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DHS Accepts First Section of Boeing-Developed Electronic Border Fence

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last Thursday fully accepted the first installment of an integrated electronic border security system that includes a common operating picture for Border Patrol agents responsible for manning a 28-mile stretch of the United States border with Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Friday. Final […]

Young Memo Calls Additional C-17 Buy Costly

By Jen DiMascio Buying more than 205 C-17 Globemaster aircraft to boost airlift capacity is too expensive, according to a memo by the Pentagon’s acquisition chief. During the process of certifying a program to replace engines on C-5 Galaxy aircraft, John Young also reviewed options for buying additional C-17 aircraft. "The higher costs of options […]

Orion-Ares Thrust Oscillation Problem Being Resolved

By Dave Ahearn Engineers are moving toward a solution for the thrust oscillation problems that threaten to cause severe vibration in the Ares rocket for the next-generation U.S. space system, including the Orion space capsule and astronauts inside it, a NASA official said. "I think we’re making great progress" in solving the problem, said David […]

At-Sea Sonar Training Vital For Maintaining Sub-Hunting Skills

By Geoff Fein Restrictions on the Navy’s ability to conduct large scale sonar exercises off the coast of Southern California cannot be remedied through lab training or by moving to other regions around the country or the planet, a Navy official said. Back in the Cold War the United States was going against Soviet submarines […]

Northrop Grumman To Provide MEADS Navigation/Localization System

Northrop Grumman [NOC] Feb. 19 announced MBDA Italia has selected the company to provide the navigation and localization system for the U.S., German and Italian Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman’s Italian subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Italia, will be responsible for the navigation […]

BAE’s 2007 Profit Dives On Sale of Stake In Airbus

Britain’s BAE Systems yesterday said net income last year fell 44 percent due to a one time benefit the company received in 2006 related to the sale of its stake in jet plane maker Airbus, which is owned by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. Net income last year was $1.8 billion versus $3.2 […]

Boeing Delivers First of Four Tanker Aircraft To Japan

Boeing [BA] recently delivered the first of four KC-767 aerial refueling tankers to Japan. "The KC-767 will have an immediate impact and significantly increase Japan’s capabilities," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in a statement. "This delivery also confirms Boeing’s standing as the world’s leading provider of aerial refueling tankers […]

Lockheed Martin, Flight Safety International, Partner Microsoft For ESP Platform

By Ann Roosevelt Microsoft [MSFT] took another step forward into the defense and aviation arena with its simulation ESP Platform, announcing two new industry parners: Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Flight Safety International. "As a simulation platform we can really help reduce the significant investments that these partners are making when they’re basically required to maintain […]

General Dynamics UK Begins Latest Bowman Communications Enhancements

General Dynamics [GD] United Kingdom Limited has begun rolling out enhanced communications and data capabilities for the Bowman tactical communications system. The U.K. Ministry of Defence has formally accepted the latest increment of Bowman, BCIP5, which stands for Bowman and ComBAT, Infrastructure and Platform BISA (CIP). Bowman is used by all three of the armed […]