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U.S. Army places blimp-borne radar in strategic readiness

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Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset. JLENS is a powerful airborne radar…

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Small Diameter Bomb II program steps up integration activity

Posted July 14, 2014 by

Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts. Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. Following a successful fit check…

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U.S. Navy selects Northrop Grumman for ship self-defense system

Posted July 23, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $12 million task order for a full range of engineering services to continue modernizing the Ship Self-Defense System Mark 2. The contract has a potential value of $61 million over five years, if all options are exercised. SSDS MK2 is a combat system designed for anti-air defense…

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Lockheed Martin introduces maritime test bed

Posted August 20, 2014 by

Using a newly developed advanced maritime test bed, Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated how continually evolving technologies such as data fusion and predictive analytics can be used to share intelligence quickly and securely – even in limited bandwidth naval settings. This new software test platform, designed to mimic different naval environments at sea and ashore, allowed…

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Northrop Grumman to develop active electronically scanned array technology

Posted September 11, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop and demonstrate advanced wideband digital antenna technology for next generation radio frequency sensors using active electronically scanned arrays. The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office awarded Northrop Grumman an $11.9 million contract for phase one of the Arrays on Commercial Timescales (ACT) program….

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar proves capabilities in performance tests

Posted September 24, 2014 by

MEADS International photograph MEADS multifunction fire control radar proves capabilities in performance tests. The Medium Extended Air Defense System program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar at Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of…

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Lockheed Martin receives $90 Million Contract for Qatar Apache targeting, pilotage systems

Posted October 13, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement and…

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Northrop Grumman conducts air, missile defense radar system reviews

Posted April 3, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed two key rounds of program reviews for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar program, demonstrating the program is on schedule to meet critical technology development. The company conducted System Functional Review in late December and Test Readiness Review (TRR) several weeks later. SFR is a multi-disciplined technical review…

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Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis BMD upgrades certified by U.S. Navy

Posted April 18, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy has certified the latest evolution of the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. The USS Shiloh (CG-67) will be the first ship to be upgraded with the Aegis BMD 4.0.1 configuration. The Shiloh’s homeport is Yokosuka, Japan. This second-generation system introduces the Aegis BMD signal processor, which improves target identification capabilities…

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Lockheed Martin CEO Stevens plans to step down

Posted April 26, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin said April 26 that CEO Bob Stevens plans to step down and that its president and chief operating officer, Chris Kubasik, will take on the role at the start of the new year. The announcement came as the aerospace and defense contractor reports its first-quarter earnings climbed 26 percent on a 6 percent…

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