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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

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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

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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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Apache M-TADS/PNVS team receives second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

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The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor team was honored with a 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics Award recognizing outstanding achievements in providing soldiers with exceptional operational support. The team received the subsystem level PBL award, which is one of three presented annually to recognize…

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Pratt & Whitney, Boeing celebrate delivery of first PW4062 engines for KC-46 tankers

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Pratt & Whitney and Boeing officials celebrated the delivery of the first PW4062 engines for the first KC-46 test aircraft during an event at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility last week. Howie Chandler, vice president of business development, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, and Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and program manager, KC-46 Tanker Program, addressed…

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Raytheon receives $156 million SM-3 contract

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The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon an undefinitized contract action (UCA) valued at $156 million for the procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles. The SM-3 missile is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with…

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Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

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Boeing has rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at the rate of 10 airplanes per month.

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Insitu releases latest version of common command, control system

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Insitu announced Feb. 12 the 2.0 release of ICOMC2, the company’s innovative, small-footprint common command and control system. Since its introduction in 2012, ICOMC2 has redefined the Unmanned Aircraft System control concept. It enables a single operator to control multiple unmanned vehicles using small-footprint, mobile hardware and features an open-architecture design that users can customize…

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Student-built projects deliver imagination to Northrop Grumman engineering competition

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Student teams from six Los Angeles-area high schools proved on Feb. 21 that amazing things can happen when imagination goes head to head with an engineering problem, a limited budget and not enough time.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes critical design review on lithium ion battery orbital unit

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced March 10 that it has completed the Critical Design Review for a Lithium Ion battery Orbital Replacement Unit, which will continue to give astronauts the power they need to conduct important research aboard the International Space Station. The Lithium Ion batteries, which will replace the aging Nickel Hydrogen (Ni-H2)…

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