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Union splits decision on Boeing strike authorization

Posted February 20, 2013 by Stuart Ibberson

Federal mediators have been called to schedule new talks between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. The call for mediation comes as union members split their votes with the Professional Unit accepting Boeing’s latest offer, while the Technical Unit rejected the company’s offer and authorized strike action. While engineers and technical…

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Arms vendors turn to cyber security as sales drop

Posted February 20, 2013 by Malin Rising

The world’s largest arms vendors are expanding in the cybersecurity sector as austerity measures weigh on sales of traditional weapons, a Swedish peace research institute said Feb. 18. Sales by the 100 largest arms producing companies, excluding Chinese companies, fell by 5 percent to $410 billion in 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said…

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II-VI signs multi-year agreements for Sapphire Windows on the F-35 EOTS, Sniper ATP shroud assemblies

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II-VI Incorporated announced an agreement Feb. 19 between its subsidiary Exotic Electro-Optics and Lockheed Martin for two multi-year purchasing agreements. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The first is for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting Sensor and the second is for Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. Purchase orders from this agreement will…

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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted February 20, 2013 by AP

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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Insitu announces successful first flight of new technology release on Integrator UAS

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Insitu announced Feb. 18 the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system Block 2, the latest technology release of the system. The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company’s flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple…

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Northrop Grumman navigation system integral to first flight of nEUROn UCAV demonstrator

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Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and heading reference system for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle demonstrator, which recently completed a successful first flight in Freiburg, Germany. Northrop Grumman’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV demonstrator. The LCR-100…

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Beechcraft emerges from Chapter 11 a stronger global company

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Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, announced Feb. 19 it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process as a new company well-positioned to compete vigorously in the worldwide business aviation, special mission, trainer and light attack markets. The company’s Joint Plan of Reorganization was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New…

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Boeing receives U.S. Air Force contract for integrated C4ISR targeting solution

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Boeing will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system designed to improve the effectiveness of battlefield airmen on Close Air Support missions. The $3 million contract award includes design, development, delivery, training and sustainment for the Line of Sight – Short integrated targeting system, as well as priced options for…

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Lockheed Martin, Nanyang Technological University to collaborate on nanotechnology

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Lockheed Martin and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University announced Feb. 19 a memorandum of understanding of understanding to explore the science of nanotechnology, with special focus on nanocopper and related technologies for the commercial market. Lockheed Martin and NTU will set up a joint research laboratory at NTU’s Yunnan campus. The lab will allow NTU students…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services selects Cobham’s advanced avionics suite for S-61 modernization program

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Feb. 18 plans to equip Sikorsky’s modernized S-61Tô helicopter with a suite of advanced avionics provided by S-TEC Corporation/Cobham Commercial Systems of Mineral Wells, Texas. In early 2010, the U.S. Department of State entered into an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity agreement to purchase up to 110 modernized S-61 helicopters for passengers and…

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