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Northrop Grumman to support U.S. Army's Starlite radar system

Northrop Grumman to support U.S. Army's Starlite radar system

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Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. was awarded an $ 86.2 million contract by the U.S. Army in support of the Starlite radar system. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is a hybrid fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee agreement. The AN/ZPY-1 STARLite radar system is a small radar unit used on tactical aerial reconnaissance missions that include moving target detection, maritime searches, battlefield intelligence and through-the-weather surveillance. The system can be used on both manned and unmanned aerial system platforms, according to Northrop Grumman. An estimated completion date for the contract is Jan. 31, 2023, with work locations yet to be determined. The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting agent. [...
General Atomics, Raytheon contracted for Reaper drone support

General Atomics, Raytheon contracted for Reaper drone support

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Dec. 24 (UPI) -- General Atomics and Raytheon have each been awarded contracts for support of the MQ-9 Reaper, one for sensors and the other for overall program support, that come to a total of more than $ 350 million. The contracts, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, cover separate areas of sustainment for the unmanned aerial system used for surveillance and support of ground troops, though they have also been used for emergency search and rescue and other missions. The MQ-9 has a flight ceiling of about 40,000 feet and can be armed with laser-guided missiles and bombs, including the Hellfire and GBU-12 Paveway, as well as GPS-guided GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The drone has long-range endurance and loiter time and carries a variety of infrared cameras laser designa...
Boeing, Sikorsky awarded $1.1B for Special Ops helicopter support

Boeing, Sikorsky awarded $1.1B for Special Ops helicopter support

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Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Boeing Sikorsky Aircraft Support has been awarded a $ 1.1 billion contract for support of the Little Bird, Chinook and Seahawk helicopters of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, covers life cycle contractor support for the MH-6, MH-47 and MH-60 helicopters over a seven-year ordering period. The contract will become active on Jan. 1, 2019, with the first task order under the contract becoming effective. Boeing Sikorsky will provide support program management, field service representatives, sustaining engineering and spare and repair parts. Boeing Sikorsky, a joint venture of Boeing Aerospace and Sikorsky, has been obligated $ 32.8 million at the time of award from fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds. ...
United Technologies contracted for F-35 engine logistics support

United Technologies contracted for F-35 engine logistics support

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Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Pentagon has awarded the United Technologies subsidiary Pratt & Whitney Military Engines a $ 399.8 million contract for the F-35's F135 engine for both domestic and foreign partners on the program. The contract modification applies to the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, domestic contractors, partner nations and Foreign Military Sales. The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is a fifth generation multi-role stealth platform expected to replace most of the U.S. military's fighter fleets and operate in support of other aircraft. Over 320 aircraft have been delivered to the U.S. and partner nations, with the planned buys expected to boost that number by hundreds over the next several years.. Long-term production plans call for several thousand planes to be built for the ...
Frozen 'super-Earth' could support life, experts say

Frozen 'super-Earth' could support life, experts say

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A frozen "super-Earth" discovered six light years from Earth could be capable of harbouring life, scientists have said. The rocky planet, at least 3.2 times the size of Earth, is orbiting Barnard's Star, one of the closest and most well studied red dwarf stars in the Galaxy and the sun's nearest neighbouring single star.Known as Barnard's star b, its surface temperatures are estimated at minus 150C. Despite this, scientists believe pockets of liquid water, warmed by geothermal activity, could lie beneath the ice capable of harbouring life.As a red dwarf, Barnard's star is smaller, older and much cooler than the sun. Although the planet is much closer to it than the Earth is to the sun, it's surface remains locked in a blanket of ice. Ima...