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BAE, EADS blast merger ‘myths and misconceptions’

Posted October 3, 2012 by by David Rising

The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Oct. 1 for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow. The deal would create a global…

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Airbus hosting supplier conference in Los Angeles

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The Airbus Procurement team, along with several major U.S. suppliers, is hosting supplier conference Oct. 19 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Airbus team will conduct one-on-one meetings with prospective suppliers, to discuss potential partnership opportunities. Companies who want to take part must register at www.airbussuppliersummit.eventbrite.com. Participants include: Allan…

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Business

VSI to enhance Royal Danish Air Force’s F-16 night-attack capability

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Vision Systems International, LLC, a world leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Displays, has been awarded a contract from the Royal Danish Air Force to provide its Night Vision Cueing and Display-Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging Systems technology, the night module for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System. “We are extremely proud of this award from the…

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Space

NASA selects facilities operations, maintenance services contract

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has selected Chugach Federal Systems Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska, for facilities operations and maintenance services for the Management Operations Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a technical performance incentive fee for the core services. It has an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity provision for issuing task orders for…

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SAE International symposium focuses on all aspects of composites

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The performance of composites makes them attractive in a variety of applications. However, composites have historically not been a very cost competitive option to metals due to several factors – primarily very expensive materials and labor intensive manufacturing methods. As more automated manufacturing methods for composite components are beginning to be developed, the total cost…

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Business

ATK names senior VP, general counsel, secretary

Posted October 3, 2012 by

ATK announced Sept. 26 that Scott D. Chaplin will become the company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Chaplin will have overall responsibility for the corporate legal function, including government contract oversight, regulatory compliance, ATK’s global sales team support, and oversight for product and intellectual property management. He will be…

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Airman missing from World War II identified

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 28 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Samuel E. Lunday, of Marianna, Fla., was buried Sept. 28 at…

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Lockheed Martin awarded upgrade contract for 145 Republic of China Air Force F-16s

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract valued up to $1.85 billion by the U.S. Government to initiate the upgrade of 145 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft for the Republic of China. This retrofit program will include the addition of an Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, embedded global positioning, as well as upgrades to the electronic warfare…

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NASA awards space launch system advanced booster contracts

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NASA has awarded three contracts totaling $137.3 million to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System. The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for a future version of the SLS, a heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond…

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News Briefs – September 28, 2012

Posted September 28, 2012 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,995 As of Sept. 25, 2012, at least 1,995 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,657 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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