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Raytheon small tactical munition scores direct hit in first guided flight test

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Raytheon has completed a successful warhead and guidance system test of its Pyros™ small tactical munition at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The end-to-end test validated the weapon’s guidance modes (semi-active laser and global positioning system), its height-of-burst sensor, electronic safe and arm device, and multi-effects warhead. “All systems functioned perfectly,” said Tom Bussing, vice president…

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Global Digital Solutions to acquire Airtronic USA

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

Global Digital Solutions, a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing knowledge-based and culturally attuned social consulting and security-related solutions in unsettled areas, has signed an exclusive letter of intent to acquire Illinois-based Airtronic USA, Inc. The companies have agreed, on an exclusive basis, to enter into good faith discussions involving a…

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Boeing to establish avionics maintenance, repair, overhaul center in Korea

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Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do and the city of Yeongcheon to establish an avionics Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the region that will service avionics components for the Republic of Korea Air Force fleet of F-15K Slam Eagles. “Boeing continues to improve its services by bringing…

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Northrop Grumman’s SmartNode Pod enhances U.S. Army HARC system in network demonstration

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Northrop Grumman successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests demonstrating its SmartNode Pod linked with the U.S. Army’s High Antenna for Radio Communications system can enhance information communication connectivity between ground, air and remote network nodes. During the tests, Northrop Grumman’s aircraft-mounted SmartNode Pod enabled HARC to connect with other ground radio networks…

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Northrop Grumman to develop navigation system for Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a competitive prototyping contract by Boeing to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will produce a prototype inertial navigation system demonstrating fiber-optic gyro performance suitability for F/A-18 E/F and…

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Northrop Grumman completes SBIRS HEO-3 payload integration, ambient functional test

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AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has successfully completed payload integration and the ambient functional test of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System’s third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Featuring a mix of geosynchronous satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth…

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F-35A completes first in-flight weapons release

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An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000-pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition from a 5th generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 over the China Lake test…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Airbus selects ATK to manufacture composite wing cover stringers for A400M military transport aircraft

Posted October 29, 2012 by

ATK announced Oct. 29 that Airbus Military has selected ATK for a contract in excess of $100 million to produce composite wing cover stringers for use on the A400M Military Transport Aircraft. The A400M is a new generation, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military, with its first aircraft delivery planned for the…

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General Dynamics Amphibious Combat Vehicle hull design meets Marine Corps’ survivability requirement

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General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently conducted simulated mine-blast tests that confirmed the ability of its Amphibious Combat Vehicle ballistic hull design to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ current ACV mine-blast survivability requirements. Funded through General Dynamics’ internal research and development initiatives, the tests were conducted by National Technical Systems,…

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