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Northrop Grumman to begin next phase of modernizing B-2 defensive systems

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman will help drive down costs and speed the availability of new hardware and software upgrades for the B-2 stealth bomber under a recently awarded contract from the U.S. Air Force. The contract covers Technology Development Phase 2 of a multiyear effort by Northrop Grumman to modernize the B-2’s defensive management…

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First F-35 production model takes flight

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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F-35A completes three-year clean wing flutter testing program

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jetís structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35Aís design. The mission, flown…

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Aerojet Propulsion Systems support successful SM-3 intercept test

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its propulsion systems supported the Feb. 13 successful intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided missile off the coast of Hawaii. During the intercept test, Aerojet’s MK 72 booster and MK 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provided first- and second-stage propulsion for the SM-3 Block IA guided…

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Lockheed Martin receives $161 million in contracts for Apache M-TADS/PNVS upgrades

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Lockheed Martin has received two production contracts totaling $161.7 million from the U.S. Army to continue upgrades of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor program for the Apache attack helicopter. The Lot 2 and Lot 3 contracts cover 482 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits and spares. The U.S….

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GA-ASI announces supplier excellence award winners

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Feb. 13 that it has honored 43 suppliers with the company’s annual Supplier Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding quality and delivery performance. “Quality products and on-time delivery are critical to the mission success of…

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Boeing, Elbit Systems to collaborate on aircraft defense solutions

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Boeing and Elbit Systems Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports the growth of both companies through the joint pursuit of opportunities for self-defense solutions for Boeing military aircraft in international markets. The companies will offer Elbit Systems’ Directed Infrared Counter Measure systems for a range of Boeing military fixed-wing and vertical-lift aircraft….

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations for OCO-2 spacecraft processing

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Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced Feb. 12 that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, facility. OCO-2 is the first mission awarded by NASA…

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Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye approved for full-rate production

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Northrop Grumman photograph Following successful test and evaluation where the program was rated operationally suitable and effective, Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been approved for full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, has been approved to enter full-rate production by the…

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Lockheed Martin WindTracer achives major airport efficiency enhancements

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer® Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U. S. airports. The FAA granted approval for San Francisco International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport to conduct dependent arrival operations on their closely spaced…

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