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Secretary of U.S. Air Force stresses importance of partnering with industry

Secretary of U.S. Air Force stresses importance of partnering with industry

FORT WORTH, Texas, 26 Aug. 2015. "Partnerships with industry are as critical today as they've ever been," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said, stressing the importance of government and defense agencies working closely with technology firms. Officials at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company in Fort Worth, hosted Sec. James, who appreciated seeing “firsthand the capabilities and advancements being developed to address future national security needs."

Anatolij Legenzov, the CEO of Helisota

MROs in India not ready for wave of Russian helicopters, Helisota officials say

KAUNAS, Lithuania, 18 Aug. 2015. India operates one of the largest rotorcraft fleets in the world, with the military employing more than 2,000 helicopters; yet, the country’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industry sector is lacking, according to executives at MRO services firm Helisota, with headquarters in Lithuania.

Lockheed Martin wins commercial Atlas launch contract for EchoStar XIX communications satellite

Lockheed Martin wins commercial Atlas launch contract for EchoStar XIX communications satellite

DENVER, 11 Aug. 2015. EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ:SATS) officials sought a provider of commercial launch services for its EchoStar XIX communications satellite, scheduled to launch in late 2016 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. They found their launch provider in Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT).

Harris to deliver $29 million in avionics to enhance airborne targeting

Harris to deliver $29 million in avionics to enhance airborne targeting

MELBOURNE, Fla., 30 July 2015. U.S. Navy seeking to enhance the targeting capabilities of flight crews on U.S. Navy and Australian F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft have selected Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) in Melbourne, Fla., to provide key avionics components.

Is ‘flying gun’ UAS video a smoking gun?

Is ‘flying gun’ UAS video a smoking gun?

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG. A 14-second video, posted to YouTube by a user named Hogwit, is causing a great deal of controversy. Admittedly, it’s not as controversial as the Portland, Maine, diner owner yelling at a crying infant this week… but it’s a much-debated topic today, especially among aerospace professionals and hobbyists.

A case for airports: management confronts challenges

A case for airports: management confronts challenges

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has reviewed the current state of play of ratings for U.S. publicly owned airports, which we believe to be an underrated sector. This sector has experienced no defaults, and airport management, which KBRA believes is underemphasized by others, has performed a critical role in confronting the challenges this sector has faced over a prolonged period.

Digital aircraft, 3D printing

Why digital is flying high in aerospace and defense

Throughout the aerospace and defense industry, executives are capitalizing on a wide range of digital business and technology opportunities. Their aim is to become across-the-board, digitally enabled extended enterprises.

Lockheed Martin to strengthen helicopter portfolio with Sikorsky Aircraft acquisition

Lockheed Martin to strengthen helicopter portfolio with Sikorsky Aircraft acquisition

BETHESDA, Md., 22 July 2015. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft, maker of military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft based in Stratford, Conn., for $9.0 billion from United Technologies Corp. (UTC).

U.S. Navy orders $7.6 million in Communications & Power Industries radomes for EW system

U.S. Navy orders $7.6 million in Communications & Power Industries radomes for EW system

PALO ALTO, Calif., 22 July 2015. The Radant Technologies Division of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) won $7.6 million in multi-year orders for radomes and related services to support a U.S. Navy airborne electronic warfare system.

Canada expands Blue Sky air transport agreements, adding Nigeria, Mali, and Oman

Canada expands Blue Sky air transport agreements, adding Nigeria, Mali, and Oman

OTTAWA, 21 July 2015. Government officials in Canada are proactively establishing air transport agreements with other nations under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which enables Canadian airlines to better serve passengers travelling between Canada and these countries. This week, officials announced agreements with Nigeria, Mali, and Oman. 

Boeing: More than 1 million commercial airline pilots, maintenance technicians needed

Boeing: More than 1 million commercial airline pilots, maintenance technicians needed

OSHKOSH, Wis., 21 July 2015. Airlines worldwide will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians between 2015 and 2034, according to the 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook from Boeing [NYSE:BA].

How can high tech generate more service revenues?

How can high tech generate more service revenues?

By Christian Kelly
Many high tech companies, such as aerospace and software manufacturers, are looking for ways to grow their businesses. Growth may be attainable by managing their information technology in new ways.

DLA Energy supports NASA New Horizons spacecraft in Pluto mission

DLA Energy supports NASA New Horizons spacecraft in Pluto mission

The Defense Logistics Agency Energy’s support now extends to the edge of the solar system as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reaches Pluto. Propellants used along the spacecraft’s journey, as well as the fuel and other products used in the Atlas V rocket that launched New Horizons were all procured, stored, and transported by DLA Energy.

Wind River harnesses LDRA tool suite to meet DO-178 compliance and certification needs

Wind River harnesses LDRA tool suite to meet DO-178 compliance and certification needs

WIRRAL, England, 10 July 2015. Wind River personnel in Alameda, Calif., sought the ability to test and verify the quality of its software internally, as well as to assist customers in qualifying and certifying solutions for aerospace and defense applications. They found their solution at LDRA, maker of standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools in Wirral, England.  

AdaCore Co-founder/President Robert Dewar loses battle with cancer at 70

AdaCore Co-founder/President Robert Dewar loses battle with cancer at 70

The global computer science community lost a pioneer on 30 June 2015 with the passing of AdaCore President and Co-founder Dr. Robert Dewar. Dr. Dewar served as the company’s CEO until 2012 and as its President until he succumbed to cancer at his home near Bennington, Vermont. 

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