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CPI Aero catches Lightning, again, with new F-35 deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The world’s most advanced warplane will get a lift from a longtime Long Island defense contractor. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures Inc. has been awarded a $15.8 million contract by the Lockheed Martin Co. to manufacture assemblies that open and close cockpit canopies on all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation jet that combines advanced stealth capabilities with fighter-plane speed and agility. The multi-year deal, announced Monday by CPI Aero,…


BAE’s Greenlawn group wins $23.5M Navy deal

A high-tech Long Island defense manufacturer has received a $23.5 million federal contract to supply “friend-or-foe” identification systems for U.S. fighter jets. British multinational defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has won a fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy to supply its electronic AN/APX-111 systems for F/A-18 Hornet fighters. The work will be centered at the conglomerate’s Information and Electronic Systems Integration division, based in Greenlawn, with additional contributions from BAE engineers in Texas. The work under…


Applied DNA enlists with Army’s bio-warfare defenders

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences is in the Army now. Already under U.S. Department of Defense contract on a number of different projects, the Stony Brook-based biotech has entered into a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Best known as a developer and distributor of in-house botanical-DNA-based security and authentication protocols, Applied DNA is lending its expertise in a slightly different…


Following big deal, Applied DNA gets defensive

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just a week after closing a $5 million stock deal with a single private investor, Applied DNA Sciences is enlisting big-time with the U.S. military. This week, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist announced back-to-back deals for its flagship SigNature DNA product, both with armed-forces implications. The first deal involves microcircuits for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense’s combat logistics command center. The second is…