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News: F-35 tires wear out too soon, Pentagon finds – Tires that wear out too soon are adding to the trouble’s facing Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system.   Business: Lockheed payments held by U.S. increase to $195 million – The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $195 million in payments from Lockheed Martin because of…

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U.S. Navy expands surveillance mission for Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned aircraft

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The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded Sept. 6. The contract will allow Navy commanders to keep closer tabs on activities in the ocean and coastal regions of the Middle East.

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Lockheed Martin awarded $20 million contract to continue supporting NORAD space defense missions

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Lockheed Martin will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control program. Under this option, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR to help extend Viability of U.S. Air Force F-16s beyond 2025

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Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar will help extend the viability of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter aircraft beyond 2025 and help ensure the F-16 remains a vital component of the nation’s fighter force structure. Skip Wagner, director of International Business Development and Strategy for Northrop Grumman’s ISR and Targeting Systems Division, provided details…

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Northrop Grumman to produce additional mission modules for U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship

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Northrop Grumman has received a $25.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for additional Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules. The company will deliver three mission module packages – two for surface warfare missions and one for mine countermeasures. “Northrop Grumman continues to demonstrate that, as the mission package integrator, we are delivering high quality, fully…

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Orbital successfully launches Cygnus spacecraft aboard Antares rocket

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Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Sept. 18 that it successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft into its intended orbit. The successful launch marked the beginning of a four-day in-orbit capabilities demonstration mission that will culminate in rendezvous and berthing with the International…

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LVC-DE simulation aids UAS in the NAS integration

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NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project is providing critical data to decision-makers who are working to meet the congressional mandate to open the national airspace to remotely or autonomously controlled aircraft by 2015.

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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Lockheed Martin successfully launches first LRASM boosted test vehicle from MK 41 vertical launch system

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Lockheed Martin has successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Boosted Test Vehicle from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the company-funded test, the MK 41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited…

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NASA Dryden engineers capture dramatic supersonic shockwave images

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Elusive schlieren images of supersonic shockwaves emanating from NASA F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft flying at supersonic speeds were captured during recent pilot proficiency flights.

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