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Boeing, AFRL sodium guide star laser enhancing space situational awareness mission

Posted October 16, 2012 by

Air Force photograph by R. Rugate A new, 50-watt sodium laser built by Boeing and the Air Force Research Laboratory began operating recently on a 3.5-meter telescope at Kirtland Air Force Base’s Starfire Optical Range, helping scientists and researchers to capture more accurate and detailed images of objects in Earth orbit. A sodium guide star…

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Boeing EMARSS risk reduction prototype makes first flight

Posted October 22, 2012 by

Boeing completed the first flight of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype aircraft Oct. 6, a critical step required to support a comprehensive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration flight test program. The aircraft, a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER, has been modified to replicate the design of the EMARSS aircraft’s external…

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Youngest Boeing B-52 Stratofortress achieves 50 years of service

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Boeing Oct. 26 marks 50 years since the company delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76…

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C-17 sustainment team wins top award for government-industry partnership

Posted November 2, 2012 by

The C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program was recently awarded the 2012 Secretary of Defense “Gerald R. Beck” Performance Based Logistics system-level Award by the Secretary of Defense. The GISP team includes Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, and the U.S. Air Force. The award was presented at the Aerospace Industries Association Fall Product Support Conference in…

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Raytheon achieves critical firsts for U.S. Navy dual-band radar

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Raytheon Company has achieved two significant milestones on the Cobra Judy Replacement program, meeting critical performance requirements to advance ongoing system integration. For the first time, the company demonstrated the full-power radiation capability with the high sensitivity CJR shipboard X- and S-band active phased-array radars. In addition, both the X-band and S-band radars successfully acquired…

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General Dynamics receives $62 million Navy award for Common Missile Compartment development

Posted November 26, 2012 by

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $61.7 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the modification, Electric Boat will procure, manufacture and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 250th LITENING G4 targeting system

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has delivered its 250th LITENING G4 targeting system ahead of schedule. LITENING G4 is currently in full rate production to accommodate separate indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts with the U.S. Air Force and the Naval Air Systems Command. These contracts allow for procurement of new LITENING G4 pods as well as upgrades of…

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Lockheed Martin says its local presence solid

Posted December 14, 2012 by Kristi E. Swartz and Daniel Malloy

Lockheed Martin’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Cobb County, Ga., came under pressure from a lackluster economy and U.S. military budget cuts. But company officials said the company’s seven-decade presence in Marietta is not under threat – at least not for several years. β€œIt’s about being competitive, it’s about being affordable and…

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Contract briefs – January 4, 2013

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U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $169 million for DDG 1000 program   Raytheon is being awarded a not-to-exceed $169 million modification to previously awarded fixed-price incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for deferred mission systems equipment for DDG 1000 and DDG 1001, scheduled critical DDG 1002 non-hatchable mission systems equipment, and non-recurring engineering applicable to mission system equipment design…

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Raytheon awarded $12.3 million contract for HARM upgrade

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $12.3 million contract to begin full rate production of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification upgrade units. Raytheon received the award as the result of a down-select competition. The modification adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement unit for precision navigation to the existing HARM….

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