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Army orders MUOS upgrade for AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios from General Dynamics

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The U.S. Army ordered kits in December to upgrade 100 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios to enable them to communicate with the military’s Mobile User Objective System satellite communications system. This MUOS channel upgrade, comprising a field-replaceable power amplifier and supporting software, will allow secure voice and data communication with…

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New Army network gets final check-out on way to field

Posted January 25, 2013 by Claire Heininger

As soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army’s new tactical communications network later this year, Army engineers are stretching the equipment to its limits to ensure it can support complex, on-the-move operations and extend the range of communications to the farthest edges of the battlefield. The Network Verification event for Capability Set 13, or CS…

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United Technologies fourth-quarter profit drops but higher aerospace sales lifts revenue

Posted January 25, 2013 by

United Technologies Corp. posted a 26 percent drop in fourth-quarter net income from continuing operations Jan. 23 due to one-time items including restructuring costs and completing its $18.4 billion Goodrich acquisition. But the Hartford, Conn., conglomerateís huge bet on the aerospace business is paying off, and it posted strong revenue gains for its jet engine…

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Defense Department rescinds direct combat exclusion rule

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Navy photograph by Smn. Heather M. Paape Chief Engineman Patricia Cooper, a student in the Riverine Combat Skills course, patrols the training grounds during a field training exercise in Camp Lejeune, N.C. This class is the first RCS training group composed of Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR) Sailors and the first to incorporate women into the…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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Raytheon fourth quarter net income falls 14 percent on flat sales

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Raytheon said Jan. 24 that its fourth-quarter net income fell 14 percent, hurt by lackluster sales, but it issued a better-than-expected profit prediction for the full year. The Waltham, Mass.,-based defense contractor earned $469 million, or $1.42 per share, down from $543 million, or $1.57 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Excluding…

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News Briefs – January 23, 2013

Posted January 23, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,044 As of Jan. 22, 2012, at least 2,044 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,705 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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New vision and mission to guide AFMC

Posted January 23, 2013 by

New vision and mission statements are at the foundation of a new command strategy designed to ensure Air Force Materiel Command continues to deliver preeminent support to the war fighter. The command’s vision is “one team, delivering capabilities to fly, fight and win …today and tomorrow.” AFMC will strive to attain that vision by accomplishing…

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Army freezes hiring, cuts base ops, reduces training

Posted January 23, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff. In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March,…

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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted January 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIRís Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Armyís Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment WaspÆ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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