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DOD awards Iridium $400 million, five-year contract for Iridium airtime services

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Iridium Communications Inc. announced Oct. 21 that it has been awarded a $400 million, multi-year, fixed-price contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide satellite airtime services to meet the communications needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and their federal partners. This five-year contract renews the provision for delivering Enhanced Mobile Satellite…

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates micro-gyro prototype for DARPA program

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Northrop Grumman has developed and demonstrated a new micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyro (micro-NMRG) prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, providing precision navigation for size- and power-constrained applications.

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Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, Safran Microturbo to provide auxiliary power unit for Dassault’s Falcon 5X Business Jet

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Pratt & Whitney AeroPower has been selected to provide its APS500[D] auxiliary power unit for the Falcon 5X business jet – Dassault Aviation’s largest, most powerful twin-engine jet to date. Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, a United Technologies Corp. company, is partnering with Safran Microturbo for this project.  Microturbo is a Safran company. Dassault unveiled the…

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Forecast International says business jet market gaining traction

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Forecast International predicts that manufacturers will build 9,575 business jets during the 10-year period between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $235 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. Business jet production has declined each year since 2008, when manufacturers produced more than 1,300 business jets.  Production…

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Boeing, Aerolineas Argentinas complete agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737s

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Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The agreement, valued at $1.8 billion at list prices, will play a key role in Aerolineas Argentinas’ continued efforts to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction. When the order is finalized, it will be posted as…

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AeroVironment, Eurocopter to evaluate potential joint opportunities

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AeroVironment, Inc., the worlds highest volume manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, andEurocopter, the leading global helicopter manufacturer, announced Oct. 23 at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting that they have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios. The combination of AeroVironments market leading…

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U.S. Army, Raytheon complete AI3 live-fire demonstration

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The U.S. Army and Raytheon have completed the live-fire demonstration phase of the new Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. Testing took place Sept. 16-30 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the tests, the AI3 system destroyed 22 of 24 threats. The demonstration included a “for the record” assessment of AI3 against 107mm rocket targets at…

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AeroVironment introduces block upgrade to Puma AE unmanned aircraft

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AeroVironment, Inc. introduced Oct. 21 a series of enhancements to the battle-proven RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system that include new features and capabilities. “Puma has proven itself a valuable tool to military and other government agencies, and with its recent type-certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, will soon help more domestic customers perform…

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Saab combines U.S. defense operations

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Global defense and security company Saab recently announced the establishment of Saab Defense and Security USA LLC. This represents the consolidation of several U.S.-based Saab defense companies into a single U.S. defense and homeland security provider. “Shared management structures and security governance will increase synergies and improve efficiency,” said a company release. “Saab’s goal is…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services announces AAG will support S-76D™ helicopter operators

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Oct. 22 that Associated Aircraft Group, headquartered in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., will provide comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare parts procurement for customers operating the new Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter. Both SAS and AAG are part of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. During the National Business Aviation Association…

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