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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K helicopter with rotor blades

Posted May 2, 2014 by

Sikorsky photograph Sikorsky’s CH-53K heavy lift helicopter spun the main and tail rotor blades for the first time April 17, at the company’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates successful Javelin firing from turret in U.K. test

Posted May 16, 2014 by

¬†Lockheed Martin ] recently demonstrated the successful firing of a Javelin missile from a turret at the Cranfield Ordnance Test & Evaluation Centre near Wiltshire, England. The turret was designed and built as a joint project between Lockheed Martin U.K. in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, U.K., and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas, and…

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CFIUS approval clears XCOR Aerospace’s first close of series B financing

Posted May 28, 2014 by

MOJAVE, Calif. -XCOR Aerospace announced May 27 that the U.S. Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved the Series B lead investment by Dutch investors. The first closing of XCOR’s new round of finance issued $14.2 million of Series B preferred shares. XCOR will use the funds to bring the…

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Raytheon honors supplier excellence from around globe

Posted June 18, 2014 by

Raytheon has recognized the exceptional performance of more than 180 supplier partners that support the company’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit. Honored at IDS’ annual Supplier Excellence Awards event, suppliers from around the globe were recognized with 3-, 4- and 5-Star awards, measured on quality standards, on-time delivery, process improvement initiatives, and success in meeting…

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Anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel under construction, at-sea testing expected by 2015

Posted July 7, 2014 by

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, has begun construction on ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail…

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Boeing, Hainan Airlines announce commitment for 50 737 MAX 8s

Posted July 18, 2014 by

  Boeing and Hainan Airlines July 16 announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for 50 737 MAX 8s, reaffirming the Chinese airline’s preference for an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet. The commitment, valued at more than $5.1 billion at current list prices, will be subject to the approval of…

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Posted July 30, 2014 by Audra Calloway

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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F-35 flight test program milestones maturing combat capabilities

Posted August 25, 2014 by

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity. “The test milestones are a direct result of the detailed planning, coordination and execution between various government teams and the integrated test force,” said J.D….

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DRS Technologies to provide ship self-defense hardware

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DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded the company access to a $31.8 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide command and control hardware products for the service’s Ship Self-Defense System Mark 2, used on Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships. SSDS is a ship-borne battle management system that integrates…

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Raytheon’s first new-production Patriot System debuts in successful flight test

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Raytheon successfully completed a system-level guided flight test of the new-production Patriot at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The modernized Patriot provides an affordable, low-risk and rapid path to meet the warfighter’s current and future air and missile defense requirements. “The system’s flawless performance using all newly-built major end items is a significant milestone for…

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