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Navy Issues Draft RFP for Carrier-Based Drone

The U.S. Navy has taken another small step toward building its first production aircraft that will launch from an aircraft carrier deck.

By Brad Graves August 3, 2017 3:16 p.m.   $$ Share
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Fire Scouts Getting Some Flying Time

The Navy is pushing the envelope with Northrop Grumman Corp.’s remotely piloted Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, which the Navy is deploying aboard its Littoral Combat Ships (there are two Fire Scouts on the San Diego-based USS Coronado). Northrop (NYSE: NOC) manages the Fire Scout program in Rancho Bernardo.

By Brad Graves August 17, 2017 3:46 p.m. share »

Pentagon Official Informed of S.D.’s Capabilities

The Pentagon’s acting chief information officer, John Zangardi, was in San Diego last week to tour eight San Diego tech companies. More than 20 senior military, government and international leaders in information warfare also participated in the tour Aug. 14-15.

By Brad Graves August 17, 2017 3:44 p.m. share »

Systems Successfully Tested

The recently commissioned aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford trapped and then catapulted its first aircraft using next-generation “digital” systems designed and built by San Diego-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems. The events took place July 28 in the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia.

By Brad Graves August 17, 2017 3:43 p.m. share »

Escondido Construction Firm Awarded Pentagon Contract

Herman Construction Group Inc., a small business based in Escondido, recently received a $9.4 million contract modification to design and build a structure at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

By Brad Graves August 15, 2017 3:08 p.m. share »

Navy Awards Two Contracts

The U.S. Navy awarded Soltek Pacific Construction Co. a task order to design and build the Special Operations Forces Human Performance Training Center at Naval Base Coronado — part of the 10-year plan to build an $800 million campus for the Navy SEALs.

By Brad Graves August 14, 2017 11:39 a.m. share »

Navy Adds $123M to ViaSat's Radio Contract

The U.S. Navy cleared the way for ViaSat Inc. to produce more software-defined radios called MIDS JTRS, and sustain those electronics. The development could be worth more than $100 million to ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT).

By Brad Graves August 11, 2017 1:05 p.m. share »

S.D. Defense Contractor Says It Could 'Protect and Defend' U.S., Japan and South Korea

Amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, a San Diego defense contractor is asserting that remotely piloted aircraft such as the ones it manufactures might have a role to play in missile defense.

By Brad Graves August 9, 2017 3:20 p.m. share »

Saudi Arabia Awards 4-Year Contract to Kratos

The government of Saudi Arabia awarded San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. up to $46.2 million worth of business over the next four years.

By Brad Graves August 9, 2017 2:39 p.m. share »

Cubic Reports Q3 Net Loss of $22 Million

Cubic Corp. reported a net loss of $22.0 million on sales of $361.9 million for its third quarter, which ended June 30.

By Brad Graves August 3, 2017 3:37 p.m. share »

Kratos Reports Revenue Increase of 10.4% for Q2

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. reported a net loss of $6.2 million but strong revenue growth in its second quarter of 2017.

By Brad Graves July 28, 2017 9:44 a.m. share »

Startup SkySafe Raises $11.5 Million in Series A Funding

San Diego-based SkySafe, which makes technology to stop drones while in flight, said on July 20 that it received $11.5 million in series A funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz.

By Brad Graves July 25, 2017 3:07 p.m. share »

Navy Awards Contract Worth Nearly $50M to BAE Systems

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a contract modification worth almost $50 million, covering maintenance work on the amphibious ship USS Comstock.

By Brad Graves July 25, 2017 1:27 p.m. share »

Spending Power and Seagoing Sriracha: A Peek Inside San Diego’s Newest Navy Ship

The USS Gabrielle Giffords, an Independence-class littoral combat ship and one of the newest ships in the U.S. Navy, arrived in San Diego on July 5, giving the region a direct economic benefit of about $30 million per year.

By Brad Graves July 24, 2017 1:19 p.m. share »

Cubic Acquires British-Based Deltenna Ltd.

Cubic Corp. said on July 18 that it acquired privately held Deltenna Ltd. of Chippenham, U.K. for undisclosed terms. Deltenna specializes in wireless infrastructure, offering radio and antenna communication solutions.

By Brad Graves July 18, 2017 9:34 a.m. share »