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Viasat’s Radio Project Puts Pentagon Procurement in Fast Lane

DEFENSE: Viasat Gets System in Hands Of Troops in 17 MonthsViasat Inc. did not take the conventional path to developing the handheld radio known as BATS-D, which soldiers on the ground use to call in airstrikes on enemy positions.

GA Takes on Lithium-Ion Battery Deal

General Atomics said it received a contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command to deliver prototype lithium-ion battery systems for manned submersibles. The company is supplying what it calls LiFT, or lithium-ion fault-tolerant battery systems.

Navy Contractor Finds Off-Road Opportunity

DEFENSE: Particle Separator May Save Filters and Engines

Lily Aragon’s company has Southern California written all over it.

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NASSCO Tapped for 6th Expeditionary Sea Base Ship

The U.S. Navy issued a preliminary contract that will let General Dynamics NASSCO build a sixth in a series of ships for expeditionary warfare.

Kratos Has a Spot in Harris Radios

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Oct. 15 that it has licensed its Common Data Link radio technology to Harris Corp. for use in Harris’ handheld NanoSVDL radios.

End of Fiscal Year Is Awards Time for Military

The usual deluge of contract awards came with the end of the Pentagon’s fiscal year.

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Northrop Delivers on Lifesaving Jamming Devices

Northrop Grumman Corp. said this month that it delivered all of its JCREW software-programmable signal jammers created during the program’s low-rate initial production phase. Final delivery of the dismounted systems was in June.

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Co.’s Radio Technology Keeps Lines of Communication Open

TECH: Military Is Major Customer for Software, Hardware

Making radios that successfully connect on the battlefield is a real-world challenge. When soldiers have to go into cities — or tunnels — radio communication gets even more difficult.

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Kratos Expands Military Training Projects

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said Oct. 11 that it received more than $30 million in scope increases on multiple existing military training contracts.

Harper Gets Military Construction Deals at Camp Pendleton, Fort Sill

Harper Construction Co. recently won two Pentagon construction contracts, for work on "starship barracks" and high-explosive magazines.

Leidos to Support Navy Health Research in $58M Deal

Leidos Inc. recently received a five-year, $57.8 million task order to perform work at Naval Health Research Center in San Diego.

Investor Gets Observer Status on Viasat Board

Viasat Inc. said on Oct. 3 that a major investor, the Baupost Group LLC, will get a presence on its board as a non-voting observer. As of Oct. 4, Baupost had an $861 million stake in the Carlsbad company.

Kratos Receives Contract for 6 Drones

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. announced Oct. 2 that it received a new contract award for six high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial drone system aircraft.

Navy May Partner to Redevelop SPAWAR Site

The U.S. Navy is mulling its options to renovate or redevelop its 42-acre SPAWAR complex in Old Town — a former aircraft factory — as well as a nearby 24-acre complex on Sports Arena Boulevard.

20 S.D. Cos. to Join MetroConnect Program to Boost Reach

Participants include small- and mid-sized companies in a variety of sectors, including biotech, defense, manufacturing and consumer goods. To date, 45 companies have participated in the program, generating $15 million in new export sales.

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