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Boeing makes 737 MAX design decisions

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Boeing has made a series of design updates to the 737 MAX to further optimize the new-engine variant’s performance. “The 737 MAX is on-track to deliver substantial fuel-savings to customers starting in 2017,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program. “We’ve made several design decisions that support the performance targets for the…

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Boeing-built CH-147F maintenance training center opens in Canada

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In 2013 and 2014, The Royal Canadian Air Force took delivery of 15 new Boeing-built CH-147F Chinook helicopters, among the most capable and advanced variants of the legendary Chinook family. Now, the RCAF and Boeing have unveiled an equally advanced training facility for those helicopters in Petawawa, Ontario. The Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters Maintenance Training Center…

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Northrop Grumman first quarter profit falls 4.5 percent

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Northrop Grumman said April 25 its first-quarter profit fell 4.5 percent, as drops in U.S. defense spending reduced sales at its major businesses. The Falls Church, Va.,-based defense contractor earned $506 million, or $1.96 per share, down from $530 million, or $1.79 per share, in the same quarter last year. The year-ago period was boosted…

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Boeing delivers Cathay Pacific Airways’ 50th 777-300ER

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Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated April 30 the delivery of the airline’s 50th 777-300ER (Extended Range). With this delivery, Cathay Pacific will have 67 777s in operation, which also includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. Cathay Pacific is slated to receive three more 777-300ERs this year and is one of the launch customers for…

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Boeing designs advanced technology winglet for 737 MAX

Posted May 2, 2012 by

Boeing today May 2 a new winglet design concept for the 737 MAX. The new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement, depending on range...

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Small Diameter Bomb II program achieves Milestone C clearing the way for production

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. Unlike standard bombs, SDB II employs Raytheon’s revolutionary tri-mode seeker that operates in three different modes: millimeter-wave radar uncooled imaging infrared semi-active laser. SDB…

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Northrop Grumman begins full rate production of infrared missile warning system

Posted May 14, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has authorized full rate production of the NexGen Infrared missile warning system, a Northrop Grumman-designed, built and tested protection system for C-17, EC-130J, HC/MC-130J and other Air Force platforms. “The full rate production approval of the NexGen missile warning system, a spiral upgrade to the current Ultraviolet missile warning system, will…

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Airbus says three of four engines failed on crashed A400M

Posted June 5, 2015 by Greg Keller

Airbus said June 4 that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people. In a statement, Airbus Defense and Space says the faulty engines were confirmed by Spanish accident investigators after completing their preliminary analysis of the aircraft’s digital flight data…

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Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S expected to beat initial performance targets

Posted May 23, 2012 by

Though barely one year into flight testing, Dassault’s newest aircraft, the twin-engine Falcon 2000S, is already demonstrating performance figures substantially higher than the capabilities announced...

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Drone Aviation receives order for U.S. Army aerostat system enhancement

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Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized lighter-than-air aerostats and tethered drones, announced June 24 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Drone Aviation Corp., has been awarded an order from U.S. Government prime contractor BAE Systems for parts and services related to enhancing and supporting two WASP aerostat systems owned and operated by the U.S….

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