Cobham Completes $1B Aeroflex Buy; Bob Murphy Comments

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Bob Murphy Cobham plc has finalized its approximately $ 1.46 billion acquisition of Aeroflex (NYSE: ARX) after shareholders and regulatory bodies approved the transaction. Following the completed transaction, the Aeroflex business will be consolidated with the British defense contractor’s advanced electronic solutions division and communications and connectivity business group. Cobham...

Bernhard Gerwert: Airbus to Downsize Defense, Space Division

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Airbus Group will sell some of the subsidiaries and business units within its defense and space division after what the aerospace and defense conglomerate called a “detailed and comprehensive portfolio assessment.” Airbus Group said Tuesday that it identified its commercial and para-public communication business as among the candidates for divestment and said it also plans to divest...

Air Force Picks 14 Firms for $494M Hosted Payload IDIQ

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded positions on a potential $494 million contract to 14 companies for products and services to help the government obtained commercial hosting tools for its payloads. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year ordering period and covers work through Jan. 31, 2029, the Defense Department said Thursday. Vendors with positions on...

Lockheed Wins $914M Air Force ‘Space Fence’ Radar Production Contract

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has won a $914,699,474 contract to build a ground-based surveillance radar for the U.S. Air Force to track and detect objects in space. The Air Force is obligating $415 million in fiscal year 2013 and 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds for the “Space Fence” program and has given Lockheed 52 months to reach initial operating capability, the...

Orbital Sciences, ATK’s Aerospace & Defense Groups to Merge in $5B Deal

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Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE: ORB) has agreed to merge with ATK‘s (NYSE: ATK) aerospace and defense groups in an approximately $5 billion transaction to create a combined company that will operate as Orbital ATK once the deal completes. In separate releases from ATK and from Orbital, the companies said Monday that they expect to complete the merger by the end of calendar year 2014 and is subject...

Travis Slocumb to Lead New Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems Mission Area; Rick Yuse Comments

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Raytheon’s (NYSE: RTN) space and airborne systems business unit integrated its electronic warfare programs into an El Segundo, Calif.-based business portfolio focused on electronic warfare systems, the company said Tuesday. Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon’s space and airborne systems business, said the company intends for the new mission area to develop technology systems aimed at helping...

Paul Dillahay: Lockheed, ASRC Federal Subsidiary Form Civil Space Team

Paul Dillahay Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has awarded a potential three-year, $50 million subcontract to an ASRC Federal subsidiary for civil space support services. ASRC Federal Space and Defense will provide engineering and technical support services to Lockheed Martin for work supporting agencies such as NASA and the U.S. Air Force, ASRC Federal announced Tuesday. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity...

John Casper, Scott Spence Provide Context on Space Fence Contract; Reported for Potential April Release

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The U.S. Air Force could award a multi-billion dollar contract in April to build a new radar system for tracking objects in space, Space News reported Dec. 27. Mike Gruss writes the Air Force has spent close to $1.3 billion on the Space Fence program since 2006. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon both received bridge contracts in December 2013 to demonstrate their prototypes for Space Fence and will conduct...

Tom McCabe to Join Orbital Sciences Jan. 6 as SVP, General Counsel & Secretary

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Tom McCabe will join space technology firm Orbital Sciences Corp. as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary on Jan. 6, 2014, and will lead the company’s legal, regulatory affairs and ethics and compliance functions out of Dulles, Va. McCabe brings more than 20 years of executive legal and operations leadership at high-technology companies and currently serves as SVP and general...

Navy Picks 14 Companies for Potential $900M C5ISR Computing, Infrastructure Services IDIQ

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Fourteen businesses have won positions on a potential five-year, $899,543,435 U.S. Navy contract for transport computing and infrastructure services related to C5ISR (command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic received 21 bids for the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee...