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Next stop Texas Dyess AFB receives C-130J Super Hercules

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino Another Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5715) was ferried to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 12, 2013. Maj. Gen. Richard Johnston, assistant deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, flew the aircraft to Dyess. The aircraft is part of…

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Aerojet SM-3 Block IB TDACS completes qualification testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Aerojet has completed Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System qualification testing with the successful altitude hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The final TDACS qualification unit was altitude tested at Aerojet’s…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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Boeing ships fifth WGS satellite to Cape Canaveral for 2013 launch

Posted March 13, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing recently shipped its fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, which will provide the U.S. Air Force with faster transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery, to Cape Canaveral in Florida for this year’s planned launch. Part of the upgraded Block II series, the satellite arrived at the Astrotech processing facility…

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Northrop Grumman to produce more Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter’s 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B variant. The…

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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for 787 battery solution

Posted March 13, 2013 by

Boeing has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration of the company's plan to test and certify improvements to the 787's battery system.

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Northrop Grumman names VP of engineering, global product Development

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman announced March 8 that it has appointed Peggy Nelson vice president of engineering and global product development for its Aerospace Systems sector. In this role, Nelson will lead a sectorwide effort to deliver more reliable, sustainable and affordable products for Northrop Grumman customers. Nelson comes to the position from…

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Mojave Air & Space Port finances discussed

Posted March 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

A midyear budget update was presented by CFO Erika Westawski to the Mojave Air and Space Port directors at their March 5 meeting. CEO Stuart Witt discussed the current status of Mojave involvement in the FAA Screening Information Request solicitation regarding Unmanned Aviation Systems in the National Airspace. Several contract and purchase expenditures were approved….

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Boeing names Ferra Engineering a supplier for Extended Range JDAMs

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Boeing has selected Brisbane, Australia,-based Ferra Engineering to build wing kits that triple the effective range of the Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range and allow aircrews to deploy the weapon from beyond the range of an enemyís air defense system. The Royal Australian Air Force became Boeingís first JDAM ER customer in 2011. Boeing…

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Raytheon’s dual-band datalink tested with Thales radar

Posted March 11, 2013 by

Raytheon has tested its company-funded dual-band datalink with a Thales Nederland Advanced Phased Array Radar. The test took place at a shore-based Dutch facility and marked a key step toward enabling more European ships to employ the full range of missiles within the Standard Missile family, including the Standard Missile-3. “Right now, few of Europe’s…

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