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Forecast International expects UAV market to rise strongly through next decade

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sent unmanned aerial vehicle production to record heights, but with the last U.S. military troops in Afghanistan slated to depart the country this year, the Pentagon’s demand for unmanned air vehicles is slackening. However, while fewer UAVs are expected to roll off the production lines from 2014 to 2023,…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo electromagnetic interference tests

Posted May 5, 2014 by

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

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First B-52 upgraded with innovative Boeing CONECT system

Posted May 19, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force has introduced into its B-52 fleet the first aircraft upgraded with an advanced communications system, developed by Boeing, that keeps the bomber ahead of emergent threats while improving aircrew safety and situational awareness.

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Lockheed Martin to provide U.S. Air Force with Space Fence radar to safeguard space resources

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $914 million contract to improve the way objects are tracked in space and increase our ability to prevent space-based collisions. Lockheed Martin’s Space Fence solution, an advanced ground-based radar system, will enhance the way the U.S. detects, catalogs and measures more than 200,000 orbiting objects. With…

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Boeing-led missile defense team achieves intercept in flight test

Posted June 23, 2014 by

In a complex test June 22 over the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and an industry team led by Boeing intercepted and destroyed a target in flight using the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system. This was a successful test using an enhanced version of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), a device attached to the…

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Aegis Combat System’s newest baseline demonstrates over-the-horizon capability in series of three tests

Posted July 9, 2014 by

The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System recently completed multiple exercises including the longest-range engagement ever tested with a Standard Missile-6. This is the first major series of tests for the integrated air and missile defense-equipped USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and highlights the system’s accuracy in identifying and destroying…

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Predator B ER conducts first long-range endurance flight

Posted July 18, 2014 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 17 the successful second endurance flight of its Predator® B Extended Range RPA, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Predator B RPA that has accumulated over 800,000 flight hours since 2001. The flight launched June 17 and landed June 18. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft…

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Lockheed laser guided bomb achieves objectives in exercises

Posted August 5, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin’s Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb was successfully employed during recent U.S. Marine Corps weapons and tactics instructor training. During the training exercises at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., AV-8B Harrier aircrews released 19 GBU-12F/B DMLGB weapons. The weapons were released in tactically representative engagements, and used various targeting modes against fixed targets….

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RQ-4 Global Hawk demonstrates expanded mission capabilities

Posted August 28, 2014 by

With several test flights this summer, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Wide Area Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System proved its ability to operate with an expanded variety of intelligence exploitation ground stations and collect mission data in more places. The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS is built by Northrop Grumman and is equipped with a…

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Lockheed Martin conducts flight tests of aircraft laser turret for DARPA

Posted September 15, 2014 by

AFRL photograph The Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control turret that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed initial flight testing. The prototype turret was tested on the University of Notre Dame’s Airborne Aero Optical Laboratory Transonic Aircraft in Michigan.   Lockheed Martin, in partnership…

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