The United States military has completed the delivery of two brand new radar systems to Ukrainian armed forces. Ukraine is in a time of crisis, so the decision was made by the US Army to deliver the system - thus shoring up the country’s defense and internal security operations. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko gave the green light on the delivery after being debriefed by the US military. The radars will be used by the Ukrainian military to help protect themselves and civilians from deadly attacks from rockets and other artillery.


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The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently and successfully tested its persistent close air support (PCAS) prototype system. This system was tested on the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft. The most recent test, which took place near Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, marked the system’s initial debut on a United States Air Force platform. With 50 successful attacks made by troops coming out from a position of defense (also known as a ‘sortie’), the test demonstrated that a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) on the ground is capable of commanding an airstrike with three simple clicks on a tablet.


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According to 2014 rankings, Boeing maintains its standing as the world’s top exporter of arms. This is the Seattle-based company’s second consecutive year at number one. For fiscal year 2014, thirty percent of the company’s revenue (over $27 billion) came from things “pursuant to U.S. government contracts, which include foreign military sales through the U.S. government.” However, Boeing’s total sales to the US government saw a slight dip in percentage, going down from 34% in 2013 to 30% to 2014.


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Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Nutronics, Inc . is a company that engineers electro-optical solutions for problems in laser propagation due to atmospheric turbulence. Established in 1995, Nutronics develops technologies to combat optical turbulence for both the civil and military markets.


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Exelis Inc., an international aerospace and defense company, divested its military and government services business in 2013, a business which had been focused on facilities management, logistics, and network communications. Exelis now joins a list of companies that have recently spun off their services business, due mainly in part to increasing price pressure and competition in services that are resulting in lower and lower profit margins. This trend has been making the services sector unprofitable in companies that have large portfolios. SAIC recently spun off its services business, as did L-3 Communications in 2012. The new, leaner Exelis is now focused more on surveillance and intelligence solutions, which represents approximately $3.4 billion in gross revenue.


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