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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

Posted December 14, 2012 by

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

Posted January 18, 2013 by

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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Raytheon’s fifth generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Raytheon has been awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program. According to the U.S. Navy, 43 nations operate more than 600 submarines; the steady increase in…

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AAR ramps up parts availability in Europe

Posted March 27, 2013 by

AAR, a global leader in the supply and repair of component parts for the aviation industry, is expanding its parts inventory for the European market, reducing lead times and shipping costs for its customers. The companyís main distribution center in Amsterdam will carry an increased stock of high-demand airframe and engine-related components, along with bulky,…

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