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.

"We worked very hard to demonstrate system performance and stability leading up to the start of operational assessment, said Sean Burke, the program manager of Triton. "We are eager to move into initial production as the next step to delivering Triton to the fleet."

The operational assessment will better enable the United States Navy to identify and address risk areas and will allow them to better understand challenges which will arise as the system continues through with the follow-on initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase.

The MQ-4C Triton is an updated broad area maritime surveillance (BAMS) UAS, which will help to compliment the United States Navy’s maritime reconnaissance and patrol force family of systems. The Triton will provide C4ISR, signals intelligence (SIGNET), as well as maritime strike capabilities, and will operate as a land-based, forward deployed, autonomously operated system. This unmanned aerial system will utilize a multi-sensor mission payload which will provide for persistent maritime surveillance, intelligence, and reconnaissance capabilities.

The Milestone C decision is anticipated to be determined by early next year, which will then be followed by the UAS program to enter into low-rate initial production. The United States Navy is expected to purchase 68 Triton UAS, with plans in 2016 to acquire three production aircraft. The first operational aircraft is expected to be complete by 2017.

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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.

Many countries in this area are behind the curve in terms of defense technology, and the Italian manufacturer is looking to pounce on the opportunity with a product that can take on modern threats. Two “mystery countries” are already in talks to buy this latest model of aircraft - company spokesman Marco Valerio Bonelli would not disclose which ones were in talks with them.

The MC-27J is a type of C-27J Spartan, modified for multi-mission purposes. It is not used as a bomber, but when deployed as a gunship it integrate Hellfire missiles and precision-guided munitions, as well as utilize an optionally equipped 30mm gun. This type of firepower would be ideal for certain Gulf countries, according to Alenia.

"Sending a fighter is crazy in this type of environment,  said. You spend a lot of money to drop two bombs and you never know if you get the target or not. With this aircraft, you have the persistence of hours."

Countries with a limited budget would think it makes more sense to allocate their budget towards this type of aircraft, rather than the big boppers. For countries like the United States, spending big money on big bombers is sometimes an afterthought because they can afford to do it. Smaller countries, however, have to find the hidden value in affordable aircraft that may not provide the big explosions.

Think of the MC-27J as an underrated utility player who will bring the Gulf countries value with efficiency and grit. It can get its job done in an effective manner.

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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.

Honeywell announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Satcom1, the leading provider of on board communications routing software and a satellite communications provider of airtime and consulting services.

"Demand for in-flight Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity is rapidly growing and Satcom1 will strengthen Honeywell's position as a complete provider and integrator of satellite communications equipment, software applications and global airtime services,"

said Tim Mahoney, president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace.

"Honeywell is already uniquely placed across the entire value chain of a thriving $8 billion in-flight connectivity segment, making the acquisition of Satcom1 an excellent fit with our business."

Satcom1 is the leading provider of routing software that optimizes the in-flight connectivity experience and an existing distribution partner for Honeywell's JetWave™ terminals and Inmarsat's GX Aviation program. The company provides in-flight airtime, satellite communications services and software for private business aircraft, and government and head of state aircraft and helicopters. The acquisition positions Honeywell to offer operators a seamless experience with an all-in-one connectivity solution spanning routing software, airtime, hardware equipment, avionics, flight support services and applications. Revenues for 2015 are expected to be approximately $25 million with the transaction expected to be closed by the end of 2015. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.

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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.

To complement the work done on Increment A4, the team also successfully performed final acceptance testing of the wideband and narrowband modems utilized to send and receive space information from the ground to the satellite and back. Additional General Dynamic’s add-ons include telemetry, tracking and control software that manages flight operations aboard all three generations of tracking and data relay satellite system (TDRSS) satellites.

“This milestone, combined with program achievements earlier this year, means that more than 80 percent of the new software needed to bring SGSS on line in 2017 is complete,” said Manny Mora, vice president and general manager of Space and Intelligence Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. “The General Dynamics team continues to work closely with its NASA partners to drive these program schedule achievements.”

The goal of the SGSS Project is to implement a flexible and extensible ground sector that will allow the Space Network to maintain high levels of future service and accommodate new users, all while reducing the effort required to operate and maintain the system. Not only will SGSS update the Space Network’s Ground Segment, but it will also allow for regular and continuous insertion of new hardware and software as technology continues to advance. This capability will allow the Space Network to grow and expand well after SGSS installation has been completed.

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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.

We are proud to deliver Vector Hawk, a waterproof system that provides leading edge multi-mission capabilities in all environments,

said Kevin Westfall, director of Unmanned Solutions at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business.

The Vector Hawk designs include a fixed-wing aircraft for standard and long endurance missions and a collapsible fixed-wing aircraft that can be launched from a tube from land or water. Also, it has a tilt-rotor enabling vertical take-off and landing with transition to forward flight.

Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system. With a gross takeoff weight of only four pounds and a vertical profile of only four inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance. Vector Hawk features fully autonomous flight, landing and fail-safes. It is inaudible at operational slant ranges. The data link features a high bandwidth software defined radio, mesh networking (including 3G, 4G, and LTE cellular), over-the-air reconfiguration, and is capable of employing a variety of waveforms. With an open architecture, reconfigurable variants, adaptable data link, and scalable payload, Vector Hawk is engineered for unmatched capability.

Lockheed Martin sUAS’ have operated tens of thousands of hours over combat theaters worldwide. Our Group 1 and 3 unmanned systems build upon technological advancements in autonomy demonstrated on Persistent Threat Detection Systems aerostats and K-MAX. Accompanying the sUAS platforms are Lockheed Martin’s autopilot and payload technologies, along with superior ground control stations and software.

We are extending our sUAS capabilities to tactical maritime users with the Vector Hawk’s innovative canister deployment and launch ability,

said Jay McConville, Lockheed Martin director of business development for Unmanned Solutions.

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

Next week will see the launch from French Guiana spaceport on Europe’s heavy launcher Ariane 5 into a geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite will be used for telecommunication and television broadcasting purposes for countries in the Middle East and Africa. It will primarily support the Arab Satellite Communications Organization, which is one of the leading satellite operators in the Arab world.

Airbus is the main supplier, as they provide the Eurostar E3000 platforms and also integrate the units. The launch of the satellite will mark a significant milestone for Airbus.

"The upcoming launch has a special significance for Airbus Defense and Space. Not only is it the first sixth-generation Arabsat satellite in which we have incorporated the best of our expertise and technologies, but also the seventh Eurostar satellite we are delivering to Arabsat,”

said Francois Auque, Airbus Defense and Spaces systems head. It will also be the third of five satellites launched this year.

Once the satellite is in orbit, its name will be changed to Badr-7. Once in orbit, it will join the Badr network at Arabsat 26° E hotspot, expanding coverage over the MEA region. The orbit will be for more than fifteen years, as it will be responsible for operating twenty-seven transponders in Ku-band and twenty-four beams in Ka-band.

Final integration and testing was completed in October. The satellite itself is huge and powerful - It has a mass of 5,800 kg and 11.5 kW of power. It will join its buddy satellites in space, including Arabsat-5A, Badr-5, and Arabsat-5C. All are fifth generation satellites.

Arabsat-6B was developed in association with Thales Alenia Space, who build the communications payloads and upgrades the ground control segment for the fleet.

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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).

The titanium engine components to be supplied include those that will go onto the PW1100G-JM and PW1400G-JM Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines.

The production period that the contract covers is going to last until 2028. The first deliveries are estimated to occur by the end of this year.

Trollhättan, Sweden is where GKN Aerospace has a facility that will manufacture these titanium parts. The facility is called Aerospace Engine Systems (or AES for short). This manufacturing facility has very stringent and rigorous standards that are required to be met in order to make the titanium.

Akio Onzuka, the Senior Manager Procurement Department of Gas Turbine Division – KHI, is pleased to have this deal go through:

"We are pleased to complete this long term agreement with GKN Aerospace covering these key low pressure compressor components for the PW1100G-JM and PW1400G-JM engine programs. This agreement allows the companies to work closely together over the long term to extend the support we offer our customers. The agreement also allows KHI to draw on GKN Aerospace’s technological expertise and track record in this area to minimize both risk and cost on these key programs.

Joakim Anderson, the General Manager of GKN Aerospace, also expressed his happiness with the deal:

This agreement establishes a long term relationship with KHI, an important new customer for us, and increases our footprint and visibility in Japan, which is a key future market. We are already closely involved with Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engine programs and are a Risk and Revenue Sharing Partner (RRSP) on both these engines. As a result we are able to supply KHI from a sound base of proven technology and certified parts which lowers any risk, streamlines development and contains costs - and with all our processes, technologies and manufacturing skills based in-house, we can also meet demanding OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) production schedules.

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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.

Azercosmos chairman Rashad Nabiyev had the following to say about the new project:

"This new satellite will provide Azercosmos with additional capacity for the increasing demand in the region, and will allow us to continue to bring the best service to our customers."

The Azerspace-2 satellite will be manufactured based on the SSL 1300 Series Satellite platform. Initially released in the 1980s, the SSL 1300 series has been in constant evolutionary development to provide greater power, flexibility and mission life with each iteration. Each 1300 Series Satellite has a power capability ranging from 5 – 25 KW and can support anywhere from 12 to 150 transponders. Other features found within the 1300 Series include light-weight high strength structures, efficient solar arrays and batteries, advanced command subsystems, and fuel-efficient altitude and station keeping subsystems.

Intelsat will also use Azerspace-2 to complement its existing array of satellite systems and further bolster their serve capabilities. In Intelsat’s system, Azerspace-2 will be known as Intersat 38. With input from SSL, Azercosmos and Intelsat, Azerspace-2 is a prime example of the collaboration taking place across today’s satellite industry.

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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.

This test is historic in many ways, said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. Not only was this a multinational effort on a scale never seen before, it was reflective of Europe’s commitment to the NATO ballistic missile defense mission.

For the scenario, a short-range Terrier Orion ballistic missile target was launched from Hebrides Range and was inflight simultaneously with two anti-ship cruise missiles fired at the coalition task group. Ross fired a SM-3 and successfully engaged the ballistic missile target in space. In its air defense role, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) fired a SM-2, which is the first time a SM-2 was fired on the Hebrides Range.

“We witnessed world-class regional defense,” said Amy Cohen, director of the Standard Missile-3 program. “It was particularly meaningful for our NATO allies, because those are the nations we’re actively protecting.” SM-3 destroys its targets with nothing more than sheer impact. It is currently deployed on U.S. Navy ships in Europe’s coastal waters. The first land-based SM-3 site, often referred to as “Aegis Ashore,” is scheduled to become operational later this year in Romania.

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Ducommun Incorporated has just announced that it has been awarded a new multi-year contract from Boeing to manufacture position sensors for both the US Navy and the UK Navy’s Trident Navigation system. These new position sensors, otherwise known as resolvers, will be augmented to US Ohio-class and UK Vanguard-class submarines. Ducommun produced the original resolvers for Polaris and Poseidon class submarines, and this deal only further strengthens their relationship with the US Navy. The resolvers will be manufactured and tested at Ducommun’s Carson-based facility through 2017.

Produced between 1981 and 1997, Ohio-class submarines are nuclear subs carrying intercontinental missiles that are virtually undetectable and ideal for launching covert strikes. The US Navy has 18 Ohio-class submarines, 4 of which have been modified into SSGN-class subs to be capable of launching up to 154 Tomahawk missiles. All 18 of these submarines were originally equipped with intercontinental weapons, but a 1992 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II) limited the number of strategic missile submarines to 14. The 4 SSGN-class submarines have also been modified to perform NAVY Seal operations, with the ability to covertly accommodate up to 66 Navy Seals.

As for the UK-based Vanguard submarines, they were produced between 1993 and 1999 and are the largest subs in the Royal Navy. The new Ducommun position sensors will be installed as a part of a going overhaul of the Vanguard submarine fleet. With four Vanguard-class submarines currently in service, the UK Navy uses them as a strategic nuclear deterrent.  However, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown had told the UN that Britain will disarm one of the four Vanguard subs in an effort to encourage other countries to move towards a nuclear-free world.

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The United States Air Force has awarded a contract to Orbital ATK for the initial production of the MJU-73/B.

Monetary and other terms of the contract were not disclosed at the time. The system is a spectrally matched aircraft countermeasure, and was chosen by the Air Force because of how well it tested in a performance against infrared missile threats. It will be used as a crucial piece to keep aircraft protected, and allow them to survive longer.

Orbital ATK is an experienced builder of rocket propulsion technology. They are known to have some of the best infrared-countering technology around, and are continuing to improve it. Officials at the company explained that it works by “distracting” the missiles headed for the aircraft, and diverting their path elsewhere.

“Leveraging Orbital ATK’s expertise in solid rocket propulsion has enabled us to develop highly reliable and advanced countermeasures such as the MJU-73/B,”

said Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Propulsion Systems Division.

“These sophisticated pyrotechnic devices protect the warfighter by mimicking the ‘heat’ signature of an aircraft to lure infrared missiles away.”

Orbital ATK went on to add that they will continue to evolve and develop new technology, in the name of protecting America’s warfighting aircraft. They want the MJU-73/B to be the standard of what everything else is measured against going forward.

Also noted in a $23.6m contract from the Air Force, Orbital ATK is responsible for launching the ORS-5 SensorSat spacecraft using a rocket from its Minotaur launch vehicle family.

Orbital ATK developed the system entirely with their own funds. They research, design, build, and deliver defense systems for customers all over the globe, be it space or aviation. Their solutions are used both for government and commercial customers. Launch vehicles, missile products, and defense electronics are just a few things they can supply to those who need them.

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Cessna has begun a three-week tour of their new business jet, the Citation Latitude, at London Biggin Hill airport as part of a multi-city tour. The journey began in London on September 15th, which is annual Business and General Aviation Day.

This is their newest jet, one that seats nine passengers, and costs $16.3 million. The Latitude gained US certification from the FAA in June of this year, after a development period that took over three years. It first entered US service last month, and now they are looking to get it validated in Europe in the near future so they can deliver it to their customers.

This new addition will bring Cessna’s business jet fleet to a total of 16 aircraft. The contemporary design and spacious cabin design makes it one of the most comfortable in the midsize jet category.

Textron Aviation’s vice president Tom Perry is eager to get the European approval and begin fulfilling orders to their customers. It is expected to be good to go by the fourth quarter of this year, and high sales are anticipated due to its distinct design.

“The Latitude is unique in the Cessna product line, with its flat floor and sector-leading six-feet-high, five-feet-wide cabin. We expect it take the midsize market by storm,” said Perry.

This would put the Latitude right in the middle of their product line, between the superlight XLS and the midsize Sovereign +. They don’t think it will take away from the sales of these two aircraft, as each offers their own unique capabilities. Perry is not concerned by their closest competitor, the Embraer Legacy 500, which has been in service in Europe since May.

“We don’t worry about the competition. We will let the customers make their choice,” Perry said.

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GE Aviation will supply its CF6-80E1 engines to power the two new Airbus A330-300 aircraft operated by Singapore-based BOC Aviation. The two aircraft have been placed on long-term lease with EVA Airways Corporation. With 256 aircraft operated by 61 airlines in 30 countries worldwide, BOC Aviation is primarily involved in leasing aircraft. Bank of China-owned BOC Aviation aims to acquire 195 aircraft this year. The firm has operations in Dublin, London, Seattle and Tianjin. The Airbus airplanes will be delivered to BOC Aviation by 2017.

“Our choice of GE Aviation’s CF6 engines demonstrates our confidence in the reliability and proven strong operational performance of the engine,”

said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation.

“We have purchased more than 340 engines from GE Aviation and its joint ventures, and we look forward to continue building on this enduring partnership with them to meet the needs of our customers.”

GE Aviation global sales and marketing vice-president and general manager Chaker Chahrour said:

"The CF6 engine has a strong track record of performance, incorporating the latest technology to deliver enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced emissions."

GE's CF6 engines have been among the most utilized and reliable in the industry. Powering more than 10 models of wide-body aircraft, the engine family has established an unparalleled record of reliability for more than 40 years with more than 400 million flight-hours in service with more than 250 operators worldwide.

“We are pleased that BOC Aviation has selected the CF6 engine to power its new widebody aircraft,” said Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales and Marketing, GE Aviation. “The CF6 engine has a strong track record of performance, incorporating the latest technology to deliver enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.” Previous leasings include two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and twelve 12 Airbus A321s for EVA Air, and six A321 models. The remaining airplanes will be delivered over the next two years.

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Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance (ULA) celebrated a milestone this past week as they successfully launched their 100th mission. The Cape Canaveral-based mission used the Atlas V rocket to drop off Mexico’s next-generation Morelos-3 satellite into orbit. The Atlas V launch vehicle included an Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 upper stage engine, two AJ-60A solid rocket boosters, six helium pressurization tanks, and a dozen Centaur upper stage thrusters which are used to correct flight path.

This new satellite will be used in conjunction with existing satellites to create the MEXSAT constellation, which aims to provide advanced communications for rural Mexican communities and ramp up Mexican national security. The US Air Force was scheduled to use this launch for their own satellite, but instead they allowed Mexico to take their launch slot. ULA President and CEO Tony Bruno was on hand for the historic event, and he noted that this particular mission was crucial for the future of ULA, as it showcased ULA’s ability to transition from a government launch provider to a commercial launch service with ease. Moving forward, ULA will aim to provide more commercial launches while at the same time maintaining its competitive launch program.

ULA’s intention to diversify its launch capabilities comes in the wake of increasing pressure from rival company SpaceX. ULA has slowly fallen out of favor with Congress in recent years, as the engines used in their rockets are currently sourced from Russia. As a result, SpaceX has won many government contracts because they utilize American-made rocket engines. ULA will likely continue to lose government contracts until they switch to new American-made engines in 2018. Although the Pentagon is trying their best to persuade Congress to allow ULA to compete for government contracts, SpaceX will still likely win most of the new contracts.

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After much deliberation, the US Air Force has finally decided to move forward with Lockheed Martin’s innovative space debris surveillance system, otherwise known as the Space Fence.  The billion-dollar project will see Lockheed create an S-band phased-array radar system on that will vastly improve the space debris detection capabilities of the US Air Force for the foreseeable future. The completed Space Fence project will be capable of automatically detecting baseball-sized objects as far as 1,900 kilometers away from the Earth’s surface. This will give the US Air Force a much greater understanding of the near space environment moving forward.

In order to approve of Lockheed’s plans for the Space Fence, the Air Force recently conducted an extensive 3-day demonstration and 8-day design review. This was an extremely in depth procedure, as Air Force officials had to review over 21,000 pages of Lockheed design schematics for the Space Fence facilities. At the end of testing, Air Force officials determined that plans for the large-scale digital radar facility were technically mature and met all program requirements.

As far as the construction of the Space Fence is concerned, Lockheed has already broken ground at the Kwajalein Island Air Force Base 3,400 kilometers south of Honolulu. The construction process will be rather difficult due to the remoteness of Kwajalein, as well as the cultural significance of the island. Lockheed intends to complete an advanced Space Fence prototype that will demonstrate 70% of the overall capability by February 2016 and 80% of the overall capability by 2018.  The maximum intended capacity for the Kwajalein site is 80%, with the other 20% being supplemented by an additional Australian site. This additional Australian site will improve both the timeliness and accuracy of the Space Fence System.

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NASA has decided to extend a contract with Boeing to continue providing key engineering support services, resources, and personnel to its space program for the next five years. The contract, valued at $1.18 billion, will help keep the space station flying through 2020 while also assessing the feasibility of extending the service life of the station’s primary structural elements another 13 years.

John Elbon, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space Exploration, in a press release stated,

“It builds on Boeing’s tradition of innovation and technological advancement to incorporate efficiencies and improve performance to the station as its importance to the future of human spaceflight continues to grow.”

Elbon also stated that the contract is a continuation of the successful relationship with NASA and the 16 partner nations in maintaining the health of the station.

"In addition, it builds on Boeing's tradition of innovation and technological advancement to incorporate efficiencies and improve performance to the station as its importance to the future of human spaceflight continues to grow."

The extension includes end-to-end subsystem management for the majority of station systems and allows Boeing to continue providing the program with hardware and software sustaining engineering, among other tasks. Boeing will perform its work at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, John F. Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, as well as other domestic and international locations. In 2010, NASA awarded a five-year extension contract worth $1.24bn to Boeing to continue provide engineering support of the International Space Station through September 30, 2015. This extended the space station's contract, which was originally awarded in January 1995 and then in 2008. By 2015, the extension of the contract was valued at $16.2bn. Since November 2000, the International Space Station has been occupied continuously.

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Airbus Defense and Space has recently developed a new Counter-UAV systems capable of detecting and hijacking intruding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The Counter UAV combines sensor data with signal analysis and jamming technologies to provide electronic countermeasures over ranges of up to 10 km. Using infrared cameras and direction finders, the Counter-UAV system detects intruding UAVs and can even locate the user to arrest them. Airbus has included a new jamming system within the Counter-UAV, which allows jamming signals to only intercept the relevant frequencies. Via Smart Response Jamming Technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space, the relevant frequencies are jammed while other frequencies within the range remain operational.

The Counter UAV essentially disrupts communication between the UAV and its user. Other features include remote control classification, GPS spoofing, and both receiving and transmitting capabilities. Airbus Defence and Space has pulled from its extensive portfolio of operational radars, directional finders, and infrared cameras to make this Counter-UAV one of the most effective on the market. Thomas Müller, head of the Electronics business line at Airbus Defence and Space, had the following to say about the new Counter UAV:

“All over the world, incidents with universally available small drones have revealed a security gap with regards to critical installations such as military barracks, airports or nuclear plants. As a specialist in defense electronics, we have all the technologies in our portfolio and the integration knowledge which are needed to set up a quick-response protection system with extremely low false alarm rates”.

Over the past several year, Airbus tested their Counter UAV extensively. That being said, commercially available Counter-UAV systems could be seen as early as mid-2016. The explosion of drone usage over the past few years has more than warranted the development of new counter-UAV devices, and Airbus Defense and Space is certainly up to the challenge of creating an effective product.

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BAE Systems successfully fired their new Meteor missiles from a Eurofighter Typhoon in a test conducted this week at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides range.

In the simulation, the aircraft used the Meteor missiles to fire at real air targets in predetermined scenarios. The missile, known as a beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), is manufactured by MBDA Systems. The company is currently providing the active radar-guided, next-generation missile to six European countries.

The testing was done using a Typhoon aircraft IPA6, a Tranche 2 standard aircraft that uses the most up-to-date P2E software. The pilot who tested the missile, Nat Makepeace, was impressed by how smoothly and effectively the device worked, along with all the other technology that is used inside the aircraft.

"The missile separated very cleanly and guided very successfully towards its target maintaining a datalink communication between the weapon and the aircraft,"
Makepeace said.
"We are taking to the skies with upgraded software, trailing new night vision helmet technologies, developing and expanding weapons capabilities and looking forward to flying the Captor E-scan radar, all in the space of one year."

Makepeace went on to add how this is one of the most exciting times he can remember in the development of the Typhoon aircraft. This test shows Typhoon has the ability not only to shoot down enemy air threats, but also identify and engage targets on the ground at the same time.

The purpose of this test is part of Typhoon’s Phase 2 Enhancements program that aims to add new weapons with long range attack capabilities, such as Meteor and Storm Shadow missiles.

The Meteor BVRAAM is very versatile, as it can be integrated not only onto the Eurofighter Typhoon, but also onto Saab Gripen and Dassault Rafale aircraft. It can also be installed on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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Lockheed Martin and Roketsan signed a contract Wednesday at the Turkish missile company’s booth at DSEI, minting a cooperation agreement to develop the SOM-J missile intended for integration into the US Air Force and Navy versions of the F-35 fighter jet. The 100nm (185km)-range air-to-surface standoff cruise missile has been adapted from Roketsan’s larger Stand Off Missile (SOM), and will be carried internally in the F-35. It is in a similar class to Norway’s Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile.

“SOM-J is a variant of an existing, larger SOM missile that is flight certified and in production in support of the Turkish F-4 and F-16 programmes - external carriage,” Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s director of strike systems Alan Jackson explains. “We’re going to take elements of that design and adapt it to the SOM-J weapon - a smaller airframe that will fit inside the conventional take-off and landing F-35A and carrier variant F-35C.

“Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with the Republic of Turkey, and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on this very important project,”
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Executive Vice President Rick Edwards said.
“SOM-J will provide the F-35 and other aircraft an exceptional capability to meet the most challenging mission requirements. We look forward to combining the skills and know-how of our two great companies to produce a world-class system to meet customers’ expanding needs for long-range, survivable cruise missile technology.”

Roketsan Inc. was founded in 1988 for the purpose of “possessing a leading institution in the country for designing, developing and manufacturing rockets and missiles.” Roketsan is rapidly going forward to become a global company in defense industries sector with personnel of more than 1,800, 51 percent of which comprise engineers, an invested capital of TL 4 billion and its accumulation of technologic knowledge. Roketsan has become a corporation, the operations of which now extend beyond the borders of the country, which participates in NATO programs in its field of technology and is capable of supplying its products to friendly countries besides the Turkish Armed Forces.

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The A330-200, the shorter-fuselage variant of Airbus’ A330 twin-engine wide body family, has won EASA certification, some five months after the larger A330-300 earned certification from European authorities, Airbus announced on Tuesday. The company has expressed confidence that approval from the U.S. authorities would follow. Launched in 2012, the increased-takeoff-weight A330-200 and A330-300 incorporate a new aerodynamic package, engine improvements and, in the -300 version, an optional center fuel tank which not only furthers the distance at which it can travel but also cut down precious refueling time. The range of the new A330-200 is increased by up to 350 nautical miles/650 kilometers compared to today’s 238 ton model, allowing customers to fly missions up to 7,250 nm/ 13,400 km. Thanks to aerodynamic refinements and engine enhancements, the A330-200 will reduce its fuel consumption by nearly two percent.

Eric Zanin, Airbus Head of the A330 Program said:

“With this new 242t A330-200, our customers will benefit from even more range plus a proven 99.4 percent reliability, while offering their passengers best-in-class comfort. Its unbeatable operating costs and unique versatility make the A330 Family a highly competitive solution in the medium to long haul market.”

Airbus’ continuous investment in the A330 Family benefits the Airbus A330-200 version by lowering costs and improving operations. This includes system upgrades and enhancements, the introduction of advanced navigation aids and new-generation flight instrumentation, and engine upgrades. The company bills the new, heavier-takeoff-weight A330 as the basis for the A330neo, launched at last year’s Farnborough Air Show and scheduled for first delivery to Delta Air Lines in the fourth quarter of 2017. In May, Delta also took the first 242-metric-ton A330-300, making it the first of 11 customers to receive the option. Airbus would not identify the first operator of the A330-200 242t, citing its policy to allow the customer to decide when to make the announcement.

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