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Northrop Grumman’s SmartNode Pod enhances U.S. Army HARC system in network demonstration

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Northrop Grumman successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests demonstrating its SmartNode Pod linked with the U.S. Army’s High Antenna for Radio Communications system can enhance information communication connectivity between ground, air and remote network nodes. During the tests, Northrop Grumman’s aircraft-mounted SmartNode Pod enabled HARC to connect with other ground radio networks…

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Northrop Grumman to develop navigation system for Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a competitive prototyping contract by Boeing to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will produce a prototype inertial navigation system demonstrating fiber-optic gyro performance suitability for F/A-18 E/F and…

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Northrop Grumman completes SBIRS HEO-3 payload integration, ambient functional test

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AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has successfully completed payload integration and the ambient functional test of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System’s third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Featuring a mix of geosynchronous satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth…

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F-35A completes first in-flight weapons release

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An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000-pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition from a 5th generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 over the China Lake test…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Airbus selects ATK to manufacture composite wing cover stringers for A400M military transport aircraft

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ATK announced Oct. 29 that Airbus Military has selected ATK for a contract in excess of $100 million to produce composite wing cover stringers for use on the A400M Military Transport Aircraft. The A400M is a new generation, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military, with its first aircraft delivery planned for the…

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General Dynamics Amphibious Combat Vehicle hull design meets Marine Corps’ survivability requirement

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General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently conducted simulated mine-blast tests that confirmed the ability of its Amphibious Combat Vehicle ballistic hull design to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ current ACV mine-blast survivability requirements. Funded through General Dynamics’ internal research and development initiatives, the tests were conducted by National Technical Systems,…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of First 787 Dreamliner to Qatar Airways

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Boeing and Qatar Airways Nov. 12 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of 30 787s ordered by the Doha-based airline, is also the first to be delivered to an airline in the Middle East. “We are delighted to receive our first Dreamliner, an aircraft which we expect…

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SAIC awarded $21 million contract by United States Navy

Posted November 30, 2012 by PR Newswire

Company to Provide Operational and Environmental Support to the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 29 it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational and environmental support for fleet training range complexes for the United States Fleet…

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Northrop Grumman provides gyro-compass navigation system for Embraer Legacy executive jet

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Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with prime contractor Rockwell Collins Inc., provided the attitude and heading reference system that recently supported the first flight of the new Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet. Northrop Grumman supplied the fiber-optic, gyro-compassing LCR-100 AHRS for integration with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionÆ avionics system on the fly-by-wire Legacy 500…

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