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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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Headlines October 22, 2014

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News Briefs October 22, 2014

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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

Courtesy photograph The current Paladin is severely under-powered and overweight so its speed of cross-country mobility is pretty restricted. The Paladin Integrated Management program is designed to address a number of these we...
 

 

ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare

The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace. “Whether we have airmen exploiting full motion video data or serving downrange in the (Central Command) area of responsibility, these individuals make up an enterprise of 30,000...
 
 

Lockheed Martin teams with Roketsan of Turkey on new standoff missile for F-35

Roketsan and Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement Oct. 22 for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II. The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather, precision air-to-surface cruise missile. The SOM-J variant is tailored for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft. The companies will...
 
 

Army Operating Concept expands definition of combined arms

The Army Operating Concept, published Oct. 7, expands the idea of joint combined-arms operations to include intergovernmental and special operations capabilities, said Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr. The new concept includes prevention and shaping operations at the strategic level across domains that include maritime, air, space and cyberspace, he said. It’s a “shift in emphasis,”...
 




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