Rapid Fire 2011-12-02: NAVAIR Procurement Management System

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* JSF PEO Vice Admiral David J. Venlet said in an interview with AOL Defense that ramping up production quickly while completing tests was a “miscalculation” but he has to live with concurrency, though he questions the delivery pace. * Northrop Grumman’s 3-year, $8.9M Microscale Power Conversion contract could lead to higher-power radars with wider frequency ranges, without increasing their size. It’s an outgrowth of DARPA’s R&D into Gallium Nitride (GaN) circuits, and is one of several GaN-related contracts Northrop has received. * MASTERing the CHIRP. What goes with the USAF’s ground-breaking Commercial Hosted Infrared Payload? Why, a MASTER ground control architecture that can expand to hosted payloads on other commercial satellites. * South Korea unveils a tilt-rotor UAV. Reports say it’s the 1st of its kind, but sharp eyed readers will note that it bears a resemblance to Bell Helicopter’s larger HV911 Eagle Eye. That had been the Korea Aerospace Research Institute partnership until the US Coast Guard program ended in 2005, and Bell dropped out of the partnership. KARI has worked on the “Smart UAV” for 9 years now, and recently partnered with Sikorsky. * Dial-A-Boom: Lockheed Martin’s 227mm GMLRS+ rocket successfully tests its new variable effects warhead. […]

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