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L-3 Communications third quarter net income falls 18 pct

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L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. said Nov. 1 that its third-quarter net income fell 18 percent as the U.S. government cut back on defense spending. The New York-based defense contractor, which makes secure communications systems, earned $192 million, or $1.97 per share, down from $235 million, or $2.24 per share, in the same quarter last year….

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Sikorsky employes HUMS data to extend life of S-92 main rotor hub

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to grant life extensions for the Main Rotor Hub on the company’s S-92(r) helicopter platform. Through its aftermarket business, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky Aircraft will have the ability to utilize Health and Usage Monitoring System data to determine a one-time life adjustment for particular serial number…

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F-35A achieves maximum high angle of attack limit in four flights

Posted November 21, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft rapidly expanded its high angle of attack (AOA) test envelope to its 50 degree limit in only four flights during recent flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. F-35A test aircraft are limited to AOAs of 20 degrees until their controllability is…

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ATK awarded contract for MDACS technology development, risk reduction

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ATK has been awarded a $52.7 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of Modular Divert and Attitude Control System technologies applicable to the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB missile interceptors. The technology contract will be executed by ATK Defense Group’s Elkton, Maryland operation. The MDACS propulsion system provides the impulse needed for…

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Commando II Takes to sky

Posted December 12, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen Lockheed Martin an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 10. Aircraft 5710 is the 12th of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery and…

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Northrop Grumman names VP Cybersecurity/C4

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Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 7 that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley as vice president of Cybersecurity/C4, effective immediately. Stanley will report to Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, Government Relations. In this role, Stanley leads the Cybersecurity/C4 portfolio in the company’s Government Relations organization. He and his team contribute to…

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Aviation Partners Boeing appoints Patrick LaMoria executive VP, CCO

Posted January 18, 2013 by

Following 11 years of various roles, including business development and product marketing with Boeing, Patrick LaMoria joined Aviation Partners Boeing in 2001 as director of sales and marketing for Europe. LaMoria quickly became an integral part of the APB team and was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing in 2004. Now, expanding his…

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Boeing-led missile defense team completes GMD flight test

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Boeing, working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, Jan. 26 returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. “Today’s test signals the next step in GMDís future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among…

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Mars Science Lab drills to get rock powder sample

Posted February 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Curiosity has now successfully used all of its unique equipment to examine if Mars was capable of supporting microscopic life. The percussion drill was used to…

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Pratt & Whitney F117 engines surpass 10 million flight hours on C-17 fleet

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Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engine, the exclusive power for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, recently exceeded 10 million engine flight hours. At the same time, the C-17 exceeded 2.5 million flight hours while supporting military and humanitarian mission in support of U.S. and allied troops around the globe. Pratt & Whitney is a United…

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