The MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones will be provided to the U.S. Air Force by General Atomics.  Under the terms of a USD$279 million contract, 24 Reapers will be delivered. Spare parts support and other equipment support will be provided. The aircraft has been acquired by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force. Essentially an upgraded Predator B, the UAS was developed with GA-ASI funding and provides significantly greater capabilities over its predecessor.  A variation of the MQ-1 Predator, the Reaper is designed for surveillance and attack missions and utilizes a variety of airborne sensors. General Atomics will perform the work on the Reaper in Poway, California, and is expected to be finished by September 2017.


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Bell-Boeing has delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the United States Marine Corps HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron. The flight simulator will make the training program more efficient, as the system can create missions without having to fly the actual aircraft.


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Pratt & Whitney has contracted Rolls-Royce to produce and support LiftSystem technology for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The three contracts awarded to Rolls-Royce are worth USD$442 million. The contracts cover initial production of 17 LiftSystems for F-35B fighters. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is estimated to cost over USD$1 trillion and will be the most expensive defense project including development, support, and expenses over its 55-year lifetime.


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Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis for the Crimean Peninsula has launched one of the Eastern European nation’s neighbors into a massive, precautionary defense spending spree. Poland announced in February 2015 that they will undergo a military modernization worth approximately USD$42 billion over the next decade. In the face of Russian aggression, including a simulated attack on Poland by the Russian army in 2009 and frequent (over 100 in 2014) Russian test flights close to the NATO and EU borders, Poland will procure a number of new weapons and defense systems including missile shields, anti-aircraft technology, armored carriers, submarines, and combat drones. This new allocation increases Poland’s spending to 2% of gross domestic product, in line with NATO’s spending recommendation.


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In February 2015, the French telecommunications company Sagem installed their new navigation system on the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Done as part of a refit program, the upgrades were completed by the project management of the French government’s defense procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armement. DCNS took the role as the prime contractor of the project in which Sagem supplied several different equipment systems such as the navigation system, alignment system, intelligence system, and several landing aids for the refit.


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NASA has recently released a new software, known as the Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS), that the Air Force will be implementing onto their fleet of F-16 fighter jets. Auto-GCAS was developed with the cooperation of a number of private and government agencies, including: the Office of the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), and Lockheed Martin.


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In February 2015, the multinational consortium, EuroJet was awarded a 3-year contract by the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency. This 3-year contract calls for the continuation of support services for the EJ200 turbofan engine that is used to power the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft. This contract is the sixth operational phase contract and will cover engine support for the Typhoon Program in four core nations: Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom.


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The United States Marine Corps and Navy are getting ready to deploy the Boeing-Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack, a state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft, this spring. Insitu, which is a Boeing company, designed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform multiple duties, including supporting infantry regiments.


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Newly released on February 2, 2015, the White House’s defense budget for 2016 will be submitted for congressional approval later this week. Since grossly exceeding the $499 billion spending cap implemented by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the budget is expected to undergo much criticism and debate as it passes through Congress. The Act imposes automatic sequestration for any budget that exceeds the spending cap, and the realized defense budget for 2016 will likely be greatly reduced. Out of the total budget of approximately $535 billion dollars, the Air Force has requested $152.9 billion, the Navy requested $161 billion, and the Army requested $126.5 billion.


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Boeing has secured the rights to provide engineering support for the guidance system of the LGM-30G Minuteman III, a United States Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The contract is worth USD$51 million.


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In January of 2015, the US Navy announced that the MV-22 Osprey will replace the C-2A Greyhound as the force’s primary aircraft for carrier on board delivery (COD) missions. The Navy currently has a fleet of 35 Greyhound turboprops. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman, the aging C-2As were first introduced in 1966 with the Navy’s newest C-2As dating back to the 1990s. As a derivative of the company’s airborne early warning E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, the Greyhound was fitted with a widened fuselage and rear door for cargo loading. On January 5, 2015 in a memo signed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, the US Navy decided to replace the Greyhounds rather than upgrade them with new wings, a new cockpit, and a new engine system as was previously planned.


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On January 27, 2015, the American telecommunications equipment company, Harris Corporation, was awarded a contract by the US Air National Guard to provide integrated tactical and land mobile radio communication systems. These communication systems include a five-channel vehicle communication system that will play a big role in ground-to-air correspondence in situations such as wartime, domestic emergency responses, and natural disasters. In addition to providing hardware to the US Air National Guard, the contract also calls for Harris Corporation to cover installation, training, and continuous service and support.


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Dassault Aviation is a leading manufacturer and producer of smaller sized jet aircraft. This French company was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch with the original name as Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch. It was not until 1990 where the company was renamed to Dassault Aviation. Currently, Dassault Aviation is owned by the Dassault Group, Airbus Group,and Private investors. Dassault Aviation produces military, regional, and business jets in which countries all across the world use for their aerospace needs. The public company employs over 11,600 people and has met over 4.5 Billion Euros in yearly revenue and over 487 Million Euros in net income. A primary source of their success comes from their most popular family of aircraft, the Dassault Falcon.


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Rolls-Royce Holdings, a British multinational aerospace company, is currently making a bid to displace General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney as the engine supplier for the new Airbus A380 aircraft for Emirates, a Dubai-based airline. Securing Emirates as a customer for Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 A380 engine would be a huge success for the company, as the Gulf airline is one of the largest buyers of the A380 passenger plane in the world. Airbus, which has not booked any new buyers for the A380 aircraft since 2012, has been relying on Emirates airlines for approximately half the total aircraft orders. With this in mind, overtaking major suppliers GE and Pratt & Whitney as the engine supplier would catapult Rolls-Royce to the top of the aerospace engine industry. According to Rolls-Royce CEO, the company considers itself very well-positioned in the competition for Emirates’ business.


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On September 18, 2014, General Dynamic’s Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a contract by the United States Navy. Valued at $16.2 Million, the contract calls for General Dynamics to manufacture and product Type-3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMC) specifically designed for the Super Hornet aircraft F/A-18E/A-18G. This carrier-based multirole fighter is used for air-to-air and air-to-surface combat.Due to the aircrafts high intensity use, the Type-3 Advanced Mission Computers will be designed to withstand extreme conditions while maintaining accuracy and productivity. Updated features include extreme environment protection, high-performance processing, and the ability to handle high-speed data rates from multiple aircraft sensors. General purpose, input/output, video, voice and graphics processing will also be achieved through the AMC’s integrated information processing system. Work of these units will be completed at the General Dynamics facility in Bloomington, Minnesota with an estimated completion date of March 2016.


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In October 2013, the British defense company, BAE Systems, was awarded with a one year minimum, $688 Million contract which called for the production of M109A7 Howitzer. Granted by the United States Army, the contract’s main purpose is to replace the previously used M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers. The new M109A7 has significant upgrades over the M109A6 Paladin as the unit will have more space, less weight, power cooling, and more capabilities with current technology.


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The Pilatus PC-12 turboprop has been highly successful since its initial certification back in 1994. The aircraft designed and manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft, boasts extreme flexibility, utility, and versatility. The cabin can be filled with passengers or cargo at high fuel-efficiency. With the rising cost of fuel, the benefit of having a single power plant instead of two makes this aircraft very desirable. Pilatus has had over 200 orders for the latest model of this aircraft. The PC-12 really has no real direct competition. Its closest competitor is the Beech King Air B200, which has two PT-6 engines instead of one. With that being said, the PC-12 is really in a niche all on its own. It is very unique in having a fast, pressurized short/rough field, single-engine turboprop.


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Bell Helicopter Textron was founded in July of 1935. This company’s legacy began under the name Bell Aircraft Corporation by founder Larry Bell. The company was founded just prior to World War II and in 1942, their first full size helicopter, the Model 30, took flight.  From there they began their success in civil and military aviation. Today, they are headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas with their Chief Executive Officer John Garrison leading the way. Bell Helicopter has additional plant locations in Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Canada. Bell Helicopter is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev. C registered. According to the financial reports of 2013 Bell Helicopter was reported to earn revenue of $12,104 million. Bell Helicopter manufactures multiple helicopters. Each helicopter has its own purpose. They are broken down by category:


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Piper Aircraft, Inc. is a general aviation aircraft manufacturer located in Vero Beach, Florida. The company was originally called the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company but was renamed after William T. Piper purchased the company in 1937. In December 2011, Piper came under the direct ownership of the government of the Brunei Ministry of Finance.


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Serving the world as one of the leading companies in the centrifugal pump industry, the Carver Pump Company has made it their priority to produce and manufacture solid, straightforward designs engineered to provide many years of lasting value and service. The Carver Pump Company started building their first pumps in the year of 1938 and since then, has developed their operations to include some of the most innovative pump development software and manufacturing equipment available. They are focused on obtaining the highest quality possible, both in their products as well as in their employees’ work. The Carver Pump Company was one of the first pump companies in America to receive ISO 9001:2008 Certification, a quality management standard which is designed to ensure that all of their products meet the needs of their customers. The Carver Pump Company has traditionally built pumps for oil, chemicals, and water for both the private and public sectors.


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