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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer

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Raytheon has delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92® helicopters to Turkish National Police

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92® helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 takes out complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target

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A Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile’s discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space. “Combatant commanders…

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Northrop Grumman, University of New Mexico partner for senior engineering design project

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Northrop Grumman recently partnered with the University of New Mexico to sponsor an electrical and computer engineering senior design project. The project, titled Adaptive Optics, had students model and write matrix laboratory code to perform adaptive optics correction, starting with the generation of a distorted wavefront and culminating with a corrected, undistorted image. “Northrop Grumman…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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