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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy complete first arrested landing of a tailless UA aboard an aircraft carrier

Aerospace & Defense
Northrop Grumman
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Northrop Grumman Corp. and the U.S. Navy have completed the first arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) carrier demonstration aircraft on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).


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Navy awards contract for Next Generation Jammer technology development

Naval Air System Command
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The Navy awarded a $279.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract July 8 that will transform how the service executes its Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) mission.


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Thales wins contract from French Defense Procurement Agency

International
Thales Alenia Space
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Thales Alenia Space has signed a study contract with French defense Procurement Agency (DGA) to enhance communications between ground and military mission aircraft through a telecommunication satellite without interruption during extreme flying conditions.


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ITT Exelis to design advanced receiver for next-generation weather satellite

Aerospace & Defense
ITT Exelis
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ITT Exelis has received a $3.2 million contract from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to design an advanced receiver chain for the U.S. Air Force Weather Satellite Follow-on (WSF) program. The new design will improve measurements of ocean surface winds used for severe weather forecasting.


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UAV market worth $8.3 B by 2018

MarketsandMarkets
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According to a new market research report "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013-2018)", authored by MarketsandMarkets, the total global UAV market (2013-2018) is expected to reach $8,351.1 million by 2018 with a CAGR of 3.30%.


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ITT Exelis SideHat and Rifleman radios receive NSA certification

ITT Exelis
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ITT Exelis received National Security Agency (NSA) certifications for its SideHat and the Soldier Radio-Rifleman (SR-R) radios. Certification allows the radios to operate up to the "SECRET" level and be fully integrated into the U.S. Army's tactical communications network. 


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Raytheon unveils Excalibur projectile with dual-mode guidance

Raytheon Co.
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Raytheon Co. has initiated an internally funded program to enhance its combat-proven 155mm Excalibur GPS-guided projectile with a new guidance and navigation unit (GNU) with a semi-active laser (SAL) end-game targeting capability. Addition of the SAL seeker will allow the munition to attack moving targets, attack targets that have re-positioned after firing, or change the impact point to avoid casualties and collateral damage.


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Selex ES completes key milestone of NATO ACCS L16@29Kft Project

Selex ES
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Selex ES successfully conducted the Test Readiness Review (TRR) for Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of the Link 16 Equipment Suite (L16ES) for the ACCS L16@29Kft Project.


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Cassidian presents programme to develop future UAS technologies

International
CASSIDIAN
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Cassidian has launched the Sagitta project that will conduct basic research into future Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), based on ‘open innovation’, under which research will be conducted in cooperation with German universities and institutes.


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Mercury Systems receives $3.6M for integrated microwave assemblies for EW application

Mercury Systems Inc.
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Mercury Systems Inc., a best-of- breed provider of commercially developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced it received $3.6M in follow-on orders from a leading defense prime contractor for integrated microwave assemblies (IMAs) for an airborne electronic warfare (EW) application. The orders are expected to be shipped by the end of Mercury’s fiscal 2014 third quarter.


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