Navy's X-Craft to be fitted with lifting body in 2006

Jefferson Morris Apr 09, 2004
Roughly a year after delivery to the U.S. Navy, the upcoming X-Craft demonstrator will be fitted with a lifting body to enhance its speed and provide additional stability for helicopter operations, according to Chief of Naval Research Adm. Jay Cohen. A lifting body is an underwater wing that raises the hull of a boat off the surface of the water at high speeds while providing enhanced stability at low speeds. Pacific Marine of Honolulu, Hawaii will provide the 350-ton lifting body for X-Craft.

In Brief: FAA issues suborbital flight license to Scaled Composites

Staff Apr 08, 2004
LICENSED TO FLY: The Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation has issued the world's first license for a suborbital manned rocket flight, to Scaled Composites of Mojave, Calif. The FAA license is required for U.S. contenders for the X Prize, a $10 million award for a commercial manned, reusable space launch vehicle.

Marines seeking information from industry on new VTOL UAV

Jefferson Morris Apr 08, 2004
The U.S. Marine Corps is seeking information from industry on a new vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to replace the Pioneer, according to a recent request for information (RFI). Rather than initiate a new development program, Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) wants to know how existing UAV systems could satisfy their requirements. Responses to the RFI are due April 30.

Supplier News: EDO Corp. to provide EP-3E electronic equipment

Staff Apr 08, 2004
EDO CORP. will provide electronic equipment for the U.S. Navy's EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft under an $8.4 million contract from Raytheon Technical Services Co. The 17-month contract is the second phase of a multi-phase electronic support upgrade program for the aircraft, EDO Corp. said. In this phase, the SP-160 processor will be modified to provide added functionality and allow for the replacement of some parts of the AN/ALR-81 countermeasures receiving system, the company said.

Supplier News: Orbital picks winners of supplier achievement awards

Staff Apr 08, 2004
ORBITAL SCIENCES CORP. has announced the winners of its first supplier achievement awards. ATK Thiokol Propulsion of Brigham City and Magna, Utah, was named Systems Supplier of the Year; Druck Inc. Sensors Group of New Fairfield, Conn., was named Component Supplier of the Year; Astech Engineered Products of Santa Ana, Calif., was given the Technical Excellence Award; CMC Electronics of Cincinnati, Ohio, Marotta Scientific Controls of Montville, N.J., Arde Inc. of Norwood, N.J. and Micro Power Electronics Inc.

Raytheon air-to-air missile could be adapted to subs

Marc Selinger Apr 08, 2004
A Raytheon-made missile originally designed for air combat may one day be reborn as a submarine-launched defensive weapon, according to a U.S. Navy official.

People on the Move

Staff Apr 08, 2004
AEROSPACE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL, Memphis, Tenn. Paul Fanelli has been promoted to president and CEO, succeeding Gerald E. Schlesinger, who resigned to join NetJets Inc. ATHENA TECHNOLOGIES, Warrenton, Va. H. Jeffrey Leonard, president of Global Environment Fund, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors. BOEING, Washington, D.C. Robert J. "Bob" Vilhauer has been selected as vice president of public policy and analysis for Boeing Washington, D.C. Operations. He replaces Bob Bott, who retired April 1.

Raytheon plans low-cost variant of Joint Standoff Weapon

Marc Selinger Apr 08, 2004
Raytheon Co. plans to develop a new variant of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) that it could offer to potential foreign customers as a lower-cost, safer alternative to existing versions of the standoff weapon, according to company representatives.

Air Force completes analysis of Space Based Radar's GMTI

Rich Tuttle, Kathy Gambrell Apr 08, 2004
The U.S. Air Force has completed an analysis of alternatives of the projected Space Based Radar's ground moving target indicator (GMTI), a development the service describes as a major milestone on the road to acquiring the multi-billion-dollar SBR. "The two-year study effort involved multiple Air Force organizations as well as other services and the intelligence community, and was recently approved by Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf, vice commander of Air Force Space Command," an Air Force announcement said.

Coast Guard needs closer tabs on contractors, GAO says

Kathy Gambrell Apr 08, 2004
The U.S. Coast Guard needs to pay more attention to contract management and oversight in its Integrated Deepwater Program, and Congress must provide a stable funding stream to maintain the recapitalization project's 20-year schedule, a General Accounting Office official said April 7.

Supplier News: Engineered Support Systems to provide Army pumping assemblies

Staff Apr 08, 2004
ENGINEERED SUPPORT SYSTEMS will provide 350 gallon-per-minute fuel and water pumping assemblies to the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command under a $5.9 million contract. The work will be done by the company's Engineered Air Systems subsidiary.

GD unit to continue sonar system improvements

Staff Apr 08, 2004
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will continue to develop improvements for the U.S. Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship sonar system, the company said April 7. The work will be done under an $8.9 million contract modification that calls for systems and software engineering and integration and tests to field sonar technologies in U.S. and allied ships. The technologies include automated torpedo detection, sonar performance prediction, active sonar and active displays.

Supplier News: Westland Transmission gives Timken Co. supplier awards

Staff Apr 08, 2004
THE TIMKEN CO. has received two supplier awards from Westland Transmission Ltd. of Yeovil, United Kingdom. The company's Timken Aerospace subsidiary was named Most Improved Supplier of the Year and Proprietary Parts Supplier of the year by the company, which is a first-tier supplier to helicopter and aeroengine manufacturers.

Lockheed Martin reduces Titan merger offering

Lisa Troshinsky Apr 08, 2004
Lockheed Martin reduced the amount it is offering to acquire Titan Corp. to $20 a share in the wake of recent investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged improper payments by Titan, the company said April 7.

CV-22 tiltrotor program six months behind schedule

Jefferson Morris Apr 08, 2004
The Bell-Boeing CV-22 tiltrotor has fallen six months behind schedule in flight testing, although the program is working on a plan to make up for the lost time and prevent the aircraft's debut from slipping, according to Program Manager Col. Craig Olson.

Deepwater industry team says program on track

Lisa Troshinsky Apr 08, 2004
Almost two years since the Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) industry team won the contract for the Coast Guard's Deepwater program, it is making considerable advances, ICGS leaders said April 7 at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Expo 2004. For example, this month ICGS plans to open a Maritime Domain Awareness Center in New Jersey to conduct development, testing, and integration of command, control, computers and communications and intelligence (C4I) suites, said ICGS president Gerry Moorman.

Supplier News: BAE Systems to support U.S. Navy radars

Staff Apr 08, 2004
BAE SYSTEMS will provide technical, program and financial management and administrative support for the U.S. Navy's in-service radars and next-generation surface ship radars under an $85 million Navy contract, the company said. Under the one-year award, which has four option years, the company will provide support to the Integrated Warfare Systems Above Water Sensors program office. It will support all radar systems used in current surface ships and those planned for future ships, such as the next-generation destroyer DD(X).

LM to provide Marine Corps three KC-130J WSTs

Staff Apr 08, 2004
Lockheed Martin will provide three KC-130J Weapon Systems Trainers (WSTs) to the U.S. Marine Corps under a contract worth more than $73 million, the company said April 7. The simulators will support training for aircrews of the KC-130J, a medium-sized tanker/transport used for airlift and aerial refueling of tactical aircraft and helicopters.

Supplier News: L-3 to supply VRS-3010 system for USAF KC-135 tankers

Staff Apr 08, 2004
L-3 AVIONICS SYSTEMS will supply its Vertical Reference System, VRS-3010, to the U.S. Air Force for use on KC-135 tanker aircraft, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The VRS-3010, which provides attitude information for primary or standby flight displays, will replace aging electromechanical systems now used on the aircraft to offer increased reliability and lower costs, according to L-3. The equipment uses solid-state components to eliminate scheduled maintenance and overhaul.

GoldenEye-100 UAV completes flight test program, company says

Staff Apr 08, 2004
TESTING DONE: Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.'s GoldenEye-100 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully completed its initial flight test program, the Manassas, Va.-based company said April 7. The UAV's flight testing program began in September (DAILY, Sept. 11, 2003) and validated the GoldenEye-100's vertical takeoff and landing capability, thrust vectoring, waypoint navigation and other performance goals, the company said.

Supplier News: Boeing picks GE, Rolls-Royce engines for 7E7

Staff Apr 08, 2004
BOEING has selected GENERAL ELECTRIC'S GENX and ROLLS-ROYCE'S Trent 1000 engines for the 7E7 Dreamliner, the company said. The decision follows months of collaboration with leading manufacturers of large commercial aircraft engines, the company said. "The General Electric and Rolls-Royce engines will enable the 7E7 to fly higher, faster, farther, cleaner, quieter and more efficiently than comparable airplanes," 7E7 Senior Vice President Mike Bair said in a statement. "Having an engine choice is a key consideration for our customers.

Shipbuilding industry concerned about skill base deterioration

Kathy Gambrell Apr 07, 2004
The American Shipbuilding Associa-tion (ASA) plans to survey several hundred suppliers for the next-generation destroyer DD(X) to see what effect a possible production gap would have on them, the group's president told The DAILY April 6. ASA President Cynthia Brown, whose organization represents shipbuilders and companies that design and manufacture ship systems and components, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week that the "anemic" rate of ship production over the last 13 years has taken a toll on the industrial base.

Boeing confident about V-22 costs, USAF tanker deal, officials say

Marc Selinger Apr 07, 2004
Boeing officials expressed confidence April 6 about their ability to contain the cost of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport aircraft and win a contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with 100 KC-767A tankers.