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New Engine to Power the Next Generation Fighters

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The US Air Force is funding the development of a new class of 45,000 lb thrust-adaptive jet engine, designed to power the future sixth generation fighter in the 2030s. Two contracts were awarded, each to complete three prototype engines in four years.

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Preparing for Operational Service, B-1B Fires LRASM in Salvo

December 15, 2017 by · Comment
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Lockheed Martin successfully launched production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force's B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F in 2019, LRASM will fulfill the US Navy's Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment I requirement.

US Air Force Reverses Retirement Plans for A-10, U-2 Fleet

May 27, 2017 by · Comment
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Pegasus is airborne!

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A smart targeting platform use workflow, big-data to accelerate airstrikes

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Pentagon reaches agreement to purchase 43 F-35s under LRIP 8 at 3.6% lower cost

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Mustering the air power for Afghanistan

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A miniature drone made of styrofoam help protects airbases in Afghanistan

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Raytheon submits proposal to build the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal for the US Air Force — Press Release

Satellite terminals offer secure communications for air crews

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite communications terminals that provide survivable, secure, jam-resistant communications to the U.S. military, has submitted a proposal to build the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal (GASNT) for the U.S. Air Force.

GASNT is a nuclear command and control system that will use both Extremely High Frequency (EHF) and AEHF waveforms to provide protected communications in difficult environments. The terminal provides wing command posts and mobile support teams with survivable communications to send and receive alerts, called Emergency Action Messages.

GASNT will enhance the existing system by delivering increased capacity and capability.

“With a 30-year history in highly secure satellite communications terminals, Raytheon is well positioned to provide the Air Force with reliable, efficient, cost-effective terminals to handle one of the nation’s most sensitive and important communications needs,” said Scott Whatmough, vice president of Integrated Communication Systems for Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems business.

Raytheon is already in production on three different AEHF terminals for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. All three have successfully tested with the on-orbit AEHF satellite and have demonstrated interoperable communications.

Additionally, in September 2012, Raytheon was awarded another contract from the Air Force for development of the Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals (FAB-T) for the Airborne Command Post Terminal requirement.

GASNT proposals were due to the Air Force Jan. 18 with a contract award expected in June.

About Raytheon


Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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Sigma Labs, Inc. Awarded US Navy Contract for Direct Digital Manufacturing of Metallic Aircraft Parts — Press Release

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Sigma Labs, Inc. Awarded US Navy Contract for Direct Digital Manufacturing of Metallic Aircraft Parts

SANTA FE, N.M., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Sigma Labs, Inc. (OTCBB: SGLB.OB) announced today that it was awarded on March 23, 2011, a Phase I Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contract by the US Navy for rapid qualification of parts made using Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM).

Mark Cola, President of Sigma Labs, stated, “We are pleased to receive this contract, which will generate up to $150,000 in revenues, as it enhances our current US Air Force Phase II SBIR contract that we expect to complete in 2011 and will generate up to $750,000 in revenues. The US Navy contract extends our IPQA technology and will allow us to focus on developing and deploying a product into this fast-growing market segment.”

Richard Mah, CEO of Sigma Labs, added, “DDM has come a long way since we initiated early developments in the 1980s at Los Alamos. Within a few years, we believe that parts will go directly from computer models to physical hardware, and onto aircrafts faster and more reliably than ever before. We are pleased to be a key part of this significant development in manufacturing.”

About Sigma Labs, Inc.

Sigma Labs, Inc. comprises leading scientists and engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory with over 75 years of combined industrial R&D experience and has become a developer of manufacturing and materials technologies and an important R&D provider to first-tier integrators, including Boeing, Honeywell, and Pratt & Whitney, as well as to commercial firms within the United States and internationally. Sigma Labs, Inc. currently has contracts with both the federal Government and private industry to develop technologies from their conception through the design, building, and testing of prototype systems. Sigma Labs, Inc. is aggressively designing and developing innovative sensing, software products, materials technologies and other unique manufacturing quality assurance solutions for the federal Government and our commercial clients. Visit Sigma Labs at www.sigmalabsinc.com.
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3 Significant Federal Contracts Awarded to TGH Aviation

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AUBURN, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TGH Aviation, one of the world’s leading providers of aircraft flight systems support, is proud to announce the award of three contracts by the United States Department of Defense for aviation equipment repair services. Valued at $1.5 million, the three contracts awarded to TGH include the repair of Fuel Quantity Indicators on the CH-47 Helicopter for the US Army, the repair of Altitude Computers on the Northrop T-38 and F-5 for the US Air Force, and the repair o



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Textron Defense Systems Receives $257M Order to Supply Sensor Fuzed Weapons to Indian Air Force

February 8, 2011 by · Comment
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BANGALORE, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Textron Defense Systems announced it has received a contract from the US Air Force to produce 512 CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon units for the Government of India under a Foreign Military sale agreement.



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TriQuint GaN Leadership Leads to New $17.5M Title III Manufacturing Development Contract

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HILLSBORO, Ore. & RICHARDSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TriQuint has won a $17.5 million US Air Force Laboratory gallium nitride (GaN) contract to develop new manufacturing processes. TriQuint was chosen in part due to success in its DARPA GaN contracts.



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Unmanned Aircraft Systems domination of Farnborough Air show proves the importance for UAS knowledge — Conference

Unmanned Aircraft Systems domination of Farnborough Air show proves the importance for UAS knowledge.

Meet with key UAS commercial and civilian industry leaders at SMi’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems event to discuss the endless opportunities for this thriving industry.

With demonstrations from Farnborough Air Show proving secure, sustainable and economically effective UAS are achievable for both the commercial and civilian sectors; the opportunities available for the UAS industry appear to be endless.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry has witnessed a meteoric growth over the past decade. With no sign of slowing down, rapid technological advances are fuelling a surge in both military and civilian applications of UAS across the globe. The market for unmanned aircraft in
the US military alone is set to surpass $12.7 Billion by 2015 and for the first time this year more unmanned than manned pilots will be trained in the US Air Force.

As Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III, Commanding General, USAACE/Fort Rucker states, the development of this industry is not only promising but vital “…Born out of necessity to protect the force, our UAS are the “Eyes of the Army,” proving themselves in key operational missions…The continuing expansion of UAS will have ever increasing utility in future Army operations.” Don’t miss your chance to participate in this event and to be at the forefront of not only military but also commercial progression.

Attend SMi’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2010 event to hear how this progress is to be actioned. Explore these opportunities and hear from key industry leaders and decision makers in this area.

With presentations from; Major General Stephen D. Schmidt, NATO on NATO UAS Strategy Brigadier General Robert P. Otto, Headquarters US Air Force on The Future of UAS in the US Air Force and Edgar Beugels, Frontex on UAS in Border Surveillance, this conference will provide you with the chance to hear from top military and industry personnel at the forefront of UAS operations and technology.

Other organisations presenting also include; US Army, Italian Air Force, Royal Air Force, NASA, European Defence Agency and the UK Civil Aviation Authority, this event’s line-up will provide brilliant networking opportunities

Full speaker line-up available online: http://www.smi-online.co.uk/uas201015.asp

Alternatively, please contact Nicolas Pianet on tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6728 or email: [email protected]

About SMi Group Ltd

Unmanned Aircraft Systems is part of a portfolio of conferences from SMi Group Ltd. SMi Group Ltd provides high quality business conferences, training events and masterclasses in the Defence & Aviation, Security, Finance, Pharmaceutical, PFI&PPP and Energy sectors. For further information on SMi conferences, please see http://www.smi-online.co.uk

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Commentary: New York Times editorial ‘The Tanker’

June 8, 2010 by · Comment
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Commentary: New York Times editorial 'The Tanker'
June 8, 2010

New York Times editorial 'The Tanker' was Published on June 6, 2010. Reflecting on the Congressional move to block bidders deemed to have received subsidies.

The conflict between Boeing of the US and Airbus of Europe is a decades long battle for commercial domination of the civil and military high-tech engineering market world-wide.

On the one hand Boeing benefitted from the Second World War and non-competitive Cold War arms spending of the Pentagon, on the other European governments wishing to develop their own champion in the sphere backed Airbus who had to compete for orders against established competition in the civil aerospace arena.

The game-changing issue is that Airbus is expanding into the military segments - providing a nascent challenge to the US Air-to-air refuelling programme and short range cargo airlift (challenging maybe one day the dominance of the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport).

The story thus far has been of thrust and counter-thrust and is unlikely to change.

Surely competition is healthy and that both airframes provide unique capabilities - why would the US Air Force not wish to avail themselves of both ? Alternatively, why not risk giving the capability to an overseas company ? After all an air tanker is cylinder which flies and carries fuel, technical yes, however compared to the half-billion dollars a copy B-2 Stealth Bomber or F-22 Raptor combat jet relatively low-tech affairs.

In a supreme emergency the US could not commandeer civil assets or access those of trusted partners such as Britain and Europe ?

At the bidding level the program was Boeing's to lose, and they did. Enter round 2 with a new Presidency and Boeing will likely win a part of the program or else get given a juicier program as 'compensation' - better the Europeans build aerial refuelling aircraft than stealth bombers, no ?

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Tactical Communications Group Awarded Contract to Deliver Operator Simulation and Training Solution to U.S. Navy’s Whidbey Island — Press Release

Tactical Communications Group Awarded Contract to Deliver Operator Simulation and Training Solution to U.S. Navy’s Whidbey Island

Breakthrough New Win with EW Navy Unit Complements TCG’s Significant US Air Force Business

TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 25 , 2010 – Tactical Communications Group (TCG), the leading independent supplier of tactical data link (TDL) software solutions for military test, training and operational users worldwide, announced the U.S. Navy has selected TCG’s training software solution to provide realistic Link 16 training for operators at its Whidbey Island, Washington Naval Air Station.

Whidbey Island is the premier naval aviation installation in the Pacific Northwest and home of all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons flying the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler. The U.S. Navy’s West Coast EA-6B / EA-18G training squadron awarded this new contract to TCG to fulfill a requirement to train pilots and ground operational personnel on tactical data link tactics, techniques, and procedures, so pilots and operators can “train as they fight” using TCG’s Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS). TCG’s GTS solution will allow the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler operators at Whidbey Island – in the air and on the ground – to have connectivity and visibility into their Link 16-equipped aircraft operations, and provide these operators crucial training on Link 16 supported missions.

“The GTS provides the U.S. Navy with proven TDL training technology they did not have previously, and gives their pilots the most realistic, flexible, and robust simulation and training tool on the market,” said Marty McDonough, President and CEO of TCG. “Similar to our many past successes with the US Air Force, now naval commanders and warfighters have the ability to connect and share data across disparate battlefield communications systems for enhanced command and control, which is crucial when making time-sensitive decisions on the fly. We are very pleased with this important new win with the US Navy Operational community, and look forward to building on this success and providing more innovative test, training and operational solutions to other US Naval bases.”

TCG’s Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS)

TCG’s GTS solution is a complete, highly realistic tactical training and simulation system for terrestrial TDL networks. Using GTS, military air operators can now easily create live operational tactical data link networks from the ground, and provide highly efficient, cost-effective and realistic TDL training. GTS is also a transportable TDL network ground station that features an advanced, user friendly Terminal Control Wizard which greatly simplifies and automates the process of Link 16 network entry. GTS also realistically replicates combat scenarios with multiple virtual participants and provides, dual screens of both the entire tactical situation and cockpit display emulation of any selected aircraft for improved real-time situational awareness.

About Tactical Communications Group

Founded in 1993, Tactical Communications Group (TCG) is the leading independent worldwide supplier of tactical data link software solutions for military communications worldwide. Its powerful, flexible software solutions minimize the time, cost and effort required to build, integrate, test, and deploy military systems that need connectivity and interoperability with tactical data link networks. TCG’s complete tactical data link (TDL) product line includes military testing software used to ensure compliance of TDL solutions to military standards with TCG’s BOSS™ testing solution, military Link-16 training systems for battlefield readiness with TCG’s GTS training solution and live operational systems for secure warfighter communications enabling better operational coordination and increased mission effectiveness with TCG’s LinkPRO software. TCG’s customers include some of the leading military organizations, systems integrators and test agencies worldwide. TCG is headquartered in Tewksbury, MA with offices in Newport News, VA and San Diego, CA. For additional information, please visit us at www.g2tcg.com or call at 978-654-4800.

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Air Force Commander to Brief Live from Afghanistan

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Air Force Commander to Brief Live from Afghanistan
April 19, 2010

Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, will brief live from Afghanistan at 10 a.m. EDT, April 20, in the DoD Briefing Studio, Pentagon 2E973, to provide an update of aerial operations in Afghanistan.

Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.



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Boeing, US Air Force Demonstrate Network Centric Capabilities at Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment

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Boeing, US Air Force Demonstrate Network Centric Capabilities at Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment
April 15, 2010

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force's Electronic Systems Center are demonstrating network-centric capabilities aboard a U.S. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) test aircraft during the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) at Nellis Air Force Base. The event began April 12 and is scheduled to conclude on April 22.

"For the first time, Boeing and the Air Force have brought together key components tested in previous experiments to constitute a complete network-centric capability," said Rick Heerdt, director of Boeing Airborne Warning Systems. "These modifications, which enable more rapid and accurate sharing of data, have been integrated into the new Block 40/45 mission system aboard the Test System 3 AWACS aircraft."

Block 40/45, now in production, is the most significant upgrade in the history of the U.S. AWACS fleet and introduces a state-of-the-art-battle management and command and control capability within a new open architecture mission system.

During JEFX, AWACS operators are using Web applications, such as chat, and display capabilities, including Google Earth, to improve situational awareness and operational effectiveness. The operational tempo will be increased through the use of software applications that read and interpret chat text to automatically update tactical databases.

Operators also will use automated systems to monitor the airspace, allowing them to control the battle more efficiently.

"Net-centric command and control capabilities aboard the E-3 AWACS fleet will allow for more efficient use of airborne and ground assets and give the warfighter a comprehensive picture of the battlefield, resulting in better situational awareness and enhanced decision making," said Heerdt.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.

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Boeing, Air Force, Air National Guard Roll Out 1st Operational F-15C with Enhanced Radar

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Boeing, Air Force, Air National Guard Roll Out 1st Operational F-15C with Enhanced Radar
April 12, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] representatives joined the U.S. Air Force and Florida Air National Guard (ANG) in Jacksonville today to roll out the first operational ANG F-15C equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Boeing is under contract to upgrade 14 ANG and 10 Air Force F-15C/D aircraft with AESA.

The Raytheon APG-63(V)3 AESA radar being installed on the F-15s combines the operationally proven APG-63(V)2 software with the advanced APG-79 Transmit/Receive hardware found on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. It is a reliable and affordable high-performance AESA for the F-15 air-to-air variant. The AESA radar antenna is 50 times more reliable than the mechanically scanned antenna it replaces.

“The (V)3 AESA radar will greatly improve F-15 pilots’ situational awareness, beyond-visual-range targeting, and weapon accuracy,” said Jim Means, director of Proprietary Programs for Boeing Global Strike Systems. “The new radar also enhances the capability to find and track small targets at low altitude -- a capability the ANG will employ in its Homeland Defense Air Sovereignty role. The addition of a built-in test function on the AESA antenna makes the (V)3 easier to maintain.”

The APG-63(V)3 radar is the latest in a series of planned upgrades that will ensure the F-15C’s combat-proven air supremacy well into the 21st century. These include a fighter-to-fighter data link, GPS navigation and the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, enabling the fighter to conduct network centric operations while employing the latest air-to-air weapons.

Boeing Global Services & Support provides sustainment services for the Air Force F-15 fleet, including spares and retrofit programs, field service teams and a full range of training systems and services.

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Raytheon Makes First Delivery of Encrypted Identification Technology to U.S. Air Force

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Raytheon Makes First Delivery of Encrypted Identification Technology to U.S. Air Force
March 30, 2010

KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique delivered more than 60 days ahead of schedule

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered the first of the KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique computers to the U.S. Air Force more than 60 days ahead of contract schedule.

The delivery was the first of a five-year, indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity agreement. The KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique computers for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment will provide the warfighter with the latest technology in secure air, land and surface combat-identification capability.

"The partnership between Raytheon and the Air Force allowed for the successful delivery of the KIV-77 ahead of contract schedule," said Brian McKeon, vice president, Integrated Communications Systems for Raytheon Network Centric Systems. "Achieving this early milestone demonstrates Raytheon's ability to deliver on our commitments to our customers. Our work helps protect the warfighter by safeguarding combat-identification transmissions."

The KIV-77 is Type 1 certified by the National Security Agency and provides information assurance for both legacy Mode 4 and new Mode 5 IFF equipment. Mode 5 IFF is the next-generation encrypted data link between interrogators and transponders to confirm an aircraft is friendly.

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Press Release — Statement on US Refueling Tanker Program Announcement

Statement on US Refueling Tanker Program Announcement

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The European Commission notes yesterday’s decision by Northrop Grumman / EADS not to submit a bid to the US Department of Defense for the US Air Force’s aerial refueling tanker contract.

“It is highly regrettable that a major potential supplier would feel unable to bid for a contract of this type. Open procurement markets guarantee better competition and better value for money for the taxpayer,” stated EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

In February 2008, Northrop Grumman / EADS was selected and awarded the contract to provide aerial refueling tankers for the US Air Force in a fair and transparent competition. This was a positive sign for free and open competition across the Atlantic. This also seemed to indicate that successful bids are possible when European industry teams up with US industry and they are allowed to compete fairly. This award was subsequently cancelled at the end of 2008.

In December 2009, Northrop Grumman / EADS expressed serious concerns to the Department of Defense and the US Air Force on the proposed acquisition criteria for the contract.

The European Commission would be extremely concerned if it were to emerge that the terms of tender were such as to inhibit open competition for the contract.

The US defense trade balance with the EU has traditionally been significantly in the US’ favor. In 2008 the US exported $5 billion and imported only $2.2 billion worth of defense material, in line with a historic ratio of double exports to imports.

The Commission will be following further developments in this case very closely.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Editorial: Lightning Strike – F-35 program project head replacement: Part II

February 2, 2010 by · Comment
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Looking at the history of leadership of the JSF PEO yields the insight that four USAF officers have led the project versus two US Navy and 2 USMC Generals. This would suggest the odds are pretty high that the USAF will be next in the cockpit for the largest defense acquisition program in the Pentagon.

In addition the successor may well be thinking of his next role as the average 'life expectancy' of the JSF PEO is around 24 months - by service USAF (27 months), USN (24 months), USMC (19 months).

MajGen David R. Heinz, USMC (April 2009 - February 2010) = 10 months

Maj Gen Charles R. Davis, USAF (July 2006 - April 2009) = 33 months

RADM Steven L. Enewold, USN (June 2004 - July 2006) = 25 months

Maj Gen John L. Hudson, USAF (October 2001 - June 2004) = 32 months

Maj Gen Michael A. Hough, USMC (May 1999 - October 2001) = 29 months

Maj Gen Leslie F. Kenne, USAF (August 1997 - May 1999) = 21 months

RADM Craig E. Steidle, USN (August 1995 - August 1997) = 24 months

Maj Gen George K. Muellner, USAF (November 1993 - August 1995) = 21 months

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Editorial: Lightning Strike – F-35 program project head replacement

The latest news from Washington amid the announcement of a record budget deficit for the United States is the decision of Secretary of Defense Gates to remove the current head of the F-35 program, a US Marine Corps General and replace him with a three star (***) General of more senior rank (no comment as yet as to which service).

The outcome of this personnel move is more telling than would appear on the service, especially for international participants who are pinning their hopes on the STOVL variant of the aircraft, such as the Royal Navy, who akin to the USMC have a need for replacements for the Harrier STOVL aircraft.

A USAF successor will likely take his role as a mandate to cut extraneous costs rapidly (and thereby variants) to bring the project under a greater apparent measure of control to dispel some of the political heat the program and DoD will be taking at a time of national austerity. A USN successor will likely sacrifice the VSTOL variant in order to protect the USN variant of the program. A USMC successor to the role of program head is about as unlikely as you can image - plus the Corp is likely more focused on securing upgrades to its amphibious assault capabilities and more Osprey aircraft.

Procurement politics being what they are, the F-35 program is the highest spending and therefore the largest target for;

a) congressional oversight
b) political opponents to the President
c) inter-service rivalries seeking to protect 'pet' projects at the expense of others
d) industrial rivalries seeking to attract increasingly scarce procurement dollars at the expense of others.

The US Air Force has, akin to the F-16 debate of the late 1970s/1980s has disdain for a High-Low fighter mix. The F-15/F-16 was a bitter battle and the F-22/F-35 is likely to be no less so.

Furthermore another implication of the budget has been to confirm reduction of engine suppliers from two to one. A classic procurement study noted that when the number of engine suppliers falls to one, historically costs rise and therefore unit costs increase and likely as the story unfolds numbers will be cut to meet the budget.

For Overseas partners this can only be bad news, especially when the exchange rate has fallen from a position only 18 months ago where $2 equally only 1 GBP.

The Royal Navy has sought to trim the CVF program as a similarly over-exposed program with few friends in the procurement sphere. Only Labour Party ship-building politics keep the project afloat (pardon the pun). One of the two ships has already been re-tasked as an amphibious assault carrier and the plans for the two vessels always had them 'equipped for, but not with steam catapults' - in case a VSTOL successor was not possible.

BAE Systems stands in the wings, likely with plans for a navalised Eurofighter Typhoon - which would force the Royal Navy to rapidly re-aquire skills in fast jet carrier aviation not used since the end of HMS Ark Royal and HMS Eagle in the early 1970s. A political fix given the UK investment could be a second hand buy of F-18 Hornets - not the state-of-the-art but a solid and well developed naval combat aircraft - the British purchase of F-4 Phantoms would mean this is not a precident setting purchase - and it could be justified to the Treasury as being quite parsimonious in the greater scale of things.

However if the choice becomes fast jet or 'no-jet' naval aviation I am sure the service will stand ready.

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Herley Industries, Inc. Subsidiary, Micro Systems, Inc. Receives $16M Contract to Supply Avionics — Press Release

Herley Industries, Inc. Subsidiary, Micro Systems, Inc. Receives $16M Contract to Supply Avionics

LANCASTER, Pa., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Herley Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:HRLY) today announced that it has received a multi-year option contract with a potential value of $16M from Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEi) of Sacramento, CA for its avionics suite for the Air Force Sub-scale Aerial Target (AFSAT), also designated as the BQM-167A. Products to be provided under the contract include Command and Control Transponders, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponders, Power Distribution Assemblies, Electro-Explosive Devices, and Integrated Flight Controllers. The contract encompasses a planned production span of 5 years and is the second such award on the US Air Force target program. Award of the option contract was followed by firm delivery orders for the sixth and seventh years of production that together are valued at approximately $6.4M.

Wayne Armstrong, Micro Systems’ President commented, “We are enthusiastic about continuing our relationship with CEi on this important program as we enter the sixth year of production. Our partnership with CEi on this and other key programs has been a mutually beneficial one that we expect to continue for many years.”

Herley Industries, Inc. is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of microwave technology solutions for the defense, aerospace and medical industries worldwide. Based in Lancaster, PA, Herley has eight manufacturing locations and approximately 985 employees. Additional information about the company can be found on the Internet at www.herley.com

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Cobham Enables Airbus A330 Air-to-Air Refuelling Flight Demonstrations — Press Release

Cobham Enables Airbus A330 Air-to-Air Refuelling Flight Demonstrations

WIMBORNE, United Kingdom – Cobham air-to-air refuelling pods have successfully demonstrated the ability to transfer fuel from the Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to Spanish Air Force F-18s with a series of “probe-to-drogue” contacts during recent flight trials.

The 905E refuelling pods, built by Cobham Mission Equipment at Wimborne, UK, represent the Company’s latest generation Aerial Refuelling System, which is the first and only hose & drogue system in the world to employ a dual redundant hose response system — a major contributor to world leading mission availability. During a series of contacts conducted during November 2009, the refuelling system transferred fuel to receiver aircraft and demonstrated effective hose response throughout the trials.

“These ‘wet contact’ flight trials are a major milestone in the development of the A330 MRTT’s tanker capability,” said Iain Gibson, vice president of Cobham Mission Equipment. “This achievement reinforces Cobham’s expertise and position as the world leader in delivering air refuelling solutions to meet the strategic and tactical tanker requirements of air forces around the globe.”

The Royal Australian Air Force A330MRTT platform used for these flight tests is similar in configuration to the solution that Northrop Grumman intends to propose to the US Air Force in response to the KC-X Tanker requirement. The A330 MRTT with 905E pods has also been selected for the UK MoD FSTA programme, the Saudi Arabia Air Force and the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Cobham Mission Equipment is the world market leader for air-to-air Refuelling, providing fourth generation ‘nose to tail’ solutions from the cockpit of the donor aircraft to the tail of the receiver platform. To date, more than 1,000 systems have been delivered for buddy-buddy refuelling and for tactical and strategic tanking for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, with expertise now extended into the development of autonomous UAV to UAV refuelling.

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Greg Caires
Julian Wais
Media Relations
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
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