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Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

STERLING, Va., 27 Feb. 2015. Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business, is unveiling the beta release of its RVcloud web-based Electronic Light Table (ELT), providing many of the image exploitation capabilities in its RemoteView geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) software.

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

CHANTILLY, Va., 26 Feb. 2015. Engility Holdings Inc. (NYSE:EGL) has completed its acquisition of TASC Inc. for approximately $1.3 billion, creating “a leading government services provider with a customer footprint that spans the federal services market,” officials say.

Saab Aeronautics selects Exelis pneumatic missile eject launchers

Saab Aeronautics selects Exelis pneumatic missile eject launchers

BRIGHTON, England, 25 Feb. 2015. Saab Aeronautics officials in Stockholm, Sweden, have selected Exelis (NYSE:XLS), with headquarters in McLean, Va., to develop, supply, and support Pneumatic Missile Eject Launcher pylons (PMEL) for use on Saab’s next-generation Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft.

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Marion C. Blakey, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), is leaving her post of the past seven years to assume the position of president and CEO of Rolls Royce North America.

Marion Blakey leaves Aerospace Industries Association

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Marion C. Blakey, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), is leaving her post of the past seven years to assume the position of president and CEO of Rolls Royce North America.

RESTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Rolls-Royce officials have appointed Marion C. Blakey as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

AIA’s Blakey named president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America

RESTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Rolls-Royce officials have appointed Marion C. Blakey as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

Australian Army to train personnel on Rockwell Collins Joint Fires Observer/Joint Terminal Attack Controller simulator

Australian Army to train personnel on Rockwell Collins Joint Fires Observer/Joint Terminal Attack Controller simulator

GEELONG, Australia, 24 Feb. 2015. Australian Army officials needed a training and simulation solution capable of meeting all the service’s training requirements now and into the foreseeable future. They found their system at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

VPT expands high-reliability, COTS line with encapsulated, 250-watt DC-DC converter

VPT expands high-reliability, COTS line with encapsulated, 250-watt DC-DC converter

BLACKSBURG, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI) with headquarters in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing the latest addition to the company’s high-reliability commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product line – VPT250-2800S Series single output 250-watt isolated DC-DC converters – to meet growing power conversion needs in military vehicles, weapons, and rugged systems requiring high reliability.

Boeing to upgrade electronics in four Japan AWACS surveillance aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 23 Feb. 2015. Airborne electronics experts at the Boeing Co., will continue the process of avionics upgrades on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $402.8 million contract modification announced on 13 Feb.

U.S. Army orders 41 Airbus UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters

U.S. Army orders 41 Airbus UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 23 Feb. 2015. Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Herndon Va., will provide the U.S. Army with 41 UH-72A Lakota utility helicopters equipped with airborne radios under terms of a $220.6 million contract.

Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins debut rotary-wing simulator, enter military flight simulation market

Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins debut rotary-wing simulator, enter military flight simulation market

BANGALORE, 20 Feb. 2015. Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins have jointly unveiled a next-generation, rotary-wing simulator at Aero India 2015 in Bangalore. The companies are partnering and combining their strengths in simulation and training to offer advanced and high-fidelity military flight simulation solutions.

Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung upgrades historic aircraft with Sandel avionics

Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung upgrades historic aircraft with Sandel avionics

HAMBURG, Germany, 19 Feb. 2015. Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung officials in Hamburg, Germany, worked with Sandel Avionics Inc. authorized dealer Avionik Straubing to upgrade the organization’s “Aunt Ju” Junker Ju 52 historic aircraft with the installation of an avionics package that includes duel Sandel SN4500s, dual SG102s, and dual ST3400s.

Egypt to equip forces with Dassault Rafale combat aircraft with Thales systems

Egypt to equip forces with Dassault Rafale combat aircraft with Thales systems

CAIRO, 19 Feb. 2015. Egyptian authorities have selected 24 Dassault Rafale omnirole combat aircraft and one FREMM multi-mission frigate to equip the Egyptian forces.

Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 19 Feb. 2015. Boeing [NYSE:BA] will build for SES S.A. a new, all-electric 702SP satellite that will enable SES’s airline customers to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) over North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

General Atomics to build 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack UAS in $279.1 million contract

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 16 Feb. 2015. Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designers at General Atomics in Poway, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones under terms of a $279.1 million contract announced earlier this month.

Navy chooses JBT Corp. to provide next-gen shipboard aircraft electric power plant

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 16 Feb. 2015. U.S. Navy aircraft experts have chosen John Bean Technologies (JBT) Corp. in Ogden, Utah, to design and build a new-generation mobile shipboard power generator for Navy and Marine Corps aircraft based on aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

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