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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 5,000 flight hours

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Lockheed Martin photograph The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program surpassed 5,000 flight hours last month. This milestone was reached by the combined F-35 System Development and Demonstration aircraft flying at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and the training aircraft flying at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All…

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Boeing forecasts sufficient financing for rising global aircraft deliveries

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Boeing projects the world’s airlines should see reasonable liquidity and pricing for new-aircraft delivery financing in 2013 even as jet builders ramp up production to meet demand, the manufacturer announced in London, England, Dec. 4 in issuing its fifth annual finance market forecast. “We expect that despite economic and political challenges, global air travel will…

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Boeing 737 breaks single-year record for orders, deliveries

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Boeing photograph Boeing reached a record for year-to-date 737 deliveries with the Dec. 3 delivery of the 377th Next-Generation 737. The delivery of the airplane, a 737-900ER (Extended Range) with Boeing Sky Interior for United Airlines, topped the previous record of 376 deliveries set in 2010. In October, the 737 also broke its own record…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 250th LITENING G4 targeting system

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Northrop Grumman has delivered its 250th LITENING G4 targeting system ahead of schedule. LITENING G4 is currently in full rate production to accommodate separate indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts with the U.S. Air Force and the Naval Air Systems Command. These contracts allow for procurement of new LITENING G4 pods as well as upgrades of…

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Boeing to maintain U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft trainers

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Boeing will maintain U.S. Navy aircrew training devices for six aircraft types under a new $56 million contract, setting the stage for the company’s expansion into trainer maintenance for militaries worldwide. The five-year contract, which began Dec. 1, involves P-3C, EP-3, P-8A, EA-6B, EA-18G and SH-60B training devices. They are located at Naval Air Station…

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Modernized Patriot: Smarter, faster, tougher

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Deep inside the factory where Patriot defense systems are made, Ken Arruda stopped beside a rolling cart and pointed to a white card sprinkled with what looked like grains of sand. They were computer chips for the Patriotís radar system ñ parts that since 2006 have shrunk to one-eighth their previous size. ìNow theyíre as…

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STSS demonstration satellites collect data for future operational space missile tracking system

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The Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration satellites, built by a Northrop Grumman and Raytheon team for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, collected data during an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense test June 26 that will be used to create a concept of operations for future space-borne, operational missile defense sensors. Designated FTM-18, the combined Aegis…

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Boeing, JVC add more realism to military training simulation

Posted December 3, 2012 by

This week at the 2012 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., Boeing is demonstrating new technology with its Constant Resolution Visual System that allows the system to deliver almost four times the resolution of high definition for more realistic and effective military training. JVC’s new e-Shift 8K projection technology brings CRVS’ visual…

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Raytheon receives U.S. Army contract for JAGM continued technology development

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Raytheon Company has received a contract from the U.S. Army’s Aviation Missile Command to develop and deliver a next-generation guidance section for Joint Air-to-Ground Missile continued technology development. During the first four months of CTD, Raytheon will update its design and complete a delta preliminary design review. During the next 24 months, the team will…

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Lockheed Martin receives JASSM contract for integration onto Finnish Air Force F-18

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Lockheed Martin has received a $5.1 million Foreign Military Sale contract from the U.S. Air Force to support integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. The contract is for the first phase of a six-year effort of software development and aircraft integration support. Additional contract awards are expected…

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