Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force
Cubic Corp.’s Nuvotronics business received a contract to deliver advanced electronics to be tested in an upgrade of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 aircraft.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Cubic Corp.’s Nuvotronics business received a contract to deliver advanced electronics to be tested in an upgrade of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 aircraft.

Cubic Corp. announced on Sept. 23 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nuvotronics, has been awarded a contract with Georgia Tech Research Institute to deliver test-asset Millimeter wave Actuated RF to IF Amplifier (MARIA) Line Replaceable Units (LRU) for the U.S. Air Force F-16 platform’s ALR-69A upgrade.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.


MARIA is a dual-input, single-output radio frequency (RF) downconverter switch LRU that will be installed and tested on the F-16 aircraft. It will provide the Air Force with critical Electronic Warfare enhancements through millimeter wave technology, advancing detection range, boosting response time, and improving the dynamic range of the F-16 platform.


As part of the agreement, Cubic Nuvotronics will be responsible for the design, development, production, testing, qualification and delivery of MARIA LRU flights test assets to the institute at Georgia Tech.

 
“This award supports our continued evolution in innovation of solutions operating in mmWave spectrum. Our solutions like MARIA are especially adaptable to support applications for U.S. Electronic Warfare platforms,” said Martin Amen, vice president and general manager, Cubic Nuvotronics. “Additionally, this award expands our adoption of our PolyStrata process providing significant size, weight and power (SWaP) advantages.”


“The MARIA downconverter award puts Nuvotronics in a unique and exclusive position to provide the U.S. government industry leading mmWave solutions,” said Michael Barthlow, senior vice president and general manager of Mission Communications and Computing. “We are honored to be chosen as a potential key enhancer of the F-16 platform.”


Cubic Nuvotronics provides state-of-the-art technology that produces solutions that weigh 75% less than current requirements. It delivers manufacturing accuracy and precision advantages, enabling high-yield solutions for the most challenging radio frequency applications.

 
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Trio of Contracts for Citadel Defense


Citadel Defense announced on Sept. 28 that it has been awarded three new counter unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) contracts from the U.S. government for Citadel’s newest product, Titan Drone Finder (Titan DF). Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.


Developed alongside servicemen and servicewomen, the new Titan DF solution allows operators to locate the drone, track the flight path and autonomously neutralize threats that cross a user-defined alert zone.


 “We take every measure to compress the time and space required for operators to make a decision and take action against a threat in their airspace,”  said Christopher Williams, CEO of Citadel Defense.


Citadel said that its rapidly growing family of Titan CUAS systems has industry-transforming automation that creates a distinct operational advantage for servicemen and servicewomen on the front lines. When defending against swarms and difficult-to-detect threats, AI-powered combat systems such as Titan allow operators to identify and terminate enemy UAS threats with unmatched speed, accuracy and reliability.


“Machines can perceive, decide and act more quickly and accurately than humans in complex environments. Citadel solutions autonomously clear the airspace of UAS threats, keeping servicemen and servicewomen available for other important tasks in high-risk and resource-constrained environments,” said Williams.


The company has expanded its Application Programming Interface (API), making drone and pilot location data accessible for layered defense systems and multiple command and control systems deployed across the military and government.