energy
AirBorn offers connectors based on the specific contact spacing, military specification, or termination type, among other characteristics, ensuring that any one of their connector series will fit your specific needs. Their connector series are as follows:
  • microSI Series
  • RCII Series
  • HD4 Series
  • N Series
  • RZ Series
  • M Series
  • R Series
  • verSI Series
  • microQUAD Series
  • RC Series
  • W Series
Although not their forte, AirBorn is also a provider of a variety of cable assemblies, flexible circuits, power supplies, and electro-mechanical assemblies, in addition to capacitors, chemicals, connectors, circuit assemblies, controls, fans, fiber optics, filters, fuses, and hardware. They also distribute products from well-known manufacturers such as Abbatron, Emerson Network Power, ACME Electric, Amphenol, Alcoswitch/TYCO, and many others. They currently have 500 employees and annual revenue of $42 million. The company was founded in 1958 by Tony DiAmico for the sole purpose of manufacturing electrical connectors. By 1960, with only 12 employees, their customers had already included such companies as Motorola, Texas Instruments, Lockheed Aircraft, Boeing, and Burroughs. A year later, they acquired automated stamping capabilities through their very first acquisition. 1973 was the year in which AirBorn products entered the military market, due to a contract with Texas Instruments that authorized them to manufacturer AirBorn designs. Over the next two decades, the W-Series (1974), M-Series (1986), and R-Series (1986) were qualified as MIL-spec for military applications. The company made its first international expansion in 2001 by opening an office in the UK. Over the most recent decade, they then acquired CARON Enterprises, which specialized in EMI/EMC electronic filtering solutions, Central Minnesota Tool and StrataFlex. In 2011, they acquired AESCO Electronics, subsequently renamed AirBorn Electronics, which brought them to their current size today.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of AirBorn connector and interconnect products. Browse our proprietary parts purchasing resource ASAP Purchasing for a list of our inventory. We carry connector products that can meet your requirements regardless of industry, whether it be aerospace, military, medical, or manufacturing. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will assist you.
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vishay
Vishay Intertechnology was founded in 1962 by Dr. Felix Zandman, named after his ancestral village in Luthuania in memory of his family members who passed away during the Holocaust. The company started out very modestly by developing foil resistors and foil resistance strain gages. However, by 1985, they had grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of these products, foil resistors and strain gages. During this time period, they also began the process of acquiring many other companies, such that they could expand and become more involved as a broad-line manufacturer of electronic components. In the company’s current state today, they are one of the largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components. Vishay plans to continue its intensive growth by accelerating their development of new products and technologies, coupled with strategies to increase their market penetration.

They are continuing to design and develop new MOSFETs, power modules, miniaturized packages for TMBS resistors, and some mid and high-power capacitors. They have also unveiled such products as wireless charging systems, tablet and ultrabook computers, electric power steering and start/stop systems for automobiles, wind and solar power systems, and energy exploration equipment. Their plan on continuing this is by investing more resources into R&D, product marketing, process engineering, and their technical sales force. Their acquisitions over the last several decades have also allowed Vishay to position themselves and allow for sustainability. Notable strategic acquisitions include Dale (1985), Siliconix (1998), General Semiconductor (2001), Infineon: Infrared components business (2001), International Rectifier: PCS business (2007), and most recently MCB Industrie (2013). Vishay’s core competencies are in the following products:
  • Semiconductors
  • Power rectifiers
  • Low-voltage power MOSFETs    
  • Infrared components
  • Passive Components
  • Wirewound and other power resistors
  • Leaded film resistors
  • Thin film SMD resistors
  • Wet and conformal-coated tantalum capacitors
  • Capacitors for power electronics

These products are used in a large variety of electronic equipment that span many industries, including but not limited to the following: industrial, computing, consumer, automotive, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of all Vishay electronic components, suitable for use in any industry. Regardless of your business, we likely carry the part you need to meet your requirement. You may take a look at our inventory on our proprietary website www.asap-purchasing.com. If we do not have the part, we can certainly utilize our comprehensive database to procure it! Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com.


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Apple vs. Samsung
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., both hugely influential Fortune 500 global technology corporations, have been in an ongoing battle for dominance of the electronics market. The two companies have combined for more than half of the smartphones sold in the world since 2012. The competition has been intense, with countless lawsuits and litigation having been file. This ongoing litigation between Apple and Samsung for mobile devices in particular has become known as the “smartphone patent wars.” By 2011, Apple and Samsung had 19 ongoing lawsuits in 9 different countries, which extended to 10 countries just several months later. By 2012 that number had grown to 50 lawsuits around the world accounting for billions of dollars in total damages claimed. Apple won some rulings in its favor in the U.S. while Samsung won some rulings in South Korea, Japan, and the UK.Overall, Apple tends to command very high customer loyalty.

One of their biggest current strategies is in striking a deal with China Mobile. If this is to succeed, this will open up the Chinese market of over 20 million China Mobile customers and stem market share losses to the Android, thus creating an estimated 10 million new long-term customers. Statistics show that only 11% of users switch from Apple to Samsung, whereas one-third of Apple’s users coming from Samsung, with another 14% switching from BlackBerry. Apple’s customer retention rate is 42% compared to 38% with Samsung. Samsung is the world’s largest information technology company based on revenue and is hugely influential in South Korea’s economy. Annual revenue is reported to be $327 billion, with $30.1 billion in reported net income. As an international conglomerate, they are composed of a large number of subsidiaries, which include the following: • Samsung Electronics • Samsung Life Insurance • Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance • Samsung Heavy Industries • Samsung C&T • Samsung SDS • Samsung Techwin Apple Inc., on the other hand, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California. They design and market consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers and are the 2nd largest information technology company behind Samsung Electronics. Reported annual revenue is $170.910 billion. Whether you are currently using Apple of Samsung platforms, ASAP Semiconductor can be your premier source for products. We carry a large inventory of Apple and Samsung parts and strive to be a leading distributor of all types of electronics. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com.

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Burndy
In 1924, science historian and civic leader Bern Dibner founded Burndy Engineering Company, a name which was based on the contraction of his first name and last initial. Dr. Dibner, during his time as an engineer working on the electrical system in Cuba, realized the need to improve methods of connecting electrical conductors and also to join power system substations. As such, Dr. Dibner successfully designed a universal connector that enabled a unified grid. The greatest benefit to his design was that this universal connector required neither welding nor soldering. His invention was a breakthrough in connector design, thus earning him 24 patents, which created a solid foundation with which to grow his company. It wasn’t until 1956 that Burndy Corporation went public. Several decades later, in 1988, they were acquired by French corporation Framatome Connectors International (FCI) and later in 2009 by Hubbell Incorporated. As a current subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated, Burndy continues to pioneer the design of electrical connectors on a global level. Burndy has grown significantly in order to reach its recent state.

In 2008, Burndy won awards as supplier of the year from a number of companies, including WESCO International and Border States Industries Inc, as well as the innovation award from Graybar Electric Company. They also receive the “TED Best of the Best” award in 2009, which recognized the best electrical marketing campaigns that were put out that year. The company, now with 1,200 employees, is currently headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, but with manufacturing facilities elsewhere in the northeastern United States in addition to Brazil and Mexico. As a specialized manufacturer of fittings and tools for electrical utilities that are used in commercial, industrial, as well as maintenance applications, their products are certified to the following standards: ANCE, ANSI, SATM, CSA, IEC, IEEE, MILITARY, NEMA, NUPIC, SLMA, SAE, and UL. Products include connectors that are used for splicing, tapping, terminating, conducting, or grounding. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of connectors and other interconnects that are used in commercial, industrial, and maintenance applications.

We carry a large inventory of Burndy parts and operate a 24/7 comprehensive database to procure any parts we do not have. If you have a requirement for any Burndy parts, contact us at sales@asapsemi.com for a quote. Visit our proprietary website www.asap-purchasing.com for a list of our inventory.

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Eaton Corporation
Joseph O. Eaton, Henning O. Taube, and Viggo V. Torbenson incorporated Torbensen Gear and Axle Co in New Jersey in 1911 in order to manufacturer Torbensen’s patented internal-gear truck axle. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions over the years in the automotive industry, the company eventually became known as Eaton Corporation. In 1916, the company acquired Republic Motor Truck Company, thus forming Eaton Axle Company. In 1920, Eaton Axle Company then merged with Standard parts, forming Eaton Axle and Spring Company. Their idea was to grow the business quickly and efficiently through the acquisition of other companies within the industry.Eaton Corporation, as it stands today, is a power management company that generates $16.31 billion in annual revenue. They are a publicly-traded S&P 500 Component company. Eaton operates in over 175 countries, with a workforce of 102,000 employees. The company conducts business in the following sectors:
  • Electrical Sector
  • Industrial Sector
    • Aerospace
    • Hydraulics
    • Filtration
    • Vehicle
Recently, Eaton Electrical purchased Westinghouse Distribution and Controls Business unit in 1994, which included all electrical distribution and control products. The products were then branded “Eaton” and sold to a large number of commercial and industrial applications. In 2003, the same Electrical Distribution and Control business also acquired the electrical division of Delta plc., which brought Delta brands Holec, MEM, Tabula, Bill, and Elek under Eaton’s wing. In addition, Eaton also started a joint venture with Caterpillar Inc. In 2006, Eaton began expanding into the data center power distribution market, mainly due to their acquisition of Powerware in 2004. Most notably, in 2012, Eaton purchased well-known Ireland-based Cooper Industries in a deal valued at $11.46 billion. Due to this large number of mergers and acquisitions and coupled by the company philosophy of growth through buying out other companies, Eaton Corporation boasts a vast array of brand names all in its product offering. Some notable brand names include Aeroquip, Airflex, Cooper, Crouse-Hinds, Cutler-Hammer, Holec, Powerware, and Weatherhead, just to name a few. If you are looking for any of these brand name products owned by Eaton Corporation, look no further than ASAP Semiconductor. We strive to be a leading distributor of Eaton Corporation brands and products. Our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing has a vast inventory list of parts that we can support. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com for all your procurement needs.


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Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent was formed in December 2006 via the merger of two large telecommunications companies, Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, who were actually major players in the telecommunications industry since the late 19th century. They were originally La Compagnie Generale d’Electricite (CGE) and Western Electric Manufacturing Company, respectively, until Western Electric Manufacturing Company was bought out by American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T). Alcatel-Lucent, as the company is now known, is a French global telecommunications company based in Paris, France that specializes in fixed, mobile, and converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services. They have 72,344 employees, with global operations in 130 different countries, generating a reported 14.446 billion euros in annual revenue.

However, they have been recording negative cash flows for the last 7 years, which has consequently resulted in the announcement of plans to reduce their workforce by 10,000 employees (14% of their total workforce) in order to reduce an estimated 1 billion euros in costs. Despite these financial troubles, Alcatel-Lucent is still ranked as the largest technology supersector leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. They own Bell Laboratories, one of the largest R&D facilities in the telecommunications industry, which holds over 29,000 patents and has been awarded 7 Nobel Prizes. In addition to their core competency in telecommunications, they also serve a niche market of non-telecom customers with specialized needs: Enterprise, Submarine, Strategic Industries: Transportation (Airports, Highways, Railways), Energy (Power Utilities, Oil & Gas), and the Public Sector as well (State and Local Governments, Public Safety, and Defense Industries).

Alcatel-Lucent continues to strive to be a leader in providing innovations IP and cloud networking as well, in addition to their ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access services. They have invested an average of 2.5 billion euros a year in research & development to ensure they can remain at the forefront of telecommunications technologies around the world. If you are operating telecommunications equipment and require Alcatel-Lucent parts, look no further than ASAP Semiconductor. We pride ourselves in being a leading distributor of Alcatel equipment and any other telecommunications products you may need. We have a vast inventory and a comprehensive 24/7 database to procure any parts we do not have. Contact us at sales@asapsemi.com and someone will be ready to assist you.

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Actel
Actel: Provides Antifuse-based FPGAs for Multifarious Industries
Actel Corporation is a manufacturer of antifuse-based FPGAs. They were founded in 1985. FPGA stand for field programmable gate array. This device is an integrated circuit that can be programmed after being manufactured. These units are similar to ASICs.Application Areas FPGAs can often be found in applications that include: • Aerospace and Defense: Avionics, Missiles, Munitions, etc. • Automotive: Vehicle Networking, Automotive Infotainment, etc. • Industrial: Industrial Networking, Motor Control, etc. • Security: Secure Solutions, Image Procession, etc. • Wireless Communications: Optical Transport Networks, Connectivity Interfaces, etc. • And more A Brief About the Company’s Acquisition Over the years they have developed many types of products and acquired GateField in 2000.

In November of 2010 they were acquired by Micro semi Corporation. Micro semi was founded in 1960 and currently has over 3,000 employees worldwide. Their headquarters is currently located in Aliso Viejo, California. They offer a large list of products which include power management products, times and voice devices, security technologies, power-over-Ethernet midspans, and more. They offer quality certificates for many industries. In total they have over thirty certifications for many of their locations. They procured many companies over the years like Unit rode Semiconductor Products Division (July 1992), In finesse HBT Business Products Group (February 2000), End wave Defense & Security Products (April 2009), Zarlink Incorporated (October 2011), and more. In 2012 Micro semi aided in supplying parts for the Mars Curiosity Rover to support the launch system, navigation, camera and more. In 2013 Micro semi Incorporated did over 900 million in sales and their stock under MSCC is currently at a price of $24.45. ASAP Semiconductor – The Leading Distributor in the Market for Actel Corporation Products ASAP Semiconductor, through its proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, distributes a large inventory of Actel Corporation parts for the commercial markets. We carry a comprehensive inventory of Actel Corporation parts and provide a 24/7 database to procure any we do not have. If you have a requirement for any of these parts, contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.
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Boeing
Every time you board a commercial jetliner to any destination in the world, it is highly likely that you are on an aircraft made by either Boeing, a huge American multinational aerospace corporation, or Airbus, their equally large European counterpart. Together, these two corporations constantly compete for dominance, or an increased market share at least, of the lucrative global aviation and aerospace market. It all started in March 1910 when a man by the name of William E. Boeing, a former Yale University student and worker in the timber industry, purchased a shipyard in Seattle that he would convert into his first airplane factory. He utilized his knowledge in wooden structure from his previous experience and applied it to the design of aircraft, expertise that proved to be invaluable. The company was not officially renamed “Boeing Airplane Company” until 1917, immediately preceding the US involvement in World War I, in which William Boeing knew that the US Navy would have an urgent need for seaplanes and other military aircraft. After World War I, however, there was a huge surplus of military planes that entered the commercial market, causing many aircraft companies to go out of business as demand plummeted. Boeing, however, survived by differentiating itself and selling such products as dressers, counters, and furniture. Then, in World War II, Boeing experienced exponential growth just like many other aircraft companies. Several decades later, Boeing eventually became the Fortune 500 Company we all know today.
  • Ranked 30th on Fortune magazine “Fortune 500” list
  • Ranked 95th on “Fortune 500 Global” list
  • Ranked 26th on “World’s Most Admired Companies” list
  • 2nd largest aerospace and defense contractor behind Lockheed Martin
Boeing reports annual revenue of $86.623 billion in 2013. In the 1st quarter of 2014, they reported $20.5 billion at earnings of $1.76 a share, beating expectations. In addition, Airbus fell behind Boeing in the race for new airplane deals in the first quarter, as the competition between the two companies continues. Last year, Boeing sold 183 of their revolutionary 787 aircraft, but battery fires they have been experiencing have significantly delayed their plan to bring the 787 into service. Airbus has capitalized on this by selling 239 of their rival A350 plane, which is due to enter service later this year. In addition, they have enjoyed successful sales of their popular A330. However, in what could possibly be a leg up in the international competition, Boeing along with GE Aviation were approved for export licenses to sell spare parts to Iran, which has long been an embargoed country, as part of temporary sanctions relief. Boeing continues to produce aircraft and parts for the 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787, and has produced 745 aircraft and 10 satellites in total. We are sure that the coming year will bring many more developments and advances in the industry as Boeing and Airbus continue to fight for dominance of the skies. Are you currently operating any Boeing platforms? Do you require any Boeing spare parts? Whether you are an airline, aircraft manufacturer, or a distributor, ASAP Semiconductor can support your requirements. We work directly with Boeing as part of their distribution network to supply parts to any and all customers for all of their existing platforms. Contact us today at sales@asapsemi.com and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.
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