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Northrop to Support Air Force’s Battlefield Comms Relay Under $140M Contract Modification

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) a one-year, $140 million contract modification to provide payload and operations support for an airborne communications relay that works to help warfighters transmit data and gain situational awareness. Northrop will perform support work on the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node in San Diego, California, and various …

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Textron Subsidiary Wins $475M USSOCOM Unmanned Aircraft ISR Services IDIQ

AAI, a subsidiary of Textron (NYSE: TXT), has won a potential $475 million contract to provide unmanned aircraft system intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services to the U.S. Special Operations Command. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has an ordering period of four and a half years and will run through July 2022, the Defense Department said Monday. USSOCOM received eight …

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Boeing Insitu Gets $71M Navy Contract Modification for Blackjack UAS Production

Boeing‘s (NYSE: BA) Insitu subsidiary has been awarded a $70.8 million contract modification to build and deliver six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The modification exercises an option on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract and covers lot 1 full-rate production work as well as systems engineering …

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Leonardo Buys Remaining Sistemi Dinamici Shares in Unmanned Tech Portfolio Expansion Push

Leonardo, then Finmeccanica, has purchased the remaining 60 percent of shares in Pisa, Italy-based Sistemi Dinamici from systems engineering firm IDS for an undisclosed sum in a strategy to expand Leonardo’s portfolio of unmanned systems. The transaction includes the acquisition of Sistemi’s SD-150 Hero unmanned helicopter program and will allow Leonardo to combine its …

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General Atomics Secures $349M Air Force Predator, Reaper UAS Support Contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a General Atomics subsidiary a $349.1 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide support services for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will deliver program, configuration and inventory control point management, as well as depot field, technical manual and software maintenance under the …

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Teresa Covington Named AeroVironment CFO

Teresa Covington, who held the interim chief financial officer role between Feb. 5, 2015 and July 7, 2015 at AeroVironment (Nasdaq: AVAV), has been appointed CFO on a full-time basis at the unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer. AeroVironment said Tuesday Covington will succeed Raymond Cook, who will resign as senior vice president and CFO on Feb. 28, …

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UK Air Force Considers MBDA Brimstone Missiles for General Atomics’ Certifiable Predator B

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 16, 2016 — The U.K. air force has expressed plans to equip its General Atomics-built Certifiable Predator B unmanned aircraft systems with MBDA‘s Brimstone precision strike missiles, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. MBDA said Dec. 8 it will partner with the Defense Department, the U.K ministry of defense and General Atomics’ …

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General Atomics Flight-Tests Gray Eagle UAS Extended Range Variant

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 12, 2016 — A General Atomics subsidiary has commenced flight testing for a new MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range unmanned aircraft system at the company’s flight operations hub in California, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is scheduled to complete MC-1C ER tests by  June 2017 and subsequently begin a series of test events …

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Northrop Grumman Marks Milestones Under DARPA-Navy Tern Program

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Nov. 30, 2016 — Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has marked two milestones in a joint program between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and U.S. Navy to develop an unmanned aerial system for medium-altitude, long-endurance missions, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node project team has completed a critical design review of the …

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FLIR Systems Purchases Norway-Based UAS Maker Prox Dynamics for $134M

FLIR Systems (Nasdaq: FLIR) has acquired Oslo, Norway-based unmanned aerial systems manufacturer Prox Dynamics for approximately $134 million to create a new UAS business within the buyer’s surveillance segment. FLIR said Wednesday it also intends to expand its airborne sensor product line with the addition of Prox Dynamics. “The team at Prox Dynamics operates with …

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