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Boeing, SilkAir sign exclusive pilot training agreement

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Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement Feb. 6. The training agreement will support SilkAir’s fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief Executive. “The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a smooth transition when we take…

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Northrop Grumman navigation system integral to first flight of nEUROn UCAV demonstrator

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Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and heading reference system for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle demonstrator, which recently completed a successful first flight in Freiburg, Germany. Northrop Grumman’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV demonstrator. The LCR-100…

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Sikorsky, Boeing propose X2 technology helicopter design for U.S. Armyís Joint Multi-Role Future Vertical Lift Requirements

Posted March 1, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing will submit a joint proposal to build a demonstrator aircraft — based on Sikorskyís X2ô Technology rotorcraft design – for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program. The JMR TD program supports the Army’s Future Vertical Lift initiative to deliver…

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Northrop Grumman to produce more Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter’s 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B variant. The…

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Airbus delivers 100th A380

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Malaysia Airlines and Airbus together marked a major achievement March 14, with the hand-over of the 100th A380 to MAS at Airbus’ Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS. “We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early…

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Boeing completes certification testing for new 787 battery system

Posted April 8, 2013 by

Boeing photograph Boeing is conducting a battery certification demonstration flight on Line Number 86, a Boeing-owned airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines. The demonstration flight is the final certification test for the new battery system. The airplane is seen here taking off from Paine Field April 5. Boeing completed a 787 certification demonstration flight April…

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Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range integrated fuel system

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Raytheon successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company’s extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon. During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle. The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $20 million for nuclear submarine services

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $20 million contract modification for nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine…

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Lockheed Martin, MDA conduct successful test of new air-launched missile target prototype

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Missile Defense Agency photograph A prototype of the Missile Defense Agencyís air-launched Extended Medium-range Ballistic Missile target, developed by Lockheed Martin, is released from a C-17 aircraft over Yuma Proving Ground in a successful test. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency have successfully tested a prototype air-launched Extended Medium-range Ballistic Missile target at…

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Northrop Grumman will Help U.S. Navy mature laser weapon systems, components for surface self-defense missions

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -†The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman for the initial phase of the Solid State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program. SSL-TM is a research and development project to mature solid-state, high-power laser weapon systems and components for ship defense. This selection is the first step in the development of a Prototype Laser…

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