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DOD awards Iridium $400 million, five-year contract for Iridium airtime services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Iridium Communications Inc. announced Oct. 21 that it has been awarded a $400 million, multi-year, fixed-price contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide satellite airtime services to meet the communications needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and their federal partners. This five-year contract renews the provision for delivering Enhanced Mobile Satellite…

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SSL awarded follow-on DARPA contract

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Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to develop designs, processes and business terms for carrying small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary satellite platform. Under phase two of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Phoenix program, SSL intends to detail the design…

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Lockheed Martin conducts second successful LRASM flight test

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martins Long Range Anti-Ship Missile recently achieved another successful flight test, with the missile scoring a direct hit on a moving maritime target. The test was conducted in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Office of Naval Research program. Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., a U.S. Air…

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Northrop Grumman to supply AN/TPS-78 air defense radar systems to Royal Thai Air Force

Posted November 25, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will begin supplying equipment to the Royal Thai Air Force in 2015. The company will also provide training, spares and logistics support. “With this award, we…

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Boeing realigns research, technology unit for growth, productivity

Posted December 13, 2013 by

Boeing announced Dec. 12 it will establish technology research centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth. The company will restructure its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company’s central research-and-development unit, through the establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.;…

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Beechcraft to be bought by Cessna parent company

Posted December 28, 2013 by AP

Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron Inc. said Dec. 26 it will buy Beechcraft Corp. for approximately $1.4 billion, a deal that would combine two mainstays of Wichita’s general aviation industry. The announcement by Providence, R.I.,-based Textron caps a year that saw Beechcraft emerge from bankruptcy largely freed from debt and its unprofitable Hawker business jet…

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests LRASM MK 41 vertical launch system interface

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated and validated that its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile can be launched from any MK 41 Vertical Launch System by only modifying the software to existing shipboard equipment. During the company-funded test, LRASM and Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, MK 41 VLS and Mk-114 booster hardware with modified software executed simulated missions…

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Northrop Grumman awards STEM education, job training grants in Salt Lake City

Posted January 29, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman recently provided grants worth nearly $7,000 to support two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives and one job training program in Salt Lake City.

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Raytheon receives $31 million Maverick missile contract from South Korea

Posted February 12, 2014 by

Raytheon has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for additional AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles. Under the direct commercial sale, Raytheon will supply the missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force. “These new Mavericks will provide the Republic of Korea Air Force with additional firepower and will add to…

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Third, fourth Royal Australian Navy MH-60R helicopters complete production, begin training

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The third and fourth MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters take flight Feb. 25 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y., to join the Royal Australian Navy’s first pair of helicopters training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. On Jan. 24, the U.S. Navy officially delivered two Romeos to the RAN, marking a significant milestone…

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