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French air force adds third Reaper to fleet

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced May 29 that it has delivered a third PredatorÆ B/MQ-9 ReaperÆ RPA to the French Ministry of Defense. Delivered less than two months after contract award, the aircraft joins two other French Reapers in service, which together have accumulated over 4,000 flight hours since operations began in January 2014….

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Navy awards General Dynamics $46 million for USS Montpelier maintenance, modernization

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $46.4 million contract for planning efforts in support of maintenance and modernization work on USS Montpelier, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform the planning activities required…

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Northrop Grumman completes U.S. Navy CANES shipboard networking milestone

Posted June 1, 2015 by timchisham

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program’s design, development and limited deployment phase for the U.S. Navy. CANES is a programmatic and technical consolidation of five legacy shipboard network programs. CANES provides a modern, common computing environment across the fleet to upgrade cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence…

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Northrop Grumman, Army achieve ballistic missile intercept in inaugural flight test

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The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman took a significant step toward the objective for integrated air and missile defense when a ballistic missile was destroyed using the IAMD Battle Command System in its first flight test. “Working together with the Army, we will deliver with IBCS a fully netted system providing a single, unambiguous view…

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Northrop Grumman receives $111 million contract modification for LAIRCM

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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a combined order of $111 million to the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide hardware and support for the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure system. Critical to the safe return of troops abroad, LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Thomas Spangler
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Kendall cites progress on F-35 performance, schedule, cost

Posted June 1, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

Air Force photograph by SrA. Thomas Spangler A Luke Air Force Base F-35A Lightning II stands by to take off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 15, 2015. The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is making progress on performance, schedule and cost, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics,…

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Navy achieves IOC on Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2

Posted June 1, 2015 by timchisham

TUCSON, Ariz., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –†The U.S. Navy has achieved initial operational capability with the Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 produced by Raytheon Company. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade that features enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “RAM Block 2 provides the accuracy and lethality…

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NASA tests aircraft wing coatings that slough bug guts

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NASA photograph by Paul Bagby NASA materials scientist Mia Siochi and systems engineer Mike Alexander, from the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and Boeing technician Felix Boyett count insect residue on the right wing of Boeingís ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft following a flight test in Shreveport, La. Bug guts create drag, and drag increases…

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Long-range missile testing conducted in AEDC transonic wind tunnel

Posted June 1, 2015 by Deidre Otriz

Store separation testing of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet was recently conducted in the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) at Arnold Engineering Development Complex. The LRASM is a long-range subsonic cruise missile designed for better range and survivability than current anti-ship weaponry. It is carried with the wings and…

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Raytheon Anschutz expands U.S. operations

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SAN DIEGO, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –†Raytheon recently announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif. Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC reinforces customer care and support for Raytheon Ansch¸tz navigation systems in the United States for commercial ship owners and shipyards as well as government entities, including the…

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