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Seventh Boeing GPS IIF satellite completes checkout, begins service

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ The recently launched Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is providing greater accuracy and capability to the constellation relied upon by the U.S. military and global users. Launched Aug. 1, GPS IIF-7 is the seventh of 12 Boeing GPS IIF satellites now in service and meeting…

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

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Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Northrop to supply new mission computer for Marine Corps H-1 helicopter upgrades

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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for the Marine Corps' H-1 helicopter upgrade program.

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New Raytheon guided bomb xompletes initial flight rest

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Raytheon’s Small Tactical Munition Phase II scored a direct hit on a target during the weapon’s first guided flight test. “STM Phase II is ideally suited to weaponize Shadow-class unmanned aircraft systems and counterinsurgency aircraft because STM is a mature, precise and affordable weapon,” said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missiles and…

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Lockheed Martin F-35 carrier variant completes first formation flight

Posted April 22, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe

For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft launched together and conducted formation flying at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., April 18. The test aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, were piloted…

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General Dynamics awarded $31 million for Abrams tank upgrades

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The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $31 million to begin upgrading 24 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and 22 M1A2 System Enhance Package Version One (V1) tanks to the M1A2 SEP V2 configuration. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The most technologically advanced digital…

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Debt, not market, drove plane maker to bankruptcy

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Joshua Freed and Roxana Hegeman

Economic turbulence has shrunk the market for business jets, and it’s causing an especially bumpy ride for Hawker Beechcraft. The Wichita, Kansas,-based aircraft maker filed for bankruptcy protection this week, seeking approval for a plan that would write an estimated $2.5 billion in debt off its books and eliminate almost $125 million in annual cash…

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FAA grants APB blended winglets approval for 767 Boeing Converted Freighter

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Aviation Partners Boeing announced May 17 that it has received approval from the FAA demonstrating compatibility for installing Blended Winglets on the Boeing 767 Converted Freighter (767-BCF). This development assures that Boeing 767-300ERs with Blended Winglets are viable candidate for future conversion to freighters by Boeing. Blended Winglet technology installed on a Boeing 767-300ER/F/BCF reduces…

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ATK, United Launch Alliance successfully test GEM-60 motor

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ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a successful cold-temperature ground test today of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA Delta IV launch vehicles. The main test objectives from today’s static motor firing were measuring the rocket motor’s performance at cold temperatures, qualifying a new vectorable nozzle on the motor…

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General Dynamics completes acquisition of IPWireless

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General Dynamics completed its previously announced purchase of IPW Holdings, Inc., the parent company of IPWireless, Inc., June 8. IPWireless, a San Francisco-based provider of 3G and 4G LTE wireless broadband network equipment and solutions for public safety and military customers, has been renamed General Dynamics Broadband. It will operate as a subsidiary of General…

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