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Israel receives First C-130J Super Hercules: ‘Shimshon’

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin delivered the State of Israel’s first C-130J Super Hercules airlifter during a ceremony June 26 at its Aeronautics Company’s production facility in Marietta, Ga. This is first of three C-130Js currently on order for the Israeli Air Force, which has operated legacy C-130s since 1971. The IAF has bestowed the nickname “Shimshon” on…

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F-35 pilot cadre grows to 100 as training ramps up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted July 12, 2013 by

Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight July 9. Millerís 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator…

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Lockheed Martin’s Sniper ATP achieves operational flight status on B-52

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin’s Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod has achieved operational flight status on the B-52 bomber.

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General Dynamics completes comprehensive risk reduction program for Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted August 7, 2013 by

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has successfully completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test successfully verified key components within the…

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General Dynamics awarded $67 million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted August 19, 2013 by

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded a $67.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets. Hydra rockets can be mounted on most helicopters and some fixed wing aircraft and employ a variety of warheads to meet a wide range of mission requirements for all branches of…

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Boeing tanker remains on schedule with start of second refueling boom Assembly

Posted September 4, 2013 by

Boeing workers in Seattle took another step toward delivering next-generation aerial refueling capability to the U.S. Air Force Sept. 3 when they began assembling the second refueling boom for the KC-46A Tanker program. Based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom and hose and drogue systems, making it…

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David Gitlin named president, Aircraft Systems – UTC Aerospace Systems

Posted September 13, 2013 by

United Technologies Corp. announced Sept. 12 that David Gitlin has been named president of the Aircraft Systems business segment of UTC Aerospace Systems, effective immediately and reporting to Alain Bellemare, president and CEO, UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems. Gitlin succeeds Curtis Reusser who is leaving to pursue his career outside of UTC. “Dave is exceptionally…

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Northrop Grumman readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for flight operations

Posted September 23, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman Corporation turned on the power to the U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft's four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20.

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Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner to Royal Brunei Airlines

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Boeing and Royal Brunei Airlines celebrated the delivery of the 787 Dreamliner ñ the first for the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and for Southeast Asia. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett Oct. 2 for a 6,540 nautical miles non-stop flight home to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei. “This exciting…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar tracks tactical ballistic missile for first time

Posted October 21, 2013 by

In preparation for an upcoming dual-intercept test later this year, a Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar successfully acquired and tracked a Lance tactical ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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