Kaman Aerospace Group, a United States aerospace company, has recently announced that its MRO and Air Vehicles division has completed an agreement with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. (Lectern) of China. Kaman Aerospace has agreed to provide two manned K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopters in 2017. This order marks the introduction of the K-MAX® into China’s large and expanding aviation market, and represents the first order to be received from a Chinese customer. The initial two helicopters will be used by the China Department of Forestry in order to begin operations fighting fires.


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The United States Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS), which was developed by Northrop Grumman, has recently begun operational assessment (OA) in Maryland at the NAS Patuxent River. This operational assessment is being held in preparation for the milestone C review and entry into low-rate initial production. Over the span of the next two months, the Triton will undergo six flights and will execute various operational test scenarios in order to evaluate the system’s operational performance.


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Italian defense contractor Alenia Aermacchi is pitching their new MC-27J multi-mission airlifter-gunship hybrid aircraft to various Gulf nations.


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Honeywell has just announced that Satcom1 is now partners with Honeywell Global Data Center (GDC) to provide customers with a solution for the Cockpit that will offer cockpit communication and management, such as text messaging, Pre-Departure Clearances (PDC), Oceanic Clearances, Transcribed Weather Information for Pilots (TWIP) and Controller Pilot Datalink Communication (CPDLC) and comply with FANS-1A. For more than 25 years, the Honeywell Global Data Center (GDC) has provided VHF and satellite datalink communications to datalink equipped aircraft worldwide.


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A General Dynamics-led team has just completed the next step in the implementation, integration and testing of NASA’s Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) Command and Control Infrastructure. Dubbed Increment A4, this project includes the ground antenna and associated control systems that are housed in a Space Network Operations Center. This same General-Dynamics led team also completed a full demonstration of the Increment A4 capability to maneuver a simulated tracking and data relay system satellite.


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Lockheed Martin was awarded a $4.6 million contract for the continued development of a maritime canister-launched small Unmanned Aircraft System.


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Airbus Defense and Space is scheduled to launch their new satellite, Arabsat-6B (Badr-7), on November 10th.


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GKN Aerospace has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to supply titanium engine components. This multi-million dollar deal is considered a long term agreement (or LTA for short).


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Space Systems Loral (SSL), which is a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced an agreement with Azercosmos of Azerbaijan to manufacture the new Azerspace-2 telecommunications satellite. SSL earned the new contract after beating out a number of other satellite manufacturers including Airbus Defense and Space of Europe, the Great Wall of China Industry Corp., and Orbital ATK. As per an agreement signed with Intelsat, the industry leader in providing satellite services, the new Azercosmos satellite will be located 45 degrees east orbital location. This placement is ideal for providing satellite services to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Azerspace-2 will expand the capabilities of the existing Azerspace-1 satellite and provide support for growing demand government, DTH, and network services.


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In a large-scale, multinational exercise, a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 successfully engaged a ballistic missile target fired from a U.K. range in the Outer Hebrides near Scotland - the first time the interceptor was tested in European waters. SM-3 is a defensive weapon used by the U.S. Navy to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. This "hit-to-kill" missile interceptor uses an exoatmospheric "kill vehicle" to collide with targets in space, a capability that's been likened to hitting a bullet with a bullet. The massive collision of the kill vehicle hitting its target obliterates the threat completely-explosives are not necessary. The resulting impact is the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph. The test, At Sea Demo (ASD) 2015, was organized by the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum, a group of countries dedicated to improving sea-based missile defense through improved cooperation and interoperability.


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