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Raytheon Wins $80M for Navy Surface Warfare Weapon; Harry Schulte Comments

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has won an $80.5 million contract to produce an anti-surface warfare weapon system for the Boeing-made (NYSE: BA) F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. The U.S. Navy intends for the Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 systems to contain new weapon datalink radios and modified seeker software, Raytheon said Wednesday. …

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GovCon Wire Follows F-35 Executive Leaders, Intl Program Activity

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is among the largest weapons acquisitions the U.S. government has ever undertaken and its impact extends around the world as countries seek to buy the jet. GovCon Wire, published by Executive Mosaic, follows the most important developments regarding the F-35 as its manufacturer Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), …

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Report: Experts See Increased Demand for Military Drones

The military is increasingly turning to unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance and combat operations because of the aircraft’s multimission capabilities and technologies, the New York Times reported Sunday. Daniel Solon writes that manufacturers offer UAVs that range from hand-launched reconnaissance drones to experimental solar-powered surveillance aircraft. The report said Northrop Grumman …

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Bechtel Completes Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Project; Joe Brown Comments

Bechtel has announced the completion of a U.S. Missile Defense Agency project that aims to protects the country from long-range ballistic missile attacks. The company completed its task orders from the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, including construction of three missile fields at Fort Greely, Alaska, Bechtel said Monday. Under the contract …

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Northrop to Update Navy Growler Electronic Systems

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a $7 million delivery order to update electronic attack systems used on the U.S. Navy‘s fleet of EA-16G Growler jets, built by Boeing (NYSE: BA). The order is a ceiling-priced award under a basic ordering agreement, the Defense Department said Thursday. Work will occur …

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In Sequestration Era, GovCon Wire Keeps Execs Ahead of International Activity

In addition to staying on top of breaking executive activity at the leading government contracting firms, Executive Mosaic and its flagship Government Contracting Wire (GovCon Wire) has established itself as a foremost presence in the world of international government contracting. Much has made been about defense contractors’ increased activity in …

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Kelly Ortberg to Succeed Clay Jones as Rockwell Collins CEO

Kelly Ortberg, president of Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL), has been appointed to succeed Clay Jones as chief executive, effective July 31. Jones has told the board of directors he plans to retire as CEO on that date but will continue to serve as non-executive chairman of the board, Rockwell Collins …

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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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