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HII Shipbuilding Division Installs Caisson at Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility

Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Newport News Shipbuilding division has installed a more than 80-foot caisson fixture inside the Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility located in Virginia. The 400-metric-ton structure is scheduled to reach full operational status later this year to support the construction of Virginia-class submarine Utah‘s bow module, HII said Thursday. HII opened JMAF last year …

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DoD Seeks Warfighter Exoskeleton Concept Papers

The Defense Department has asked industry to submit concept papers on exoskeleton-based approaches to increase warfighters’ performance when they perform missions. DoD is interested in multiple exoskeleton types such as infantry or high mobility, logistics/sustainment/mission support and specialized capability platform, the U.S. Army said in a FedBizOpps notice posted Jan. 29. Light …

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Rockwell Collins, Taiwan-Based Aerospace Firm Enter Radio Production License Agreement

Rockwell Collins has granted Taiwan’s state-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation rights to manufacture AR-1500 networked communications airborne radios through a manufacturing license agreement between the two companies. Taiwan will become the first international customer to procure the Rockwell Collins-developed radio technology, the company said Sunday. AR-1500 is designed to help airborne and ground users transmit …

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Sikorsky’s Black Hawk Weapons System Completes Military Standard Qualification Tests

Lockheed Martin‘s Sikorsky subsidiary has completed the qualification procedure for a comprehensive weapons system developed for S-70M and S-70i Black Hawk helicopters. An independent qualification assurance board confirmed the effectiveness and conformance of Sikorsky’s Black Hawk weapons system to military airworthiness, operational safety and firing standards, Lockheed said Monday. The system employs an electro-optical …

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Lockheed Gets Navy Contract for Freedom-Variant LCS Engineering Services

Lockheed Martin has received an $8.4 million contract to provide engineering support services for the U.S. Navy‘s Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships. The Defense Department said Friday the service branch will obligate $473,000 at the time of award from the service branch’s “other” procurement, research, development, test and evaluation funds. Work under the sole-source contract covers …

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Slovakia Considers Fighting Falcon, Gripen for MiG-29 Fighter Aircraft Replacement

Slovakia’s defense ministry has announced it is examining Lockheed Martin‘s F-16 Fighting Falcon and Saab‘s JAS-39 Gripen as two options to replace the current MiG-29 fighter aircraft platform of the Slovak military. The ministry said Friday it aims to complete an analysis of both U.S. and Swedish aircraft offerings for submission to the Slovak government by June …

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L3 Wescam Books $250M in EO/IR Tech, Support Contracts for 2017’s Second Half

An L3 Technologies subsidiary won more than $250 million in contracts during the second half of 2017 to provide electro-optical/infrared products, in-service support equipment and services to military and law enforcement customers. The company said Thursday L3 Wescam will supply a range of MX Series imaging and targeting systems designed for airborne, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Wescam has …

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DynCorp to Help Maintain Aircraft Platforms at Navy’s Aviation Warfighting Devt Center

DynCorp International has received a one-year, $40.4 million contract option to help the U.S. Navy maintain its EA-18G, E-2C, F/A-18, F-16A/B and MH-60S planes currently assigned to a facility in Fallon, Nevada. The company will also provide logistics services to the five aircraft platforms at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, the Defense …

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L3 Delivers Coast Guard’s First HC-130J Aircraft Equipped With New Mission System

L3 Technologies has completed delivery of an HC-130J aircraft equipped with a Minotaur mission system suite to the U.S. Coast Guard as part of a potential five-year contract. The company said Wednesday its aerospace systems business installed and tested the government-furnished MSS+ on the aircraft in an effort to increase the service branch’s long-range surveillance capacity. …

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General Atomics EMS to Develop High Power Microwave Capacitators Under Navy Contract

General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business has received a U.S. Navy contract to develop high energy density capacitors designed as components for emerging high power microwave systems. The company said Wednesday it seeks to construct capacitors with reduced size for HPM systems to be used on smaller naval platforms. The contract follows a …

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BAE Unit to Demo Munition Seeker Tech Via DARPA SECTR Program’s 2nd Phase

BAE Systems has won a $13.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to demonstrate a seeker technology for potential use in precision guided munitions as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program. The Defense Department said Wednesday that BAE’s information and electronic systems integration unit will perform work under the second …

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Airbus Test-Fires Laser Guided Rocket From H145M Helicopter

Airbus has demonstrated a capacity to launch laser guided rockets with the company-built H145M helicopter platform during a firing test held at Alvdalen test range in Sweden. The helicopter fired Thales-made FZ275 70mm air-ground rocket as part of the trials at the Swedish defense materiel administration’s test facility, Airbus said Wednesday. An MX-15D electro-optical system from L3 Technologies‘ Wescam …

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PAE to Support Air Force Contract Field Teams program Under $50M Order

PAE has received a potential three-year, $50 million task order to provide support services for the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center’s Contract Field Teams program. The company said Tuesday it will deliver flight line, flight management and aviation maintenance services in support of the program occurring at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington. …

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