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  • Northrop Kicks Off Search for 3 X-47B UAV Pilots - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Kicks Off Search for 3 X-47B UAV Pilots

    Northrop Grumman has begun its search for three pilots to operate the Northrop-built X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle. Northrop said in a job notice the selected candidates will work to determine the UAV’s compliance with operational suitability and specification requirements during flight tests. Northrop developed X-47B under the U.S. Navy‘s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration initiative. The drone is […] More

  • Airbus, Perlan Project Team Move Engineless Aircraft to New Hangar in Nevada - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Airbus, Perlan Project Team Move Engineless Aircraft to New Hangar in Nevada

    Airbus‘ U.S. subsidiary and Perlan Project sponsor Dennis Tito have opened a new facility at the Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada to house the volunteer-run project ahead of a summer flight for the Perlan 2 glider. Airbus Group said Dec. 9 the new hangar will accommodate Perlan 2 before it departs for Argentina, where the engineless glider will work to soar toward […] More

  • Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin Puts 'New Shepard' Rocket Through 2nd Flight Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin Puts ‘New Shepard’ Rocket Through 2nd Flight Test

    Blue Orgin‘s New Shepard rocket technology has completed a launch and landing process during an unmanned flight test Monday at a private range in West Texas, Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a blog entry posted after the exercise. He said New Shepard flew at a high altitude through 119 miles per hour crosswinds before the system reignited a BE-3 […] More

  • Raytheon's Patriot Upgrade Completes Initial Army Flight Tests; Ralph Acaba Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon’s Patriot Upgrade Completes Initial Army Flight Tests; Ralph Acaba Comments

    Raytheon‘s updated Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system has undergone initial flight tests by the U.S. Army to check the added functions and modifications of the system. The company said Thursday the system’s Post-Deployment Build 8 configuration worked to detect, track and engage a ballistic missile target with PAC-3 and GEM-T missiles during each of the tests. “PDB-8 can be retrofitted […] More

  • Raytheon, Kongsberg Wrap Up F-35A Missile Flight Tests; Mike Jarrett Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon, Kongsberg Wrap Up F-35A Missile Flight Tests; Mike Jarrett Comments

    Raytheon and Norwegian defense contractor Kongsberg Gruppen have completed a series of flight tests of a missile system designed for integration with Lockheed Martin‘s F-35A fighter jets. An F-16 aircraft was used to launch the Joint Strike Missile at an altitude of 22,000 feet over the training and test range in Utah, Kongsberg said Tuesday. Mike […] More

  • Raytheon Wraps Up Flight Tests of DARPA“™s Close Air Support Tool; Tom Bussing Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon Wraps Up Flight Tests of DARPA“™s Close Air Support Tool; Tom Bussing Comments

    Raytheon has concluded a series of flight tests of a close air support platform with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The company demonstrated DARPA“™s Persistent Close Air Support system on both A-10C Thunderbolt II and MV-22 Osprey aircraft, Raytheon said Sunday. Flight tests took place over three phases as part of an 18-month, $25.5 million contract the company received from DARPA […] More

  • Raytheon, Air Force Test Updated Missile Against EW Interference - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon, Air Force Test Updated Missile Against EW Interference

    Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force have conducted flight tests on the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile inventory’s HARM Control Section Modification product on an F-16 aircraft. The company said Monday the HARM upgrade works to operate against electronic warfare systems such as enemy radars. Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon’s air warfare systems unit, said the missile features updates that aim […] More

  • Lockheed F-35C Jets Complete 2nd At-Sea Test Round - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed F-35C Jets Complete 2nd At-Sea Test Round

    Lockheed Martin has completed a second round of F-35C at-sea tests aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to check the maneuver, launch and nighttime operations of the F-35‘s carrier-based variant, Reuters reported Friday. Andrea Shalal writes those tests included night flights in which pilots used helmets that Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems redesigned for the U.S. Navy. The Navy […] More

  • NASA Test Flies Drone Equipped with Collision Avoidance Sensors - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA Test Flies Drone Equipped with Collision Avoidance Sensors

    NASA and three aeronautical technology firms have collaborated to demonstrate the collision avoidance functions of an Ikhana unmanned aerial system at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. Ikhana worked to alert a remote pilot or maneuvered itself to avoid approaching aircraft while it flew over California’s high desert region, NASA said Thursday. […] More

  • BAE Systems Tests Striker II HMD Night-Vision Function - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    BAE Systems Tests Striker II HMD Night-Vision Function

    BAE Systems has started to evaluate the digital night-vision function of its Striker II helmet-mounted display through a series of nighttime flights being held in the U.K. The company said Tuesday the night trials work to support its efforts to develop a replacement for analog night-vision goggles that combat pilots currently use. “[The goggles] … increase g-force pressures on […] More

  • MDA Tests Missile Intercept Functions of SM-3, Aegis BMD System - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    MDA Tests Missile Intercept Functions of SM-3, Aegis BMD System

    The Missile Defense Agency has worked with U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. Navy to conduct four tests on the interception functions of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system and Raytheon missiles. MDA said Monday the Multi-Mission Warfare flight test events featured the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 weapon system configuration and the Standard Missile-6 Dual I and Standard Missile-2 Block […] More

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