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KRATOS DEFENSE PURCHASES SMALL ENGINE PRODUCER
Thursday, April 2, 2020
SAN DIEGO -- Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has purchased Technical Directions, a producer of small jet turbines. The company did not disclose the value of this acquisition.

Technical Directions manufactures the TDI-J85, the 200lb-thrust jet engine. This engine equips the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile. The Gray Wolf prime contractor is Northrop Grumman. Technical Directions is located about an hour north of Detroit, Michigan.

Technical Directions builds three other jet turbines, including the 30lb-thurst TDI-J45, the 55lb-thurst TDI-J5 and the 100lb-thrust TDI-J7. The engines are designed to be inexpensive enough to be expendable.

Source:  Flight
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NORTHROP GRUMMAN AWARDED $64M TO SUPPORT U.S. NAVY BAMS-D SURVEILLANCE UAV
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Systems of San Diego, Calif., a $64.3 million modification (#P00011) to a previously-awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1009) to exercise options for operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator (BAMS-D) Program, including logistics and sustaining engineering support. The BAMS-D is a surveillance UAV technology demonstrator, based on the RQ-4, carrying a number of long-range radar and electro-optical sensors to perform C4ISR operations. This contract is believed to cover the platform and its sensors, such as the ZPY-3 MFAS radar.

The contracted work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70%), Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (5%), and at forward operating locations (25%), and is expected to be complete by June 2021.

The Navy is obligating $59.5 million of the modification in Fiscal Year 2020 Operations and Maintenance funds at the time of the award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense

 
TETIS PRO TO DELIVER SUBMERSIBLES TO RUSSIAN NAVY
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
MOSCOW -- The Russian Navy is to take delivery of additional remote-controlled submersibles from Tetis Pro JSC. The company is to hand over a further 14 Marlin-350 unmanned submersibles by the end of 2020.

The Russian Navy already operates some 43 Marlin-350 unmanned submersibles to support search and rescue operations. This unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is designed to search for submarines in distress. The UUV can also perform missions in coastal and inland waters.

Source:  Naval News
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