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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…

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‘Sentient data’ may one day augment Soldier capability

"Sentient data" that can feel and perceive things might one day protect Soldiers and their networks, a leading scientist said.

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New lab opens at Lockheed Martin’s Silicon Valley site

Lockheed Martin has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Silicon Valley for the development of next-generation seekers that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency defend against increasingly complex missile threats.

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AEDC conducts space environment test for U.S. Navy

The Space and Missiles Combined Test Force at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex recently completed its first Space Threat Assessment Test & Evaluation for the U.S. Navy.


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Ball Aerospace awarded Stalker contract to protect U.S. Navy ships

Posted  May 7, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $23.9 million dollar firm-fixed-price contract for the Stalker long-range electro-optical infrared laser sensor system under a contract to the NATO Seasparrow Project Office. The contract includes $10 million in options for additional work. The contract effort includes Stalker transition to production of the current Stalker developmental…

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Headlines May 5, 2014

Posted  May 5, 2014

News: DOD personnel costs could force program cuts – The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.   Business: With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes – A series…

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

Posted  May 5, 2014

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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News Briefs May 5, 2014

Posted  May 5, 2014

Japan split over revision to pacifist constitution Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for an expanded role for the military. Abe’s ruling conservative party has long advocated constitutional changes but has been unable…

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Lockheed Martin receives $80 million contract for U.S., Indonesian Apache sensor systems

Posted  May 5, 2014

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia is the…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army certify TALON laser-guided rocket on Apache helicopter

Posted  May 5, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Army have completed the certification process for air worthiness release of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on the Apache AH-64D/E Attack helicopter. The AWR certification provides for potential operational employment of the TALON weapon system on U.S. Army Apaches and Apaches in international fleets. The TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active…

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Fourteen names to be added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Posted  May 5, 2014

The names of 14 American servicemen will be engraved on the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial over the next week, and the status designations will be changed for eight others whose names are already on The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. May 11…

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MUOS gives Navy first reliable military satellite connection in Arctic

Posted  May 5, 2014

Analysis of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites during the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Ice Exercise shows they provided nearly 150 hours of secure data connections. This was the first time military users could transfer large megabyte data files over stable satellite connections in the arctic. Working atop a floating ice camp above the Arctic Circle,…

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Australian air force makes home at Luke AFB

Posted  May 5, 2014

The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke’s first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II. The 61st Fighter Squadron and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will house the RAAF personnel. The goal is to build a cohesive,…

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Boeing delivers 100th EA-18G Growler to U.S. Navy

Posted  May 5, 2014

Boeing has delivered the 100th EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy, marking a major milestone in the program that has transformed airborne electronic warfare capability for the U.S. and its allies. A derivative of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler is the only aircraft in production that provides tactical jamming and electronic protection for U.S….

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