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Small Diameter Bomb II program steps up integration activity

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Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts. Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. Following a successful fit check…

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U.S. Navy selects Northrop Grumman for ship self-defense system

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $12 million task order for a full range of engineering services to continue modernizing the Ship Self-Defense System Mark 2. The contract has a potential value of $61 million over five years, if all options are exercised. SSDS MK2 is a combat system designed for anti-air defense…

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ATK’s AARGM earns third full-rate production award from U.S. Navy

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ATK, a world leader in precision-guided weapons, missile products and rocket motors, has been awarded a contract valued at $96.2 million by the U.S. Navy for the third full-rate production lot of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The contract covers AARGM and Captive Air Training Missiles for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force. “AARGM…

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Rolls-Royce tests composite fan systems at Stennis Space Center

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The Rolls-Royce composite carbon/titanium fan system for the Advance and UltraFan├┤ engine designs has completed its most recent phase of testing at the company’s outdoor jet engine test facility at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The fan system undertook crosswind testing on a Trent 1000 ALPS (Advanced Low Pressure System technology) engine,…

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Honeywell, Thales to offer next-gen high-speed in-flight connectivity to A350XWB

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Honeywell Aerospace and Thales will work together to integrate Honeywell JetWave hardware with Thales cabin network solutions for Airbus A350XWB and other commercial aircraft. The combined offering will give commercial airline operators and their passengers the same connectivity experience in-flight as they would have at home or work ├│ enabling real-time TV channel viewing, live…

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Boeing St. Louis facility to supply parts for new 777X

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Boeing announced Sept. 6 it will produce 777X parts at its site in St. Louis, Mo., bringing back inside the company work that is currently performed at suppliers or performed overseas for the current 777 program. The design for these parts will be done in St. Louis, Boeing Aerostructures Australia and other Boeing sites. The…

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Raytheon SM-6s intercept targets in ‘engage on remote’ tests

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During the U.S. Navy’s Combat Ship System Qualification Trials, the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) tested two Raytheon Standard Missile-6 interceptors against anti-ship and cruise missile targets. As part of ‘engage on remote’ scenarios, the ship launched the SM-6 interceptors prior to its own radars ‘seeing’ the incoming threats, using targeting information from another Aegis ship…

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Northrop Grumman B-2 program manager honored for leadership in stealth technologies

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Northrop Grumman photograph The National Defense Industrial Association has selected David G. Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, to receive its 2014 Rear Adm. Robert H Gormley Combat Survivability Leadership award. Mazur accepted the award on Nov. 13 during NDIA’s annual Aircraft Survivability Technical Forum held at Johns Hopkins University…

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Boeing conducts world’s first flight with ‘green diesel’ as aviation biofuel

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Boeing photograph Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using “green diesel,” a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane yesterday with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine. Shown here, the…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates 3D printed rocket propulsion system for satellites

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test of its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. The MPS-120 is the first 3D-printed hydrazine integrated propulsion system and is designed to provide propulsion for CubeSats, enabling missions not previously available to these tiny satellites. The project was funded out of the NASA Office of Chief…

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