General Atomics contracted for four Reaper drones for Netherlands

March 22 (UPI) — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems received a $123.2 million contract to build MQ-9 Reaper drones for the Netherlands, the Defense Department announced. The company, headquartered in Poway, Calif., will construct four of the Block 5 remotely piloted MALE UAV, or medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, aircraft, part of a $339 million request in 2015 by ...

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Air Force swaps F-35A crews in flexibility exercise

March 22 (UPI) — U.S. Air Force personnel performed their first crew swap, using F-35A Lightning II fighter planes, this week at Hill AFB, Utah, the Air Force announced. In the training exercise, a pilot takes off, completes his mission, lands and takes on fuel while another pilot and crew take over the cockpit of the same plane. The action ...

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BAE nabs $41.8M for work on USS Anchorage

March 22 (UPI) — BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair received a $41.8 million contract for maintenance and repair of the transport dock ship USS Anchorage. The contract, announced on Thursday by the Defense Department, calls for “completing, coordinating, and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair, and modernization” of the vessel, whose home is San Diego. The vessel is ...

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DARPA taps BAE for autonomous air mission planning software

March 21 (UPI) — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded BAE Systems a new contract for its work on an autonomous air mission planning system for the U.S. military. The $3.1 million contract, announced Wednesday by BAE, is for development work on the Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment, or RSPACE, system. RSPACE is meant ...

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Raytheon tests EASR all-purpose surveillance radar for U.S. Navy

March 20 (UPI) — The Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar sensor, the U.S. Navy’s newest radar, has completed subtesting, its builder, Raytheon Co., announced. The rotating array of radar components was mounted on a 100-foot tower at the Navy’s Surface Combat Systems Center at Wallops Island, Va., and will undergo systems-level tracking of aircraft through the end of the year. The ...

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