SD DEFENSE

Viasat Delivers Capability Ahead of Schedule

“Concurrent mobile reception” is a term that means the ability to receive multiple radio messages at the same time. Carlsbad-based Viasat Inc. is building that capability into new Link 16 military radios, and it’s doing it before the government client requires it, the company said on April 10.

GA-ASI Donates Gray Eagle as Part of Army Museum Support

The National Museum of the United States Army was the recipient of an unmanned aircraft system donation and $50,000 from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Cubic Wins Ireland Mobile Ticketing Deal

Kearny Mesa-based technology firm Cubic Corp. announced April 8 that it has been awarded a $4 million contract to service Ireland’s National Transport Authority mobile ticketing systems. The technology firm said its work with the transport authority is aimed at allowing mobile users to do business with multiple public transport operators.

A World of Threats Keeps Local Cybersecurity Sector Busy

SECURITY: Need for Skilled Workers Increasing; Economic Impact is $2.2B

There is a world of threats out there trying to hack into the computers of companies, government agencies and private individuals. San Diego’s cybersecurity sector will have no shortage of work protecting systems and data from these online intruders.

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$13M Software Upgrade for Navy Triton Aircraft

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $12.9 million contract modification to upgrade software on three MQ-4C Triton aircraft.

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Screen-Printed Sensors Can Pinpoint Fentanyl

U.S. Defense Department funds helped a research team at UC San Diego develop an inexpensive way to test for fentanyl, the headline-grabbing opioid that can be 50 times stronger than morphine — or even stronger.

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GA-ASI to Build Aircraft for Spain in $34M Deal

The MQ-9 model is known as the Predator B, Reaper or Guardian.

Belgium Moves Closer to $600 Million Reaper Deal

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is getting attention from a NATO ally and the aviation community at large.

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Vista Welcoming New Apartment Projects

BUILDING: High-End Is Focus, Class B, C Lackin

Bulldozers are rumbling across central Vista as the inland North County city of 103,000 experiences a wave of construction of new, high-end apartment buildings, that will complement the city’s multimillion-dollar, decades-long quest to revitalize its downtown core.

Northrop Grumman Gets $245M Order for Roadside Bomb Jammers

The U.S. Navy said March 22 that it exercised an option worth $245 million to buy more signal jammers known as JCREW. Northrop Grumman Corp. builds the electronics, which U.S. troops use to foil roadside bombs.

GA Tests System That Could Propel Underwater Vehicles

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems unit reported in early March that it successfully demonstrated an aluminum power system for an unmanned underwater vehicle.

SD 500: Robert “Brick” Nelson

SD 500 recap: Brick Nelson is Northrop Grumman’s senior executive for the San Diego region, representing all business activities and the primary company interface with peer industry partners and business leaders in the region.

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VA Signs $148M Lease on Kearny Mesa Property

The Department of Veterans Affairs signed a 20-year, $148 million lease on an approximately 100,000-square-foot building in Kearny Mesa, which it will convert into a VA outpatient clinic — billed as the only clinic of its kind in Southern California.

Engine Co. Acquisition Adds Key Component to Kratos UAV Program

AEROSPACE: Kratos Buying 80.1% of Co. With Option to Buy the Rest

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. continues to develop its unmanned aircraft business, as shown by its recent acquisition of a company that makes small jet engines in February, and the first flight of a drone in March.

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SD 500: Eric M. DeMarco

SD 500 recap: Eric DeMarco has helped transform a once-struggling wireless company into a highly competitive player in the national defense industry.

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