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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

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Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly, test and launch operations phase for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft. MAVEN is scheduled to launch in November 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. ATLO represents a critical stage of the program because it is when the spacecraft begins…

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Boeing, AEL link cockpit simulators in U.S., Brazil

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Boeing last month linked one of its advanced fighter cockpit simulators in St. Louis with a simulator more than 5,000 miles away in Porto Alegre, Brazil, demonstrating the effectiveness of sharing advanced situational awareness and training technologies between the United States and Brazil. The simulation, which also involved Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A.,…

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New Super Hercules for Norway

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph At ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 28, the Royal Norwegian Air Force formally accepted a C-130J Super Hercules for the aircraft that was tragically lost in March of this year. Through strong cooperation between the Governments of the United States and Norway, a C-130J originally destined for Dyess Air Force Base, Texas,…

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Aerojet achieves two million work hours without a lost-time injury milestone

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that its Sacramento, Calif., headquarters has achieved two million work hours without a lost-time injury. Aerojet’s Sacramento site reached the milestone Sept. 26. “To achieve this injury-free milestone takes not only an individual, but team effort, throughout our entire facility,” said Bob Werling, vice president of Sacramento operations….

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Army chooses Raytheon to provide Thermal Weapon Sights

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Raytheon photograph Thermal Weapon Sights: Raytheon Company was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so soldiers can better detect and engage targets day or night. In a competition against two other suppliers, Raytheon was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so…

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Boeing projects $820 billion market for 7,290 new airplanes in North America

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,290 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $820 billion. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,650 airplanes today to about 8,830 airplanes by 2031. “The North American commercial aviation market…

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Lockheed Martin submits final proposal for medium-range ballistic missile targets

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Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 1 that it has submitted its final proposal revision for the Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets contract. The Lockheed Martin team delivered its final offer to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Program Office in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday, Oct. 31. The contract will provide Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets to support…

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Boeing increases 787 production rate

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Boeing employees recently rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner built at the new rate of five-airplanes-per-month. The airplane is the 83rd 787 to be built. “This accomplishment, doubling our production rate in one year, is the result of the combined efforts of thousands of men and women across Boeing and at our partners,” said Larry…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Boeing for U.S. Air Force INVENT program

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UTC Aerospace Systems will work together with Boeing on the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Integrated Vehicle Energy Technology program to develop advanced actuation technology for future aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. will perform the research and development for this program at its Electronic Systems Center in Phoenix, Ariz. UTC…

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