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NATO AGS and the Anglo-French contribution

NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has got off the ground at last, with 13 nations having agreed to fund the acquisition and initial operation of five MP-RTIP-equipped Northrop Grumman Block 40 Global Hawks. Signed on the sidelines of NATO’s Chicago Summit, the AGS deal is worth $1.7 billion. That’s a major investment to make […]

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Northrop Grumman brings home BACN contract

The US Air Force today announced a $276 million contract that buys three Bombardier Global Express business jet and five powerful new communications relay systems.The latter is the Northrop Grumman Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN). This payload is designed to translate data messages sent by radios with incompatible waveforms, perhaps alleviating one of the military’s […]

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General Atomics may a have customer relations problem

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has grown very quickly into a powerful force within the US defense industry. Their stable of products based on the Predator/Reaper/Sky Warrior family have dominated almost every competition they’ve entered.Almost, but not all. The US Navy passed over the Lockheed Martin/GA-ASI team offering the Mariner version of the Predator […]

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Breaking: Global Hawk cleared for BAMS contract

The US Government Accountability Office denied the Lockheed Martin protest on the contract award for the US Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.Lockheed received word of the GAO’s denial late on Friday, and has just issued this statement. “Lockheed Martin is disappointed in the outcome of the Government Accountability Office’s recommendation to support the original […]

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Tom Cassidy on life after BAMS for navalized Predator

As we all know, the US Navydid not select the Mariner unmanned aircraft system – offered by LockheedMartin and General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) – for the Broad AreaMaritime Surveillance (BAMS) contract. Indeed, Lockheedhas protested the USN’s decision to select the Northrop Grumman RQ-4N GlobalHawk. That process is ongoing. Meanwhile, I was offered an opportunity yesterday […]

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NASA goes Global Hawk

NASA will finally be able to play with the two RQ-4s that the agency received back in November. Don’t expect these two airframes to be the last RQ-4s transferred to a civil government customer. Also, pay attention to the last sentence of the second paragraph of the NASA press release excerpted below: “… expanded markets, […]

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