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NATO, partners still considering size of post-2014 force

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jim Garamone

NATO and partner nations are still considering the size of the force that will remain in Afghanistan once the International Security Assistance Force mission ends in December 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 22. Little, in Brussels with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, issued a statement to put down rumors about the size…

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United Technologies CEO sees federal budget cuts March 1 with impact on parts, repair business

Posted February 22, 2013 by

The chief executive of United Technologies Corp. expects automatic federal budget cuts will take effect in eight days, taking a nick out of earnings of the aerospace giant. CEO Louis Chenevert told investor analysts Feb. 21 that the cuts, which are known in Washington as the “sequester,” look more likely. He says earnings would be…

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Headlines: February 20, 2013

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Business Boeing close to fixing Dreamliner battery Boeing has found a way to fix battery problems on its grounded 787 Dreamliner jets that involves increasing the space between the lithium ion battery cells, a source familiar with the company’s plans says. As parked 787s multiply, Boeing cash drain worries grow Paine Field Airport, next to…

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Union splits decision on Boeing strike authorization

Posted February 20, 2013 by Stuart Ibberson

Federal mediators have been called to schedule new talks between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. The call for mediation comes as union members split their votes with the Professional Unit accepting Boeing’s latest offer, while the Technical Unit rejected the company’s offer and authorized strike action. While engineers and technical…

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Arms vendors turn to cyber security as sales drop

Posted February 20, 2013 by Malin Rising

The world’s largest arms vendors are expanding in the cybersecurity sector as austerity measures weigh on sales of traditional weapons, a Swedish peace research institute said Feb. 18. Sales by the 100 largest arms producing companies, excluding Chinese companies, fell by 5 percent to $410 billion in 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said…

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II-VI signs multi-year agreements for Sapphire Windows on the F-35 EOTS, Sniper ATP shroud assemblies

Posted February 20, 2013 by

II-VI Incorporated announced an agreement Feb. 19 between its subsidiary Exotic Electro-Optics and Lockheed Martin for two multi-year purchasing agreements. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The first is for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting Sensor and the second is for Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. Purchase orders from this agreement will…

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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted February 20, 2013 by AP

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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Insitu announces successful first flight of new technology release on Integrator UAS

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Insitu announced Feb. 18 the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system Block 2, the latest technology release of the system. The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company’s flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple…

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NAVAIR, defense industry partner welcome production of 100th H-1 Helicopter

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Marking a key development for U.S. Marine Corps aviation, Bell Helicopter the manufacturer of the service’s H-1 Helicopter, delivered the 100th UH-1Y model to the U.S. government Jan. 16.

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Northrop Grumman navigation system integral to first flight of nEUROn UCAV demonstrator

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and heading reference system for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle demonstrator, which recently completed a successful first flight in Freiburg, Germany. Northrop Grumman’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV demonstrator. The LCR-100…

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