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U.S. Air Force accepts first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft

Posted January 11, 2019 by

On Jan. 10, the U.S. Air Force has accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, setting the stage for the aircraft’s delivery to McConnell Air Force Base, in Wichita, Kansas, in the coming weeks.

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Northrop Grumman receives LITENING targeting pod IDIQ award with $1.3 billion potential

Posted January 11, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s LITENING advanced targeting pod includes a suite of advanced high-resolution sensors and a data link for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition. The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $1.3 billion indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity award for LITENING advanced targeting pod sustainment, production, software and upgrades. “Since the…

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Boeing sets new airplane delivery records, expands order backlog

Posted January 9, 2019 by

Boeing delivered 69 737 airplanes in December and set a new annual record of 806 deliveries in 2018, surpassing its previous record of 763 deliveries in 2017. Even as Boeing delivered more jetliners, the company again grew its significant order book with 893 net orders, including 203 airplane sales in December. “Boeing raised the bar…

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Northrop Grumman receives $3.6 billion IDIQ contract for infrared countermeasures systems

Posted January 7, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman has received a $3.6 billion indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity award for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure systems and support from the U.S. Air Force. Under the IDIQ, the Air Force may issue task or delivery order awards up to the ceiling amount specified in the contract.

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Boeing to modernize entire Spanish Chinook fleet

Posted January 5, 2019 by

Boeing will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations.

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Raytheon UK to secure hundreds of jobs in support of RAF Shadow aircraft fleet

Posted January 5, 2019 by

Raytheon UK on Jan. 2 signed a £250 million contract with the Ministry of Defence to provide 11 years of support and sustainment services to the Royal Air Force’s Shadow aircraft fleet. The contract supports Shadow aircraft maintenance, airworthiness management, design organization and supply chain support. When work begins in April 2019, 200 full-time jobs…

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Sikorsky, Boeing provide first look at SB>1 Defiant

Posted December 26, 2018 by

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Boeing have provided the first look at the SB>1 Defiant™ helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program.

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Northrop Grumman to provide advanced EW simulation, training capability to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 21, 2018 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The Joint Threat Emitter provides a modern, reactive battlespace war environment, designed to help train military personnel to identify and effectively counter enemy missile or artillery threats. Northrop Grumman has received a $450 million, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract award to deliver Joint Threat Emitter systems to the U.S. Air Force. The…

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Boeing completes NATO AWACS upgrades

Posted December 19, 2018 by

Boeing has delivered the final Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft modernized with avionics and a digital cockpit to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Manching, Germany.

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Lockheed Martin’s long range anti-ship missile reaches EOC status on B-1B

Posted December 19, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles to U.S. Air Force operational units, achieving Early Operational Capability status ahead of schedule. After successfully completing the required integration, flight testing and modeling and simulation, warfighters accepted the first of many tactical production units, meeting key criteria for the EOC declaration milestone. “This event is…

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