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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at higher production rate

Posted March 18, 2013 by

Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. Boeing is in the process…

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Raytheon helps Missile Defense Agency counter ballistic missile threat with delivery of 8th AN/TPY-2 radar

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Raytheon has delivered its eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to the Missile Defense Agency in support of the U.S. combatant commands. An integral capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, AN/TPY-2 is a mobile, X-band phased-array radar that helps protect the U.S., deployed forces, and America’s friends and allies by searching, acquiring and tracking threat ballistic missiles…

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations – California for SMAP spacecraft processing

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Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, March 15 announced that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., facility. SMAP is the second mission awarded by NASA under…

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems awarded $19 million for U.S. Navy F/A-18 mission computers

Posted March 15, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The AMC is the nerve center…

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MLB’s VTOL UAV demonstrates autonomous payload placement

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MLB Company, a leader in low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle solutions, services and products, today announced it has concluded a DARPA funded research project to demonstrate precision autonomous delivery and placement of payload using its vertical take-off and landing UAV, the V-Bat. The MLB V-Bat was specially outfitted with a stereo vision system to detect and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 500th DAS sensor component for the F-35 Lightning II

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Northrop Grumman has delivered its 500th AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System sensor to Lockheed Martin for integration into the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The DAS is a multifunction infrared system that provides passive, spherical battlespace awareness for F-35 pilots by simultaneously detecting and tracking aircraft and missiles in every direction, as well as providing visual imagery…

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Boeing, SWISS announce commitment for six 777-300ERs

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines announced a commitment March 14 for six 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The airplanes, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, were selected for the airline’s long-haul fleet renewal. Boeing looks forward to working with SWISS to finalize the details, at which time the order will be…

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AUVSI study finds unmanned aircraft industry poised to create 12,292 new jobs in California in three years

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March 12, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International unveiled new economic data, which finds that the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 12,292 new jobs in California the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system. Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015….

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Pratt and Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete first depot overhaul of an F119 engine

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F119 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone in the F119 program – the completion of the first depot overhaul for the lead-the-fleet “Compass Vector” engine which powers the F-22 Raptor….

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

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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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