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Defense Daily, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 54

Aerospace Sales Seen Rising This Year And Next, AIA Forecasts By Calvin Biesecker After a slight decline in 2013, U.S. aerospace sales are expected to increase in 2014 and 2015, driven mainly by the commercial aircraft sector this year and a combination of the commercial and military sectors next year, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) [...]

The Fire Scout MQ-8C. Photo by Northrop Grumman.

Navy To Compete Radar For Larger Fire Scout

The Navy plans to launch a competition early next year for a radar system that will deploy on the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, the service’s program manager said Wednesday. Capt. Jeff Dodge of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said the Navy is aiming to issue the request for proposals (RFP) in the first quarter [...]

F-35A conventional Air Force variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Photo: Air Force.

DoD Awards Japan, Australia Pacific Regional F-35 Maintenance Work

The Defense Department on Wednesday selected Japan and Australia to provide the Asia-Pacific portion of its global F-35 airframe and engine sustainment posture. Japan will provide airframe maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the northern Asia-Pacific while Australia will manage the airframe posture for the southern half of the region. Both capabilities are [...]

A U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle, the kind of unmanned aircraft that is to use the new GBSAA System radar at Fort Hood, Texas. Photo: U.S. Army.

Army Installs First Ground Based Sense And Avoid Radar At Fort Hood

The U.S. Army installed the first Ground-Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) system radar at Ford Hood, Texas, it said on Monday. Fort Hood has two MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) companies and is one of five installations that are to acquire the system. This GBSAA is the first of a set of radar [...]

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Aerospace Sales Seen Rising This Year And Next, AIA Forecasts

After a slight decline in 2013, U.S. aerospace sales are expected to increase in 2014 and 2015, driven mainly by the commercial aircraft sector this year and a combination of the commercial and military sectors next year, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) predicts in their annual year-end forecast. Sales related to military aircraft, missiles and [...]

Defense Daily, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 53

L-3 Selling Commercial Marine Business To Wartsila By Calvin Biesecker L-3 Communications [LLL] yesterday said it has agreed to sell its Germany-based Marine Systems International (MSI) business, which is mainly focused on the commercial ship industry, to Finland’s Wartsila Corp. for $355.9 million in cash. Wartsila said MSI is expected to generate about $500 million [...]

DTECH Labs tacical router. Photo: DTECH LABS

Cubic Acquires Military Communications Company

Cubic [CUB] on Tuesday said it has acquired DTECH LABS, Inc., a provider of modular networking and baseband communications equipment, for $114.5 million. The deal includes $15 million of contingent consideration. Cubic expects the deal to be accretive to earnings beginning in fiscal year 2016. “DTECH is the first step in our near-term strategy to [...]

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Army Wants Lighter Weapons, Body Armor For Future Units

The Army wants lighter body armor and weapons as well as a future fighting vehicle to restore a greater degree of tactical ability in future combat, according to a top general. Director of Army Capabilities and Integration Center (ARCIC) and Deputy Commanding General, Future, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster [...]

Coast Guard air crew unhook a MQ-8B Fire Scout during a test on the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. Photo: Coast Guard

Fire Scout UAS Flies Off Coast Guard Cutter

Northrop Grumman [NOC] on Tuesday said that an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system (UAS) earlier this month flew off a Coast Guard cutter for the first time as part of the service’s ongoing efforts to determine a way forward for acquiring ship-borne UAS. The Dec. 5 flight occurred on the National Security Cutter Bertholf [...]