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Headlines December 29, 2014

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News: Newest U.S. stealth fighter ’10 years behind’ older jets – When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the…

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News Briefs December 29, 2014

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Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, is quoted by Iranian state media Dec. 27…

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Obama, Hagel mark end of Operation Enduring Freedom

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President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements Dec. 28 marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. After 13 years of combat operations, Operation Enduring Freedom drew to a close today in a ceremony at the International Security and Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks…

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Elbit Systems U.S. subsidiary to upgrade C-1A Aircraft for Brazilian Navy

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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Dec. 23 that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, received a directed subcontract from the Brazilian Navy for the upgrade of four Grumman C-1A aircraft. The prime contract is held by Marsh Aviation Company of Mesa, Ariz. The subcontract, valued at $106 million, will be performed by Elbit…

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General Dynamics awarded $100 million for Abrams Tank production

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General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $99.7 million follow-on contract for the procurement and production of Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This modification is part of an existing contract to upgrade the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s fleet of tanks. The Foreign Military Sales contract was awarded by the…

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Raytheon awarded $491 million contract for AMRAAM

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Raytheon is being awarded a fixed-price contract $491,478,068 for the Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile. The contract is for the production of the AMRAAM® missile and other AMRAAM system items, including the captive air training missile, common munitions bit/reprogramming equipment and non-developmental item airborne instrumentation unit. The contract includes foreign military sales to…

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Boeing completes successful first flight in KC-46 program

Posted December 29, 2014 by Daryl Mayer

The KC-46 Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft #1 Dec. 28.

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First U.S. Army missile-fighting radar blimp airborne on East Coast

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For the first time, the U.S. Army lofted a blimp equipped with a new cruise-missile and drone-fighting radar system high above rural Maryland. The system, made by Raytheon) and known as JLENS, consists of two helium-filled aerostats, or tethered blimps, that float 10,000 feet above the ground and carry powerful radars. “JLENS is strategically emplaced…

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AMPV program’s EMD contract awarded to BAE Systems

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The U.S. Army announced Dec. 23 that BAE Systems Land & Armaments, L.P. was selected for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development, or EMD, contract for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV.

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Sensurion Aerospace receives FAA certification for its MAGPIE UAS

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Sensurion Aerospace became the first manufacturer to receive a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA under its new procedures, which designate authority to the Test Range for SAC review and guidance. With the issuance of this highly sought-after FAA certification, Sensurion’s MAGPIE MP-1 unmanned aircraft is now authorized to fly in the Nevada UAS Test…

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