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Study: Drawdown, Budget Caps Have Harmed Every Sector Of Defense Industrial Base

Every sector of the defense industrial base has been hit by a decline in contracts first from the military drawdown from lengthy wars in the Middle East and Asia and a second jab from Congress with the Budget Control Act of 2011.The decline in contract obligations within 11 sectors ranged from a 76 percent decline…

Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Reaches Orbit For First Time

Rocket Lab, one of several firms vying for a share of the burgeoning small-satellite launcher business, reached orbit and unleashed small satellites for the first time with its Electron rocket Jan. 21.Minutes after its afternoon liftoff from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula, the “Still Testing” Electron deployed a Planet Dove Pioneer satellite for Earth imaging and two…

BAE, HII, and GD Win $238 Million Contract For Maintenance Of Surface Combatants

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems, Huntington Ingalls Inc.’s Continental Maritime [HII], and General Dynamics National Steels and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) [GD] a combined $238 million modification for maintenance of destroyers and cruisers at San Diego last Friday.Previously, the three companies won firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to conduct complex, emergent and continuous maintenance and…

ULA Launches Air Force’s Fourth SBIRS Missile-Warning Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO-4) missile-warning satellite lifted off late Jan. 19 on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.Later that evening, SBIRS GEO-4 began responding to commands from operators with the 460th Space Wing at Buckley…

BAE Wins $47 Million For Four More Upgraded Mk 45 Naval Guns

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems A $47 million contract option to deliver four more Mk 45 5-inch naval guns, upgrading existing units, the company said Monday.This is a modification to an initial 10-gun contract that will now upgrade four existing Mk 45 guns to the Mod 4 configuration, which will increase their range and…

HII Wins $125 Million Modification For More Fitz Repair Work

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Huntington Ingalls Inc. [HII] its largest modification yet, $125 million, for the contract repairing the heavily damaged USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), the Pentagon said on Friday.The modification covers “the additional collision repairs as well as maintenance and modernization” in the contract for Fitzgerald emergent repair and restoration.The work is…

Curtiss-Wright Launches New Initiative To Support Army C4ISR/EW Open Suite Of Standards

Defense manufacturer Curtiss-Wright [CW] is launching a new initiative to support Army Materiel Command’s new C4ISR and electronic warfare modular system standards program, the company said at a conference Monday.Curtiss-Wright’s defense solutions division will work with the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to define C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) requirements…

GA-ASI Successfully Tests Automatic Takeoff And Landing Capability For MQ-9Bs

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) said Monday it has successfully tested its new Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) for its MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft.The tests saw GA-ASI using a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) data link to automatically conduct takeoff and landing for the MQ-9B SkyGuardian. The demonstration was also the first use of the…