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Cost-saving pilot programs to support war fighter autonomy

Posted June 21, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the war fighter has been answered with seven initiatives. Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the selected ideas will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, officials said. “We believe autonomy and autonomous systems will be very important for…

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Business

Boeing, Sikorsky form joint venture to offer Saudi rotorcraft logistics, training

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. have formed a joint venture to compete for sustainment services in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rotorcraft fleet. Contracts that the joint venture will pursue are administered by the U.S. government as part of its Foreign Military Sales process. The joint venture will help advance the Kingdom’s efforts…

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Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagonís $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldnít afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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Business

Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes full system hot fire testing

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has completed its first Block IIA Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System fully-integrated flight weight system hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems. This first of several SM-3 Block…

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Space

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes first in a series of full-motion tests on America’s next rocket engine

Posted June 21, 2013 by

The leading rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 21 that it successfully completed the first in a series of full motion hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton (130-metric ton) Space Launch System (SLS),…

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On home turf show, Airbus steals Boeing’s thunder

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lori Hinnant

Airbus beat its rival Boeing in the orders stakes at the Paris Air Show but both aircraft manufacturers were encouraged that their lucrative wide-body planes were finding new customers – a sign that the global economy is on the mend. The show at Le Bourget, which alternates with the Farnborough Air Show on an annual…

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Defense

Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted June 21, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

Artist rendering courtesy of Lockheed Martin This artist rendering shows the Modernized Dayside Sensor Assembly installed on an AH-64E Apache. The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component…

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Canada makes first call on AEHF; First partner nation to connect terminals to protected communication satellite

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Canada recently became the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency international partner to communicate using the Lockheed Martin-produced satellite system. The U.S. Air Force has been allowing select groups to use AEHF for testing as it fields the system, but this expansion means more users beyond the U.S. could soon have more frequent access. A U.S.-Canada…

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Veterans

Labor Department Website features women vets issues

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Labor Department officials have launched a new website devoted to issues and challenges affecting women veterans. The site is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department and the Veteransí Employment Training Service and the Womenís Bureau. The site highlights potential challenges that may affect the economic security of women veterans, including: Disability: Women veterans are…

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RAAF purchases Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile training capability

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Navy photograph The EA-18G Growler carries Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The U.S. Navy signed a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the Australian Government for an AARGM training capability, marking the first FMS sale involving the weapon. The U.S. Navy signed an agreement with the Australian government May 31 to provide its High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile…

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