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September 23, 2022 | International, C4ISR

Siemens, 29 others added to Air Force's $950 million JADC2 contract

Hundreds of companies, large and small, will compete for work associated with Joint All-Domain Command and Control, an effort to link sensors to shooters.

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/09/23/siemens-29-others-added-to-air-forces-950-million-jadc2-contract/

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    October 3, 2018 | International, Aerospace

    Australia releases RFI for at least 16 special operations helicopters

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