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December 13, 2017
General Atomics to provide ground control stations to Air Force
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems was awarded a contract worth more than $134 million for ground patrol stations for the U.S. Air Force. The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, falls under the terms of a undefinitized contract for the production of block 30 ground control stations. The ground control stations from General Atomics support the U.S. drone program at military installations like Creech Air Force base outside Las Vegas and Beale Air Force base in California ... read more

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Bell-Boeing has been awarded a modified contract to procure materials and support for the delivery of seven MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for the U.S. Navy. ... more
Canada to buy 18 used Australian jetsw
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Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK
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Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters
South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel SOC Ltd., is selling 12 surplus Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company. ... more
L-3 awarded $10.2M contract to support T-1A Jayhawk
L-3 Communications as been awarded a modified contract for logistics support of the T-1A aircraft, a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer. ... more
General Dynamics to support training software, hardware for Air Force
General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a support contract by the U.S. Air Force for a one-year, $47 million contract. ... more
Israel says F-35 stealth fighter jets operational
Israel' military on Wednesday declared its newly acquired F-35 stealth fighters operational, making it the first country outside of the United States to put the ultra hi-tech jets into service. ... more
Boeing's new KC-46A tanker completes first flight
The first Boeing KC-46A tanker plane, expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year, completed its first flight, the company has announced. ... more

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Qatar, France sign billion-dollar fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis
Qatar agreed Thursday to buy 12 French-built fighter jets, part of a multi-billion-dollar raft of deals announced as President Emmanuel Macron visited the emirate, hit by the Gulf's worst political crisis in years. ... more
NASA's SuperTIGER Balloon Flies Again to Study Heavy Cosmic Particles
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Military leaders: Lack of a new budget could 'break the U.S. Air Force'
A panel of Department of Defense generals and admirals warned an audience of defense industry company representatives that the continuing budget resolution is problematic and if sequestration returns significant problems will follow. ... more
L-3 awarded support contract for Navy's T-45 Goshawk
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has been awarded a modified contract for services and support for 200 U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk aircraft. ... more
Philippines acquires six Brazilian attack planes
The Philippine military, which is battling both pro-Islamic State militants and communist guerrillas, is acquiring six Brazilian-made A-29 planes for close air support, authorities said. ... more
Sikorsky awarded contract for 'Marine One' rework, sustainment
The Department of Defense has awarded a contract to Sikorsky Aircraft for upgrades to the helicopters used by Marine Helicopter Squadron One - whose most famous passenger is the President of the United States. ... more
Saab contracts with Armscor for Gripen weapons support
Saab Defense has received a support services contract from Armscor of South Africa for Gripen fighters flown by the South African air force. ... more
Lockheed Martin to support F-35 test flight operations
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a modified contract to support test flight operations for the F-35 aircraft platforms for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as non-U.S. Defense Department customers. ... more

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Boeing will miss its deadline to deliver the first KC-46 tanker to the U.S. Air Force by the end of the year - an admission that comes a little over month after the company was "very confident" it could meet its self-imposed demand. ... more
United Technologies awarded $353.2M for F-35 services
Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, a division of United Technologies Corp., received a contract this week for performance based logistics and sustainment support of the F-135 propulsion system for the F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft. ... more
IAP awarded contract by Navy for services on E-6B Mercury
IAP Worldwide Services Inc. has been awarded a modified contract to exercise the second option year for logistics support services on the E-6B Mercury aircraft as tensions remain high with North Korea. ... more
Indonesia re-opening Bali airport shut by volcanic ash
Bali's international airport will re-open Wednesday afternoon after a nearly three-day shutdown, Indonesian airport authorities said, as ash from a rumbling volcano that looms over the island paradise shifted direction. ... more
Sky-high Wi-Fi ready to fly
Airline passengers will be able to surf the internet in the air almost as fast as they do on the ground, as China Unicom, China's second-largest telecom carrier by subscribers, prepares to demonstra ... more
Indian aerospace behemoth reveals why Indo-Russia FGFA is highly feasible
Any new fighter jet procurement deal by Indian Air Force would require the foreign vendor to set up a production line in India - a time taking process. In this backdrop, HAL's claim that it can imme ... more
Lockheed awarded $37.7M contract for F-35 software conversions
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a modified contract for software conversions for structure and system data sets in support of the F-35 joint strike fighter. ... more
US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash
The US Navy on Friday called off its search for three American sailors missing since their plane crashed in the Philippine Sea. ... more
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