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Raytheon’s new precision artillery ready for low-rate initial production

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Raytheon has received a U.S. Army fiscal year 2012 contract for the production of Excalibur Increment Ib precision-guided projectiles. The $56.6 million contract, awarded in December, marks the start of low-rate initial production of Excalibur Ib. Excalibur is a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability…

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JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

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Raytheon photograph Ballistic Missile Detection – Raytheon’s JLENS recently demonstrated the capability to detect ballistic missiles shortly after launch. A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations, and communications and processing groups. Enemy tactical ballistic missiles may soon be easier to detect and track….

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Lockheed Martin’s SMSS unmanned autonomous vehicle operates via satellite control

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Lockheed Martin completed a successful demonstration at Camp Grayling, Mich., recently in which its Squad Mission Support System was being controlled via satellite from more than 200 miles away. The SMSS vehicle conducted several battlefield surveillance operations while being controlled beyond line-of-sight via satellite from the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center…

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Boeing, ADASI sign teaming agreement for unmanned aircraft systems

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Boeing and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company, a Tawazun subsidiary, Feb. 18 signed a teaming agreement for the two companies to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems. Speaking at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, company representatives said the teaming agreement enables ADASI to provide training, support and…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete successful PDR of AOC modernization program

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The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed the preliminary design review for the Air Operations Center Weapon System program. The successful review allows the AOC WS program to enter the detailed design phase. The program modernizes the Air Force’s essential operational-level command and control centers to increase operational effectiveness and reduce costs….

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Lockheed Martin’s JASSM completes Lot 6 reliability assessment program testing

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Lockheed Martinís Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile recently completed Reliability Assessment Program Lot 6 testing with two final flights.The tests met success criteria and demonstrated the effectiveness of hardware enhancements to Lot 6 missiles. In the first test, a B-52 at the Utah Test and Training Range released a JASSM from 35,000 feet traveling at Mach…

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Raytheon/Thales team wins contract for helicopter helmet mounted displays

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Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon, together with teammate Thales Visionix Inc., has won an award valued at $3.5 million for the engineering and manufacturing development of Common Helmet Mounted Display systems for the U.S. Army’s Air Soldier Program. Under the contract, the RTSC/TVI team will perform systems engineering to adapt TVI’s…

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Northrop Grumman to begin next phase of modernizing B-2 defensive systems

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman will help drive down costs and speed the availability of new hardware and software upgrades for the B-2 stealth bomber under a recently awarded contract from the U.S. Air Force. The contract covers Technology Development Phase 2 of a multiyear effort by Northrop Grumman to modernize the B-2′s defensive management…

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First F-35 production model takes flight

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Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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F-35A completes three-year clean wing flutter testing program

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jetís structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35Aís design. The mission, flown…

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