Posts from ExecutiveBiz for 04/06/2018

State Dept Clears $1.3B Sale of Self-Propelled Howitzer Structures to Saudi Arabia

The State Department has approved a potential $1.3 billion foreign military sale of 155mm M109A5/A6 medium self-propelled howitzer structures and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia asked to buy 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer structures from the U…
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NASA Taps Aerospace to Study Earth’s Atmospheric, Ionospheric Changes

Aerospace has received a $2.85 million NASA grant to study the gradual changes occurring in the atmosphere and ionosphere of earth. The research effort will make use of six CubeSat units that will compose the Daily Atmospheric Ionospheric Limb Imager, the company said Thursday…
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Drive System Design Unveils New Facility to Aid Defense Vehicle Development

Drive System Design‘s North American subsidiary has established a new facility in Michigan to support the design, test and development of defense vehicles. The facility is meant to help the defense industry build vehicles that consume less fuel without compromising lethality or passenger safety, the engineering consultancy said Friday…
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MBDA Tests Compact Missile Using Lockheed Standalone Launcher

Lockheed Martin and MBDA have wrapped up qualification tests of the latter’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile from Lockheed’s Extensible Launching System three-cell standalone launcher. MBDA said Thursday the ExLS launcher works to integrate new missiles and munitions into naval surface warships that are equipped with Lockheed’s Mk 41 vertical launching system…
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General Atomics’ Avenger RPA Conducts Nearly 24-Hour Continuous Flight

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has flown an extended-range version of its Avenger remotely piloted aircraft for 23.4 hours continuously. The Avenger Extended Range RPA set a new endurance record and surpassed a flight test goal of 20 hours, General Atomics said Thursday…
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Lockheed to Implement SAS Analytics Tech in Aircraft Programs

Lockheed Martin has partnered with SAS to integrate analytics technology into the Bethesda, Maryland-based company’s F-35, C-130J and LM-100J aircraft programs. Lockheed said Thursday it will implement SAS’ Viya-powered products to increase cross-platform collaboration among aircraft sustainment professionals and help them obtain insights with the use of artificial intelligence tools…
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NOAA Moves to Expedite Remote Sensing Tech Approval Process

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office has moved to accelerate its licensing process for commercial Earth imaging systems, SpaceNews reported Thursday…
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Report: DARPA Plans ViaSat Radio Purchase for Tactical Undersea Network Architectures Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Wednesday plans for a sole-source purchase of a handheld Link 16 radio terminal from ViaSat in support of the agency’s Tactical Undersea Network Architectures program, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Thursday…
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GSA EIS Contractors Test Business Support Systems

A new General Services Administration report says vendors that won spots on a potential 15-year, $50 billion contract for telecommunications services have made progress in testing back-office systems they will implement in support of that contract, FCW reported Thursday…
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Kratos Opens Tactical/Target UAS Facility in Australia

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has established a facility in New South Wales, Australia, that will offer target/tactical autonomous drones and range support systems to defense clients in the country…
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Australia’s Request for $148M in M795 Howitzer Ammo Gets State Dept Approval

The State Department has approved Australia’s request to buy M795 155mm high-explosive projectiles from the U.S. government under a potential $148 million foreign military sales transaction. Australia plans to use the howitzer ammunition to build up homeland defense capability, deter regional threats and meet its operational readiness training needs, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Thursday…
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NASA May Add Crew Member to Boeing’s Manned Flight Test Under Contract Modification

NASA has modified its contract with Boeing for the transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station in a move that could potentially extend crewed flight test to up to six months and add a third crew member to the test flight…
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VIDEO: Arctic Edge 18

Arctic Edge is a biennial, large-scale, joint-training exercise that prepares and tests the U.S. military’s ability to operate tactically in the extreme cold-weather conditions found in Arctic environments…
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