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News Briefs November 25, 2013

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Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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Northrop Grumman to supply AN/TPS-78 air defense radar systems to Royal Thai Air Force

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Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will begin supplying equipment to the Royal Thai Air Force in 2015. The company will also provide training, spares and logistics support. “With this award, we…

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NASA delivers precipitation satellite to Japan for 2014 launch

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JAXA photograph A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan at approximately 10:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 23. An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan,…

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Unmanned aerial vehicles industry takes off in Alaska

Posted November 25, 2013 by Elwood Brehmer

The venerable Piper Super Cub isn’t being squeezed out, but the face of aviation in Alaska is changing. Once strictly a military tool, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are now being used in civilian government work and the private sector. Fairweather LLC announced the formation of research subsidiary Tulugaq LLC Sept. 30. A joint venture…

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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

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BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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Boeing tests validate performance of FAB-T satellite communications program

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeingís Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system. FAB-T will be used in the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. Boeingís tests verified operational capabilities required for the ground and airborne terminal types specified in…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted November 22, 2013 by

EU president says no military solution in Syria EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke Nov. 21 following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers and…

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Navy Awards General Dynamics $17 million for support Services at Groton Submarine Base

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contract modifications worth a total value of $16.8 million to perform nuclear and non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $8.8 million, Electric Boat…

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Boeing delivers third P-8I to India

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The third Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy arrived Nov. 22 in India, on schedule. The aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Station Rajali, where it joined two P-8Is currently undergoing flight trials and testing. The first P-8I arrived in India in May. The P-8I is…

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