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Northrop Grumman awarded contract to extend BACN communications connectivity to the tactical edge

Posted September 25, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $20 million contract modification to add beyond-line-of-sight command and control (BLOS C2) capabilities to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) information gateway system, giving war fighters access to full-motion video, imagery, voice over Internet protocol and chat messages from multiple sources. BACN is part of the…

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Lockheed Martin to form two new business areas through reorganization of Electronic Systems

Posted October 9, 2012 by

With a continuing focus on lean and efficient operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation Oct. 8 announced it will reorganize its Electronic Systems business area into two new business areas that position the company for growth by increasing customer alignment and reducing costs. Effective Dec. 31, the creation of the Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems…

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Northrop Grumman appoints James Culmo to lead new High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Enterprise

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation announced Oct. 18 it has appointed James Culmo vice president of the company’s newly-formed High-Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) Enterprise. In his new role, Culmo will lead the HALE Enterprise organization, comprising such signature unmanned programs as the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk; the EURO HAWK(r), the first high-altitude,…

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Edwards F-35A completes first AIM-120 AMRAAM internal weapons release

Posted October 24, 2012 by Matt Short

An F-35A test aircraft, flown by U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Phillips, completed the first aerial weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from a conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, Oct. 19. The aircraft, known as AF-1 and based at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., jettisoned the instrumented AIM-120 over the China…

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Boeing delivers ‘smiling faces’ 777 to Air China

Posted October 31, 2012 by Boeing delivers 'smiling faces' 777 to Air China

Boeing photograph Air China’s newest 777-300ER features the faces of people who were selected from a social media campaign co-organized by Air China and Boeing in July 2012 Boeing Oct. 30 delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane to Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China. The airplane livery features a distinctive…

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Lockheed Martin employees take home corporation’s highest honor

Posted November 7, 2012 by

A total of 80 employees from Lockheed Martin’s Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Metroplex businesses recently received the 2012 NOVA Award, the corporation’s highest honor for individual or team achievements. The annual NOVA Awards ceremony was hosted by Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens Oct. 26, to recognize employees for their outstanding achievements. Local honorees are:…

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves ‘firm concept’

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’. “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we’ve committed to our customers,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager…

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Go West, new plane

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 29. Aircraft number 5708 is the fifth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air ForceĆ­s Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as…

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Boeing, Icleandair announce commitment for 12 737 MAXs

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Boeing and Icelandair announced a commitment Dec. 6 for 12 737 MAXs, valued at more than $1.2 billion at list prices. The commitment by the Icelandic carrier includes 737 MAX 8s and 9s. Boeing looks forward to working with Icelandair to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm…

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Boeing test breakthrough means more reliable connectivity on airplanes

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Boeing has developed an advanced method to test wireless signals in airplane cabins, making it possible for passengers to enjoy more reliable connectivity when using networked personal electronic devices in the air. Boeing engineers created a new process for measuring radio signal quality using proprietary measurement technology and analysis tools. This enables engineers to more…

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