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Airbus-Alabama’s Future – Airbus impact like Mercedes

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Phillip Rawls

The governor who recruited Mercedes-Benz to Alabama said the Airbus plant in Mobile could have the same transforming effect on the state that Alabama’s first auto assembly plant had without creating a political backlash over the $158 million the state is paying to secure the plant. Former Gov. Jim Folsom said the aerospace industry was…

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Lockheed Martin delivers four F-35s to U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps

Posted July 10, 2012 by

With the delivery of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft since June 29, an important milestone was achieved as the Department of Defense now possesses more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft. A total of nine F-35s have been delivered for the year, giving the DOD a total of 30 aircraft fleet-wide. Of these, 16…

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Boeing claws back ground lost to Airbus

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Pan Pylas

Boeing beat Airbus in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, booking potential deals worth more than double the size of its European arch-rival. Though the highlight of its week was unveiled July 12 in Chicago, Ill., where it announced a United Airlines order for 150 aircraft, Boeing said it took total orders…

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Northrop Grumman delivers first B-1 radar modification kit

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first B-1 bomber radar prime mission equipment kit under a series of U.S. Air Force contracts worth a combined total of $161 million for the B-1′s Radar Reliability and Maintainability Program. One radar kit has since been installed on a B-1 aircraft based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Two…

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Raytheon achieves delivery, operational milestones on F/A-18 avionics systems

Posted July 30, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has achieved important milestones on three F/A-18E/F related programs, highlighting the company’s ongoing, successful support of the Super Hornet aircraft. Raytheon recently delivered the 300th APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar to Boeing for integration on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Raytheon has also delivered the 600th ALR-67(V)3 radar…

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UTC Aerospace Systems launches high-res snapshot SWIR camera

Posted August 8, 2012 by

UTC Aerospace Systems introduced its next generation Sensors Unlimited shortwave infrared digital video camera at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. This high-resolution, indium gallium arsenide mil-rugged digital video camera features 30Hz full-frame rate and adds snapshot mode capability to the Sensors Unlimited high-definition SWIR product range. The camera is lightweight…

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Spirit AeroSystems names treasurer

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. has named Mark J. Suchinski vice president of Finance and Treasurer, reporting to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Phil Anderson. Suchinski has served as VP of Financial Planning & Analysis and Corporate Contracts where he is responsible for development of integrated long-range business plans as well as managing the customer…

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Boeing forecasts China will need 5,260 new airplanes by 2031

Posted September 5, 2012 by

Boeing, China’s leading provider of passenger airplanes, projects that China will need 5,260 new commercial airplanes valued at $670 billion over the next 20 years. China is forecast to be the second largest market for new commercial airplanes. “It’s impressive that over 75 percent of the demand in China will be for growth instead of…

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GA-ASI, Tesat partner to develop RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link

Posted September 12, 2012 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Tesat-Spacecom, a world leader of space-based laser communication, announced Sept. 12 that they have signed a teaming agreement to combine their expertise in the field of RPA laser communication to demonstrate a high-rate RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link. “New sensors and increased RPA usage will create an increased bandwidth demand for…

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Sikorsky to integrate, test enhanced Black Hawk helicopter capabilities

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has been awarded the Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration contract from the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. This program will build upon and improve the Black Hawk platform’s already high operational durability and survivability by developing and integrating a suite of advanced new technologies and establishing their benefits before transitioning them to…

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