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General Dynamics opens new radio testing lab for MUOS satellite-ground station communications

Posted April 23, 2014 by

General Dynamics C4 Systems has opened the MUOS Radio Testing Lab at its Scottsdale, Ariz., location. The U.S. Navy-approved laboratory is one of two that supports testing for radio-terminals intending to connect with the MUOS space-ground network. The lab is equipped with hardware and software that simulates the radio’s connectivity with the MUOS ground network….

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Sikorsky wins $1.24 billion U.S. helicopter deal

Posted May 9, 2014 by Stephen Singer

Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 7 a $1.24 billion contract to build the next fleet of “Marine One” presidential helicopters, ending a years-long effort to return the high-profile aerospace project to Connecticut. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said the contract is to modify, test and deliver six S-92 helicopters and two…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete successful CDR of EPS control, planning segment

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the critical design review for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment the week of April 28 and the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate exercised the program’s development option on April 30. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national…

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U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin complete second series of advanced autonomous convoy demonstrations

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph A driverless truck convoy moves along a South Carolina road in a U.S. Army test of Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Lockheed Martin successfully completed new tests validating the ability of driverless military-truck convoys to operate successfully and safely in a…

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Boeing, Belavia Airlines announce order for three Next-Generation 737-800s

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Boeing and Belarus flag carrier Belavia Airlines have reached an agreement on an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. Valued at $272 million at current list prices, this is the first direct purchase of Boeing airplanes for Belavia.

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U.S. Air Force awards Raytheon $80 million for MALD-J

Posted July 14, 2014 by

Raytheon has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and operational flight software. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. This award is…

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Raytheon completes key Air, Missile Defense Radar reviews

Posted July 23, 2014 by

Raytheon photograph Partially-populated, full-sized Air and Missile Defense Radar array. Raytheon has completed two critical program reviews for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar, the U.S. Navy’s next generation integrated air and ballistic missile defense radar. Successful completion of the hardware Preliminary Design Review and the Integrated Baseline Review are both key milestones of…

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Sikorsky, Boeing to build technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Posted August 13, 2014 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of…

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Lockheed-built GPS IIR/IIR-M satellites reach 200 years of combined operational life

Posted September 4, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Forceís fleet of Global Positioning SystemBlock IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. These 20 satellites – about two thirds of the current GPS constellation ñ help deliver precise positioning, navigation and timing services to more than one billion global military, civilian and…

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Raytheon begins building critical components for AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

Posted September 19, 2014 by

The Missile Defense Agency will soon have greater agility and capability in its fleet of AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radars. Raytheon has begun construction of two major sub-components of the AN/TPY-2 under a $53 million contract announced by the Department of Defense on Sept 2. The units Raytheon is building will enable the MDA to…

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