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Moss Point, Miss., marks production of drone fuselage

Posted November 16, 2012 by AP

Production has begun at a Northrop Grumman plant in Moss Point, Miss., on fuselages for a new line of surveillance drones. Officials marked the development with a Nov. 13 ceremony at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center. The Triton high-altitude surveillance drone being built for the Navy will be able to stay aloft for 24 hours, flying…

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Boeing adapts innovative training technologies to F/A-18E, F-15E

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Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is…

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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves ‘firm concept’

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Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’. “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we’ve committed to our customers,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager…

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Lockheed Martin acquires Chandler/May, Inc.

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 13 the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of fully integrated mission critical systems for unmanned aerial systems and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin’s…

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Honeywell provides cost-saving logistics support for U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet

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Honeywell has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to provide depot maintenance support for the F-15′s secondary power system. Work will be performed under Public-Private Partnership with the Hill Air Force Base Depot Workforce in Utah through January 2020. “We’re focused on ensuring the ongoing operational readiness of the Air Force…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to further develop high-concentration solar technology

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program office of the Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne approximately $2.3 million to design and develop a 200-kilowatt high-concentration photovoltaic solar-power field on one acre at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The project is designed to demonstrate the high-performance and cost-effectiveness of…

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Digital modular radios by General Dynamics anchor communications for new U.S. Navy ships, submarines

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The U.S. Navy has ordered an additional 53 General Dynamics-built AN/USC-61(C) four-channel Digital Modular Radios for use aboard new Navy ships, submarines and inshore sites. In addition to the new radios, existing DMR hardware will be modified to accommodate networking waveforms owned by the government. This order exercises an option on a contract awarded to…

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SAIC to deliver U.S. Army aviation crew member simulators

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Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 12 that it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to integrate, test, and deliver 11 additional integrated crew member simulators for CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters under the Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module program. The follow-on single-award task order…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of First 787 Dreamliner to Qatar Airways

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Boeing and Qatar Airways Nov. 12 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of 30 787s ordered by the Doha-based airline, is also the first to be delivered to an airline in the Middle East. “We are delighted to receive our first Dreamliner, an aircraft which we expect…

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