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Raytheon to provide another 114 advanced Tomahawk cruise missiles in $122.4 million contract

Raytheon to provide another 114 advanced Tomahawk cruise missiles in $122.4 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 Feb. 2015. Munitions experts at the Raytheon Co. (NYSE:RTN) will build 114 Tomahawk Block IV long-range cruise missiles for the U.S. Navy under terms of a contract announced Thursday.

Army awards $13.2 million contract to Elbit to provide Apache targeting helmets to Indonesia

Army awards $13.2 million contract to Elbit to provide Apache targeting helmets to Indonesia

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 26 Feb. 2015. Military avionics experts at Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide 300 integrated situational-awareness and targeting helmets for AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter pilots of the government of Indonesia.

Army to buy more than 2,000 Hellfire missiles for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia

Army to buy more than 2,000 Hellfire missiles for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 25 Feb. 2015. U.S. Army anti-armor missile experts are ordering more than 2,000 U.S.-made Hellfire II tactical missiles for the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia.

Army orders 84 advanced helicopters over the last month worth a total of $1.1 billion

Army orders 84 advanced helicopters over the last month worth a total of $1.1 billion

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 24 Feb. 2015. The past month has seen the U.S. military on a buying spree for advanced helicopters designed for a wide range of tasks from reconnaissance to attack. Since late January U.S. Army aviation authorities have announced orders for 84 helicopters worth about $1.1 billion.

Boeing moves forward with project to upgrade strategic communications on airborne command post

Boeing moves forward with project to upgrade strategic communications on airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 23 Feb. 2015. Military strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co. are moving forward on a major project to upgrade a low-frequency communications designed to connect U.S. command authorities with submerged ballistic missile submarines in times of national emergency.

Army orders 35 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters in $591.2 million contract to Boeing

Army orders 35 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters in $591.2 million contract to Boeing

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 20 Feb. 2015. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. will provide 35 of the latest-version AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the U.S. Army under terms of a $591.2 million contract modification announced late Thursday.

Top general asks Congress to help military and private business face cyber security threats

Top general asks Congress to help military and private business face cyber security threats

WASHINGTON, 19 Feb. 2015. The nation's top-ranking military commander is calling on Congress to approve cyber security legislation that would allow information sharing between the government and private business.

Army places order with Airbus Helicopters for 41 UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters

Army places order with Airbus Helicopters for 41 UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 19 Feb. 2015. Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Herndon Va., will provide the U.S. Army with 41 UH-72A Lakota utility helicopters equipped with airborne radios under terms of a $220.6 million contract announced last week.

U.S. intelligence authorities stand up center to share cyber security threats among government agencies

U.S. intelligence authorities stand up center to share cyber security threats among government agencies

WASHINGTON, 18 Feb. 2015. U.S. intelligence authorities are standing up a new center that for the first time will produce coordinated cyber threat assessments for sharing rapidly among existing cyber centers and other government elements.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to beef-up cyber security for BACN battlefield communications

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 18 Feb. 2015. Military communications experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are beefing-up a major airborne battlefield communications system to protect it from computer hackers and other cyber security threats.

Dashing between the snowflakes to dig out trends in the aerospace and defense electronics industry

Dashing between the snowflakes to dig out trends in the aerospace and defense electronics industry

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 Feb. 2015. Well it was hard enough, but I finally made it to the West Coast and back last week to chat with aerospace and defense electronics companies at the AFCEA West show in San Diego, and it turns out the results were worth the ordeal.

Orbital ATK to upgrade and upgrade aircraft missile-warning systems in $30.7 million Navy contract

Orbital ATK to upgrade and upgrade aircraft missile-warning systems in $30.7 million Navy contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 Feb. 2015. Missile-defense experts at Orbital ATK Inc. in Clearwater, Fla., will build, upgrade, and repair AN/AAR-47 (V) missile-warning set assemblies under terms of a potential $30.7 million U.S. Navy contract announced Friday.

Boeing to continue process of upgrading electronics in four Japan AWACS surveillance aircraft

Boeing to continue process of upgrading electronics in four Japan AWACS surveillance aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 16 Feb. 2015. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co., will continue the process of electronics upgrades on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $402.8 million contract modification announced Friday.

Lockheed Martin moving to next-generation sonar signal processing for new Virginia-class submarines

Lockheed Martin moving to next-generation sonar signal processing for new Virginia-class submarines

WASHINGTON, 13 Feb. 2015. Sonar experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are preparing the way for installing the latest generation commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based submarine sonar signal processing equipment on four new Virginia-class fast-attack submarines for the U.S. Navy.

Navy asks L-3 Warrior Systems to build night-vision goggles in $49.5 million contract

Navy asks L-3 Warrior Systems to build night-vision goggles in $49.5 million contract

CRANE, Ind. 12 Feb. 2015. Electro-optics experts at L-3 Warrior Systems in Londonderry, N.H., will provide the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps with binocular night vision devices for a variety of nighttime surveillance applications.

Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., have announced a $49.5 million contract to L-3 Warrior Systems for the company's AN/PVS-31 binocular night vision device (BNVD).

Draper Lab to help enhance accuracy and power of Navy's submarine-launched nuclear missiles

Draper Lab to help enhance accuracy and power of Navy's submarine-launched nuclear missiles

WASHINGTON, 11 Feb. 2015. U.S. submarine-launched atomic missiles are becoming even more accurate and deadly as U.S. Navy leaders continue a program to fine-tune the accuracy of the Navy's Trident II D5 nuclear missiles that are designed for launch from Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

Raytheon to provide Multispectral Targeting Systems to Australian navy in $10.5 million contract

Raytheon to provide Multispectral Targeting Systems to Australian navy in $10.5 million contract

CRANE, Ind., 11 Feb. 2015. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide the Australian navy with airborne sensor capability that can reveal otherwise-hidden details by slicing images into several different spectral bands.

Navy looks to Imagine One to embed data mining and decision support in CANES shipboard networking

Navy looks to Imagine One to embed data mining and decision support in CANES shipboard networking

SAN DIEGO, 10 Feb. 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard networking experts are trying to embed intelligent data mining and smart decision support capability in a next-generation shipboard tactical communications system called Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).

Officials of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego are looking to Imagine One Technology & Management Ltd. in Colonial Beach, Va., to provide this kind of capability in future installations of the CANES shipboard tactical network.

Air Force to buy Raytheon multispectral UAV sensor payloads for Reaper hunter-killer drone

Air Force to buy Raytheon multispectral UAV sensor payloads for Reaper hunter-killer drone

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 9 Feb. 2015. U.S. Air Force airborne sensors experts announced their intention last week to buy as many as 49 MST-B multispectral targeting systems from the Raytheon Co. for the MQ-9 Reaper hunter-killer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

General Atomics to build 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones in $279.1 million Air Force contract

General Atomics to build 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones in $279.1 million Air Force contract

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 5 Feb. 2015. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at General Atomics in Poway, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones under terms of a $279.1 million contract announced Wednesday.

2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years

2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years

WASHINGTON, 5 Feb. 2015. U.S. military electronics spending appears to be headed back up next after two years of modest funding levels. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is asking Congress for $11 billion in fiscal 2016 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

F-35 fighter, P-8A patrol jet, KC-46 tanker are big winners in 2016 DOD budget proposal

F-35 fighter, P-8A patrol jet, KC-46 tanker are big winners in 2016 DOD budget proposal

WASHINGTON, 4 Feb. 2015. The U.S. military's F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) -- one of the nation's costliest defense programs -- leads efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to upgrade and build new military aircraft in the Pentagon's fiscal 2016 budget request, submitted this week.

Navy chooses JBT Corp. to design a next-generation shipboard mobile electric power plant

Navy chooses JBT Corp. to design a next-generation shipboard mobile electric power plant

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 4 Feb. 2015. U.S. Navy aircraft experts have chosen John Bean Technologies (JBT) Corp. in Ogden, Utah, to design and build a new-generation mobile shipboard power generator for Navy and Marine Corps aircraft based on aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

Pentagon submits largest defense budget in four years, with healthy increases in procurement, RDT&E

Pentagon submits largest defense budget in four years, with healthy increases in procurement, RDT&E

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 3 Feb. 2015. I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday submitted its largest discretionary budget request in four years, and it contains healthy increases in procurement and research -- the accounts containing the largest share of electronics, electro-optics, and cyber security spending.

Pentagon plans to increase spending for cyber security activities by $400 million next year

Pentagon plans to increase spending for cyber security activities by $400 million next year

WASHINGTON, 3 Feb. 2015. Leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) plan to boost their budget for cyber security technology and operations next year by $400 million to support increased defensive and offensive cyberspace capabilities and build the nation's cyber warfare and cyber security forces.

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