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Business Boeing told to refund overcharges to Pentagon The Pentagon’s purchasing agency said Boeing must refund $13.7 million in excessive charges on spare parts, including a $10 device for which the defense contractor charged $2,286 apiece. Raytheon contests U.S. backing Lockheed anti-ship missile Raytheon, the world’s largest missile maker, is challenging a Pentagon plan to…

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MEADS tactical BMC4I software demonstrates interoperability in NATO exercises

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully demonstrated network interoperability with NATO systems during Joint Project Optic Windmill exercises held in May and June. In these JPOW exercises, MEADS tactical battle management command, control, communications, computers and intelligence software connected to a NATO test site in the Netherlands using a transportable air defense test…

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Northrop Grumman delivers first AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting vehicle to Japan

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Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of four AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting vehicles to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force for deployment on Japan’s new MCH-101 helicopter platform. “This first delivery is a major milestone in the development of Japan’s airborne mine-hunting capability,” said Tom Jones, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Undersea Systems business unit. “The effort…

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Pratt & Whitney, NASA demonstrate benefits of Geared TurboFan™ System in Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project

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Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, recently reached a milestone in NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project by demonstrating unprecedented performance and efficiency of a Geared TurboFan™ ultra-high bypass system, successfully completing 275 hours of fan rig testing in the NASA Low Speed Wind Tunnel. This ultra-high bypass technology will be used to create…

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European Space Propulsion, European Astrotech Limited sign fueling services agreement

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European Space Propulsion, an Aerojet Rocketdyne company, and European Astrotech Limited announced June 19 they have signed an agreement to combine resources to support the growing satellite fueling services market. Using the companies’ resources and capabilities, the team can extend a global reach supporting multiple launch campaigns with improved capacity for business fluctuation. “ESP is…

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Raytheon unveils Excalibur with dual-mode guidance

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Raytheon Company has initiated an internally funded program to enhance its combat-proven 155mm Excalibur GPS-guided projectile with a new guidance and navigation unit with a semi-active laser end-game targeting capability. Addition of the SAL seeker will allow the munition to attack moving targets, attack targets that have re-positioned after firing, or change the impact point…

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Air Force deputy undersecretary addresses aviation industry in Paris

Posted June 21, 2013 by Maj. Beverly Mock

The Air Force deputy undersecretary of International Affairs spoke June 18 at an industry-sponsored breakfast during the 50th anniversary of the International Paris Air Show. Heidi Grant focused on how the aviation industry has evolved over time and the technological advances that have changed the face of war and bolstered readiness of our global coalition…

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Space

NASA announces winners of 2012 George M. Low Award for quality

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Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA’s premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San…

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GA-ASI revolutionizes SAR full-motion video

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 19 the successful integration and operational testing of its VideoSAR software system, which provides continuous, real-time, all-weather, day/night Synthetic Aperture Radar surveillance, in full, High-definition video format (1080p). “VideoSAR is an exciting follow-on development,…

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NASA, Italian space agency sign agreement on exploration of Mercury

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At a meeting in Rome June 20, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration. Bolden and Saggese also discussed NASA’s plans for…

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