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Second F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of F-35 production facility

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Arbogast The second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility March 2. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff…

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Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

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Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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Boeing, KLM demonstrate new technologies to optimize flight

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Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have begun a series of commercial flights that will demonstrate how several advanced technologies, fuels and concepts can significantly improve operational efficiency, save fuel and reduce carbon and noise emissions. The technology demonstration encompasses all aspects of an aircraft’s flight – preflight, takeoff, cruise, descent and post-landing. The first…

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Naval Air Systems Command awards Wyle $24 million UAS contract

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a three-year $24 million contract to provide reliability improvement, testing, technology insertion and life-cycle analysis for unmanned air systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programs for the Naval Air Systems Command. Wyle’s experts will support the development and refinement of processes and equipment designed to…

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Beechcraft to protest U.S. Air Force decision

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Beechcraft Corporation announced March 8 that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office the U.S. Air Force’s recent award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. An estimated 1400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy as a result of the Air Force decision. “Following our…

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Boeing to consolidate flight training facilities in North America

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Boeing photograph The Miami campus building, the largest campus in the Boeing Flight Services global training network. After the consolidation, Miami will be established as the pro forma training campus for Boeing in the Americas. Boeing announced March 8 it is consolidating flight training capabilities in North America ñ including 787 flight and maintenance training…

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General Dynamics announces senior leadership changes

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General Dynamics announced March 7 that David K. Heebner, executive vice president and group executive of the company’s Combat Systems group, has been appointed group executive of the Information Systems and Technology group. Mark C. Roualet, president of General Dynamics Land Systems, will succeed Heebner as executive vice president and group executive of the Combat…

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ATK awarded $12 million contract to deliver 30mm MK266 ammunition to the U.S. Navy

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ATK announced March 8 the award of a first-year, $12 million contract to deliver 30mm MK266 ammunition to the U.S. Navy. This is a single award, firm-fixed-price, five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract for 30mm x 173mm, MK266 High Explosive Incendiary with Trace Cartridges in MK15 Linked Belts. This multi-year contract has a potential value…

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Raytheon announces mentor-protege agreements with ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. ñ March 5, Raytheon announced mentor-protege agreements with small businesses ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links, Inc., at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s High Tech Conference in Los Angeles. The agreements demonstrate Raytheon’s commitment to helping small businesses gain contracting expertise and develop core competencies necessary for doing business with U.S. government customers. Raytheon’s…

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MD 540F Armed Scout helicopter to be powered by New Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine

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MD Helicopters Inc., a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, has selected the Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine to power its MD 540F armed scout helicopter. “The M250-C47E is decisively matched with the performance capabilities of the MD 540F,” said Carl Schopfer, president of MDHI. “This engine will efficiently…

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