4 SEPTEMBER 2017 MILITARY & AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS www.militaryaerospace.com
Five companies to design power and
thermal management for future jet fighters
BY JOHN KELLER
WRIGHT-PAT TERSON AFB, Ohio — Military
aircraft engine designers at the
Boeing Co. are joining a major U.S.
Air Force project to design next-generation aircraft power-control and
thermal-management systems to
enable future jet fighter aircraft to
accommodate new technologies like
laser weapons, powerful electronic
warfare (EW), and low observability.
Officials of the U.S. Air Force
Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio,
announced a seven-year contract to
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
in Hazelwood, Mo., for the Next
Generation Thermal, Power, and
Controls (NGT-PAC) program.
Boeing joins the General Electric
Co. (GE) Aviation segment in
Cincinnati; the Northrop Grumman
Aerospace Systems segment in
Redondo Beach, Calif.; the United
Technologies Corp. Pratt & Whitney
division in East Hartford, Conn.; and
the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
segment in Fort Worth, Texas, for
the NGT-PAC program.
Engineers from the five companies will share as much as $409
million in carrying out research to
prove the technological feasibility
of new kinds of thermal, power, and
controls components and architectures using existing airframe and
engine designs as test beds.
Next-generation fighter aircraft
will require an unprecedented level
of advanced capabilities for air superiority in contested environments.
These capabilities will include
advanced electronic attack, high-power laser, and future low-observ-ability features. These advanced
technologies are expected to require
as much as 10 times the power levels of current tactical systems, Air
Force experts say.
These power demands present
electrical and thermal challenges
aboard aircraft — especially in the
presence of composite aircraft skins,
high-efficiency engines, and embedded vehicle systems. Experts from
the five companies will try to better understand the challenges and
opportunities of and advance the
state of the art in next-generation aircraft thermal, power, and controls.
Experts will focus on two areas:
aircraft engines and airframes to
develop revolutionary aircraft power,
thermal, and controls technologies.
On these contracts Boeing will
do the work in Hazelwood, Mo.; GE
in Cincinnati; Northrop Grumman
in Redondo Beach, Calif.; Pratt &
Whitney in East Hartford, Conn.;
and Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth,
Texas. All five companies should be
finished by July 2024. Í
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Boeing
Defense, Space & Security online
at www.boeing.com; GE Aviation
at www.geaviation.com; Northrop
Grumman Aerospace Systems at
Technologies Pratt & Whitney at
www.pw.utc.com; and Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics at www.
Five companies are investigating next-generation power and thermal-management
technologies for future fighter aircraft.
Lockheed Martin eyes infantry squad situational
awareness and communications
BY JOHN KELLER
ARLINGTON, Va. — Infantry technology experts at Lockheed Martin
Corp. are designing system prototypes to enhance capabilities of
the infantry squad in situational
awareness, networked communications, and data sharing. An
infantry rifle squad has nine to 13
Officials of the U.S. Army
Contracting Command at Aberdeen
Proving Ground, Md., announced
a $12.9 million contract to the
Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Fire Control segment in Grand
Prairie, Texas, for the Squad X Core
Technologies (SXCT) program.
The Army Contracting Command
is making the award on behalf
of the U.S. Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
in Arlington, Va.