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Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B begins extensive flight test program

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Boeing and CFM International announced today that they successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine April 29 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, Calif.

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Boeing marks first international sale of P-8A training system

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Boeing will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a complete training system for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft under a contract that also includes the sale of four P-8A training systems for the U.S. Navy. This combined domestic and foreign military sale further strengthens the growing partnership between the U.S. Navy and the…

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Excalibur Ib fired from M109A2/A3 howitzer in first-time test

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The U.S. Army and Raytheon successfully fired two Excalibur Ib projectiles from a M109A2/A3 howitzer during recent tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. Using the M185 cannon and M119A2 propelling charge with Excalibur for the first time, both rounds guided precisely to their targets more than 20 kilometers away. The M109A2/A3 is an early variant of…

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Australia accepts new Boeing CH-47F Chinook aircraft

Posted May 6, 2015 by

Boeing photograph Boeing has delivered the first two of seven CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army at a ceremony in Queensland. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout 2015. At a May 5 ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in northern Queensland, Australia commissioned their first two Boeing CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft….

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RQ-4 Global Hawk achieves milestone C

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The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk high altitude, long endurance autonomous unmanned aircraft system successfully completed Milestone C approval from the Defense Acquisition Executive.

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Boeing upgrading Australian F/A-18 trainers to aid maintenance effectiveness

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Boeing will update two maintenance trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force so they better support the RAAFís F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft. Australia is the only nation other than the United States flying F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters and EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft. While it operates the two-seat F variant of the Super Hornet,…

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Raytheon’s SM-6 moves from low-rate to full-rate production

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Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 program has moved from low-rate to full-rate production, clearing the path for significantly increased production numbers and focus on further cost-reduction opportunities. SM-6 is a surface-to-air supersonic missile capable of successfully engaging manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. It also defends against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles in…

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Raytheon surveillance technologies, analytics proven aboard Navy Stiletto

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The U.S. Navy has successfully tested Raytheon’s advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies†aboard the experimental ship known as the M80 Stiletto, while the vessel was underway. The test took place during operations at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. The combined technology was created by combining two, proven Raytheon technologies: the Persistent Surveillance System…

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Most advanced GPS satellite comes together

Posted May 4, 2015 by

Using a 10-ton crane, Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians gently lowered the system module of the U.S. Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satellite into place over its propulsion core, successfully integrating the two into one space vehicle.

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Boeing, SWISS finalize order for three additional 777-300ERs

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Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines have finalized an order for three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $990 million at current list prices. This order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, follows SWISS’ 2013 order for six 777-300ERs, and will form the backbone of the Swiss flag-carrier’s long-haul fleet renewal….

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