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50 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2023 defense community; it stands for size, weight, and power—the holy grail of technical perfor- mance for defense systems. Northrop Grumman to Enhance UH-60V Aircraft Capabilities E Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to provide engineering services for the KBR-led $156.7 million, five-year Depart- ment of Defense Information Analysis Center's multiple-award contract vehicle. Report: Rising Use of PCBs in Aerospace, Aviation Sector Boosts Growth E According to a global report by Research and Markets, a surge is expected in the coming years due to the rising use of flexible PCBs in satel- lites. Increasing aircra traffic is expected to play a significant role in the rise in the demand for aircra, worldwide. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, TTM Technologies Reach Agreement E TTM Technologies, Inc. and Raytheon Mis- siles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, have reached a multi-year agreement to provide radio frequency assemblies, elec- tronic hardware, and printed circuit boards for the SPY-6 family of radars. e agreement has the potential to reach $500 million over five years. Collins Selected to Participate in Multiple EU Clean Aviation Projects E Collins Aerospace has been selected to par- ticipate in seven projects under the European Union's Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking. One World, One Industry: Rallying Around a Robust Ecosystem E e U.S. CHIPS and Science Act has been enacted and funding is now in place for its implementation. Governments globally are marshaling resources and policy mechanisms to make their own semiconductor industries more competitive in the global marketplace. Digital Transformation: Leveraging Digital Automation to Accelerate PCB Design E I see digital automation as the simplification of manual tasks that have been optimized in the digital world to a point where they require the least amount of effort to successfully do what they are required to do in the real world. The Pulse: Fitting Physics to Fact E e realities of engineering mean that compro- mise is always needed—and so the desire of the purist for "absolute perfection" has to be bal- anced with the skill of the engineer in design- ing product to be "good enough" for the spe- cific application. Pulsar Circuits Technology to Expand Operations in 2023 E Pulsar Circuits Technology, a leading provider of printed circuit boards for the electronics and semiconductor industries, has just announced its expansion in the fall of 2023. Defense Speak Interpreted: SWaPing Nanosatellites for Defense Systems E When I say "SWaP," you might be thinking: A swap for what? SWaP is a common term in the

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