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MLB’s VTOL UAV demonstrates autonomous payload placement

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MLB Company, a leader in low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle solutions, services and products, today announced it has concluded a DARPA funded research project to demonstrate precision autonomous delivery and placement of payload using its vertical take-off and landing UAV, the V-Bat. The MLB V-Bat was specially outfitted with a stereo vision system to detect and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 500th DAS sensor component for the F-35 Lightning II

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Northrop Grumman has delivered its 500th AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System sensor to Lockheed Martin for integration into the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The DAS is a multifunction infrared system that provides passive, spherical battlespace awareness for F-35 pilots by simultaneously detecting and tracking aircraft and missiles in every direction, as well as providing visual imagery…

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Boeing, SWISS announce commitment for six 777-300ERs

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Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines announced a commitment March 14 for six 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The airplanes, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, were selected for the airline’s long-haul fleet renewal. Boeing looks forward to working with SWISS to finalize the details, at which time the order will be…

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AUVSI study finds unmanned aircraft industry poised to create 12,292 new jobs in California in three years

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March 12, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International unveiled new economic data, which finds that the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 12,292 new jobs in California the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system. Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015….

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Pratt and Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete first depot overhaul of an F119 engine

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F119 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone in the F119 program – the completion of the first depot overhaul for the lead-the-fleet “Compass Vector” engine which powers the F-22 Raptor….

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Raytheon’s fifth generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare

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Raytheon has been awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program. According to the U.S. Navy, 43 nations operate more than 600 submarines; the steady increase in…

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Next stop Texas Dyess AFB receives C-130J Super Hercules

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Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino Another Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5715) was ferried to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 12, 2013. Maj. Gen. Richard Johnston, assistant deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, flew the aircraft to Dyess. The aircraft is part of…

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Aerojet SM-3 Block IB TDACS completes qualification testing

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Aerojet has completed Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System qualification testing with the successful altitude hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The final TDACS qualification unit was altitude tested at Aerojet’s…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

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Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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Boeing ships fifth WGS satellite to Cape Canaveral for 2013 launch

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing recently shipped its fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, which will provide the U.S. Air Force with faster transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery, to Cape Canaveral in Florida for this year’s planned launch. Part of the upgraded Block II series, the satellite arrived at the Astrotech processing facility…

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