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Cassidian produces the world's most advanced Eurofighter

The Eurofighter IPA 8 (Instrumented Production Aircraft 8) test aircraft has achieved an important production milestone at Cassidian in Manching: with the mounting of the right wing, the connection between the cockpit, vertical tail unit and wings with the fuselage has been completed.


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MathWorks adds capabilities to speed design with MATLAB and Simulink

Aerospace & Defense

MathWorks announced strengthened support for wireless communications and radar design with MATLAB and Simulink. Release 2013a now allow designers to speed up modeling and simulation within the familiar MATLAB and Simulink environments. 


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Cassidian to provide Canadian Airforce with latest radar technology

Cassidian has won a €50 million programme to equip the airfields of the Royal Canadian Airforce with latest-technology airport surveillance radars. The Canadian contracting authority Public Works and Services Canada has selected Cassidian to deliver seven of its ASR NG airport surveillance radars to improve the flight safety on Canadian airbases and to enhance the integration of military aviation into civil air traffic. Cassidian is working together with Lockheed Martin Canada as a strong local partner in this project.


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U.S. Army increases Harris IDIQ tactical communications contract ceiling by $500M

Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has received a $500 million increase in the ceiling value of its 2011 Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command.


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Raytheon helps MDA counter ballistic missile threat with delivery of 8th AN/TPY-2 radar

Raytheon Co. delivered its eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in support of the U.S. combatant commands. An integral capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), AN/TPY-2 is a mobile, X-band phased-array radar that helps protect the U.S., deployed forces, and America's friends and allies by searching, acquiring and tracking threat ballistic missiles and discriminating between threats and non-threats.


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Sierra Nevada Corp. delivers first LRIP U.S. Army mobile tower system

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) delivered the first low rate initial production (LRIP) Mobile Tower System (MOTS) to the United States Army ahead of schedule. The LRIP contract was awarded in March 2012 for 10 MOTS. 


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Richardson RFPD receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Richardson RFPD Inc. announced that it has received a 2012 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Richardson RFPD maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period.


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World government expenditures for space facing short-term decline

According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, Government Space Markets, World Prospects to 2022, government spending on space reached a peak in 2012 of $72.9 billion, a non-negligible increase compared to 2011 which followed two consecutive years of minimal growth.


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Raytheon helps missile defense agency counter ballistic missile threat

Raytheon Co. delivered its eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in support of the U.S. combatant commands. An integral capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), AN/TPY-2 is a mobile, X-Band phased-array radar that helps protect the U.S., deployed forces, and America's friends and allies by searching, acquiring and tracking threat ballistic missiles and discriminating between threats and non-threats.


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Defense Industry Review YTD; Briefings with Ultra Electronics, 3eTI and Gilat Satellite Networks

The beginning of 2013 started to see revenue results for companies. Most companies reported results that were essentially stable with minor increases or declines year-on-year. Boeing was the exception with revenues growing 19% year-on-year on the back of the company's commercial business. Company results reflected a slowing defense market, but contract activity was surprisingly good in January with new contracts across all sectors including radar, communications and EW. There were a number of international shows in February providing the stage for companies to establish strategic relationships, form joint ventures and highlight their capabilities as well as signing major contracts. Asif reviews these early year trends along with some briefings with various defense companies.
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