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March 8, 2023 | International, Aerospace

Italy's Leonardo signs sales contracts for more than 50 helicopters

Leonardo has signed preliminary sales contracts for more than 50 of its new AW09 helicopters, the Italian defence company said, without providing a value for the orders.

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    November 25, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    MBDA place son Meteor sur le futur avion de combat KF-X

    MBDA est retenu par la Korea Aerospace Industries pour réaliser l'intégration de son missile air-air longue portée Meteor sur le futur avion de combat sud-coréen KF-X. La Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), maître d'oeuvre du programme d'avion de combat multirôle KF-X, notifie à MBDA un contrat pour réaliser l'intégration du missile air-air longue portée Meteor sur le KF-X. Le contrat comprend le soutien technique des équipes de MBDA, la réalisation des différents équipements d'essai nécessaires (aéromécaniques, séparation, intégration,...) et la participation aux différentes campagnes de tests associant Meteor et KF-X. Le missile Meteor de MBDA équipe d'ores et déjà plusieurs avions de combat : Dassault Aviation Rafale, Airbus Typhoon et Saab Gripen.

  • Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo for US Navy

    May 22, 2020 | International, Naval

    Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo for US Navy

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    September 25, 2018 | International, Naval

    L3 again goes to sea with another unmanned deal

    By Ross Wilkers L3 Technologies has made yet another acquisition to further build its unmanned maritime business, this time in a deal for surface vessel and related control systems provider ASV Global. Terms of the transaction were undisclosed. The deal also brings additional anti-submarine warfare and future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensor offerings, L3 said Monday. Unmanned sea vehicles and associated systems have been a focal point in New York City-based L3's overall push to become what CEO Chris Kubasik has called a “nontraditional sixth prime.” That translates to being a more focused, high-end builder and integrator of technologies and other platforms called out in the 2017 National Security Strategy. L3 went on an unmanned maritime buying spree last year that saw it make deals for undersea drone maker OceanServer, battery and energy technology company Open Water Power and autonomy and sensor system provider Adaptive Methods. Headquartered in Louisiana and the U.K., ASV Global builds unmanned surface vessels sized between 10 and 42 feet that have software, control systems and other autonomy architectures. The company now operates as L3 ASV. Sea is not the only domain where L3 has a buyer with respect to unmanned platforms. In June, the company quietly paid $15 million to buy hybrid quadrotor unmanned aircraft maker Latitude Engineering. L3 has also been busy this year in acquiring companies in information security and space as part of its ongoing sixth prime transformation effort.

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