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Turning up the heat

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Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin laser stops truck in field test Lockheed Martinís 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field…

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Sikorsky S-97 RAIDERô team begins final assembly of second aircraft

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced March 4 the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDERô helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center. Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDERô prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight speed. The…

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Sikorsky awarded $8 million contract for Phase 1 ALIAS program

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced March 4 that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded the company an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System program. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The objective of DARPA’s ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into…

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Global Hawk sees decrease in cost per flight hour amidst increased operational tempo

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The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance autonomous unmanned aircraft system had another remarkable year in 2014, with a significant decrease in cost per flight hour coupled with a sharp increase in flight hours. The Global Hawk program has brought the system’s cost per flight hour down to the point of being half…

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Ingenuity drives Lockheed’s AEHF program to production milestone early

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Lockheed Martin has successfully integrated the propulsion core and payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite nearly five months ahead of schedule.

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First all-electric propulsion satellites send first on-orbit signals

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Two Boeing 702SP (small platform) satellites, the first all-electric propulsion satellites to launch, have sent initial signals from space, marking the first step toward ABS, based in Bermuda, and Eutelsat, based in Paris, being able to provide enhanced communication services to their customers. Whatís more, the satellites were launched as a conjoined stack on a…

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GA-ASI, Sener team to offer Predator B to Spain

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and SENER, a leading Spanish engineering company, announced March 2 that they have signed a teaming agreement that promotes the use of the multi-mission Predator B® RPA to support Spain’s airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.  GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related…

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Raytheon’s ‘Blue Marble’ imaging sensor delivered on schedule

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Raytheon has delivered a second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instrument to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System mission.

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Airbus says net profit soared in 2014

Posted March 2, 2015 by Greg Keller

Airbus says its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program. The European jet maker said Feb. 27 it made a 2.34-billion-euros ($2.62 billion) net profit in 2014, up from 1.47 billion euros in…

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Lockheed Martin Australia to deliver modern, affordable C-130J training solutions to RAAF

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The Royal Australian Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a modern C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond. Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardized curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of…

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