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U.S. Marine Corps declares F-35B operational, gains first sea-based 5th generation strike fighter capability

U.S. Marine Corps declares F-35B operational, gains first sea-based 5th generation strike fighter capability

YUMA, Ariz., 31 July 2015. U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35B stealth multirole military fighter jets ready for worldwide deployment.

Secure, Lockheed Martin-built AEHF military satellite communications network now operational

Secure, Lockheed Martin-built AEHF military satellite communications network now operational

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 31 July 2015. The Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite network, considered to be among the world’s most impenetrable satellite communications (SatCom) systems, is now operational. The U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.K. now have a modern, operational protected network to connect their militaries when responding to global crises, officials say.

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.

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U.S. military evaluates RADA tactical multi-mission hemispheric radar

NETANYA, Israel, 28 July 2015. U.S. military officials have purchased a Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) from RADA Electronic Industries (NASDAQ:RADA) of Netanya, Israel, to test and evaluate its capabilities. RADA will deliver the MHR, which also has been adopted by U.S. integrators, before the end of 2015.

Navy chooses digital HD electro-optical sensors from L-3 Wescam for P-8A Poseidon jet

LAKEHURST, N.J., 27 July 2015. U.S. Navy maritime surveillance experts needed high-altitude surveillance electro-optical sensors for the Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. They found their solution from L-3 Wescam in Burlington, Ontario.

Army orders 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS to go with others from last March

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 27 July 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as well as 19 satellite UAS control stations.

Open-systems architecture for airborne electro-optical sensor pods offered by Northrop Grumman

Open-systems architecture for airborne electro-optical sensor pods offered by Northrop Grumman

WASHINGTON, 27 July 2015. Electro-optical sensor experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are introducing a new sensor architecture to enable aircraft sensor technicians to swap sensors in theater using the same sensor pod.

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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.

AdaCore GNAT Pro development environment supports Wind River VxWorks 7 RTOS

AdaCore GNAT Pro development environment supports Wind River VxWorks 7 RTOS

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 22 July 2015. AdaCore has extended its Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) support with the GNAT Pro development environment on VxWorks 7. AdaCore engineers worked closely with Wind River professionals on this new product, ensuring that it would support both single- and multi-core systems, as well as other architectures.

Army considers multispectral and radar sensor fusion for helicopter pilots

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 20 July 2015. U.S. Army electro-optics experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to develop multi-spectral sensor fusion with a distributed aperture system (distributed aperture system) to help helicopter pilots fly fog, dust, smoke, darkness, and other degraded visual environment (DVE) conditions.

Northrop Grumman to enhance MQ-4C Triton UAV air-to-air radar

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 20 July 2015. U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to correct deficiencies in the air-to-air radar system aboard the MQ-4C Triton maritime patrol drone before making a production decision on the Triton by the end of this year.

Flexible rugged cabling for motion-control in avionics offered by Cicoil

VALENCIA, Calif., 20 July 2015. Cicoil Corp. in Valencia, Calif., is introducing the EZ-Flexx Motion Series Plus rugged cabling for high-performance motion-control in aerospace and defense applications.

Engineers complete ground tests of Storm Shadow on Euroflighter Typhoon military jet

Engineers complete ground tests of Storm Shadow on Euroflighter Typhoon military jet

WARTON, U.K., 17 July 2015. Engineers at Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi in Turin-Caselle, Italy, and at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, completed a series of ground-based tests of the Eurofighter Typhoon with MBDA’s Storm Shadow cruise missile, in preparation for flight trials to take place in the U.K. later this year.

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