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An MV-22 Osprey lands aboard the USS New York LPD 21 amphibious transport dock in this Aug. 2014 photo. The ship was built at Avondale and delivered in 2009. Photo: HII

Huntington Ingalls Sells Avondale Shipyard

Four years after closing its shipyard in Avondale, La., Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on Thursday said the facility has been sold to a joint venture consisting of a terminal operator and redevelopment company. Terms of the sale to Avondale Marine, which consists of T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, were not disclosed. A spokeswoman […]

Sikorsky S-97 Raider during its first flight in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider Prototype Meets, Beats 200 Knots in Level Flight

Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider light attack prototype has exceeded 200 knots in level forward flight and is expected to continue ramping up to at least 220 knots, a speed unachievable in a traditional helicopter. Experimental Test Pilot Bill Fell said the Raider, which features dual coaxial rigid main rotors for lift and an aft propulsor, is […]

United Flexible's products include composite hoses. Photo: United Flexible

Smiths Group To Acquire United Flexible For $345 Million

Britain’s Smiths Group plc on Thursday said it has agreed to buy Illinois-based United Flexible for $345 million in a deal that adds new solutions for its aerospace and industrial product suite around tubing and hoses for fluid and fuel transfer and expands its geographic footprint. The transaction is expected to close in the second […]

The space-based infrared system GEO-5 satellite (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Selects Potential Payload Providers for Next-Gen Missile Warning System

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has down-selected Raytheon [RTN] and a Northrop Grumman [NOC]-Ball Aerospace [BLL] team to compete to provide the mission payload for the Air Force’s next-generation missile warning satellite system, the company said Oct. 4. This competition will be part of the Phase 1 contract for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) Block O […]


Army Launches Prototype Competition For Future Light Attack Aircraft

The Army has officially kicked off a competition for industry to design its next light scout aircraft, called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA. Details of the program were published Oct. 3 in a solicitation on the government’s contracting website. The Army lays out a four-phase competitive prototyping effort that should yield operational, experimental […]

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Team JSTARS install engine inlet covers after completing a preflight inspection on an E-8C Joint STARS during exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 16, 2018. Valiant Shield 18 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. Team JSTARS, consisting of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th ACW, active duty personnel assigned to the 461st ACW and Army JSTARS, provides a unique, manned, joint airborne command control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to combatant commanders worldwide. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons)

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract to Upgrade JSTARS Computers

Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to supply upgrades to the Air Force’s E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft as the service hones its plan for a follow-on network of systems. The company was awarded a $17.5 million contract for a fifth-generation upgrade to the aircraft’s central computers on Sept. 27. The upgrade, which […]

An AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) impacting target. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Wins $171 Million Contract For More AARGMs

Northrop Grumman [NOC] won a $171 million U.S. Navy contract for Lot 7 full rate production of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGMs), the company announced Tuesday. This award covers U.S., Italian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force users of the AARGM. The AARGM supersonic, air-launched tactical missile upgrades the legacy Raytheon [RTN] […]

Ethical hackers participate in the Hack the Marine Corps bug bounty program. Photo: HackerOne.

Marine Corps Ethical Hacking Program Discovers 150 Network Security Flaws

Hackers participating in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program found 150 unique vulnerabilities in the Marine Corps’ public-facing websites, officials said Wednesday. The Pentagon paid out $150,000 to ethical hackers as part of the Hack the Marine Corps program to find potential areas of exploitation in the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. “Hack the Marine Corps […]


In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]

The V-280 Valor prototype on the flight line at Bell's Amarillo, Texas, manufacturing facility. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Bell Developing Future Light Scout Aircraft For U.S. Army

While flight testing the Black Hawk-sized V-280 advanced tiltrotor, Bell [TXT] also has developed a smaller aircraft in anticipation of the U.S. Army’s need for a light scout aircraft, according to CEO Mitch Snyder. While the Army initially prioritized a medium-sized long-range assault aircraft in the size range of a Black Hawk, earlier this year […]