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August 14, 2013

Headlines August 14, 2013

Business

Textron Systems eyes rising foreign demand for drones, weapons

Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc , says strong demand from the Middle East and Asia for unmanned systems, ground vehicles and smart weapons will help expand foreign sales to about half of the division’s total revenues in coming years.

Israeli drones over Brazil’s stadiums help Elbit sales

Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd., whose drones already provide crowd surveillance above Brazil’s soccer stadiums, is seeking a sales boost as the South American country bolsters security for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

Seventeen companies win part of $6 billion cyber award

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. and 16 other companies won a $6 billion contract that may become the biggest unclassified cybersecurity agreement in the U.S. government.

Spirit AeroSystems swings to loss on $448 million charge

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., a key supplier of aircraft components to Boeing, Airbus and other plane makers, said its earnings swung to a loss in the last quarter due to $448 million in cost overruns on several aircraft wing programs.

ATK wins Orbital Sciences order for space transport vehicle

Alliant Techsystems Inc. Aug. 13 said it had won an order from Orbital Sciences Corp. to provide solid rocket motors for a new air-launched space transport system that is part of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s latest venture.

 

Defense

Air Force report on unmanned aircraft due in September

The head of the Air Force’s remotely piloted aircraft Capabilities Division expects a major review to be complete by the end of September. Col. Bill “Sweet” Tart told an audience at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention Aug. 13 that the service’s RPA Vector report is in its final stages.

Funding for JLTV testing could dry up next summer

Due to funding cuts, program managers for the next-generation light infantry vehicle being designed for the Army and Marine Corps are preparing to take a calculated gamble with the program’s testing schedule, an Army official said Aug. 14.




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Unmanned aircraft partnership reaches major milestone

A team of research students and staff from Warsaw University of Technology have successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight test and integration of unmanned aircraft platforms with an autonomous mission control system. The demonstration marks a significant milestone in a partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin that began earlier this year. This is...
 

 

Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

Raytheon delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company’s 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “As today’s threats continue to evolve,...
 
 
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Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

U.S. Army graphic Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and former Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. The White House announced Aug. 26 that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. A...
 
 

Sparks fly as NASA pushes limits of 3-D printing technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector – a highly complex part that...
 




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