Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have completed 500 deliveries of the fire control radar system for the AH-64 Apache helicopter via the companies' Longbow joint venture. Earlier this year, the JV received an Army contract valued at up to $235.8 million for the system.
Sierra Nevada has completed prototype upgrades to a US Army Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System -- Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar plane, including the addition of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines. "The modified EMARSS-V aircraft has more powerful engines which allow for better performance at higher elevations and hotter temperatures during take-off," Col. James DeBoer said.
Eight years after its introduction, Gulfstream has completed delivery of 200 G280 jets. "As when it entered the marketplace in 2012, the G280's combination of performance, comfort, safety and efficiency put it atop the mid-cabin class," Gulfstream President Mark Burns said.
NASA has informed Northrop Grumman of the potential for orders of six more SLS booster rockets, in addition to the three rockets NASA has already ordered. The booster rockets are part of the Artemis moon mission.
Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems are lobbying for a change to US Federal Communications Commission C-band auction rules, citing potential advantages for SES and Intelsat. Inmarsat and Hughes cite the possibility of an operator to "submit for reimbursement costs associated with design, construction, and launch of new satellites operating in bands outside the C-band."
L3Harris CEO Bill Brown describes the challenges facing major defense contractors in the current environment, including addressing the health challenges of the coronavirus pandemic while navigating the economic downturn. The company is prioritizing advancing inclusion while moving a large portion of its workforce to remote work as the company proves that the Harris-L3 merger "can be successful for all stakeholders," he said.
The US Navy has awarded a $360.8 million contract modification to Lockheed Martin to build four carrier-capable F-35s. This variant can launch via aircraft carrier catapult systems and land aboard carriers using arrestment gear.