Northrop Grumman has been selected by the United States Army to develop the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) Long-Range Radar. Details of the contract have not been determined yet - it is unknown when they will be delivered or what the quantity is. What has been determined is Northrop Grumman will also develop an SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and GMTI (ground moving target indicator) system for the ARL-E DHC-8. The deal also included options for both engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program.


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Saab has announced delivery of its Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Automatic Warning and Reporting (AWR) system with mobile detection and surveillance and stationary detection units to a customer in Kuwait. The system provides for the detection, identification, warning, monitoring and reporting of CBRN hazards, giving personnel on the battlefield early warning and enabling faster decision making.


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Saab has begun construction of the Swedish Navy’s first A26 next-generation submarine after a September 4th ceremony at their Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden. This comes after Saab signed contracts worth the equivalent of $919 million with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to deliver two new Type A26 submarines. In addition, a $252.23 million contract was also placed to overhaul their existing Gotland-class subs.


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Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer CAE Inc. has signed a series of contracts worth more than C$130m ($97.9m) with airlines and aircraft manufacturers to supply full-flight simulators. The contracts with both airlines and aircraft manufacturers cover the entire career life cycle of professional pilots, from cadet to captain and crew sourcing.


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Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio have signed a deal with the Italian Ministry of Defence's Teledife (General Directorate of IT and Advanced Technologies) to supply ground segment to the Polish Ministry of Defense. As a prime contractor for the program, Thales will build the satellites while Telespazio will develop the ground segment and manage logistics. In addition to development of the satellite and ground segment, the deal covers procurement of equipment for the second satellite. This second one will be launched by the first half of 2019. This latest contract will start Phase C4/D1 of the program, entailing the detailed system design, the manufacture of the space segment which comprises two high-performance satellites, as well as the ground infrastructure.


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AeroVironment has received a number of contracts from the US Army for the RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma systems that total $47.1 million combined. These contracts include the seven orders awarded on July 23rd which totaled around $35 million.


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The US Air Force has received the 150th KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker from Northrop Grumman’s maintenance depot. These depots are located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as well as Greensboro, North Carolina. Since 2009, Northrop Gunman has been the prime contractor on the KC-10 Extender. The company provides logistics support, depot maintenance, supply chain management, engine management, and overhaul services for aircrafts. They also work with MTU Maintenance, AAR, Chromalloy, AAR and TICO Life Care to deliver these services.


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Under the terms of a recently awarded $50 million contract, BAE Systems is to continue producing the MK 90 propellant grains for the US Army. A key component of the Hydra-70 family of rockets utilized by the United States’ military and several allied countries, the MK 90 propellant grains provides propulsion for the Hydra-70 rocket system.


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The US Navy awarded iRobot a contract worth $4 million for 110 FirstLook robots. Deliveries under this $4m contract are expected to be completed by February next year. iRobot's 110 FirstLook is a compact and expandable robot designed to offer immediate situational awareness and to perform persistent observation while also capable of investigating and manipulating dangerous and hazardous materials.


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Rheinmetall has secured an important order in connection with a key program within the British Ministry of Defense to produce a new generation of combat vehicles for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The contract will enlist Rheinmetall to equip the British Army with a new family of Scout specialist vehicles. The German-based company said it had signed a $142 million deal with prime contractor Lockheed Martin UK. The contract covers the production of the turret structure and weapon mount (TSWM) for the 245 turreted versions of the Scout SV that are being purchased out of a total of 589 units.


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The United States Marine Corps has ordered 75 small unmanned ground vehicles from iRobot to assist in missions. The man-portable SUGV features dexterous manipulation for dismounted mobile operations. The SUGV is a smaller and lighter version of iRobot PackBot which is designed to allow exploratory functions in small and inaccessible places as well as terrains and situations that are dangerous. Among its chief advantages is offering situational awareness for infantry troops, combat engineers, EOD technicians, and other personnel.


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Investment tycoon Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway recently acquired Precision Castparts for $32 billion. Buffet credits the decision to acquire the aerospace supplier to his investment manager Todd Combs who bought stock in Precision Castparts in 2012. As early as March 1, Berkshire was one of the company’s largest shareholders with a 3% stake.


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TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has received an order of $14.2 million to continue support of the United States Marine Corps’ Tactical Satellite Communications Network. Under this agreement, they will continue to deliver Ku satellite bandwidth, terrestrial support, and 24-hour support services to the USMC TSCN. It was issued under the joint Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)/GSA Future Commercial Satcom Acquisition program.


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In a ceremony taking place at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia over the weekend, the US Navy commissioned its newest Virginia-class submarine as USS John Warner (SSN 785). The commissioning was presided over by John Warner himself (who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974), Director of Naval Reactors and prospective Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson, and current CNO Admiral Jonathan Greenert.


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Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters has been awarded a supply contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) System Command for the work of supplying material solutions for its Scout Sniper Ballistic Computers (SSBC) program. The contract calls for Kestrel to supply the US Marine Corps with 887 Kestrel 4500 meters units. Each of these units are capable of merging precise wind, direction, temperature, pressure, and humidity evaluations with an integrated advanced ballistics computer and bullet performance database.


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After numerous delays, the initial flight test of Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K King Stallion has been rescheduled once again. The heavy-lift helicopter has been pushed back in order to - among other things - complete testing fixes to its gearbox. It was once thought the aircraft could make its first flight in June of 2014, but the Joel Embiid of helicopters has suffered a multitude of setbacks. It has experienced problems with the drive shaft, gearbox, and other parts during the ground tests. Flight tests have been scheduled and rescheduled since late 2014 to today.


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GATR Technologies has begun full rate production of the SATCOM (satellite communications) antenna for the United States Marine Corps under a $440 million contract. This will be the first batch of the satellites, with thirty-six units being made. The total number to be made is not yet determined, as it is an indefinite-quantity contract.


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In June 2015, Caterpillar Marine announced that they have secured an order to deliver their Cat Power Solutions system to power 16 patrol boats that are being built for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each of the boats in the series will have two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines as well as two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators. The boats will be constructed at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction shipyard in Korea. Cat dealer Hae In will manage the delivery and subsequent service of the Cat solutions.


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Ford Motor Company has partnered with Carbon3D to innovate materials and design products using CLIP (Continuous Liquid Interface Production) technology. One of the big designs Ford and Carbon3D are working on is a customized steering wheel, designed to match the grip of your hand. Imagine if you had a steering wheel made just for you, one that fits like a glove. It would be the perfect size and shape, with all the right grooves in the right places.


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The Aegis Combat System is an integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. The system was first used by the US Navy but is now utilized by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Spanish Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy, and Republic of Korea Navy. Over 100 Aegis-equipped ships have been deployed in five navies worldwide.


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