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SM-6, Armed With New Software And Guided By Aegis, Intercepts Ballistic Target

DefenseAlert, Aug. 3, 2015 -- The Defense Department has successfully demonstrated the ability of Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 interceptor in concert with the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System to destroy a short-range ballistic missile in the terminal phase of flight -- the high-stakes, final seconds as it approaches its target -- a new first in a series of tests off Hawaii last week.

Panel Poses Slate Of Upgrades To Improve UAV Operations In Contested Areas

DefenseAlert, Aug. 3, 2015 -- A recent study found that the Air Force could broaden the utility of its MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned vehicle operations in non-permissive environments using existing, off-the-shelf technology.

DDG-51 Flight III Fleet, including New Radar, Estimated To Cost At Least $56 Billion

DefenseAlert, July 31, 2015 -- The Navy estimates its plan to acquire a 22-ship DDG-51 Flight III fleet of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers will cost $56 billion -- $50.2 billion for the ships and $5.8 billion for the new radar -- a previously unreported total sticker price for a project the service is seeking permission from Congress to initiate in fiscal year 2016.

Marines Achieve Internal Deadline By Declaring F-35B Operational

DefenseAlert, July 31, 2015 -- The Marine Corps achieved its internal deadline by declaring the F-35B reached initial operational capability July 31, with a squadron of 10 aircraft that are wartime ready, according to the service.

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Navy Reveals Final RFP, Planned Contract Award Dates For MQ-8C Radar

Inside the Navy, Aug. 3, 2015 -- The Navy revealed at an industry day last week it will release a final request for proposals and the planned contract award date for the MQ-8C Fire Scout maritime search radar.

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