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General Dynamics awarded $250 million contract to support U.S. Navy’s air, missile defense radar program

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in January 2014 to support the engineering and manufacturing development of the U.S. Navy’s next-generation integrated Air and Missile Defense Radar. Under the contract, General Dynamics will support Raytheon as they build, integrate and test an open, highly scalable and energy…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $129 million for Mobile Landing Platform 3 AFSB

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $128.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base. NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract, NASSCO will provide the detail design and construction efforts to convert the MLP…

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne achieve expanded operational range for green propellant infusion mission

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne exceeded the technical range objective for the main thruster that will fly aboard the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. This mission will demonstrate in a space environment, a “green” propellant known as AF-M315E, to replace the highly toxic hydrazine and complex bi-propellant systems in-use today. “This is an…

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Forecast International expects UAV market to rise strongly through next decade

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sent unmanned aerial vehicle production to record heights, but with the last U.S. military troops in Afghanistan slated to depart the country this year, the Pentagon’s demand for unmanned air vehicles is slackening. However, while fewer UAVs are expected to roll off the production lines from 2014 to 2023,…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo electromagnetic interference tests

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In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

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First B-52 upgraded with innovative Boeing CONECT system

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The U.S. Air Force has introduced into its B-52 fleet the first aircraft upgraded with an advanced communications system, developed by Boeing, that keeps the bomber ahead of emergent threats while improving aircrew safety and situational awareness.

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Lockheed Martin to provide U.S. Air Force with Space Fence radar to safeguard space resources

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $914 million contract to improve the way objects are tracked in space and increase our ability to prevent space-based collisions. Lockheed Martin’s Space Fence solution, an advanced ground-based radar system, will enhance the way the U.S. detects, catalogs and measures more than 200,000 orbiting objects. With…

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Boeing-led missile defense team achieves intercept in flight test

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In a complex test June 22 over the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and an industry team led by Boeing intercepted and destroyed a target in flight using the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system. This was a successful test using an enhanced version of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), a device attached to the…

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Aegis Combat System’s newest baseline demonstrates over-the-horizon capability in series of three tests

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The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System recently completed multiple exercises including the longest-range engagement ever tested with a Standard Missile-6. This is the first major series of tests for the integrated air and missile defense-equipped USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and highlights the system’s accuracy in identifying and destroying…

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Predator B ER conducts first long-range endurance flight

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 17 the successful second endurance flight of its Predator┬« B Extended Range RPA, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Predator B RPA that has accumulated over 800,000 flight hours since 2001. The flight launched June 17 and landed June 18. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft…

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