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F-35A completes first in-flight weapons release

Posted October 17, 2012 by

An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000-pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition from a 5th generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 over the China Lake test…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Airbus selects ATK to manufacture composite wing cover stringers for A400M military transport aircraft

Posted October 29, 2012 by

ATK announced Oct. 29 that Airbus Military has selected ATK for a contract in excess of $100 million to produce composite wing cover stringers for use on the A400M Military Transport Aircraft. The A400M is a new generation, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military, with its first aircraft delivery planned for the…

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General Dynamics Amphibious Combat Vehicle hull design meets Marine Corps’ survivability requirement

Posted November 5, 2012 by

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently conducted simulated mine-blast tests that confirmed the ability of its Amphibious Combat Vehicle ballistic hull design to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ current ACV mine-blast survivability requirements. Funded through General Dynamics’ internal research and development initiatives, the tests were conducted by National Technical Systems,…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of First 787 Dreamliner to Qatar Airways

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Boeing and Qatar Airways Nov. 12 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of 30 787s ordered by the Doha-based airline, is also the first to be delivered to an airline in the Middle East. “We are delighted to receive our first Dreamliner, an aircraft which we expect…

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SAIC awarded $21 million contract by United States Navy

Posted November 30, 2012 by PR Newswire

Company to Provide Operational and Environmental Support to the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 29 it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational and environmental support for fleet training range complexes for the United States Fleet…

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Northrop Grumman provides gyro-compass navigation system for Embraer Legacy executive jet

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with prime contractor Rockwell Collins Inc., provided the attitude and heading reference system that recently supported the first flight of the new Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet. Northrop Grumman supplied the fiber-optic, gyro-compassing LCR-100 AHRS for integration with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionÆ avionics system on the fly-by-wire Legacy 500…

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Boeing names vice president, general manager of unmanned airborne systems programs

Posted December 17, 2012 by

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd., will relocate to St. Louis, Mo., as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support,…

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Business Briefs – January 9, 2013

Posted January 10, 2013 by

General Dynamics awarded $133 million for Abrams Tank production   General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks….

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Lockheed Martin receives $90 million U.S. Army Apache M-TADS/PNVS performance based logistics contract

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  Lockheed Martin has received a $90.6 million Performance Based Logistics contract from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system. The firm, fixed price contract provides a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and drives reliability and maintainability improvements….

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