AIN Defense Perspective » July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011 - 5:00am
L-3 has started an export drive for “Spydr,” a multi-sensor version of the Ki...

L-3 Communications has unveiled another ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) conversion of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air series, which will be available for export with a contractor-operated option.

July 25, 2011 - 4:50am
The jam head of ITT’s infrared-countermeasures system was developed for a U.S...

ITT Corp. will spin off its defense segment into a standalone business–ITT Exelis–later this year. The new company will be based in McLean, Va., and led by David Melcher, currently president of ITT Defense and Information Solutions, as CEO. The company’s 2011 revenue is estimated at $5.8 billion. Christopher Bernhardt will continue to lead the Electronic Systems unit in Clifton, N.J.

July 25, 2011 - 4:40am
The first F-35A for the “schoolhouse” arrived at Eglin AFB in Florida on July...

The first two production Lockheed Martin F-35s for operational training have been delivered to Eglin AFB, Florida, about one year behind schedule. F-35As AF-9 and AF-8, the first deliveries from low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 2, flew to the Florida base on July 14 and 20, respectively.

July 25, 2011 - 4:30am
The Orion Aircraft Group has modified this Gulfstream IISP as a communication...

The Orion Air Group upped its profile by displaying a Gulfstream IISP modified as an R&D testbed at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, UK, in mid-July. The privately held U.S.-based group was founded about three years ago, and generated nearly $200 million in 2010 from special mission and corporate aircraft services. The latter are marketed under the Tempus Jets name.

July 25, 2011 - 4:20am
Shadowed by a chase plane, the Northrop Grumman Euro Hawk UAV touched down at...

Northrop Grumman flew the Euro Hawk UAV demonstrator for the German air force (GAF) to Manching airbase near Munich for further development and testing. The journey from Edwards AFB in California on July 20 took slightly more than 22 hours, four hours longer than originally planned, and was delayed 48 hours by weather and flight-plan difficulties.

 

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