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AME AME Unmanned Air Systems Awarded Navy Contract for the Joint Interoperable Target Control System (Standard Interface for Unmanned Vehicle Control). The AME Unmanned Air Systems (AME UAS) team announces the receipt of a follow-on contract for the Joint Interoperable Target Control System (JITCS). This contract enables the continued development of standard Target Control System interfaces for the Common Interface Target Control System (CITCS). The contract was received on June 20, 2011, and has a three-year period of performance. E The JITCS effort will directly support the Target Control Steering Group (TCSG) initiative to promote interoperability of Target Control Systems across all services and target platforms with an open architecture approach. AME UAS will integrate new and emerging technologies into target platform and control systems, as directed by NAWC, to achieve optimum capability and interoperability in integrated unmanned system control. Interchangeability, common hardware and software, and lower operating costs are all possible with the Joint Interoperable Target Control System. The system includes both the ground-based and airborne elements, and can be used at different test ranges with various targets through the use of standard interfaces, modular software, and quick site-specific software installation. Jul 12, 2011

Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter plans to capitalize on OH-58D. Bell Helicopter took a hit in 2008 when the U.S. Army canceled its ARH-70 armed reconnaissance helicopter program, which was overbudget. The ARH-70 was intended to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Now, Bell is striving to re-establish production on the OH-58D to prove that the upgraded version of the helicopter can meet the Army's needs. Jul 14, 2011

Boeing Tanker project that McCain criticizes a win for all parties, Boeing says. Boeing has forecast increased costs for its aerial tanker contract -- an announcement that has drawn strong criticism from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. However, Boeing believes the project is good for the government and the public. "This is a win for the Air Force and a win for the taxpayer in that they will receive the best tanker at the best price," Boeing spokesman Conrad Chun previously said. Jul 15, 2011

Boeing Albaugh warns that U.S. needs to invest in aerospace. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the U.S. must start investing in the aerospace industry and related technologies -- or risk losing its competitive advantage as the world's leading aviation and aerospace nation. He also stressed that more needs to be done to attract students into engineering programs, as many current engineers are poised to retire. Jul 14, 2011

Boeing Boeing considers keeping Super Hornet line open longer. Boeing is considering stretching production of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to 1,000 aircraft and continuing to run its assembly line until 2020. The move is partially spurred by problems with Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter program. Boeing touted its "date and cost-certain" capabilities for the Super Hornets, all of which have been delivered on or ahead of schedule. Jul 13, 2011


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