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GA-ASI, Tesat partner to develop RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Tesat-Spacecom, a world leader of space-based laser communication, announced Sept. 12 that they have signed a teaming agreement to combine their expertise in the field of RPA laser communication to demonstrate a high-rate RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link. “New sensors and increased RPA usage will create an increased bandwidth demand for…

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Sikorsky to integrate, test enhanced Black Hawk helicopter capabilities

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has been awarded the Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration contract from the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. This program will build upon and improve the Black Hawk platform’s already high operational durability and survivability by developing and integrating a suite of advanced new technologies and establishing their benefits before transitioning them to…

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Army awards General Dynamics $395 million to begin engineering development for Abrams modernization

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The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, an eight-year, $395 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Abrams main battle tank Engineering Change Proposal 1 (ECP1) production. The contract has an initial value of $80 million over 12 months. There…

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Northrop Grumman names Electronic Systems Sector counsel

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Northrop Grumman has named James W. Stephenson, vice president, associate general counsel and sector counsel for its Electronic Systems sector, effective Dec. 1. Stephenson will report to Sheila C. Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel. He will succeed Dennis Cameron, who is retiring from the company. “Jim Stephenson brings a wealth of experience, judgment…

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Elbit Systems U.S. subsidiary awarded order for Apache Longbow mission processor redesign, upgrade

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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Oct. 21 that Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems has been awarded a $17.5 million contract by Boeing to redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D Mission Processor over a five-year period. The Mission Processor will provide the Apache Block III avionics and mission equipment…

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GA-ASI successfully tests ADS-B surveillance system aboard Guardian

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 25 the successful demonstration of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-based surveillance system that provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness and supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator(R) B RPA. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. The…

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Boeing, ALAFCO firms up order for 20 Boeing 737 MAXs

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Boeing and Kuwait airplane leasing company ALAFCO have finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at current list price. The order was first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July. “This is the first order for the 737 MAX from the Middle East, which is one…

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SAIC awarded prime contract by DARPA

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Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 12 it was awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program phases two through four to design, build and test a new prototype unmanned autonomous surface vessel. The single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a three-year period of…

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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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New gunship-to-be takes to the skies

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to a new AC-130J gunship made its first flight at Marietta, Ga., this week. The MC-130J will have a Precision Strike Package installed, then will fly as a gunship in early 2014. The total requirement for new AC-130J gunships is…

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