SD DEFENSE

Energy Secretary Tours General Atomics

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry toured General Atomics facilities in San Diego and Poway on July 18, the company announced.

Kratos Gets Target Drone Work

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced on July 19 that it received a U.S. Air Force contract covering three lots of its BQM-167A high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial target drone systems.

Kratos Announces Foreign Task Orders, Contract Win

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced the receipt of multiple contracts on July 16.

NASSCO Dry Dock Floods Unexpectedly

Workers at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard are cleaning up after one of its dry docks flooded unexpectedly on July 11.

Kratos Delivers First Production Drone to U.S. Navy

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. delivered the first production BQM-177A subsonic aerial target system to its U.S. Navy customer early this week.

Viasat Leases Capacity on Avanti Satellite

Viasat Inc. signed a $10 million contract with London-based Avanti Communications Group PLC for capacity on Avanti’s HYLAS 4 satellite, launched in early May.

Australia Planning to Buy Six Northrop Grumman Tritons

AIRCRAFT: Surveillance Drones Deal Reportedly Worth $5.1 Billion

Australia plans to buy six Triton high-altitude surveillance aircraft made by Northrop Grumman Corp. in a deal that reportedly could be worth as much as $5.1 billion.

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Northrop Grumman Gets $97M Signal Jammer Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $96.5 million contract for radio signal jammers designed to foil improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Smaller Drone Cos. Look for Niche in Market

AIRCRAFT: Beyond Military Use, Businesses Have to Get Creative

The riddle of the drone has San Diego companies captivated. While it is one thing to build a working piece of technology, the real puzzle may be how to build a sustainable small business around it.

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GA-ASI Plans Transatlantic Flight

Ninety-one years after Charles Lindbergh did it, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. plans to cross the Atlantic. Only this time, the aircraft will be unmanned.

Being Public Can Put Cos. in Tough Spotlight

ECONOMY: Troubles Include Activist Investors, Short Sellers

Public companies don’t get to lock the door. At any time, a company can find unwelcome visitors in the form of short sellers betting on a company’s fall or activist investors arriving with plans for how things should be — or more precisely how they need to be.

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Military Radio Work Means Up to $42M for Viasat

Viasat Inc. said June 21 that it received a U.S. Air Force contract to sustain MIDS-LVT radios.

U.K. Acquisition Gives Viasat Market Intelligence

DEFENSE: Deal Part Of Viasat’s Growing Presence in Europe

In a bid to increase its international defense contracting business, Carlsbad’s Viasat Inc. bought Horsebridge Defence and Security of Cheltenham, England, closing the acquisition in early June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Kratos Autonomous Vehicle Earns Its Stripes

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced June 21 that its unmanned vehicle technology received government approval to drive on the public highways.

Kratos Pulls in $2.6M Satellite Communications Deal

Kratos RT Logic received a $2.6 million U.S. government contract for satellite communications work.