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Astrotech to process second Navy MUOS satellite

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Astrotech Corporation, and its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary, leading providers of commercial space services, announced July 27 that the U. S. Department of the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has selected ASO to provide payload processing services for the second in a series of Mobile User Objective System satellites. Astrotech supported the first…

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Raytheon awarded $925 million for advanced Standard Missile-3

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The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon a $925 million contract for development of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile, which is a co-development effort between the U.S. and Japan. “As the threat continues to evolve, so does our ability to counter that threat,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “We’re honored…

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United Technologies closes Goodrich acquisition

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United Technologies Corp. announced July 26 it has completed its acquisition of Goodrich Corporation, marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton Sundstrand to create the new UTC Aerospace Systems business unit, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. The increased scale, financial strength…

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Northrop Grumman’s Next Ggeneration Jammer successfully demonstrates integrated prime power generation system

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Northrop Grumman achieved a major milestone by successfully completing the initial Technology Maturation phase for the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program. A key event was an extensive series of in-flight demonstrations of its prototype pod and prime power generation (PPG) system. The company has also received a $20 million contract to further advance the…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR radar system delivered for start of government developmental testing

Posted July 26, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system has been delivered to Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island in Eastern Virginia for the government to begin its first and second phases of Developmental Test. The final phase of DT and the Operational Assessment for G/ATOR will be conducted in Yuma, Ariz. Currently under development for…

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Lockheed Martin completes JASSM F-15E integration with successful all-up round flight test

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Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile recently completed F-15E platform integration with a successful all-up round flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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Boeing delivers Nippon Cargo Airlines’ first 747-8 Freighter

Posted July 25, 2012 by

Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines, marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8. The new airplane is NCA’s first 747-8 Freighter on order with Boeing.

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New Raytheon warhead lethal to enemy rockets

Posted July 25, 2012 by

The U.S. Army and Raytheon has completed a warhead test for the new Accelerated Improved Interceptor Initiative. Once fielded, AI3 is intended to provide a new level of war fighter protection by destroying incoming rockets, artillery and mortars. The ground-based system will leverage proven technologies from many of Raytheon’s programs, including the Sidewinder air-to-air missile…

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Boeing second net income up; raises outlook

Posted July 25, 2012 by by Samantha Bomkamp

Boeing posted a surprise improvement in second-quarter net income July 25 as demand for passenger jets thrived and its defense business held its own. The maker of 737 aircraft and F-18 fighter jets also raised its earnings forecast for the year, suggesting demand for new planes could insulate it from the sluggish global economic environment….

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General Dynamics second quarter profit falls, cuts guidance

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General Dynamics said July 24 its second-quarter net income fell 3 percent, and the defense contractor cut its 2012 profit prediction due to contract delays in its IT business. The entire defense industry is under a cloud because of the potential for big military spending cuts in January. The cuts, which will be automatic unless…

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