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First military grade 12-micron thermal weapon sight unveiled

Posted January 19, 2015 by

BAE Systems Jan. 19 unveiled its first-to-market 12-micron thermal imaging technology that significantly improves the effectiveness of thermal weapon sights. The company’s Universal Thermal Clip-On version XII (UTCÆ XII) is the first military-grade thermal weapon sight to include the new 12-micron technology, which greatly reduces lens size, total system weight, and battery use, while delivering…

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Sparks of Life

Posted February 11, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s 13th Littoral Combat Ship The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Wichita, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisc., Feb. 9. Ship sponsor Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer completed the time-honored tradition…

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Sikorsky awarded $8 million contract for Phase 1 ALIAS program

Posted March 4, 2015 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced March 4 that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded the company an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System program. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The objective of DARPA’s ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into…

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Lockheed Martin receives $66 million THAAD follow-on development contract

Posted March 27, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin has received a $66 million follow-on contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of the highly successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon System. The Advanced Capability Development contract is a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity award. The initial task order provides three years of engineering technical services including: flight test planning,…

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Off they go: Three more C-130Js delivered

Posted March 25, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft that is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Three variants of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft were recently delivered…

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Spirit AeroSystems opens Kansas, facility

Posted April 13, 2012 by

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. formally opened a 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Chanute, Kansas, April 5. Spirit AeroSystems is the world’s largest non-OEM designer and manufacturer of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. The ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony was hosted by Spirit President and CEO Jeff Turner. Other special guests included Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary…

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Raytheon, Kongsberg team on Naval Strike Missile

Posted April 10, 2015 by

Raytheon and Kongsberg have formed a teaming agreement for the Naval Strike Missile. The pact represents a second step in the companies’ efforts to offer world-class Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare solutions to the many governments interested in this warfare mission.  Raytheon and Kongsberg formed a similar agreement last year to develop the Joint Strike Missile, the…

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Northrop Grumman to collaborate with Indonesian partner companies to produce ground-based radar systems

Posted April 23, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman executed a memorandum of understanding at the Sixth National Radar Seminar in Bali, Indonesia with PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia and the Research Centre For Electronics And Telecommunications of The Indonesian Institute Of Sciences to facilitate collaboration on pending ground-based radar opportunities in Indonesia. The Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 is the latest generation of state-of-the-art…

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Northrop Grumman signs long-term agreement with Raytheon

Posted April 24, 2015 by

Northrop Grumman has entered a long-term agreement with Raytheon to supply its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit for Raytheon optical targeting systems. The long-term agreement with Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business extends through 2018. The LN-200 provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for various guided munitions. An…

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Lockheed Martin’s Shadow Hawk munition launched from Shadow UAS for first time

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Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first launch of a Shadow Hawk precision-guided weapon recently from a Shadow 200 Unmanned Aircraft System, achieving a direct hit on the target. Shadow Hawk is an 11-pound class, 2.75-inch diameter, 27-inch long drop-glide weapon. It is terminally guided by a semi-active laser seeker, providing better than one meter precision….

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