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Air Force Research Lab, Intelligent Automation Develop Aircraft Damage Characterization Tool

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Intelligent Automation Inc. have developed and tested a sensor that works to automate the inspection of aircraft inlet and exhaust damage under a $4 million contract. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday the Auto-Scan: Inlet and Exhaust Damage Registration Sensor is designed to characterize, localize and register aircraft damage …

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DCS Receives Air Force Delivery Order for KC-46A Tanker Software Devt & Integration Support

DCS Corp. has secured a $7.9 million delivery order from the U.S. Air Force to provide software development and integration services to help create a joint mission planning system for the service branch’s KC-46A tanker aircraft. The company said Thursday the delivery order was awarded through the Air Force’s Mission Planning Enterprise Contract II that covers …

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Lockheed to Produce Airborne Sensor Spares for Navy’s Super Hornet Fleet

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $23.7 million contract by the Defense Logistics Agency to produce spares for company-built sensor technology installed on the U.S. Navy‘s F/A-18E/F aircraft fleet. The IRST21 sensor works to detect and monitor airborne threats with the use of infrared search and track technology and displays high-resolution imagery of multiple targets …

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General Dynamics, Army Select General Micro Systems Computer for WIN-T Increment 2

Rancho Cucamonga, California-based electronics manufacturer General Micro Systems‘ rugged computer has been selected for installation into the second increment of the U.S. Army‘s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Military & Aerospace reported Friday. John Keller writes General Dynamics and Army Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical officials will use the GMS S902R Golden-Eye III system …

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Todd McDonell: Inmarsat Aims to Help Address Connectivity Demand in Military Sector

Todd McDonell, vice president of global government solutions at Inmarsat, has told Talk Satellite in an interview the company uses its L-band and Ka-band satellite platforms to help military customers address connectivity requirements. He noted in the interview that the emergence of the network centric warfare concept has increased a demand for interconnection between systems and people, Inmarsat …

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Navy Explores Options to Continue MUOS-5 Satellite Transfer Process

The U.S. Navy will consider alternate orbit adjustment options, calculate mission impact and investigate options to address a propulsion system failure that occurred on the service branch’s communications satellite launch, Space News reported Tuesday. Mike Gruss writes the fifth Lockheed Martin-developed Mobile User Objective System has not transferred to geosynchronous orbit as a …

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Army Issues Wide Area Motion Imagery Systems RFI

The U.S. Army is searching for industry partners that can provide information on Wide Area Motion Imagery / Wide Area Aerial Surveillance systems and answer inquiry on basic qualifications in developing or upgrading WAMI hardware or software. A notice postedThursday on the FedBizOpps website says the Army Contracting Command will collect data on behalf of the branch’s Communications-Electronics …

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Lockheed, Air Force Complete First F-35 Air-to-Air Kill on Drone; Maj. Raven LeClair Comments

Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 fighter jet has completed its first live air-to-air kill test on a drone over a military test range off of California’s coastline Thursday. Lockheed said Monday Maj. Raven LeClair, U.S. Air Force test pilot, fired an AIM-9X missile towards an aerial drone target through the use of the plane’s mission systems sensors identification and …

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General Atomics Completes First Predator Flight at North Dakota UAS Training Facility

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business unit has conducted the first flight of a company-owned remotely piloted aircraft at its Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. David Alexander, GA-ASI president of aircraft systems, noted the first Predator flight milestone for the academy works to demonstrate the company’s UAS training operations within the …

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Sentient Vision Updates Automated Land & Maritime Object Detection Software

Australia-based computer vision systems provider Sentient Vision Systems has unveiled the latest update to its automated object detection software for land and maritime applications. Sentient said July 19 the Kestrel 4.0 update includes functions that work to cut image processing requirements by 50 percent and support high-definition image processing on a processor. “This …

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Lockheed, Allied Minds Subsidiary to Seek RF Detection Tech Applications in New Markets

Lockheed Martin and the Allied Minds subsidiary HawkEye 360 have partnered to aid the adoption of HawkEye 360’s space-based radio frequency detection and mapping technology across new market segments. Lockheed said Tuesday the partnership will explore new applications for HawkEye 360’s RF technology as the latter awaits regulatory approvals on its plan to deploy a constellation of small satellites in …

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Lockheed Gets Navy Approval for IED Countermeasure System

The U.S. Navy has approved a countermeasure technology Lockheed Martin developed to help protect U.S. and coalition forces against improvised explosive devices. Lockheed said Tuesday its Symphony Block 40 platform is mounted on vehicles and designed to jam electronic trigger signals of radio-controlled IED threats. The company integrated an open architecture into the counter-IED system to provide continuous threat …

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