Tag Archives: General Atomics

SDA Launches Experimental Satellites, Payload for National Defense Space Architecture Goals; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) confirmed the deployment of its two satellite sets built to demonstrate optical communications in low-Earth orbit and a payload intended to test space data fusion. SDA intends to assess pointing, acquisition and tracking tools that will support Optical Communication Terminals through the Mandrake II mission.

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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force’s New ISR Strategy Includes Reaper Drones

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service is now preparing to brief congressional members on a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strategy that includes the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone. “I will tell you right now, the MQ-9 is still a very popular platform with the Combatant Commanders,” he said.

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MDA Anticipates Next Generation Interceptor Contract Award This Month

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The Pentagon is keeping the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program on track by allowing the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to push ahead with its plans to award potential five-year design and development contracts to two defense contractors this month. Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are leading three industry teams that are competing for the two contracts.

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Report: State Department Suspends Foreign Sales of U.S. Weapons Pending Biden Administration Reviews

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President Biden has halted U.S. weapons sales to foreign nations on a temporary basis to allow time for administrative assessments. In January 2021, Reuters reported that the United Arab Emirates entered into an agreement with the U.S. to purchase $23 billion worth of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft and a maximum of 18 drones. 

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USS Ford Marks 4,000th Aircraft Launch, Recovery; Capt. Kenneth Sterbenz Quoted

USS Ford

The U.S. Navy has recorded the 4,000th aircraft launch and recovery of the USS Gerald R. Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System. The components are currently undergoing an 18-month post delivery test and trial and is on schedule to complete all requirements prior to its commissioning to the service branch.

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Avaya Enables Over 2M Employees Work Remotely through Complementary Organizational Software; Jim Chirico, Dev Mudaliar Quoted

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Avaya Holdings Corp. has introduced a new technology platform to keep more people connected, collaborating and continuing to be productive while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced on Thursday.

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Will Roper: Air Force Eyes Commercial Drones to Replace Reapers

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said the service branch is considering commercial drones and high-end unmanned aircraft as it looks to replace the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone, Defense News reported Thursday.

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