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Boeing celebrates delivery of Japan Airlines’ first two 787 Dreamliners

Posted March 27, 2012 by

Boeing and Japan Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first two 787 Dreamliners March 26. JAL is the first airline to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines. “Today is an important moment in our 60-year…

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U.K.’s first F-35 makes inaugural flight

Posted April 16, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Harvey

BK-1, the United Kingdom’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, flew its inaugural flight April 13. Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti took the short takeoff/vertical landing jet through a series of functional flight checks during a sortie that lasted 45 minutes. The jet will…

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Boeing delivers P-8A training devices to NAS Jacksonville, Fla.

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Boeing delivered a second set of P-8A Poseidon training devices to the U.S. Navy March 29 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The devices consist of an Operational Flight Trainer, a Weapons Tactics Trainer and four Electronic Classrooms. “The P-8A Weapons Tactics Trainer is a new innovation for Boeing,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president…

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates compact, rugged solid-state laser for military applications

Posted May 1, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has test fired the first product in its next-generation FIRESTRIKE™ family of high-energy, solid-state lasers that meet goals for size and weight reduction and ruggedization for operational applications.

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Sikorsky, Terma widen MOU as Denmark considers MH-60R helicopter

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Sikorsky Aircraft and Terma announced May 7 they have extended and broadened their previously announced Memorandum of Understanding to explore additional potential collaborations on aircraft programs. Both the original MOU, signed in February 2010, and the new MOU are conditioned on the Danish government’s decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters via a Foreign Military…

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Northrop Grumman’s Joint STARS completes flight testing of JT-8D engines

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Northrop Grumman’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) testbed aircraft, equipped with a new JT-8D propulsion system, has successfully completed flight testing and moved one step closer to receiving its Military Airworthiness Certification. The completion of the flight testing program signifies a major milestone in the Joint STARS Re-engining program and is…

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Has ASW market lost its Cold War glamour on Wall Street?

Posted June 4, 2012 by

According to Richard Sterk, Senior Analyst at Forecast International, hunting submarines “hasn’t been sexy since the end of the Cold War.” Sterk sees an irony in this perception because, as he states, “tracking non-nuclear-propelled submarines in coastal waters is many times more challenging than stalking a big, lumbering Soviet boomer.” Forecast International’s “The Market for…

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Boeing closure could mean available talent

Posted June 12, 2012 by by Roxana Hegeman

Boeing’s decision to close its defense plant in Wichita, Kansas, likely will help Airbus’ operations in part because of the opportunity to hire former Boeing employees, a top Airbus said June 11. Airbus Americas chairman Allan McArtor spoke during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Airbus’ engineering center in Wichita. The Airbus center had…

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Lockheed Martin commemorates centennial, addresses future, sequestration

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Lockheed Martin’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Stevens, President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Kubasik and other senior leaders commemorated the corporation’s…

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Northrop Grumman’s Modular Space Vehicle completes CDR process, moves program to manufacturing phase

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has just finished conducting a two-day Spacecraft Baseline Interim Design Review, successfully completing the Spacecraft Bus Critical Design Review process for the Modular Space Vehicle program. This review moves work on this next-generation spacecraft design to the fabrication stage. The company’s spacecraft design for the MSV program is the…

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