Posts Tagged ‘defense’

Senate committee okays funding for Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved full funding for production of the U.S. Coast Guard’s eighth National Security Cutter (NSC-8) at the Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday provided the update following the award of a $76.5-million long-lead materials contract for Ingalls to prepare for production of NSC-8. The Senate […] [...]

GAO rules against VT Halter, Ingalls in Coast Guard contract dispute

PASCAGOULA — The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest from two Mississippi shipbuilders over the award of design contracts for U.S. Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters. VT Halter Marine and Ingalls Shipbuilding protested the February award of contracts to Maine-based Bath Iron Works Corp., Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. and Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards Lockport, […] [...]

Rocket test aborted at Stennis; no injuries

HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials with Aerojet Rocketdyne are investigating the mid-test shutdown of an AJ-26 engine at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Company spokeswoman Jessica Pieczonka says in a statement that no one was hurt in the premature shutdown of the testing. The AJ26 engine powers the Antares rocket that has been used […] [...]

Senate Committee approves $27.5M for Special Ops training at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — More than $27.5 million has been included in a Senate spending bill to further develop Special Operations forces training facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill today. The measure is now cleared for consideration by the […] [...]

Stark Aerospace rolls out ArrowLite unmanned system

COLUMBUS — Stark Aerospace has introduced the ArrowLite hand-launched, single-operator tactical unmanned aerial system. The ArrowLite was designed, developed and manufactured by Stark Aerospace with support from the Program Manager for Tactical Operations Support (PM TOS), Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). CTTSO awarded Stark a contract to develop the ArrowLite system for use by […] [...]

MDA to lead business delegation to Israel

JACKSON — Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Israel in the fall. The Sept. 14-19 trip will focus on aerospace, defense and related industries and will include participation in the 5th Annual Israel Unmanned Systems 2014. MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen said […] [...]

Cochran pushing for commission to study Army, National Guard

WASHINGTON — Faced with questions about the make-up of the U.S. Army in a budget-constrained, post-war era, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has signaled his support for a national commission to study the future of the Army and National Guard. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, is an original cosponsor of the […] [...]

MQ-8C Fire Scout to be tested before ship-board flights

MOSS POINT — In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal […] [...]

Reeves opposes National Guard cuts as state reels from storms

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has joined other lieutenant governors around the country to oppose proposed budget cuts to the Mississippi National Guard. “Mississippians have seen first-hand why the National Guard is critical to each state,” Reeves said. “These brave men and women have led search-and-rescue missions and provided support in Louisville, Tupelo and […] [...]

Ingalls awarded $497M contract to build another cutter

PASCAGOULA – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports a $497-million military shipbuilding contract award to Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula to construct the seventh national security cutter (NSC 7) for the U.S. Coast Guard. Cochran said the Department of Homeland Security is amending an existing contract with Ingalls to provide FY2014 appropriations to construct NSC 7. […] [...]

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