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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes Tyler Evans as VP of Defense Advanced Programs

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Jan. 20 that Tyler Evans will join the company as vice president of its “Rocket Shop” Defense Advanced Programs unit. In this role, Evans primarily will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership, and driving the process improvements needed to execute a diverse portfolio of defense-related new product…

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Astronics to acquire EADS North America test, services division

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Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced Jan. 21 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and liabilities of EADS North America’s Test and Services division for approximately $53 million in cash plus a net working capital adjustment….

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Contract Briefs January 27, 2014

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General Dynamics awarded $30 million for development of advanced sub technologies General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $29.8 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the modification, Electric…

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Boeing starts assembly of final KC-46A test aircraft

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Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017. “All four test aircraft are moving through production to support our transition to…

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Boeing celivers AirBridgeCargo Airlines fifth 747-8 Freighter

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Boeing and AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russias largest cargo airline, recently celebrated the delivery of the airlines fifth 747-8 Freighter. “AirBridgeCargo has already experienced the outstanding payload and operating economics of the 747-8 family, said Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines. We are very excited to receive our fifth 747-8 Freighter….

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Elbit Systems awarded $15 million Israel Defense Ministry contract for additional capabilities to the Israeli Air Force’s C-130H aircraft

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Jan. 15 that it was awarded a contract by the Israel Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $15 million, to upgrade the Israeli Air Force’s C-130H (Hercules) transport aircraft. The contract will be performed over a two-year period. Elbit Systems will supply the IAF with additional C-130H capabilities, as a follow-on…

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Forecast International views emerging African arms market favorable for both international, African defense companies

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Over the next decade, the gross domestic product among African countries is expected to rise by an average of 6 percent a year, according to Forecast International. This concrete and sustainable growth will allow for ample economic opportunities on the continent. For defense companies, this means that Africa is starting to evolve into an attractive…

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Predator-series aircraft pivotal to search, rescue missions

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Jan. 15 that MQ-1 Predator® and Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA successfully supported local law enforcement officials in their efforts to find a missing mountain biker who was stranded and injured in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico last October. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft,…

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Lockheed Martin completes critical milestone to upgrade Navy’s electronic warfare defenses

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Lockheed Martin recently completed a milestone test on the U.S. Navy’s evolutionary Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 2 system. This test further validated the system’s ability to protect the Navy’s fleet from evolving anti-ship missile threats. Under SEWIP Block 2, Lockheed Martin will upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers,…

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Northrop Grumman awarded follow-on contract for U.S. Air Force’s GPS-challenged navigation, Geo-registration solution

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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. In the first two phases of the Maintain Accurate Geo-registration via Image-nav Compensation program, Northrop Grumman integrated georegistration algorithms in a vision-aided…

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