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Jeff Babione Named F-35 Deputy Program Head; Orlando Carvalho Comments

Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) former vice president and general manager of the F-16 and F-22 integrated fighter group, has been appointed vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 program. Bridget Lauderdale, VP and GM of aeronautics operations, has succeeded Babione in his former roles on an …

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General Dynamics Building Super Hornet Computers; Lou Von Thaer Comments

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has won a $19.3 million contract to build mission computers for two types of U.S. Navy fighter jets, both built by Boeing (NYSE: BA). Flight crews on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler jets use the computers for controlling combat systems and situational awareness, the company …

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Raytheon to Upgrade Nuclear Airborne Command Posts

Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has won a Pentagon award to upgrade audio equipment on the E-4B aircraft, also known as “Nightwatch”, according to a Wednesday announcement from the Defense Department. The Motley Fool writes that the E-4B is a modified Boeing 747-200 aircraft functioning as the nation’s “Advanced Airborne Command Posts” during …

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Jacobs-Led Team Wins Potential $2B For NASA Engineering, Tech Services; Terry Hagen Comments

A Jacobs Engineering Group-led team has won a potential $1.93 billion contract to provide NASA engineering, technology and science services at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The cost-plus-award-fee services contract starts May 1 and contains five base years and two two-year options, Jacobs said Tuesday. Team members for the …

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DHS Moving Ahead On Potential $390B Border Security Program

The Department of Homeland Security is continuing the demonstration phase of a $390 million project to build a virtual border fence, Washington Technology reports. Boeing (NYSE: BA), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Raytheon (RTN) and a team led by General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and EADS are competing …

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Exelis Names TASC, Northrop Vet Pamela Drew Info Systems Lead; David Melcher Comments

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has appointed Dr. Pamela Drew president of the information systems business area, effective March 31. The company said she will succeed the retiring Mike Wilson and lead an area focused on system development, networking and radio frequency communications. Drew’s team will be responsible for developing products …

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Lockheed Wins $253M for Saudi F-15 Program Support

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has won a $253, 381, 949 U.S. Air Force contract to support an F-15SA modernization program in Saudi Arabia, the Defense Department said Monday. Saudi Arabia is upgrading its F-15 fleet under a foreign military sales agreement with the U.S., where Boeing (NYSE: BA) will convert …

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GE Buying UK Private Equity Firm’s Aviation Segment for $4.3B; David Joyce Comments

General Electric (NYSE: GE) has agreed to acquire the aviation business of Avio S.p.A., an Italy-based maker of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft, for $4.3 billion. Bloomberg reports GE is making the acquisition in an attempt to gain more control over its supply chain as …

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Rockwell Collins to Expand Navy E-6B IP Bandwidth

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) will provide the U.S. Navy three kits for expanding Internet Protocol bandwidth on the E-6B, according to the Defense Department. Under a $53, 768, 655 contract, the company will also build modification kits for the Boeing-made (NYSE: BA) command and control plane, including four very low …

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NASA Picks ATK, Northrop for $137M Space Engineering Demo Program

NASA has selected a group of contractors including ATK (NYSE: ATK) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) to develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for an advanced booster on the Space Launch System. According to the agency, the total value of the contracts is $137.3 million. ATK will develop a …

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