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Lockheed Martin, Raytheon complete first launch exercise for next gen GPS satellites

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Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed the first launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellites. The exercise is a key milestone demonstrating the team remains on schedule to achieve launch availability in 2014. The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellites and the Raytheon-developed next generation GPS operational control system,…

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Boeing to establish avionics maintenance, repair, overhaul center in Korea

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Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do and the city of Yeongcheon to establish an avionics Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the region that will service avionics components for the Republic of Korea Air Force fleet of F-15K Slam Eagles. “Boeing continues to improve its services by bringing…

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Raytheon receives $230 million contract for SM-3

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The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon a $230 million contract for 14 Standard Missile-3 Block IA missiles and five SM-3 Block IB missiles. The SM-3 Block IA missiles will bolster the nation’s inventory that is deployed around the world today aboard U.S and Japanese Navy ships. Designed to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile…

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Oman accepts first Super Hercules

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The first C-130J Super Hercules for the Sultanate of Oman was formally accepted at ceremonies, Aug. 30, at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., facility.

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Boeing celebrates delivery of LAN Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and LAN Airlines, one of Latin America’s leading passenger and cargo carriers, celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to LAN making it the first airline in the Americas to receive the new airplane. LAN is only the fourth customer in the world to include the Boeing 787 in its fleet with 32…

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

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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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Aerojet initiates research program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new fellowship for basic research in the aeronautical and aerospace sciences. The fellowship initial research will focus on the development of autonomous systems, which entails the theory and development of logic structures and control processes that…

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Aerojet Propulsion Systems to maneuver radiation belt storm probes

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Aerojet announced Aug. 30 that United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V successfully lofted NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes on a two-year mission to explore the Van Allen belts. Each RBSP relies on an Aerojet integrated propulsion system that will be used throughout the mission to position the satellites. The Atlas V launching RBSP also used…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

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Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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Boeing Winged Joint Direct Attack Munition completes first round of tests

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A winged version of the Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition that will triple the weapon’s glide range to more than 40 miles is a step closer to production after completing wind tunnel tests at a U.S. facility in June. Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, the 500-pound JDAM Extended Range features a modular…

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