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Northrop Grumman-developed multifunction advanced data link achieves successful flight test milestone for F-35 program

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The Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman was successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program flight test, validating an eight-year development effort to advance communication among fifth-generation aircraft. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link. It allows coordinated tactics and engagement to bring significant operational advantages…

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Advanced cockpit ground control station flies Predator C Avenger

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Next-generation GCS successfully integrates flagship, advanced Predator platforms General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 24 that it has successfully demonstrated its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Stationís capability to fly Predator C Avenger. The flight occurred Nov. 15, 2012, at the companyís Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GAASI is a leading manufacturer…

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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted April 24, 2013 by Joan Lowy

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Raytheon awarded $81.7 million production contract for Miniature Air Launched Decoy – Jammer units

Posted April 22, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a firm-fixed-price $81.7 million option for Lot 6 on the Lot 5 contract for the production and delivery of 202 MALD®-J jammers and containers. The contract also includes a 10-year warranty. The contract was awarded in Raytheon’s first quarter of 2013. “MALD-J adds a jamming capability to the current…

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Northrop Grumman launches CUTLASS, next generation unmanned ground vehicle

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has launched CUTLASS, its latest generation unmanned ground vehicle, expanding its range of industry-leading capabilities in unmanned systems for the remote handling and surveillance of hazardous threats. CUTLASS has been designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman in the United Kingdom, and includes significant advances in technology and performance and a range of…

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General Dynamics’ PRC-155 Manpack radio successfully ‘calls’ on-orbit MUOS satellite during system test

Posted April 22, 2013 by

General Dynamics C4 Systems announced April 18 that two AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios successfully completed secure radio-to-radio voice and data communications tests through the Mobile User Objective System satellite network, as part of a scheduled MUOS end-to-end system test. The PRC-155 radio is part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit family of radios. Using the…

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ATK awarded DARPA study contract

Posted April 22, 2013 by

ATK was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va. for the Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements program. SeeMe seeks to develop enabling technologies to provide reliable surveillance data to the war fighter in the field, using small, low-cost satellites that are launched quickly to support the…

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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer

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Raytheon has delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard…

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MEADS low frequency sensor successfully cues multifunction fire control radar in test

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Courtesy photograph The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR completed initial performance tests in a near-field facility at SELEX Sistemi Integrati SpA in Rome in 2012. A Medium Extended Air Defense System Low Frequency Sensor has proven its ability to cue the Multifunction Fire Control Radar in a test near Syracuse, N.Y. During the demonstration, the…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR gives F-16 pilots the big picture

Posted April 17, 2013 by

To a pilot, a radar is only as useful as the information it provides, and Northrop Grumman’s Big SAR (synthetic aperture radar) mapping for the Scalable Agile Beam Radar delivers the largest, sharpest radar images ever available in an F-16. The company’s SABR has successfully demonstrated several advanced radar capabilities for the F-16, including Big…

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