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Northrop Grumman names VP, mission assurance for Electronic Systems sector

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Northrop Grumman has appointed Sonal B. Deshpande vice president of mission assurance for the company’s Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector. In this position, Deshpande is responsible for mission assurance across the sector for all programs, including quality and product assurance, compliance, process excellence and supplier mission assurance. She reports to Gloria A. Flach, corporate vice president…

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP, program manager ISR division

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Northrop Grumman announced it has appointed Steve Lunny, vice president and program manager for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance division within the company’s Information Systems sector. Lunny will report to Linnie Haynesworth, vice president and general manager, ISR division, and will have executive responsibility for all aspects of cost, technical, schedule, and risk execution on…

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HELLADS laser completes development

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced May 21 that the High-Energy Liquid Laser completed the U.S. government acceptance test procedure and is now being shipped to the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. At WSMR, the laser will undergo an extensive series of live fire tests against a number of military targets.  GAASI is a leading…

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Boeing delivers Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800

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Boeing May 22 delivered Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Boeing May 22 delivered Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Transaero’s newest 737 has a recognizable radome “bump” on top of the fuselage just behind the wings….

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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Posted May 20, 2015 by

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

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Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

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Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…

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GE Aviation, Woodward combine fuel systems expertise for new joint venture

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GE Aviation and Woodward, Inc. announced May 20 a strategic 50/50 joint venture for fuel systems for GE’s large commercial aircraft engine lines. The new joint venture will design, develop, source, supply and service the fuel system, including components from the fuel inlet up to the fuel nozzle, for the GE90, GEnx, GE9X and all…

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Small Diameter Bomb II program achieves Milestone C clearing the way for production

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. Unlike standard bombs, SDB II employs Raytheon’s revolutionary tri-mode seeker that operates in three different modes: millimeter-wave radar uncooled imaging infrared semi-active laser. SDB…

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