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New Mojave Air/Space Port board director elected

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

A new director of the East Kern Airport District board, which operates the Mojave Air and Space Port, was elected Nov. 6. He is Allan L. Peterson, who has been president and CEO of the National Test Pilot School since June 2011. Peterson is a West Point graduate, with more than 3,500 flying hours on…

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Federal Launch Liability Indemnification Bill passed

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an extension of the government’s authority to indemnify launch services companies from third party claims for certain amounts of money resulting from launch vehicle accidents. The current authority expires Dec. 31, 2012. H.R. 6586 was not controversial, and it extends for two years the provisions of a 1988 law….

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy conduct first catapult launch of X-47B

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Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have conducted the Navy’s first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The test was conducted Nov. 29 at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. It marks the first of several shore-based catapult-to-flight tests that will be…

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SAIC awarded $21 million contract by United States Navy

Posted November 30, 2012 by PR Newswire

Company to Provide Operational and Environmental Support to the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 29 it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational and environmental support for fleet training range complexes for the United States Fleet…

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Raytheon awarded $422 million contract for Paveway™ II

Posted November 28, 2012 by

Raytheon has been awarded a $422 million contract for its combat-proven Paveway™ II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. Paveway™ is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. “Paveway™ has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by providing the warfighter unparalleled accuracy and standoff…

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Pratt & Whitney to evelop advanced variable speed turbine for Army Rotorcraft

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft. The AVSPOT program is an initiative by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, in…

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Derco Aerospace awarded exclusive distribution agreement by Eaton

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Derco Aerospace, Inc., a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, announced Nov. 27 the signing of a three-year agreement to exclusively distribute Eaton’s complete line of C-130 and F-16 products in select international markets. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are proud to have been selected for…

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General Dynamics delivers 1,000th beryllium sensor housing for mast mounted sight on OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter

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General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has delivered the 1,000th precision-machined beryllium sensor housing to DRS Technologies, Inc. DRS integrates the sensor housings into the Mast Mounted Sight for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. “We are very proud of the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our employees on this project,” said Bob…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates new ground-based laser system in tests against rockets, unmanned aerial system

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Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 27 that it has successfully demonstrated a portable, ground-based military laser system in a series of tests against representative airborne targets. Lockheed Martin developed the Area Defense Anti-Munitions system to provide a defense against short-range threats, such as rockets and unmanned aerial systems. Since August, the ADAM system has successfully engaged…

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Boeing receives contract for B61 tail kit assembly

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Boeing will help to modernize the B61 free-fall ballistic munition by designing a new tail kit under a $178 million contract from the U.S. Air Force. The design, development and qualification phase of the B61 (Mod 12) Life Extension Program is expected to run for three years. The program further expands Boeing’s Direct Attack weapons…

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