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Precision Castparts expands aerostructures capabilities with acquisition of Aerospace Dynamics International

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Precision Castparts has agreed to acquire Aerospace Dynamics International from The Marvin Group for $625 million. ADI is one of the premier suppliers in the aerospace industry, operating a wide range of high-speed machining centers. ADI has developed particular expertise in large complex components, hard metal machining, and critical assemblies. The company has strong positions…

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Forecast International says world volatility could ignite stagnant C4ISR market

Posted April 7, 2014 by

Who, what, when, where, why, and how – answering these questions remains the essence of C4ISR.  Delivering relevant information for operational use will continue to be a high priority. In the coming decade, C4ISR activity will in particular focus on “networking the force,” with an emphasis on information technology systems. Forecast International’s “The Market for…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates enhanced ground control system, software for small UAV

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin’s Group 1 family of unmanned aircraft systems is migrating to enhanced automation capabilities using its Kestrelô “Fly Light” flight control systems and industry-leading mobile Ground Control Station software. The increased automation allows operators to focus on executing the mission, rather than flying various aircraft. Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin’s Desert Hawk III small…

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General Dynamics awarded $163 million for Stryker double-V hull production

Posted May 12, 2014 by

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $163 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert 93 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull design. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The majority of work will be completed at…

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Report: FAA too reliant on Boeing for battery test

Posted May 23, 2014 by Scott Mayerowitz

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787′s lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says. The National Transportation Safety Board May 22 criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommended that the FAA needed to…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for Air Force’s Minuteman III reentry subsystem

Posted June 13, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force with an initial value of $109 million for sustainment of the reentry subsystem for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.  Lockheed Martin’s work will include repair, modification and testing of hardware and software components in the reentry system-reentry vehicle (RS-RV) subsystem, as well as…

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Small Diameter Bomb II nears end of development phase

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of flight tests for the Small Diameter Bomb II culminating in direct hits on stationary land targets. The successful tests further position the SDB II program to move from engineering, manufacturing, development phase to low rate initial production. Using upgraded hardware and electronics during extended periods…

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GA-ASI demonstrates advanced cockpit at Farnborough

Posted July 16, 2014 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, July 15 announced a significant presence at this month’s Farnborough International Air Show, including a demonstration of its Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station within the company’s new stand in Hall 2…

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UTC awarded Boeing C-17 Globemaster III MRO landing gear contract

Posted July 25, 2014 by

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to continue to provide landing gear system maintenance services in support of the U.S. Air Force fleet of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Included as part of the agreement, the company will work with Hill Air Force Base personnel in Ogden, Utah, to jointly manage the…

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Northrop Grumman awarded LITENING post production support contract

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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a post-production support contract by the U.S. Air Force. Under the terms of this five-year-delivery, indefinite quantity contract Northrop Grumman will provide the LITENING targeting pod program with G4 upgrade kits, updated Operational Flight Programs, integration and flight tests with the F-16 Block 30, F-16 Block 40/50, A-10C, F-15E, B-52…

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