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Navy Exercises Test Unmanned Assets

GA-ASI Aircraft, Experimental Vessels Put Through Their Paces

The U.S. Navy gave unmanned vehicle technology a workout as part of RIMPAC 2022, its month-long Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled to end on Aug. 4. The exercise took place in and around the Hawaiian Islands as well as in Southern California. Some 26 nations participated.

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Sensor Work Occupies Northrop Grumman

AEROSPACE: Firm to Upgrade Gear on Navy’s Unmanned Triton Aircraft

The U.S. Navy recently modified two contracts with Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC), builder of the Triton unmanned aircraft. The deals will equip certain aircraft with a set of sensors designed to meet the Navy’s critical maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting needs.

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Kratos to Expand Alabama Business

Southern Research Acquired for $80M; Hypersonic Work Eyed

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) has acquired another company — this one in the aerospace center of Birmingham, Alabama. With the help of local government, the Scripps Ranch business plans to expand in that city, and go after work in hypersonic flight.

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NASSCO Inks $600M in Ship Contracts

SHIPBUILDING: Funds Will Support Preliminary Work on 3 Vessels

General Dynamics NASSCO signed $600 million in ship construction deals that will keep its Barrio Logan shipyard, as well as subcontractors throughout the country, busy from mid-2023 through 2027.

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Trade Group to Honor Fallen Marines

REAL ESTATE: New Monument Will Spotlight Marine Raiders Regiment

NAIOP San Diego, the local chapter of a national commercial real estate trade organization, is planning to build a monument at Miramar National Cemetery honoring members of the Marine Raiders Regiment killed in action.

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GA-ASI to Maintain Reaper Aircraft in $34.6M Deal

AEROSPACE: Poway Company Will Offer Support in Yuma and an Undisclosed Location

The Department of the Navy awarded Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $34.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract, covering maintenance, logistics and sustainment.

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Viasat Names a New CEO

TECHNOLOGY: Dankberg Resumes Role as Top Executive

Mark Dankberg, a founder of Viasat Inc. and its chairman and CEO for most of its 36-year existence, has retaken the reins of the Carlsbad-based satellite services company.

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General Dynamics NASSCO Christens ‘Sea Base’ Ship

SHIPBUILDING: USNS John L. Canley Will Support a Variety of Military Operations

General Dynamics NASSCO christened the USNS John L. Canley, the fourth ship for the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) program on Saturday, June 25 at its Barrio Logan shipyard.

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Northrop Grumman Pacts Worth $71M

Funds Benefit Triton Unmanned Aircraft Fleet for U.S. Navy, Australia

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) several contracts related to its MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The program is based in Rancho Bernardo.

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BAE Systems Eyes Cyber for Utilities

Proprietary Computer Code Meant to Stymie Bad Actors

Cybersecurity for power grids, water supply systems, telecom networks and transportation systems is an increasingly important business for defense contractor BAE Systems.

A Flurry of F-35 Work for San Diego

Prime Contractor Lockheed Martin Has Subcontractors in Region

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced several contracts for its multi-service F-35 Lightning II fighter: deals which will send funds to San Diego businesses.

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Cubic to Upgrade Air Combat Training System

Cybersecurity Work Could Be Worth Up to $90.6M Over Six Years

San Diego-based Cubic Corp. has long helped fighter pilots train with what is known as its P5 Combat Training System, or P5CTS, which is featured in the "Top Gun" movie franchise.

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Looking Over Borders, Into Ukraine

Unmanned Aircraft With San Diego Roots Have Monitored the War

Two markedly different models of unmanned aircraft with San Diego County roots have been gathering intelligence and helping the United States assess the status of the war in Ukraine.

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Kratos Reports Q1 Revenue of $196M

New Acquisition Specializing in Signals, Space Adds to Top Line

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) — the Scripps Ranch corporation providing military customers with electronics, drones and other products and services — posted a net loss of $15.9 million, or 12 cents per share, on revenue of $196.2 million during its first quarter.

Fleet Evolves, Ship Repair in Flux

Association Tracks Arrivals, Departures, Decommissionings

As U.S. Navy officials continue to deliberate the size and makeup of their fleet, the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association watches for clues about what its future workload will look like.

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