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F-35B completes first vertical takeoff

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded A Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Lightning II test aircraft recently completed the first-ever Vertical Takeoff May 10 Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. VTOs are one of the many capabilities required for the fielding an F-35B aircraft.† While not a combat capability, VTOs are required for repositioning of the STOVL in environments…

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Raytheon books $106 million Pavewayô II contract

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Raytheon has booked a $106 million contract for its combat-proven Pavewayô II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. The contract includes Pavewayô kits for both GBU-12 (500-pound) and GBU-58 (250-pound) guided bombs. Pavewayô is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. The…

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems honored by AIAA

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 13 that two key employees recently have been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with local awards for outstanding aerospace engineering and outstanding aerospace management. The San Diego Section is dedicated…

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AAR to extend airlift support for U.S. Military

Posted June 19, 2013 by

AAR announced June 18 that the United States Transportation Command has exercised a renewal option for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through May 31, 2014. The option has a value of approximately $98 million and is part of a contract awarded to AAR in June 2010. The company’s AAR Airlift business will continue…

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ATK, Air Force successfully test new large class stage I rocket mMotor

Posted June 26, 2013 by

ATK and the U.S. Air Force successfully tested the newly developed Large Class (92-inch diameter) Stage I solid rocket motor May 23 at ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah. The high-performance motor was developed by ATK for the Large Class Stage I program and uses emerging technologies from other Air Force developmental programs, including the…

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Northrop Grumman’s highly reliable resonator gyro achieves 25 million operating hours in space

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. Northrop Grumman’s patented hemispherical resonator gyro technology, which is used for military and commercial space applications, recently achieved a major milestone of 25 million hours of continuous operation without a single mission failure. Since February 1996, the HRG has been a vital component of Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit (Scalable…

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Northrop Grumman to supply steering gear systems for Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked to…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

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Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program at Yuma Proving Ground, Aris. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles. In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire…

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Northrop Grumman-developed advanced SPEED software released by U.S. Marine Corps

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The U.S. Marine Corps has released a new, advanced version of software developed by Northrop Grumman for electromagnetic spectrum situational awareness and operations. Using the Systems Planning, Engineering and Evaluation Device, communications planners can plan, model and analyze radio and jammer effects in a defined electromagnetic spectrum environment to better understand where communications degradation or…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes critical design review

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has successfully conducted its Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System Critical Design Review for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency with Raytheon Missile Systems as the prime contractor. “The on-time completion of this CDR demonstrates the readiness of…

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