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Northrop Grumman Wraps Up C-Manpads Demo Program, Removing Pod From Civilian Aircraft

By Dave Ahearn LINTHICUM, Md.–Northrop Grumman [NOC] yesterday wrapped up a multi-year demonstration program in which it installed a laser system on airliners to defeat shoulder-mounted man-portable weapons that terrorists might fire at the civilian planes. The end of the Northrop Grumman portion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-funded Phase III program ($105 million […]

ATK In Technology Development Pact With Ad Astra

Alliant Techsystems [ATK] and Ad Astra Rocket Company yesterday said they have signed a Technology Development Alliance aimed at exploring how both companies can work together to develop in-space propulsion systems for lunar and planetary missions. For Ad Astra, the arrangement gives the small Texas-based firm an opportunity to work with a leader in rocket […]

Air Force Mulls Building Reactors At Two Bases

By George Lobsenz The Air Force is considering a pilot program to deploy small nuclear power reactors at two of its bases, saying it would complement its ongoing alternative energy development efforts and provide more insurance against any widespread disruption in grid-provided electricity. In their most extensive comments to date on their interest in nuclear […]

GAO May Extend Air Force’s Tanker-Response Deadline, Expects A Hearing

By Emelie Rutherford The Government Accountability Office may extend the Air Force’s deadline for responding to Boeing’s [BA] protest of the service’s award of its tanker contract to a rival, and the GAO likely will hold a closed hearing before issuing a decision, a spokesman said. In addition, Northrop Grumman [NOC]–which with partners including European […]

Raytheon Continues ‘Revolutionary’ Upgrades To AIM-9X, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] is adding a data link to its AIM-9X Block I Sidewinder missile that will enable in-flight target updating of the missile, a Navy official said. Since entering full-rate production in 2004, the AIM-9X Block I has been a revolution in air-to-air missiles, Capt. Jeff Penfield, program manager for air-to-air missile […]

Navy Needs To Invest In ISR, Maintain ASW Advantages, CNO Says

The Navy needs to expand its investments in the "kill chain" to include more focus on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as command and control, according to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Additionally, the service needs to maintain its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities through acquiring advanced systems as well as maintaining the skills […]

GD Successfully Integrates LCS Mission Package Computing Environment

General Dynamics [GD] and the Navy have successfully integrated the Mission Package Computing Environment (MPCE) for USS Independence (LCS-2), the company said last week. The MPCE, which is located in the secondary integrated command and control room, provides the operator interface for the control and monitoring of mission package operations. GD started building LCS-2 in […]

Accident Investigation Begins On B-2 Bomber Crash

By Emelie Rutherford An Air Force Accident Investigation Board on Monday started investigating the February crash of a B-2 bomber, and will ultimately release its findings to the public, a service spokesman said. The board is run out of Whiteman AFB, Mo., and has a target deadline of 30 days for finishing its work, said […]

Boeing To Gain New Sole Source Ground-based Midcourse Defense Contract

By Dave Ahearn The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will negotiate a sole-source contract for Boeing [BA] to continue leading the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, according to an MDA notice Friday and Boeing officials who spoke yesterday. They declined to specify the possible dollar amount of the new contract, saying that Boeing now is in a […]

Raytheon Introduces Concrete Smasher For Urban Search And Rescue

By Calvin Biesecker Raytheon [RTN] has developed and demonstrated a rapid concrete breaking technology that can be used by urban search and rescue teams to work more quickly in disaster situations than current technologies allow. The Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT), which was developed under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) rapid technology application program, […]