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Lockheed Martin advances affordability across U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapons System to secure multi-year contract

Posted January 8, 2014 by

Under a recent contract order for the production of Aegis weapons systems, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy championed an affordability approach that will drive cost savings into all phases of the program, including production, integration and test. The $574 million contract includes the production of seven destroyers (DDGs 117-123) and an option for one…

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U.S. Air Force receives first B-1 equipped with Boeing Integrated Battle Station

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Boeing photograph The U.S. Air Force on Jan. 21 received the first B-1 bomber upgraded with the Boeing Integrated Battle Station, which essentially turns the B-1 into a new aircraft with the addition of full color displays, moving maps and a new diagnostics system. The upgrade, the most extensive modification program in B-1 history, enhances…

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HAECO completes acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited announced Feb. 6 that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc., creating one of the world’s leading providers of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul services and aircraft interiors products and services. “This is a truly exciting day for HAECO and TIMCO as our companies embark…

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Sikorsky awarded maintenance contract for U.S. Navy pilot training aircraft

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced Feb. 20 the award of a maintenance and support services contract for more than 360 aircraft operated by the Chief of Naval Air Training. Valued at an estimated $110 million, the work is expected to be completed in October 2014. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are…

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General Dynamics awarded $36 million for submarine development work

Posted March 5, 2014 by

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded two contract modifications from the U.S. Navy worth a total value of $35.8 million. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $19.8 million, Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range…

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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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