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RAF Begins Training On Puma Mk2 After Multi-Million Upgrade

The U.K. Ministry of Defense and Defense Equipment and Support on Nov. 26 said the Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun training on the Puma Mk2 helicopter after an approximately $421 million upgrade. The ministry said the upgrade, conducted by EADS unit Eurocopter, includes new engines which give them 35 percent more power and improved fuel efficiency […]

Air Force Formally Chooses Sikorsky For Combat Rescue Helicopter

The Air Force formally announced on Nov. 22 it is going with Sikorsky for the potentially $6.8 billion Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program.  “We received one proposal,” Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen said in a statement. “That offer, from Sikorsky Aircraft Company, has provided an acceptable technical solution.” Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], […]

Bell To Deliver First 412EPI Helicopter To Australia

Bell Helicopter said it has signed a purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police in Sydney for its 412EPI helicopters.  The company–a division of Textron [TXT]–said the aircraft will be the first 412EPI to fly in Australia. The 412PEI is an upgraded version of the medium lift, utility helicopter. The enhancements include the Bell […]

Northrop Grumman Begins Production On NATO Global Hawk

The first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft, configured to meet NATO operational requirements, has started down the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Moss Point, Miss., Unmanned Systems Center. NATO representatives, state dignitaries, community leaders and Northrop Grumman employees gathered Dec. 3 to celebrate the start of production for the first […]


L-3 Communications [LLL] has received a $1 million order from the Transportation Security Administration to provide parts, services and support in support of the company’s eXaminer 6600 medium-speed Explosive Detection Systems that are used to screen checked baggage at Boston Logan International Airport. The task order covers the period from Oct. 29, 2013 until Sept. […]

U.N. Deploys Drones For First Time In Peacekeeping Mission

The United Nations force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deployed two drones on Dec. 3 to monitor borders, marking the first time unmanned systems have been used in an international peacekeeping mission, the world body said.  The drones were launched in a northern area of the African country to watch the borders with […]

TSA R&D Strategy Includes Six Goals, 25 Priority Investment Areas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established six research and development (R&D) goals to guide technology investments for transportation security, including several or more priority areas within each goal. The six goals were outlined in July by the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the finishing touches […]

Akamai To Acquire Cloud-Based Security Provider Prolexic Technologies

Cloud services provider Akamai Technologies, Inc. [AKAM] has agreed to acquire Prolexic Technologies in a $370 million cash deal that would boost is security solutions capabilities and add new customers, particularly in the financial sector. Akamai said the acquisition, if factored into 2013 results, would double the size of its security business by adding about […]

DARPA Selects Rockwell Collins To Develop Next-Gen Software-Defined Radio Prototype

Rockwell Collins [COL] yesterday said it received a three-year, up to $8.5 million contract, from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a direct conversion digital receiver based on photonic technology under the DISARMER program. Image: Rockwell Collins A single DISARMER digital receiver may replace multiple pieces of equipment, enable field reconfiguration and […]

TransDigm To Acquire Aerial Delivery Systems Company Airborne Systems

TransDigm Group Inc. [TDG] yesterday said it has agreed to acquire Airborne Systems Inc. for $250 million in cash, giving it a range of products for aerial delivery. Airborne Systems’ Dragonfly guided precision aerial delivery system. Photo: Airborne Systems The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 pending regulatory approvals. Airborne […]