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MEADS system to identify friend or foe aircraft Certified by U.S. Air Traffic Control Office

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system has been certified for operation. MEADS became the first U.S. system approved to incorporate a non-U.S. cryptographic device in 2009. Certification by the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System Program Office is a significant…

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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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Boeing launches 787 training in Miami

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Boeing Aug. 29 marked the launch of 787 customer training in Miami, site of the company's largest commercial aviation training campus.

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Littoral Combat Ship Coronado completes acceptance trials

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Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed Acceptance Trials Aug. 23, in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship,…

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Northrop Grumman awarded Navy performance based logistics contract

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Northrop Grumman has received a Performance Based Logistics contract from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, to continue its 24/7 support of the U.S. Navy fleet for three shipboard systems. Under the not-to-exceed $24.8 million one-year contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 150 PBL repair assembly kits and spare parts for the WSN-7 ring laser…

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F-35 Joint Program Office, Pratt & Whitney announce F-35 contract

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Pratt & Whitney have reached an agreement in principle for a production contract for the sixth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II, which continues a reduction in costs associated with engine production. The low rate initial production contract covers 38 total engines, including program…

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AAR to design, build mobile subsystems for Raytheon

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AAR has won a contract to design and build Transportable/Mobile Subsystems for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems in support of a Raytheon C4I Systems customer. Integrated Technologies will integrate the Transportable/Mobile Subsystems using ISO shelters built by AAR Mobility in Cadillac, Mich. The mobile C4I systems, comprised of command control, communications, computers and intelligence, will provide…

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U.S. Army selects ViaSat to supply Link 16 small tactical terminals for Apache helicopters

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The U.S. Army is adding its AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet to the Link 16 network. Following successful flight tests, the Army has decided to pursue a sole source solicitation of ViaSat Inc. for the Small Tactical Terminal KOR-24A to satisfy its requirement for an Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal. The STT…

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Northrop Grumman Australia agrees to acquire Qantas Group’s defense services business

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Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has signed a definitive agreement with Qantas Airways Limited to acquire Australia-based Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited. QDS provides integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support to Australian government and military customers. The acquisition is subject to various conditions and is expected to close in 2014….

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Advanced Super Hornet demonstrates significant stealth, range improvements

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Boeing photograph An F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet prototype with conformal fuel tanks designed and built by Northrop Grumman completed its first flight earlier this month.   During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that…

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