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Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 missile’s reliability record reaches 142 successful test

Posted May 31, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights April 14 and 16 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The Navy launched two unarmed missiles each day from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean. These tests marked the 139th, 140th, 141st and 142st successful test flights…

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Boeing celebrates first delivery to Avolon

Posted June 11, 2012 by

Boeing and Avolon celebrated June 8 the first direct-order airplane delivery to the Dublin-based leasing company. Avolon took delivery of the first of 12 Next-Generation 737-800s ordered in December 2009. The airplane will be operated by Avolon’s airline customer, Japan Airlines. “We are pleased to take delivery of the first of 12 new Next-Generation 737-800s…

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Boeing FAB-T demonstrates communications with on-orbit AEHF satellite

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing has successfully demonstrated end-to-end communication using a terminal from the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals system and the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. This first on-orbit test with the AEHF SV-1 satellite accomplished both extended-data-rate and low-data-rate communications using the FAB-T system. “This critical test used an on-orbit satellite,…

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FI predicts $53 billion COMSAT market over next 10 years

Posted June 26, 2012 by

Forecast International projects that the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $52.7 billion from 2012-2021. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks some 49 satellite production programs, 419 individual communications satellites will be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, high-speed broadband Internet, digital television and video broadcasting,…

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Northrop Grumman to supply platform management system for U.K. Royal Navy’s next Astute-Class submarine

Posted July 5, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply the Platform Management System for the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute-class submarine, Anson. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit will supply the PMS for Astute Boat 5 under a performance partnering arrangement with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarine. BAE Systems will install the PMS equipment, which controls and monitors the submarine’s…

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Norway fires first ground-based Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from NASAMS launcher

Posted July 10, 2012 by

The Royal Norwegian Air Force successfully fired a Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air-Missile System. During the first-of-its-kind test at the Andoya Rocket Range in Northern Norway, the ESSM intercepted and destroyed an air target. “Completion of this live-fire exercise is a major step forward in our efforts to qualify ESSM…

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Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors Business reduces workforce by 740

Posted July 10, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business announced a reduction in its workforce of 740 July 10 as part of a continuing effort to improve efficiency and affordability amid a challenging budget environment. The company today notified 308 U.S.-based employees they will no longer have employment with the company. This action follows a voluntary layoff…

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Boeing demonstrates multi-location paint capability for Royal Australian Air Force

Posted July 16, 2012 by

Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has delivered the first two of 65 repainted aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)...

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Boeing F-15E radar modernization program begins second LRIP phase

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Boeing said July 23 the U.S. Air Force has granted the F-15E Radar Modernization Program approval to begin Low Rate Initial Production 2 of 10 APG-82(V)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar systems. “This is a great step forward for the Radar Modernization Program,” said Roger Besancenez, Boeing F-15 Program vice president. “With the F-15E RMP,…

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Aviall, Rolls-Royce sign RR300 agreement, extend M250® contract

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Aviall Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Rolls-Royce for spare parts, modules and tooling for the RR300 light helicopter engine. The global agreement, which extends to June 29, 2022, creates a new product line for Aviall, the Dallas-based industry leader in aftermarket supply chain management…

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