Defense

DoD taps Hauppauge maritime-combat specialist

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative software-engineering contract to an innovative Long Island company focused on maritime combat. Hauppauge-based Advanced Acoustic Concepts, a self-described “leading provider of undersea warfare solutions,” will provide software for mission modules on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships – fast, powerful boats built specifically to fight in shallow waters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command contract…

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Name the Air Force’s next long range bomber!

The Air Force has released an artist’s rendition of its new long range bomber, to be built by Northrop Grumman at $564 million a pop. Breaking with recent tradition – the B-1 and B-2, for example – the aircraft has been officially designated the B-21, evoking the current century. Still needed: A name. And so Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has put out the call. “We have an image, we have a designation, but here’s…


Northrop Grumman out-guns rivals for B-3 contract

Northrop Grumman won the contract to build the Air Force’s next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber, beating out a rival bid from a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. While it’s too soon to start gearing up local assembly lines, several Long Island defense firms said privately they expect to see future work from the contract, which will likely extend for a decade or more. And Jamie Moore, president of Hauppauge-based ADDAPT, an alliance of technology…


In Sikorsky deal, cautious local optimism

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island aerospace manufacturers are reassessing their markets following word of Lockheed Martin’s $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, but none expect the megadeal to hurt existing business. Some Island parts-makers, in fact, are already anticipating an uptick. The deal, announced earlier this week, is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to close late this year or in early 2016. The prospect of a giant Connecticut-based customer with long ties to regional…