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U.K.’s first F-35 makes inaugural flight

Posted April 16, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Harvey

BK-1, the United Kingdom’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, flew its inaugural flight April 13. Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti took the short takeoff/vertical landing jet through a series of functional flight checks during a sortie that lasted 45 minutes. The jet will…

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Boeing delivers P-8A training devices to NAS Jacksonville, Fla.

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Boeing delivered a second set of P-8A Poseidon training devices to the U.S. Navy March 29 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The devices consist of an Operational Flight Trainer, a Weapons Tactics Trainer and four Electronic Classrooms. “The P-8A Weapons Tactics Trainer is a new innovation for Boeing,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president…

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates compact, rugged solid-state laser for military applications

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has test fired the first product in its next-generation FIRESTRIKE™ family of high-energy, solid-state lasers that meet goals for size and weight reduction and ruggedization for operational applications.

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Sikorsky, Terma widen MOU as Denmark considers MH-60R helicopter

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Sikorsky Aircraft and Terma announced May 7 they have extended and broadened their previously announced Memorandum of Understanding to explore additional potential collaborations on aircraft programs. Both the original MOU, signed in February 2010, and the new MOU are conditioned on the Danish government’s decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters via a Foreign Military…

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Lockheed Martin’s EAPS completes successful series of target tracking tests

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Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a series of target tracking tests against Rocket, Artillery and Mortar targets using its Extended Area Protection and Survivability miniature hit-to-kill interceptor system. The tests were conducted during the first week of April at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command/Aviation Missile…

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Northrop Grumman supplying integrated bridge systems for new Swedish coast guard patrol boats

Posted May 29, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit is supplying advanced integrated bridge systems for the new class of patrol boats being built for the Swedish Coast Guard. The IBS for the new Swedish patrol boats is based on Northrop Grumman’s advanced VisionMaster FTâ„¢ technology, which integrates the vessels’ navigation and ship control functions in a secure…

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General Dynamics board declares dividend, authorizes share repurchases

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The General Dynamics board June 6 declared a regular quarterly dividend of 51 cents per share on the company’s common stock, payable Aug. 10, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business July 6. The board also authorized management to repurchase 10 million shares of the company’s issued and outstanding common stock on…

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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman complete X-47B flight testing at Edwards

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The first major phase of flight testing the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft came to a successful conclusion on May 15 when Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy wrapped up testing at...

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First full company of Gray Eagle UAS now deployed

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 25 the recent deployment...

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Precision Castparts broadens aerostructures capabilities with acquisition

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Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Klune Industries, a manufacturer of complex aluminum, nickel, titanium, and steel aerostructures. Klune focuses on complex forming, machining, and assembly of aerostructure parts, in addition to offering significant expertise in a range of cold-formed sheet metal components. The company, which operates facilities in North Hollywood, Calif.; Spanish Fork,…

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