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ATK, Orbital receive Justice Department clearance for merger

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The U.S. Department of Justice has unconditionally cleared the proposed merger of Alliant Techsysetmsí Aerospace and Defense groups with Orbital Sciences Corporation. The Federal Trade Commission informed ATK and Orbital of the decision, as well as the termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period Dec. 4. As previously announced, ATK and Orbital have entered into a…

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AeroVironment unveils modular gimbaled sensor payload on RQ-11B Raven UAS

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AeroVironment, Inc. unveiled a new miniature gimbaled sensor payload on the battle-proven RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft system April 2 at the Army Aviation Association of America Annual Professional Forum and Exposition. The modular payload includes a high-resolution color and an infrared thermal video sensor, as well as a laser illuminator integrated into a multi-axis…

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Boeing awards direct contract to Mubadala Aerospace’s Strata facility to for composite aerostructures

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Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace of Abu Dhabi April 17 announced a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In addition, the companies announced a strategic agreement that positions Strata to be a future supplier of the…

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Raytheon first quarter profit jumps, lifts 2012 outlook

Posted April 26, 2012 by

Raytheon posted a 17 percent jump in the first-quarter profit April 26 and the defense contractor boosted its full-year outlook with sales for missile, intelligence and information systems on the rise. The big jump in comparable net income was partially due to the charges that the company was saddled with during the same period last…

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Hawker Beechcraft reaches agreement to reduce debt, strengthen company for future

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Hawker Beechcraft announced May 3 that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and approximately $125 million of annual cash interest expense….

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Sierra Nevada opens Alabama office

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Huntsville, Ala., is now home to one of America’s fastest growing private companies, and the top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Sierra Nevada Corporation, headquartered in Sparks, Nev., announced May 16 at a reception for Huntsville business and community leaders at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, that the company has opened an…

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Boeing delivers 20th 747-8

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Boeing May 31 marked the 20th delivery of its new 747-8. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator. This marks the first time in Panalpina’s history that an airplane has been painted in the company’s livery….

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Goodrich to supply inertial measurement sensor for Thales lightweight multirole missile

Posted June 11, 2012 by

Goodrich Corporation has received a production order for its SiIMU02® inertial measurement units from Thales in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The IMUs will be used as the standard inertial sensor on Thales’ new Lightweight Multi-role Missile. The order covers more than 1,000 units with deliveries starting in late 2013. Units will be produced by Goodrich’s Sensors…

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Boeing expands flight services business in China

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Boeing announced June 18 it has expanded its Flight Services business in China, greatly enhancing training capacity for airlines in the region. With the introduction of an advanced 787 Dreamliner training suite for pilot and maintenance training, and a newly-installed 747-400 full-flight simulator, the company is tripling its offerings at the Boeing Flight Services Shanghai…

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Boeing helps open thermoplastic composites research lab in the Netherlands

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A new laboratory that provides thermoplastic composites research for Boeing and other aerospace companies has opened at Enschede in the Netherlands. “With this opening, the Thermoplastics Composites Research Center, or TPRC, is no longer a virtual institute,” said William Gerry, who represents Boeing as chairman of the TPRC board. “The TPRC research team is now…

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