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Boeing delivers first 777-300ER in U.S. to American Airlines

Posted December 12, 2012 by

Boeing delivered to American Airlines Dec. 11 its first 777-300ER (extended range) jetliner as part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort and global network strategy. The delivery makes the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier the first U.S. airline to add the 777-300ER to its fleet. American Airlines plans for the airplane to enter service in early…

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Boeing, Aeromexico finalize 787 Dreamliner order

Posted December 28, 2012 by

Boeing and Aeromexico have finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners, with reconfirmation rights for four additional Dreamliners. The order by Mexico’s largest airline, which was first announced as a commitment in July, is valued at more than $1.46 billion at published list prices. “The acquisition of these Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, part of the 100…

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Raytheon supports 40 years of fleet defense through AEGIS system development

Posted January 16, 2013 by

Raytheon is observing a significant program milestone, its 40th year as the U.S. Navy’s provider of AN/SPY-1 radar transmitters and MK99 Fire Control Systems for the Navy’s AEGIS weapon system. Both critical components of the weapon system, the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK99 perform the search, track and missile guidance functions for AEGIS, the shield of…

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Army orders MUOS upgrade for AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios from General Dynamics

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The U.S. Army ordered kits in December to upgrade 100 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios to enable them to communicate with the military’s Mobile User Objective System satellite communications system. This MUOS channel upgrade, comprising a field-replaceable power amplifier and supporting software, will allow secure voice and data communication with…

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Former program manager returns to DARPA to lead Tactical Technology Office

Posted February 6, 2013 by

Many things drive scientists and technologists from across multiple disciplines to join DARPA as program managers and technical office directors. The most common theme, however, is service to country. At DARPA, these visionaries are charged with creating and preventing technological surprise in support of U.S. national security. For Bradford Tousley, a former DARPA program manager…

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Curtiss-Wright announces Surface Technologies Segment

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is renaming its Metal Treatment segment to Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies. Headquartered in Paramus, N.J., the Surface Technologies business segment provides highly engineered services, including protective coatings, analytical services, laser peening, and shot peening to critical components operating in the aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, general industrial, and transportation markets. The segment operates…

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Airbus parent EADS sees fourth quarter earnings halve

Posted March 1, 2013 by Frank Jordans

Airbus parent company EADS NV posted a 47 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit Feb. 27 after taking costly charges at its helicopter and defense electronics divisions. The aerospace giant recorded a (euro) 325 million ($425 million) net profit in the October-December period, down from the previous year’s (euro) 612 million. But for the full…

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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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Boeing delivers 7,500th 737

Posted March 20, 2013 by

Boeing has delivered the 7,500th 737 to come off the production line to Malaysia-based Malindo Air. Malindo Air is a joint venture by Jakarta, Indonesia-based Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries. Malindo Air is using the Next-Generation 737-900ER to launch its low-fares service. Malindo Air’s 737-900ER (Extended Range) with the passenger-pleasing Boeing…

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Lockheed Martin completes first ever live firing of latest Aegis Combat System evolution

Posted April 5, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System recently completed a live fire test, using the system’s newest capability build, Baseline 9. During the at-sea test scenario, Aegis successfully detected, tracked and engaged a medium-altitude subsonic target from the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). During the exercise, the USS Chancellorsville’s Aegis Weapon System sent tracking orders to the ship’s…

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