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Lockheed Martin awarded $20 million contract to continue supporting NORAD space defense missions

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control program. Under this option, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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Raytheon A13 intercepts its first UAS target

Posted September 27, 2013 by

In a first-of-its-kind test for Raytheon’s Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative system, AI3 destroyed an unmanned aerial system in flight. The intercept was part of the second guided test flights for the AI3 program and follows its first in-flight defeat of a 107mm rocket earlier in the test series. “Defeating a UAS demonstrates the AI3 system…

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ATK’s AARGM earns second full-rate production award from U.S. Navy

Posted October 11, 2013 by

ATK, a world leader in ammunition, precision guided weapons and rocket motors, has been awarded a contract valued at $102.4 million by the U.S. Navy for the second full-rate production lot (FRP 2) of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The contract covers AARGM and Captive Air Training Missiles for the U.S. Navy, Italian Air Force…

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AeroVironment, Eurocopter to evaluate potential joint opportunities

Posted October 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc., the worlds highest volume manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, andEurocopter, the leading global helicopter manufacturer, announced Oct. 23 at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting that they have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios. The combination of AeroVironments market leading…

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Standard Missile-3 IIA completes Critical Design Review

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Raytheon and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, have completed the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile Critical Design Review. The CDR verified that the missile’s design will meet the stringent, specific operational performance requirements necessary to defeat the projected threats. The SM-3 Block IIA will defeat incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them…

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Northrop Grumman F-35 CNI team honored for systems engineering excellence

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph From left: Stephen Welby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering; Scott Byrnes, Northrop Grumman F-35 CNI program manager; Paul Snow, Northrop Grumman F-35 CNI systems engineering manager; Bob Gough, Northrop Grumman director of CNI programs and technology; Dr. Thomas Christian, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science,…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers and…

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Home for the holidays

Posted December 16, 2013 by Damien Guarnieri

  Lockheed Martin delivered its 15th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 13. Air Force crews flew the Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del. It is the third C-5M delivery in less than a month and the fifth for 2013. The Super Galaxy is…

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General Dynamics awarded $122 million for Virginia-class submarine procurement

Posted December 28, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as…

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Boeing begins 777X high-speed wind tunnel tests

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Boeing announced Jan. 15 that high-speed wind tunnel tests have started for the Boeing 777X. Testing began last week at Boeing’s Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Last month, engineers started wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ’s facility in Farnborough, U.K., where testing of the low-speed performance of the airplane continues. “This is another important step forward…

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