Behlman' Power Solutions Help Extend the Useful Service Life of the USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint Surveillance Aircraft

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Behlman's unique COTS power supplies meet the challenge.

Behlman COTS DCMA power supplies have special performance features that made them the winning choice for planned missions on the USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint all-weather surveillance aircraft.

Behlman Electronics Inc., known for its leadership in providing power products for military, industrial, and commercial applications, has received a follow-on order for its COTS DCMA power supplies with special performance features that made them the winning choice for planned missions on the USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint all-weather surveillance aircraft.

USAF RC-135V/W Rivet Joint aircraft are equipped with an extensive array of sophisticated intelligence-gathering equipment enabling military specialists to monitor the electronic activity of adversaries. Also known as "RJ," the aircraft are sometimes called "hogs" due to the extended "hog nose" and "hog cheeks." Rivet Joint aircraft were widely used in the 1990s -- during Desert Storm, the occupation of Haiti, and over Bosnia. Using automated and manual equipment, electronic and intelligence specialists can precisely locate, record and analyze much of what is being done in the electromagnetic spectrum.

It has been reported that the Air Force plans to spend at least $1.4 billion to keep the RC-135 Rivet Joint fleet flying through 2018. It will provide information about the locations and intentions of enemy forces; warnings of threatening activity; and broadcast a variety of direct voice communications. High priorities are combat advisory broadcasts and imminent threat warnings that can be sent direct to aircraft in danger, as well as operating both data and voice links to provide target information to US ground-based air defense.

Ron Storm, Behlman Vice President of Sales and Marketing said, "Our ability to reconfigure our standard power units to meet the unique needs of our customer and to perform on the RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft exemplifies the very best of COTS engineering. We are very proud to be able to participate in supporting the important work of these aircraft, while at the same time helping to save American taxpayers the extraordinary cost of developing all-new airplanes for this critical mission. Our COTS division consults, at no charge, with government contractors as well as with industrial and commercial organizations worldwide."

Behlman's DMCA4000 COTS power supplies are rugged, highly reliable 4,000-watt switch mode units built for high-end industrial and military applications. For airborne applications they are powered from three-phase AC aircraft power and provide outputs at +3.3 VDC, +5 VDC, + 12 VDC, - 12 VDC and - 28 VDC. These ultra-sturdy power supplies are built to endure the rigors of mission-critical applications, and are designed to meet the input power requirements of MIL-STD-704. At 4.5"H x 16" W x 21.5" D and weighing only 33.5 lbs, these rack-mounted power supplies readily accommodate the tight quarters typically found in airborne, shipboard and mobile applications.

Deliveries of Behlman DCMA COTS power supplies, valued in excess of $530,000, are expected to continue on a scheduled basis through the second quarter of 2011.

Behlman Electronics Inc., (, a subsidiary of Orbit International Corp., manufactures and sells high quality standard, modified standard, custom and COTS power solutions, including AC power supplies, frequency converters, inverters, DC-DC, AC-DC, DC-AC, and uninterruptible power supplies.

Orbit International Corp., (, based in Hauppauge, New York, is involved in the manufacture of customized electronic components and subsystems for military and nonmilitary government applications. Other subsidiaries include Orbit Instrument, (, Tulip Development Laboratory (, and Integrated Combat Systems (

For more information contact Behlman Electronics Inc., 80 Cabot Court, Hauppauge, New York 11788 USA; TEL: +1 631 435-0410; FAX: +1 631 951-4341; sales(at)behlman(dot)com;

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