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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) May 20, 2012

Boeing Army is advancing vertical-lift, unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Army is working on the next phase of its push into unmanned aircraft with unmanned vertical-lift helicopters. Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters will be deployed in June in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Army is working on teaming for future unmanned aircraft that also has the option of being manned. May 15, 2012

Boeing, U.S. Air Force U.S. Air Force opens bidding for satellite communications terminals. The U.S. Air Force has invited other companies besides current contractor Boeing to submit bids for satellite communications terminals. The Air Force is attempting to convert its contract with Boeing into a fixed-price contract. "Negotiations with Boeing on the current contract are ongoing while we continue to look at other provider options," said Air Force spokeswoman Major Tracy Bunko. May 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin Lockheed expects higher Gulf anti-missile sales. Tensions with Iran likely will prompt bigger sales in the Gulf region, a Lockheed Martin executive said this week. The company expects an increase in anti-missile defense systems sales. May 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin Lockheed plans fuel-efficiency tests on Hercules. Lockheed Martin wants to conduct tests of its fuel-reduction technology on a C-130J Hercules. The plane-maker says its fuel-efficiency measures could reduce consumption by 7%. May 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin, Sciaky Partner in DoD Mentor-Protege Program. Lockheed Martin joined Sciaky, Inc. at a ceremony highlighting establishment of a U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protege agreement between the two companies.E "Lockheed Martin Aeronautics selected Sciaky to become a protege company because of their outstanding quality, delivery and service attitude," said Tom Simmons, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. vice president of supply chain management.E "Through this partnership, we will mentor Sciaky in the development of their Electron Beam Direct Manufacturing capability with the expectation that we can eventually apply this technology for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, our nation's largest and most important defense program." "Sciaky is very proud to be a partner with Lockheed Martin in the DoD's Mentor-Protege Program," said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky. "This agreement aligns with Sciaky's long term strategic goals of improving...

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