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76 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2020 U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $175 Million for Guided-missile Cruiser Modernization E BAE Systems has received a $175 million con- tract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). AT&S Now in the Top League of Aircraft Suppliers E With the NADCAP accreditation, the Austrian high-tech company has been recognized as a supplier of the highest quality standards in air- craft construction. The accreditation is now opening new doors in the aerospace sector. Pendleton Marines Put Amphibious Combat Vehicle to the Test E Marines with the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Sup- port Activity, tested the ACV's maneuverability and performance during low-light and night operations on Marine Corps Base Camp Pend- leton's beaches. A New Tool for 'Weighing' Unseen Planets E A new instrument funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation called NEID will help scientists measure the masses of plan- ets outside our solar system—exoplanets— by observing the gravitational pull they exert on their parent stars. That information can help reveal a planet's composition, one critical aspect in determining its potential habitability. U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $43M Hawkeye Contract Modification E Lockheed Martin received a $43 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to upgrade to the AN/ALQ-217 Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. NASA's Newest Astronauts Ready for Space Station, Moon, and Mars Missions E NASA welcomed 11 new astronauts to its ranks, increasing the number of those eligible for spaceflight assignments that will expand humanity's horizons in space for generations to come. The new astronauts successfully com- pleted more than two years of required basic training and are the first to graduate since the agency announced its Artemis program. Zentech Manufacturing Acquires Trilogy Circuits E Zentech Manufacturing Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trilogy Circuits LLC. Following the transaction, Trilogy Cir- cuits LLC will become Zentech Dallas (Texas) and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (Maryland) and Zentech Fredericksburg (Virginia). Defense Speak Interpreted: What in the World Is MINSEC? E The Defense program designated MINSEC (Microelectronics Innovation for National Security and Economic Competitiveness) is probably one that you have never heard of but will likely gather more headlines in the future. Dennis Fritz explains. Boeing to Deliver AH-64E Apache Helicopters to Three Allied Countries E Boeing and the U.S. Army have finalized orders from three nations to provide their armed forces with the new, more capable AH- 64E Apache model. The contracts are for the remanufacture of 47 existing AH-64D Apaches. The total combined value of the orders is more than $560 million. MilAero007 Highlights

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