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Navy awards General Dynamics $16 million for nuclear sub services

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $16.3 million contract to perform nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine base….

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Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Michael Biesecker

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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Astrotech appoints chief financial officer

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Astrotech Corporation announced Aug. 9 that it has appointed Carlisle “Kirk” Kirkpatrick as chief financial officer. Kirkpatrick’s appointment is effective as of Aug. 9, and follows the departure of John Porter as the company’s CFO. “The board and I are delighted to welcome Mr. Kirkpatrick to AstrotechCorporation,” said Thomas B. Pickens III, chairman and CEO….

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Northrop Grumman joins Hosted Payloads Alliance to further help address global security needs

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has become a member of the Hosted Payloads Alliance, joining the wide variety of companies that support an increasing role for defense and commercial contractors in helping government agencies find timely and cost-effective ways of acquiring space assets and services. The alliance was formed in 2011 to increase awareness…

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Court rules that Lockheed Martin can be sued

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Submitting a low bid to secure a federal contract knowing that the contract will cost the government more when fulfilled is a violation of federal law confirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an Aug. 2, 2012, decision. The court’s ruling permits The Cullen Law Firm, PLLC, to proceed to trial…

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Oman takes flight

Posted August 8, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino

A new C-130J Super Hercules for the Sultanate of Oman conducts a test flight at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This is the first of three C-130Js on order for Oman and is scheduled for delivery later...

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Boeing delivers smaller, lighter radio relay for unmanned aerial vehicles

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Boeing has delivered production units of a smaller, lighter version of its Tactical Compact Communications Relay, which allows a small unmanned aerial vehicle to function as a tactical, range-extending communications repeater for military handheld radios. Boeing subsidiary Insitu received four 1-pound TCCRs following tests of the narrowband relay aboard the Insitu ScanEagle UAV. A 1.6-pound…

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Raytheon small tactical munition scores direct hit in first guided flight test

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Raytheon has completed a successful warhead and guidance system test of its Pyros™ small tactical munition at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The end-to-end test validated the weapon’s guidance modes (semi-active laser and global positioning system), its height-of-burst sensor, electronic safe and arm device, and multi-effects warhead. “All systems functioned perfectly,” said Tom Bussing, vice president…

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Lockheed Martin to integrate fuel cells, solar power for military applications under contract with ONR

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Lockheed Martin secured a contract with the Office of Naval Research for the design and development of solid oxide fuel cell generator sets as an alternative to traditional battlefield power generation equipment. Lockheed Martin’s fuel cell technology will be integrated with solar panels, providing the military with the power needed to perform missions while using…

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UTC Aerospace Systems receives autopilots, payload contract for AAI’s Aerosonde

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UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems to supply Cloud Cap Technology autopilots, stabilized camera payloads, ground station software components and flight management software from its business in Hood River, Ore. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. These will be utilized for AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems’…

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