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Boeing, China Airlines announce order for six 777s

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Boeing and China Airlines Dec. 21 announced an order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines' fleet.

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Typhoon Meteor first firing trial a success

Posted January 16, 2013 by

The Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile has been successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon as part of the Future Enhancements Flight Test Programme. The missile was eject launched from a rear fuselage missile station, which on Eurofighter Typhoon is semi-conformal for aircraft drag and radar signature reduction. The missile motor was fired, providing data…

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Aerojet’s DACS powers successful enhanced EKV in non-intercept flight test

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its Divert and Attitude Control Subsystem on the modified Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle performed its mission-critical role in a planned non-intercept flight test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. The EKV DACS provided the critical trajectory adjustments to satisfy the mission objectives. During the flight test, the DACS performed as…

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Aerospace deals drive uptick in fourth quarter M&A activity

Posted February 8, 2013 by

Total merger and acquisition value increased in the aerospace and defense sector in the fourth quarter of 2012, following an anemic first nine months of the year, according to Mission Control, a PwC U.S. quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector. Aerospace deals continued to represent the bulk…

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Insitu announces successful first flight of new technology release on Integrator UAS

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Insitu announced Feb. 18 the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system Block 2, the latest technology release of the system. The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company’s flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple…

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Lockheed Martin delivers HC-130J to Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted March 1, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen Lockheed Martin delivered an HC-130J Combat King II to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28. Aircraft number 5716 is the seventh of 15 HC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Combat Command (ACC) since initial contract award in 2008. The HC-130J Combat King II, along with the existing…

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Boeing ships fifth WGS satellite to Cape Canaveral for 2013 launch

Posted March 13, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing recently shipped its fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, which will provide the U.S. Air Force with faster transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery, to Cape Canaveral in Florida for this year’s planned launch. Part of the upgraded Block II series, the satellite arrived at the Astrotech processing facility…

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AAR receives FAA repair station certification for New Mexico facility

Posted March 25, 2013 by

AAR has received FAA Repair Station Certification for a local facility dedicated to maintaining the U.S. Department of Energyís National Nuclear Security Administration fleet of aircraft. The step enables the NNSA, which serves a vital role in national security, to comply with its specific FAA requirements, and it allows AARís Albuquerque team to operate as…

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QinetiQ North America names president, COO

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QinetiQ North America announced April 3 the appointment of Gary Slack as president and chief operating officer. Slack joined the company in August 2012 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and will continue to serve as CFO on an interim basis. Prior to joining QNA, Slack spent 13 years with BAE Systems, last…

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U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awards General Dynamics $9.5 million contract for Abrams spares

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General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with an estimated potential value of $9.5 million by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to provide spare parts in support of the Abrams main battle tank. “The Defense Logistics Agency has a strategic goal of…

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