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U.S. Navy selects Lockheed Martin to modernize C-130T aircraft

Posted November 14, 2012 by

The U.S. Naval Air Systems command awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract to integrate new avionics and software on multiple C-130T aircraft as part of its avionics upgrade program. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will incorporate the Department of Defense’s Future Airborne Capability Environment conformant cockpit, which gives the Navy unprecedented flexibility capability for…

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Boeing receives contract for B61 tail kit assembly

Posted November 28, 2012 by

Boeing will help to modernize the B61 free-fall ballistic munition by designing a new tail kit under a $178 million contract from the U.S. Air Force. The design, development and qualification phase of the B61 (Mod 12) Life Extension Program is expected to run for three years. The program further expands Boeing’s Direct Attack weapons…

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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 5,000 flight hours

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program surpassed 5,000 flight hours last month. This milestone was reached by the combined F-35 System Development and Demonstration aircraft flying at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and the training aircraft flying at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All…

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Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Hercs

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Lockheed Martin delivered a C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force at formal ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 12. This is one of the initial three aircraft of a total of six C-130Js ordered by Iraq. The other two of these initial three aircraft departed yesterday for Iraq. The remaining three C-130Js will be…

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Boeing delivered 601 planes last year

Posted January 7, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing said Jan. 3 that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year. Airbus has beaten Boeing in deliveries in recent years, but Boeing is now cranking out its new 787 and a revamped 747 after delays for both aircraft….

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Boeing to upgrade CSEL radios, base stations

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Boeing [will upgrade U.S. Air Force Combat Survivor Evader Locator handheld radios with new capabilities to enable faster search and rescue of isolated personnel, and also upgrade the CSEL ultrahigh frequency base stations, under contracts valued at $13.6 million. “These new contracts confirm that Boeing is meeting our commitments to provide our military customers with…

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense order to develop advanced UAS features

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Jan. 27 it has received an approximately $35 million contract from the Israel Ministry of Defense for the development of advanced features for Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be supplied within three years. One of the mission requirements is the quick re-configuration of the UAS’ payloads. The contract is in addition to…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly, begins environmental testing of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

Posted February 11, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft and is now undergoing environmental testing at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo.

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United Technologies CEO sees federal budget cuts March 1 with impact on parts, repair business

Posted February 22, 2013 by

The chief executive of United Technologies Corp. expects automatic federal budget cuts will take effect in eight days, taking a nick out of earnings of the aerospace giant. CEO Louis Chenevert told investor analysts Feb. 21 that the cuts, which are known in Washington as the “sequester,” look more likely. He says earnings would be…

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific announce order for three 747-8 feighters

Posted March 4, 2013 by

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways March 4 announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five additional 777 Freighters. The new additions will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet to 13 airplanes. “The 747-8 Freighter has provided our revamped cargo fleet…

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