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Boeing receives U.S. Army contract for up to 215 Chinook helicopters

Posted June 12, 2013 by

In an agreement that will save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215 aircraft. Deliveries from the agreement, which is a cost-effective alternative to annually contracting…

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GenCorp completes acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne from United Technologies Corporation

Posted June 17, 2013 by

GenCorp Inc. announced June 14 that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all operations of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business from United Technologies Corporation. GenCorp will combine Rocketdyne with Aerojet-General Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GenCorp, and the combined businesses will operate as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. As part of…

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Pratt & Whitney announces more than 1,000 new engine orders

Posted June 24, 2013 by

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., announced new orders for more than 1,000 engines, including options, and highlighted key milestones for its military engines programs – including the F135 engine – at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The company’s new commercial engine announcements include orders from customers around the world for new…

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne complete thruster test for ‘green’ spacecraft fuel

Posted July 10, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne have met the first milestone in demonstrating a more environmentally friendly spacecraft fuel by completing an end-to-end checkout of the 22 Newton thruster required for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

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Sikorsky delivers 400th MH-60 Seahawk helicopter to U.S. Navy

Posted July 24, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has delivered the 400th MH-60 Seahawk ® helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The milestone consists of 166 MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters, and 234 MH-60S utility/armed helicopters. The Navy took possession of the 400th, an MH-60R aircraft, on June 24. “MH-60 multi-mission aircraft are among…

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Beechcraft secures largest general aviation propeller aircraft order in history, valued at $1.4 billion

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Beechcraft Corporation announced Aug. 1 it has secured an order for up to a total of 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued at $788 million, from Wheels Up, representing the largest general aviation propeller driven aircraft order in history. Wheels Up is a membership-based private aviation program that eliminates fixed costs and provides unparalleled flexibility…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter passes 5,000 flight hours supporting operations in Afghanistan

Posted August 16, 2013 by

The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices, provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to military forces…

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Northrop Grumman Australia agrees to acquire Qantas Group’s defense services business

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has signed a definitive agreement with Qantas Airways Limited to acquire Australia-based Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited. QDS provides integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support to Australian government and military customers. The acquisition is subject to various conditions and is expected to close in 2014….

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Northrop Grumman unmanned portfolio achieves 100,000 flight hours over last 15 years

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s fleet of high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft surpassed the 100,000 flight hours mark Sept. 5 – a significant achievement for the combat-proven intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems have achieved 100,000 flight hours ñ more than 88 percent of which were logged by…

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Service chiefs detail 2014 sequestration effects

Posted September 20, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DOD photograph by James Varhegyi Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III (right) answers a question about the ongoing and future impacts of sequestration on the Air Force during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Sept. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C. Among other concerns, Welsh emphasized the danger of having to choose between…

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