Rapid Fire: Evening 2011-06-07

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* Following last month’s confirmation that Thales and Safran were discussing proposals aimed at optimizing their business portfolios, the Financial Times reports that an agreement on asset swaps may finally be at hand. * Boeing announces that it will lead an industry team as prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force Launch Test Range System Integrated Support Contract (LISC). * Raytheon completes the third major communications upgrade at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of future scientific and environmental satellite missions. The upgrade also supports supports several missions that use the station for satellite downlink including the U.S. Air Force’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). * Valpey Fisher unveils its Miniature Hi-Rel/COTS Oscillator for Military Applications. The VHF3225 [PDF] delivers frequency stability of ±50ppm over -55°C to +125°C in a miniature 3.2 x 2.5 mm SMD package meeting the military requirements for Group A, B, or C testing for a wide range of military communications applications. * The Navy’s faulty cost projections, defense contractors submitting artificially low initial bids and concerns over funding for FY-12 makes the Project on Government Oversight doubtful that the construction of four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will go ahead. * Malaysia’s Defence Minister tells a meeting of the Defence Industry […]

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