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Aerojet Propulsion Systems to maneuver radiation belt storm probes

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Aerojet announced Aug. 30 that United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V successfully lofted NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes on a two-year mission to explore the Van Allen belts. Each RBSP relies on an Aerojet integrated propulsion system that will be used throughout the mission to position the satellites. The Atlas V launching RBSP also used…

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GA-ASI demonstrates NATO interoperability of Predator-class ISR aircraft systems

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 12 its successful participation in NATO’s Unified Vision Trial at Orland Main Air Station in Brekstad, Norway, June 18-29. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars and electro-optic surveillance systems. Sponsored by the NATO Joint Capability Group on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, the…

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Pratt & Whitney selected for funding for U.S. Air Force AETD program

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been selected for funding by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Adaptive Engine Technology Development program. The AETD program is an initiative by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate to mature critical fuel-burn reduction technologies and engine design features that could transition into legacy and next…

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Coast Guard to acquire three additional Lockheed Martin HC-130J surveillance aircraft

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin has received a $218 million contract for three additional HC-130Js for the U.S. Coast Guard. This will increase the U.S. Coast Guard fleet of HC-130Js from six to nine. The contract also includes funding for two mission suites, which are critical in supporting U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue operations. The new aircraft…

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Quantum3D receives Lockheed Martin Aeronautics order for Mantis 3D Real-time Scene Management software

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Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of visual computing solutions for government and commercial applications, announced today that it has received an order from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for its Mantis Real-Time Scene Management software. Quantum3D’s Mantis software is a powerful simulation application, providing fixed- and rotary-wing flight, ground vehicle, tank, mission rehearsal, and sensor simulation, as…

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Honeywell’s Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material to improve U.S. Army helicopter armor

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Honeywell announced Oct. 22 that its Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material will be used to improve armor protection on U.S. Army helicopters. The Protective Group, Inc., a leading developer and integrator of lightweight composite armor for military aircraft, is incorporating Spectra Shield material into armor upgrades for U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters….

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Pratt and Whitney completes first PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus A320neo family of aircraft

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of its first engine to test for its PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine – the first engine to power the Airbus A320neo aircraft. Company leadership, Airbus, MTU, JAEC and employees celebrated the program milestone with a Last Bolt Ceremony at Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach facility Oct. 26, where the…

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride MMIC product line

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has developed a line of gallium nitride Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for military and commercial uses. These devices represent the first commercial availability of GaN-based components from the company. Initial engineering evaluation sampling is underway with quantities of three GaN MMIC products. They were developed for defense and commercial…

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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

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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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