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DHS Announces Grant Guidance To Help States Implement REAL ID

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week issued grant guidance and application kits to help states prepare for the implementation of REAL ID compliant drivers’ licenses beginning May 11. Individual states or states acting in groups will be able to apply for $31.3 million in demonstration grants, which are aimed at checking motor vehicle […]

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Wins Test By Killing Target Missile With SM-3 Interceptor

The Japanese destroyer Kongo yesterday employed its Aegis weapon control system to guide a Standard Missile-3 to destroy a U.S. target missile. It was the first time that an allied nation has used the Aegis/SM-3 ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in a test. Japanese self-defense forces have moved to develop a BMD capability in the […]

General Dynamics Declares Success For FCS Robotic Convoy Experiment

General Dynamics [GD] Robotic Systems yesterday announced the successful completion of Phase I of the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Robotic Convoy Experiment (RCX) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. "We received positive results from our team at White Sands," Phil Cory, president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems, said. "The current preparations position us for a […]

United Kingdom Requests 170 MRAP Vehicles

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Dec. 17 notified Congress of a possible $147 million Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as well as associated equipment and services. The United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 170 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category II vehicles, tools […]

NASA Gives Boeing $799.5 Million Contract For Ares I Rocket Avionics

The Boeing Co. [BA] beat out Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [BLL] to win an up-to $799.5 million avionics instrument unit contract for the Ares I upper stage rocket that someday will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle into space and on to the moon, NASA leaders announced in a news conference. That award completes […]

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Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]

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Northrop To Vie For Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program Segment Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] will compete for a piece of the work on the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program, the company announced. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) last month issued a request for information (RFI) for the GMD segment follow-on effort, and responses must be […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

DoD Announces Winning Foreign And Innovative Domestic Concepts For FY ’08

By Michael Sirak An enhanced bomb rack for the F-16 fighter aircraft, new three-dimensional displays for visualization of the battlespace, and a more sensitive biological agent sensor are among the 29 promising domestic and foreign concepts that Pentagon officials have selected to evaluate starting in FY ’08, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced Dec. 13. […]