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MALI: Peace Is Slip Sliding Away

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PHILIPPINES: Creaky Coalition Against China

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MORALE: Russia Continues To Suffer Cold War Casualties

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AIR WEAPONS: Old Reliable

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INFORMATION WARFARE: Wireless Wickedness

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Contracts for October 31, 2013

Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.

Bigger Fire Scout MQ-8C Perform First Flight Tests

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Sikorsky Completes Initial Tests of First Rotor Blades for CH-53K Helicopter — Press Release

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION ROTOR BLADESSTRATFORD, Conn., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky Aircraft has successfully completed the initial phase of testing for the first-ever main and tail rotor blades manufactured for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program. Designed specially to help meet the Marine Corps requirement to lift the aircraft’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 pounds, the all-composite blades are the largest and most technologically advanced ever produced by Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“These new blades are an important feature of the CH-53K helicopter’s ability to lift almost three times the payload compared to the CH-53E Super Stallion™ aircraft it will replace later this decade,” said Mike Torok Sikorsky’s CH-53K Program Vice President. “Advanced geometric shaping, high strength composite materials and a flaw tolerant design all come into play to provide unmatched performance, reliability, and survivability.”

At 35 feet span length, and almost three feet chord width, the CH-53K main rotor blade has 12 percent more surface area than the CH-53E blade. A 4th generation aerodynamic design developed by Sikorsky adds unique airfoils, twist and taper to the new blade so as to accommodate 71 percent greater power generated by the CH-53K aircraft’s three 7,500-shaft-horsepower GE38-1B engines.

Included in the span length is an advanced blade tip to improve hover performance, and a composite cuff attachment feature that will allow maintainers to quickly attach each of the seven CH-53K blades directly to an elastomerically-articulated titanium rotor head without the need for specialized tools or multiple redundant fasteners. When attached to the nearly nine-foot-diameter main rotor hub, the blade radius extends to 39.5 feet.

The four 10 ft. long CH-53K tail rotor blades have 15 percent more surface area compared to the same tail rotor blades on the CH-53E helicopter. On the CH-53K aircraft, the tail rotor blades collectively produce as much thrust as the main rotor blades on Sikorsky’s 11,000-pound S-76™ helicopter.

Both main rotor blades and tail rotor blades are now undergoing qualification testing at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Conn., headquarters. Tests completed to date include spinning of the blades on whirl towers to measure balance, and initial fatigue tests to determine structural strength. Blade qualification testing will continue over several years to include stress and fatigue tests, and additional whirl tower testing to validate aerodynamic stability, tip deflection, and rotational twist along each blade’s length.

This first set of blades will be attached to the CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle at Sikorsky’s Developmental Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Marine Corps pilots and Sikorsky test engineers will spin the blades on the GTV as part of the Shakedown Light-Off, a term used to describe the test of engines, transmissions, and blades running together for the first time.

Sikorsky began fabricating composite rotor blades in the early 1970s for the UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter. Composite blades made by Sikorsky are flaw tolerant to ensure that any small anomalies present in the blade during its initial fabrication will not grow into larger problematic anomalies.

The 4th generation blade design is part of a long chain of Sikorsky rotor systems innovations and investment to improve blade aerodynamics.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC)

Photo courtesy of SAC

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Blackstone Technology Group Announces Award of Department of Homeland Security EAGLE II Contract

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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blackstone Technology Group is pleased to announce that it is one of eleven contractors that have been awarded DHS Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) II.




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Blackstone Technology Group Announces Award of Department of Homeland Security EAGLE II Contract

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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blackstone Technology Group is pleased to announce that it is one of eleven contractors that have been awarded DHS Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) II.




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Honor Our Nation’s Veterans with 140 Characters or Less!

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s easy for social media users to honor our nation’s veterans for their service and sacrifice by using the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hash tag: #veteransdayis. WWP urges all Americans to use the hash tag leading up to and on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, across all their social media channels to honor those who bravely served in the United States military. The #veteransdayis hash tag was developed for everyone to use, including veterans and




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Honor Our Nation’s Veterans with 140 Characters or Less!

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s easy for social media users to honor our nation’s veterans for their service and sacrifice by using the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hash tag: #veteransdayis. WWP urges all Americans to use the hash tag leading up to and on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, across all their social media channels to honor those who bravely served in the United States military. The #veteransdayis hash tag was developed for everyone to use, including veterans and




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Enhanced Payload Supports Real-Time Targeting for Geo-Targeted Weapons

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Enhanced Payload Supports Real-Time Targeting for Geo-Targeted Weapons

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Agencies Promise Security Clearance Fixes Soon

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Senators promote their own plans to ensure increased oversight.

TALK: Spooky NSA

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VIDEO: MiG-35D

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VIDEO: Wrong End Of A Tank

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VIDEO: Wrong End Of A Tank

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GE Aviation and the University of Cincinnati Finalize Historic Research Collaboration

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EVENDALE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE Aviation, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI), has created the GE Aviation Research Center at the company’s world headquarters in Evendale, Ohio.




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BAE Systems Awarded Contract to Begin Production of Paladin Integrated Management

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YORK, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems received a contract worth up to $688 million from the U.S. Army to begin Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. The PIM is a significant upgrade of the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, restoring space, weight, and power-cooling, while providing growth potential for emerging technologies. “The award is a significant milestone for both BAE Systems and the U.S. Army,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president




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Harris Corporation to Create Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Network for Middle Eastern Nation

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MELBOURNE, Fla. & ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received an $11 million order from a Middle Eastern nation to provide a comprehensive coastal intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance communications network. Harris will provide Falcon III® RF-7800M Multiband Networking Radios, accessories and its battle management application in Coast Guard vehicles and strategic installations on land,




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NCI Awarded $7.9 Million Headquarters Marine Corps Information Technology Functional Services and Support Contract

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RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NCI, Inc. announced today that the company was awarded a $7.9 million Headquarters Marine Corps Information Technology Functional Services and Support contract




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SAIFE, Inc. Granted Interim Authority to Test (IATT) the SAIFE® Framework on Navy Network

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CHANDLER, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Authority to Operate (ATO) will enable use of the SAIFE Mobility Suite in a wide Navy deployment, making it the first software-only secure mobility solution for off-the-shelf devices.




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New number of votes in AB Volvo

October 30, 2013 by · Comment
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GÖTEBORG, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News: The number of votes in AB Volvo has changed due to the conversion of a total of 518,868 Series A shares to a total of 518,868 Series B shares. The conversions were implemented with the support of the opportunity for Series A shareholders to request conversion of Series A shares to Series B shares, which was entered in the Articles of Association at the 2011 Annual General Meeting. Today, October 31, the last trading day of the month, there are




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