ULA Arm Receives $938M Contract Modification on USAF Launch Vehicle Program

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A subsidiary of United Launch Alliance has received a $938.4 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for continued Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle services for the Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicles. United Launch Services will provide services such as program management, space and launch vehicle integration, launch operations and infrastructure sustainment for the fiscal year...

Harris Receives $19M Air Force Falcon Wideband Radio Order

Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has won a $19 million contract to supply wideband radio systems to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The company will provide up to 1,500 Falcon III AN/PRC-152A radios and accessories that AFSOC intends to use for ground-to-air communications and situational awareness missions, Harris said Tuesday. Harris designed the wideband tactical radios to help clients...

Northrop to Produce 3 More USAF Global Hawks for $345M; Mick Jaggers Comments

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $354 million contract to manufacture three additional Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles for the U.S. Air Force. The order will increase the number of RQ-4 Global Hawks operated by the branch to 37 by 2017, Northrop said Monday. “Even as Global Hawk flight hours increase each year, we are striving to reduce the overall operating cost of the system...

Bob Ranck to Lead Gulfstream Gov’t Programs, Sales; Larry Flynn Comments

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John “Bob” Ranck John “Bob” Ranck, former vice president of business development at Integrated Systems Solutions, has joined General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary Gulfstream Aerospace as senior VP for government programs and sales, effective January. The company said Monday Ranck will succeed retiring Buddy Sams and report to Gulfstream President Larry Flynn. “[Ranck] has...

Report: US, South Korea Discuss BAE F-16 Upgrade Contract’s 2nd Phase

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BAE Systems could receive billion of work to upgrade 134 South Korea’s F-16 fighter jets as the U.S. and South Korean governments work to finalize the second phase of of a foreign military sales contract between both companies, Reuters reported Friday. Andrea Shalal writes that the U.S. Air Force wants to finalize the pricing and schedule of the second phase with South Korea as Seoul...

USAF Considers Air Force One Contract Split as Frank Kendall Seeks More Contract Competitions

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The U.S. Air Force is looking into a potential splitting of work on the future presidential plane between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and other contractors as Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall recently pushed for more competitive contracts. Tony Capaccio reports Thursday for Bloomberg News that Kendall has noted a low contract competition rate at DoD and recommended a stricter process for sole-source...

Air Force Wants Anti-Jam Tech for Global Wideband Satcom

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The U.S. Air Force is interested in procuring a ground-based technology that can mitigate jamming threats to military broadband communication satellites. A sources sought notice released Tuesday outlines the branch’s plan to acquire an X-band anti-jam system for the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation. A potential contractor would update the WGS ground control infrastructure to include a satellite...

Report: Air Force Could Award Long-Range Radar Contract Next Week

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The U.S. Air Force is close to naming the winner of a contract to produce long-range, ground-based sensors for tracking hostile aircraft and missiles, Defense News reported Wednesday. Aaron Mehta writes that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) are competing for the Air Force’s Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar development program. The...

Air Force Wants Info on EELV Rocket Engine Alternatives

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Air Force photo The U.S. Air Force has requested information on the availability of locally made rocket engines that the service can use for its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. AF is looking to utilize industry’s existing launch systems or alternative configurations to currently used boosters in EELV-class platforms, the branch said Wednesday in a FedBizOpps notice. The service asked...

Lisa Finneran: General Dynamics to Apply Open Architecture to AF ICBM Guidance Evaluations

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (NYSE: GD) will assess Intercontinental Ballistic Missile guidance technology options for the U.S. Air Force. under a $6.4 million contract. The business unit of General Dynamics work to analyze and design test strategies and plans for the Air Force to match program requirements with the Minuteman III and ICBM weapon systems, General Dynamics said Tuesday. Lisa...