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News Briefs April 13, 2015

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Indian premier wins Airbus pledge to manufacture in India Airbus says it is ready to manufacture helicopters, satellites and military transport planes in India. The European planemaker made the announcement April 11 after a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to its headquarters in Toulouse in southern France. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said…

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Laser-guided rocket hits the mark

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Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter fires an APKWS laser-guided rocket (artist rendering) The Australian Defence Force demonstrated the precision strike capability of BAE Systemsí Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket, firing the system from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter for the first time. Using a Forges de Zeebrugge rocket motor, warhead, and launcher, the…

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BAE receives U.S. Navy contract for vertical launching system canisters

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BAE Systems has received a $52.9 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide additional canisters for the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System. The VLS canisters are used to ship, store, and launch various types of missiles from Navy ships. We have a long history with the VLS canister program, said Chris Hughes, vice…

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Northrop Grumman names CTO of Electronic Systems Sector

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Northrop Grumman has named R. Eric Reinke III vice president and chief technology officer of its Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. Reinke will be responsible for the development of next-generation products and technologies that define the sector’s future competitive discriminators. In this position, he will interface with technology leaders in the customer community, with industry…

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Judge blocks appeal in Boeing age discrimination lawsuit

Posted April 13, 2015 by Roxana Hegeman

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers who claim they lost their jobs because of their age may to have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court’s dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked…

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VA extends program for veterans with traumatic brain injury

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 13 the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 extended this program through October 2017. We are pleased to extend this valuable program and…

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News Briefs April 8, 2015

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U.S. approves $952 million sale of helicopters, missiles to Pakistan The Obama administration has notified Congress that it is selling Pakistan $952 million worth of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance. The State Department says the deal would help a vital counterterrorism partner and advance U.S. national security. The 15 Viper…

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NASA selects proposals for ultra-lightweight materials for journey to Mars, beyond

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NASA has selected three proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures. The proposals will mature advanced technologies that will enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft by 40 percent for deep space exploration. “Lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures are one of NASA’s top focus areas capable of…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare cargo for ISS

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Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Stationóranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal itemsóunder an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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NASA joins forces to put satellite eyes on threat to U.S. freshwater

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USGS/NASA Earth Observatory Toxic algal blooms like this one in Lake Erie in 2011 can cause human and animal health risks, fish kills, and degrade drinking water supplies. NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean…

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