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Raytheon acquires special operations, cybersecurity firm Blackbird Technologies

Posted November 7, 2014 by

Raytheon announced Nov. 5 that it has acquired Blackbird Technologies, a leading provider of persistent surveillance, secure tactical communications and cybersecurity solutions to the Intelligence Community and special operations market. The purchase price is approximately $420 million, subject to post-closing adjustments. The transaction will not materially impact Raytheon sales or earnings per share for the…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete integrated baseline review

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the integrated baseline review of the production, deployment and initial sustainment phase for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national objectives. EPS CAPS receives telemetry and supplies configuration commands, mission and cryptographic…

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Boeing begins construction of simulation, analytics lab space in Huntsville

Posted December 12, 2014 by timchisham

Boeing announced Dec. 11 it has begun construction on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its research and technology center in Alabama. Known as the Center for Applied Simulation and Analytics, the new lab space will serve as a hub for Boeing, its research partners and academic collaborators to create and develop simulation and analytics technologies, providing…

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First U.S. Army missile-fighting radar blimp airborne on East Coast

Posted December 29, 2014 by

For the first time, the U.S. Army lofted a blimp equipped with a new cruise-missile and drone-fighting radar system high above rural Maryland. The system, made by Raytheon) and known as JLENS, consists of two helium-filled aerostats, or tethered blimps, that float 10,000 feet above the ground and carry powerful radars. “JLENS is strategically emplaced…

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Boeing, Air Europa announce order for 14 787-9 Dreamliners

Posted January 16, 2015 by

Boeing and Air Europa announced Jan. 15 an order for 14 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.6 billion at list prices, the largest ever Boeing widebody order from a Spanish carrier. The order was booked in December 2014 and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. Air Europa now…

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Bell Boeing training system readies Marine pilots for high-profile mission

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The V-22 team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron, enabling Marine aviators to more efficiently train for their critical and highly-visible transport mission. With the simulators, which are installed at the squadron’s headquarters in Quantico, Va., aircrews can rehearse missions without having…

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Boeing receives phased array antenna system contract from Yahsat

Posted March 27, 2012 by

Boeing has finalized a firm-fixed-price contract with Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat), the United Arab Emirates-based multipurpose satellite operator, to design and build active electronically steered phased array antenna systems for aircraft. The value of the contract is not being disclosed. The small, state-of-the-art Ka-band phased-array SATCOM antenna system allows customers to take advantage of…

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General Dynamics awarded $25 million for submarine, carrier maintenance work

Posted April 4, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contracts worth $25.2 million to perform nuclear submarine and carrier maintenance and modernization work in Groton, Conn., and Bremerton, Wash. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the first contract, worth $15.4 million, Electric Boat will perform the…

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Northrop Grumman, Space Foundation to create Science Center at Space Foundation headquarters

Posted April 22, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman is donating $375,000 to create a science center and teaching lab at the Space Foundation’s Colorado Springs, Colo., world headquarters. To be known as the Northrop Grumman Science Center, the facility will include a Science on a Sphereâ„¢ laboratory and a teaching facility that will be used for science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

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Hawker Beechcraft warns employees of 350 layoffs

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Roxana Hegeman

Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft gave 60-day layoff notices to about 350 workers at its plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 23, about a week after it reported a nearly $633 million net loss for 2011. The company, which manufacturers business and military aircraft, cited market conditions for the move in a letter sent to employees. The…

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