CONTRACTS
Lockheed Martin—Has been awarded a fixed-price contract from the US Air Force for nearly $25 million to develop a prototype for the next-generation 3-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR). Lockheed Martin was one of two industry teams placed under contract for the technical development of this new land-based radar. The Electronic Systems Command at Hanscom Air Force Base leads the acquisition for the new radar. The Air Force plans to replace its entire TPS-75 long-range radar inventory with the 3DELRR, which will detect, identify, track, and report aircraft and missiles. Following a 20-month Technical Development Phase, the Air Force has said it intends to competitively award one contract for system development in the 2011 timeframe.

Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd.—Has entered into a partnership with Real-Time Innovations (RTI) for the development and integration of distributed real-time applications. As the sole distributor of RTI products in India, Mistral will cater to the real-time middleware requirements of a broad range of industries including military and aerospace, intelligence, simulation, industrial control, transportation, finance, medical, and communications. The Mistral-RTI partnership has resulted in the availability of the first DO-178B safety-certifiable messaging middleware based on the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) standard in the Indian IT industry. Its integrated approach significantly reduces long-term software maintenance costs by allowing individual subsystems to be added or upgraded without impacting existing software.

Sunrise Telecom, Inc.—Has announced that its SunLite GigE, the company's newest Ethernet test solution, was selected by a Tier-1 European network operator for the installation and maintenance of its next-generation Ethernet network in an agreement that will exceed $1 million. Sunrise Telecom's SunLite GigE will be used by field technicians and engineers who may not be experienced with emerging Metro Ethernet technologies and who need an easy-to-use solution for Ethernet and IP testing anywhere in the network. The management team chose SunLite GigE because of its simple and easy-to-use interface.

Valpey Fisher Corp.—Is collaborating with Kernco on technology, marketing, and manufacturing products that address the satellite-communications business.

FRESH STARTS
Res-net Microwave, Inc.—Has announced the launch of its new web site at www.res-netmicrowave.com. Res-net, a subsidiary of Electro Technik Industries, manufactures attenuators, terminations, resistors, and now diode detectors for the RF and microwave markets.

Lenthor Engineering—Has purchased and installed a new Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. FLEX3350 UV Laser Drilling System. The system has the ability to create high-quality vias to 25 microns through its fourth-generation beam-positioning technology. It can reportedly provide 2000 point hits per second.

Northrop Grumman Corp.—Has officially opened its UK technical support center to provide service, repair, and maintenance for the company's inertial navigation systems (INSs), which are used in Royal Navy ships and submarines. The new naval gyrocompass support center is located at Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine facility in New Malden. It contains a full repair and calibration workshop to support NATO ship INS (SINS) installed on Royal Navy surface warships and attack submarines.

Iridium Satellite LLC—Has formed a company called Iridium Communications Russia, OOO to pursue a license for providing MSS services in Russia. Iridium is the only MSS service that works in the Arctic Regions, which is particularly important for organizations that need to meet government regulatory obligations to have reliable long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) devices and maritime distress safety systems on maritime vessels.

RFaxis—Is a new company that has been formed to pioneer integrated, cost-efficient, low-power RF chip solutions for the connectivity and wireless markets. Using BiCMOS technology to develop an RF front-end integrated chip, RFaxis launched its first chips this month at Computex in Taipei.

Centellax, Inc.—Has announced the opening of its first international sales office in Shenzhen, China as well as the expansion of its international sales team.

Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems—Has announced that its interoperability testing lab in Lynchburg, VA has been approved to test equipment and technology for P25 compliance according to the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) standards. The DHSOIC approved eight laboratories across the country as part of the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP). These standards will raise the level of interoperability between different brands of public-safety-grade radios.

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.—Also has announced that the DHS approved the company's engineering laboratory to test emergencyresponder radios for standards compliance. This approval is part of the DHS' P25 Compliance Assessment Program.

Phonon Corp.—Broke ground in May on a 15,000-sq.-ft. addition to its headquarters to provide more space for engineering while expanding manufacturing capacity. Phonon designs and manufactures signal-processing products for the defense and satellite markets including emerging homelandsecurity initiatives for communications, surveillance, and information gathering based on surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) technology.

Tahoe RF Semiconductor, Inc.—Has been granted accreditation as a Microelectronics Trusted IC Supplier for the DoD and all other U.S. Government customers by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), through the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA). The DoD requires that all Mission Assurance Category I systems employ only Trusted IC service(s) to fabricate its custom designed ICs. This important Trusted Accreditation award includes Design and Broker services.