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May 23, 2014

Headlines May 23, 2014

Business:

Success for first Aegis Ashore missile launch –

The first launch of an anti-ballistic missile from a new shore-based version of the classic Aegis missile system was successfully carried out May 20 in Hawaii.  

U.S. Navy looking to boost CH-53K helicopter sales by 50 percent –

U.S. Navy is in talks with other governments to boost by 50 percent the planned purchase of CH-53K helicopters built by United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky unit.  

Boeing sees strong continued commercial demand for satellites –

Boeing, the world’s No. 1 commercial satellite producer, says strong demand in the commercial market will help its satellite division weather a downturn in U.S. defense spending and should continue to boost revenues in coming years.  

BAE Systems, Airbus announce GEOINT partnership –

BAE Systems and Airbus Defence and Space announced on 20 May the formation of a partnership focusing on the development and marketing of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) products and services.  

U.S. Air Force undersecretary: Public-private partnerships among alternatives on RD-180 –

The undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force wants to see alternatives to a Russian-made engine, but that doesn’t mean the service should immediately begin developing its own. 

Navy Special Warfare Command picks Falcon III –

The U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Command has ordered Harris Corp.’s Falcon III multi-channel manpack radio.  

U.S. Air Force commission urges new engine to mitigate Atlas V gap –

An influential government commission is recommending the quick start of a new liquid oxygen (LOx)/hydrocarbon engine program not only as a measure to mitigate an Atlas V gap if Russia cuts off its supply of RD-180 engines to the U.S., but also to provide an alternative to the Delta IV in nearly a decade. 

L-3 unveils small UAV –

L-3 has unveiled its new Airborne Pursuit and Exploitation small UAV. 

U.S. State Department stops Chinese delegations from attending Colorado Springs event –

May 16, the State Department blocked three Chinese delegations totaling 16 people from attending the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham said May 20 during a panel discussion at the event.  

U.S. Air Force sees Space Fence choice soon: Lockheed or Raytheon –

The U.S. Air Force May 21 said it is very close to choosing Lockheed Martin or Raytheon to build a new ground-based radar to track satellites and other objects in space, a deal analysts value at nearly $2 billion.  

Military comms market to grow –

The military communications market is expected to grow to $30.1 billion by 2019, according to a forecast by market research firm ASDReports. This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 7.2 percent from $18.46 billion in 2014. 

Airbus seeks deal to supply Germany with Israel drones –

Airbus signed a deal May 21 with Israel Aerospace Industries to team up on a bid for a bridging contract to supply the German armed forces with military drones until 2020. 

Saudi Arabia, Spain sign security co-operation agreement –

Spain and Saudi Arabia have signed a security co-operation agreement, which covers any future defence sales between the two countries, the Spanish Ministry of Defence has confirmed.  

Australia Raises their F-35 Commitment –

Australia’s new Liberal Party government has announced that they’ll buy up to 58 F-35s, raising the RAAF’s approved fleet size to the 72 aircraft mentioned in the Labor Party’s May 2013 White Paper. They’re saying that the money has been reserved by successive governments, which isn’t true. They did set a firm budget of A$ 12.4 billion to buy the fighters and spares, minus about A$ 1.6 billion for required support infrastructure at RAAFB Williamtown, NSW and RAAFB Tindal, Northern Territory. 

BAE Systems launches U.K. Royal Navy’s third Astute-class SSN –

The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy’s newest Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine has entered the water for the first time, at prime contractor BAE Systems’ Barrow-in-Furness shipyard, in Cumbria, United Kingdom.

Lockheed sees future for ground-based space situational awareness –

When the contract for the US Air Force’s space fence program is finally awarded in the coming weeks, Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in big. But Lockheed is also developing a program known as SPOT (Space Object Tracking) that it believes could be the cornerstone of a new ground-based space situational awareness capability. 

Turkey, PandW sign F-35 engine LOI –

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries announced May 20 that it had signed a letter of intent with aeroengine maker Pratt and Whitney for the establishment of a capability for final assembly, check-out, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and upgrades of PandW F135 engines. 

 

Defense:

More funds for weapon systems, Benghazi info among nearly 170 House NDAA amendments –

The U.S. House May 21 began work on nearly 170 amendments to a Pentagon policy bill, including ones that would add funds to weapons accounts, require arms sales to allies, and kill the measure that authorized America’s post-9/11 conflicts. 

 

Space:

From the reusable Dyna-Soar plane to the Mars-bound Nerva engine –

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin was almost thrown into space and dragged back again inside a spherical vehicle known as Vostok 1, while a few weeks later American Alan Shepard followed suit in a similarly primitive capsule known as Freedom 7.

Amateur astronomers to rescue ‘zombie’ spacecraft –

A vintage spacecraft will next month close in on Earth after an unexpected long journey around the sun. 

Researchers spot massive new impact on Mars –

Researchers have discovered the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever spotted on Mars.

 

Technology:

‘Houston we have a modem’  –

Scientists have proved that the sky is certainly not the limit for the internet, by showing it could be possible to get broadband on the Moon.




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