The U.K. Interested in Procurement of Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

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The U.K. defense ministry is considering procurement of maritime patrol aircraft when the department conducts a strategic defense review in 2015, Reuters reported Thursday. Sarah Young and Andrea Shalal write the U.K. military’s need for maritime surveillance aircraft could open up a multi-billion dollar competition among MSA manufacturers. Robin Southwell, Airbus Group‘s U.K. CEO, has...

Ralph Acaba: Raytheon to Build Processor Kits Under Int’l Patriot Engineering Program

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State Dept. photo Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will produce radar digital processor kits for Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems operated by the U.S. and two partner countries under a $235.5 million contract. The company said Wednesday that the full-rate production contract is intended to reduce the number of battery replaceable units from 759 to 56 and increase reliability by 40 percent. Production work...

Daniel Friedmann: MDA Adds to Radar Info Processing Portfolio Through Acquisition

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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA) has agreed to buy an unidentified information sensors business for an undisclosed amount in a move to pursue opportunities in the U.S. surveillance market. British Columbia-based MDA plans to integrate that business into its Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Information Systems LLC subsidiary and expects to close the deal later this year, MDA said Monday. The...

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...

Boeing’s Chris Chadwick Projects Surveillance Tech Demand Growth in Asia

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Chris Chadwick, chief executive for the defense business of Boeing (NYSE: BA), forecasts that Asian-Pacific demand for patrol aircraft and related surveillance equipment will increase steadily in the foreseeable future, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Kyunghee Park writes that Boeing and Saab AB predict that interest in surveillance technology among Asian customers will grow as tensions over territorial...

Tony Smeraglinolo: Engility Lands Contract to Help Air Force Manage Sentinel UAVs

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Tony Smeraglinolo Engility (NYSE: EGL) will administer networks and manage security for the U.S. Air Force‘s RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicles under a three-year, $11 million contract. The company will carry out operational tasks on the Sentinels for the Air Combat Command’s 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, Engility said Thursday. Tony Smeraglinolo, Engility president...

Navy Taps CACI, Honeywell, Serco for Electronic Surveillance Systems Support

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CACI International (NYSE: CACI), Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Serco Inc. will compete for task orders to perform technical support and related services for U.S. Navy electronic surveillance systems under a set of potential five-year contracts. The Navy will also award work for lifecycle sustainment, integration and acquisition support services for defense and other government entities, the Defense Department...

SecureAlert Agrees to Buy Monitoring Tech Maker GPS Global; Guy Dubois Comments

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SecureAlert has moved to grow its electronic monitoring business by striking a deal to acquire GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. The purchase is intended to add surveillance technology and service offerings for personal, vehicle, and facility usage to SecureAlert’s portfolio, SecureAlert said Tuesday. SecureAlert expects to close the transaction next...

John Moberly Named Senior Director at Hughes Network Systems; Rick Lober Comments

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John Moberly John Moberly, previously chief of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with the office of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics in the space and intelligence office, has been appointed senior director at Hughes Network Systems. In this role, he will be responsible for strategy and business development of Hughes’ defense and intelligence systems...

Roei Ganzarski: Bye Aerospace Tests BoldIQ Software on HALE UAV in ‘Ever Changing’ UAV Operating Environment

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Bye Aerospace has demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses BoldIQ software built to optimize operations of the high-altitude, long-endurance hybrid aircraft. The evaluation subjected all four Silent Guardian UAVs to hundreds of mission scenarios across seven million square miles of airspace, Bye Aerospace said Thursday. “The UAV operating environment is ever changing and is constantly...