APIC Corporation, Culver City, California, recently announced that it has received a U.S. Naval Air Systems Command Small Business Innovation Research Phase I contract to design an integrated optical code division multiple access (CDMA) network system that addresses multi-level security at speeds beyond what is possible with electronics. CDMA provides efficiency, security, and multi-access benefits in wireless communications. APIC's system takes the basic ideas of CDMA and implements it in fiber optic network.
Drawing from the aging P-3C's technology, the U.S. Navy is upgrading nearly all of that platform's systems to retire the Orion after 40 years and introduce the newest maritime patrol aircraft, the Poseidon P-8A. News Editor Rita Boland takes trident in hand to capture the details in Poseidon Rules the Waves From the Air, featured in SIGNAL Magazine this month.
Until recently, budget woes deep-sixed Poseidon's development, but the Navy could no longer fathom operating maritime air reconnaissance using a decades-old aircraft.