AAI nets $20.5M for mine sweep system on Littoral Combat Ships

May 3 (UPI) — AAI Corp. was awarded a $20.5 million contract for engineering and technical services for the unmanned influence sweep system, which allows the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships to perform mine warfare sweep missions. Work is expected to be completed by this September, including 70 percent in AAI’s plant in Hunt Valley, Md., and 30 percent in Slidell, ...

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Lockheed’s Sidekick adds increased firepower to F-35 fighters

May 3 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin has developed a new weapons rack — called a Sidekick — that allows the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to carry six missiles instead of four. Each of the two new weapons bays on the Air Force F-35A and Navy carrier-capable F-35C can carry three AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, or AMRAAM, instead ...

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Air Force tests Minuteman III missile in launch at Vandenberg

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Wednesday in an operational test. Photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E.N. Murphy/U.S. Air Force An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday traveled approximately 4,200 miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to the Kwajalen Atoll in the Marshall ...

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Navy’s Boxer ARG deployed from Naval Base San Diego

May 2 (UPI) — Three U.S. Navy ships with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with 4,500 service members, departed San Diego Wednesday on regular deployment. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John Murtha, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer and the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry made up the group ...

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Northrup Grumman to integrate countermeasures system on aircraft for U.S., allies

May 1 (UPI) — Northrup Grumman Systems Corp. was awarded a contract to integrate the U.S. Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures onto aircraft of the U.S. military and two allies. The Department of Defense announced the contract, to be completed by June 2021 and not to exceed $132.2 million, on Tuesday. The contract calls for obtaining the equipment, analysis and ...

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