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Department of Defense officials name MRO&U assignments for F-35 airframes and engines

Department of Defense officials name MRO&U assignments for F-35 airframes and engines

WASHINGTON, 18 Dec. 2014. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul, and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the Asia Pacific Region.

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, 17 Dec. 2014. Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) are using energy-rich tobacco plants from South African farmers to aid in the production of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Sierra Nevada to provide upgrade kits for carrier precision-approach landing systems

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 15 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy carrier aviation experts needed upgrade kits to improve the AN/SPN-46 automatic carrier landing system. They found their solution from Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev.

Northrop Grumman moves to next phase of DARPA aircraft laser missile-defense program

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Dec. 2014. Laser weapons experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., are moving forward with a military research program to use lasers for defending manned and unmanned military aircraft from heat-seeking missiles.

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Maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade facilities named for F-35 military airframes, engines in Europe

WASHINGTON, 12 Dec. 2014. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have issued the first F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) facility assignments. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance, and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years.

BAE Systems to acquire Eclipse Electronic Systems, specializing in ISR, from Esterline

BAE Systems to acquire Eclipse Electronic Systems, specializing in ISR, from Esterline

ARLINGTON, Va., 12 Dec. 2014. BAE Systems has entered into an agreement with Esterline Corp. for the proposed acquisition of its wholly owned subsidiary, Eclipse Electronic Systems Inc., for approximately $28 million, subject to closing adjustments.

DGA acquires ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master radars to boost France’s airspace surveillance

DGA acquires ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master radars to boost France’s airspace surveillance

MASSY, France, 12 Dec. 2014. ThalesRaytheonSystems won a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA to supply French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and four mobile tactical Ground Master 200 radars. The contract also includes installation and civil engineering work for the 12 Ground Master 400 radars.

WIRRAL, U.K., 11 Dec. 2014. LDRA has integrated the LDRA tool suite with the next-generation Wind River VxWorks 7 real-time operating system (RTOS) to achieve compliance with industry safety- and security-critical standards.

LDRA unveils software verification on VxWorks 7 platform

WIRRAL, U.K., 11 Dec. 2014. LDRA has integrated the LDRA tool suite with the next-generation Wind River VxWorks 7 real-time operating system (RTOS) to achieve compliance with industry safety- and security-critical standards.

Mercury Systems to deliver open-architecture subsystems for military airborne sensor processing

Mercury Systems to deliver open-architecture subsystems for military airborne sensor processing

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 11 Dec. 2014. Mercury Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:MRCY) will deliver open-architecture electronic subsystems in support of a sensor-processing application on fighter aircraft under a $2.6 million purchase order from an unnamed military customer.

Indian Navy fills multi-role helicopter requirement with Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk aircraft

Indian Navy fills multi-role helicopter requirement with Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk aircraft

STRATFORD, Conn., 10 Dec. 2014. Indian Navy officials needed a multi-role helicopter for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW), and to fulfill other maritime roles. They found their solution at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) in Stratford, Conn.

eXtremeDB embedded database system compatible with AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Toolset for Ada programming language

eXtremeDB embedded database system compatible with AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Toolset for Ada programming language

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., 9 Dec. 2014. McObject’s eXtremeDB In-Memory Database System (IMDS) has been tested and proven compatible with AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Ada development environment.

Risk analysis and staying informed help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

Risk analysis and staying informed can help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

If you’ve been keeping up with conversations around the hangar, you’ve likely noticed all the talk these days about supply-chain management in aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Supply-chain management techniques, including supply-chain mapping and risk analysis, have emerged as major contributors to efficient aviation maintenance and repair.

Navy looks to Hood Tech to provide non-contact jet engine blade vibration and monitoring

RIDGECREST, Calif., 8 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy flight-test experts needed a company that specializes in to in-flight aircraft jet engine blade vibration and monitoring to help conduct flight tests on the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jump jet. They found their solution from Hood Tech Corp. in Hood River, Ore.

Arête to build UAS multispectral sensor payload to protect attacking Marines from hidden mines

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 8 Dec. 2014. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) sensor payload experts at Arête Associates in Tucson, Ariz., are building UAS-based multispectral sensors to detect and pinpoint mines and obstacles in beach surf zones to help keep Marines safe during amphibious attacks.

Lightning and surge protection for top-mount electronics introduced by Times Microwave

WALLINGFORD, Conn., 8 Dec. 2014. Times Microwave Systems in Wallingford, Conn., is introducing the Times-Protect LP-GTV-T series of DC pass RF lightning and surge protection products for applications requiring DC voltage and current to power tower top-mounted electronics.

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