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GA-ASI, U.K. partners validate new open payload architecture

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. along with SELEX Galileo (a Finmeccanica company) and Cobham Aviation Services, May 16 demonstrated a new open payload architecture during the Sovereign...

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Airbus parent profits hit by A380 wing problem

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Airbus parent company EADS said May 16 its first quarter earnings were hammered by a hefty $203-million charge to fix problematic wing parts on its flagship A380 superjumbo. EADS says the charge to fix the so-called “wing rib feet” – the metal brackets that connect the wing’s ribs to its skin – on all the…

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Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates new target location module

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Northrop Grumman has announced the successful demonstration of the company’s new Target Location Module, a key component of the battle-proven, man-portable Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder High Accuracy. LLDR 2H allows troops to perform surveillance, identify and engage threats at safe distances, accurately position troops, and engage enemies while limiting collateral damage and protecting troops being…

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General Dynamics delivers powerful tactical network, radios for Army’s NIE 12.2 Exercise

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In the largest deployment yet of the General Dynamics-developed JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network, the U.S. Army is now conducting realistic operational evaluations of the next generation of high-speed communications equipment developed for ground forces. WIN-T Increment 2 and the JTRS Manpack and Rifleman radios form the baseline…

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UAS procurement tops Air Force’s spending list

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The unmanned aerial systems market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging as the highest spender among all U.S. military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator….

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Rollin’ out

Posted May 16, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto

A future C-5M rolled out of the hangar at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., May 10. Tail number 87-0045 received new engine pylons and wiring, and will now be fitted with new, state-of-the-art GE F138-GE-100 turbofan engines and undergo flight checks before being delivered to, Del., later this year.

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Honeywell delivers advanced ballistic materials for combat helmets to U.S. Army

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Honeywell announced May 15 that it has completed the delivery of advanced ballistic materials that will be used in the development of next-generation combat helmets for the U.S. Army. Honeywell has delivered 218 helmets containing advanced Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® ballistic materials that the Army will evaluate to help set new helmet performance requirements….

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Dozen F-35s now call Florida base home

Posted May 16, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto

The twelfth Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II destined for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was ferried May 15. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft, known as BF-11, which departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 10:02 a.m., CDT, for…

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Raytheon awarded $313.8 million for Standard Missile-6 all-up rounds

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The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $313.8 million contract for low-rate initial production of Standard Missile-6 all-up rounds. SM-6 leverages the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of Raytheon’s Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.; Camden, Ark.; Andover, Mass.;…

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General Dynamics unveils new medium-caliber machine gun

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General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamic, unveiled a next-generation Lightweight Medium Machine Gun at the Joint Armaments Conference in Seattle, Wash., May 15. Identifying an unmet warfighter need, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products conducted its own research and development program to develop the LWMMG in just over one…

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