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Finmeccanica third quarter earns triple on cost cuts

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Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace and defense giant, tripled earnings in the third quarter due to cost-cutting, improved margins and better sales of products like helicopters. The company, which is 30-percent owned by the government, Nov. 8 reported net profit of $95 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30. It made €25 billion last year, excluding…

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Eight navies complete East African exercise Custlass Express

Posted November 9, 2012 by By Lt. Nathan Potter

Sailors and maritime professionals from eight nations wrapped up Exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 after a week of multinational maritime events in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, Nov. 1-8.

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General Dynamics to deliver new secure radio for Nett Warrior soldiers

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General Dynamics C4 Systems has received an order from the U.S. Army to deliver a new secure radio for Nett Warrior soldiers. The new Nett Warrior radio is part of the Handheld Manpack Small Form Fit family of radios. Weighing less than two pounds, the secure radio communicates using the Soldier Radio Waveform and meets…

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Raytheon awarded $11.5 million to upgrade U.S. Air Force weather data analysis system

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon an $11.5 million contract to enhance the Weather Data Analysis system. The modernized system is expected to deliver significant efficiencies and improve weather forecast analysis capabilities, enabling warfighters to make critical mission decisions. “Enhancing WDA will deliver advanced capabilities to the Air Force, enabling the Air Force Weather…

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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

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NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

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Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

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Nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays the keel

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A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Detroit Nov. 8. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

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NASA selects American small businesses for continuation of innovative research, technology projects

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NASA has selected 39 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The SBIR program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support NASA’s technology needs. NASA will award contracts to 36 small high-technology firms in 17 states…

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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP of Aerospace Products

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Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 8 that it has appointed Chris Yamada vice president of its Aerospace Products organization.

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