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II-VI signs multi-year agreements for Sapphire Windows on the F-35 EOTS, Sniper ATP shroud assemblies

Posted February 20, 2013 by

II-VI Incorporated announced an agreement Feb. 19 between its subsidiary Exotic Electro-Optics and Lockheed Martin for two multi-year purchasing agreements. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The first is for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting Sensor and the second is for Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. Purchase orders from this agreement will…

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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted February 20, 2013 by AP

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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Insitu announces successful first flight of new technology release on Integrator UAS

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Insitu announced Feb. 18 the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system Block 2, the latest technology release of the system. The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company’s flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple…

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NAVAIR, defense industry partner welcome production of 100th H-1 Helicopter

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Marking a key development for U.S. Marine Corps aviation, Bell Helicopter the manufacturer of the service’s H-1 Helicopter, delivered the 100th UH-1Y model to the U.S. government Jan. 16.

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Northrop Grumman navigation system integral to first flight of nEUROn UCAV demonstrator

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Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and heading reference system for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle demonstrator, which recently completed a successful first flight in Freiburg, Germany. Northrop Grumman’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV demonstrator. The LCR-100…

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Beechcraft emerges from Chapter 11 a stronger global company

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Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, announced Feb. 19 it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process as a new company well-positioned to compete vigorously in the worldwide business aviation, special mission, trainer and light attack markets. The company’s Joint Plan of Reorganization was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New…

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Boeing receives U.S. Air Force contract for integrated C4ISR targeting solution

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Boeing will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system designed to improve the effectiveness of battlefield airmen on Close Air Support missions. The $3 million contract award includes design, development, delivery, training and sustainment for the Line of Sight – Short integrated targeting system, as well as priced options for…

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President accepts Allen’s request for retirement

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President Barack Obama Feb. 19 accepted a request by Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to retire from the military to address health issues within his family. In a written statement, Obama said he spoke with Allen Feb. 19 and expressed deep personal appreciation for his “extraordinary service” in command of coalition and U.S. forces…

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Lockheed Martin, Nanyang Technological University to collaborate on nanotechnology

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Lockheed Martin and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University announced Feb. 19 a memorandum of understanding of understanding to explore the science of nanotechnology, with special focus on nanocopper and related technologies for the commercial market. Lockheed Martin and NTU will set up a joint research laboratory at NTU’s Yunnan campus. The lab will allow NTU students…

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Army leaders plan for uncertain future

Posted February 20, 2013 by David Vergun

More than 100 leaders from across the Army, the Department of Defense, academia and think tanks, met at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., last week at the “Winter Wargame Unified Quest 2013″ event to plan for the future of the Army – from about 2020 to 2030. “The duty of military planners is not necessarily to get…

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