C4ISR

Kratos Secures Unmanned Aerial Drone System Production Contract

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has received a $23 million initial contract to manufacture a jet-powered unmanned aerial drone system for an undisclosed customer. The company said Monday it aims to complete majority of work under the new contract over a 12-month period and expects to produce additional systems for the client thereafter. Eric DeMarco, president and …

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Boeing’s Aurora Subsidiary to Continue Orion UAS Development for Air Force

Aurora Flight Sciences has received a potential $48 million contract to continue developing twin-engine unmanned aircraft system for the U.S. Air Force. The Boeing subsidiary said Wednesday it will build an Orion UAS variant designed to perform in any location worldwide. Aurora will produce the system at its facilities in Mississippi and Virginia. Orion is designed …

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Reportlinker: C4ISR Tech Spending in North America to Reach $732B by 2027

Reportlinker has unveiled a new report that predicts the global market for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems will reach more than $177 billion in cumulative value by 2027 at a 2.4 percent compound annual growth rate. An increasing demand for battle-space awareness and network centric warfare modernization efforts will …

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Northrop to Implement Army ‘Hunter’ UAV Engineering Change Proposal

Northrop Grumman has secured a $12.7 million contract modification to incorporate an engineering change proposal into the payload technology of the U.S. Army‘s Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle. The Defense Department said Wednesday Northrop will perform work in Sierra Vista, Arizona through Oct. 20, 2018. The Army Contracting Command obligated $6.2 million at the time of award from …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Govt, Industry Partner to Create Integrated Satcom Architecture

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said calendar year 2017 saw several efforts that government and industry leaders initiated to build an integrated satellite communications architecture that views commercial and military satcom as a “holistic capability.” Cowen-Hirsch wrote in a SpaceNews commentary published Dec. 18 those efforts …

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Matt Desch: Aireon System on Iridium NEXT Satellites Could Transform Air Traffic Control

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, told CNBC in an interview published Friday the Aireon system payload aboard NEXT satellites aims to help air traffic controllers track an aircraft’s position anywhere on Earth. “Aireon means airlines can fly more direct routes, which could reduce both the cost and time of air travel,” …

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SpaceX’s Pre-Flown Rocket Sends 4th Iridium NEXT Satellite Batch Into Orbit; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications’ fourth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites took off Friday at 5:27 p.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket. The launch marks the first use of the rocket’s previously-flown first stage that SpaceX fielded in June to bring the second set of Iridium NEXT …

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MDA to Help NATO Build Maritime C2 Visualization Tech

Maxar Technologies‘s MDA business has received a potential $11.8 million contract to produce a technology platform for NATO to visualize the international alliance’s maritime command and control operations. MDA said Thursday it will base the platform on a modern software architecture and technology for integration into fixed and deployable systems as part of Project TRITON. …

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