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GA-ASI successfully tests ADS-B surveillance system aboard Guardian

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 25 the successful demonstration of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-based surveillance system that provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness and supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator(R) B RPA. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. The…

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TransDigm to acquire Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems

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TransDigm Group Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement with United Technologies Corporation to acquire the pump & engine control systems business of Goodrich (Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, for approximately $236 million in cash. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close late in the current…

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Pratt and Whitney completes first PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus A320neo family of aircraft

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Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of its first engine to test for its PurePower(r) PW1100G-JM engine – the first engine to power the Airbus A320neo aircraft. Company leadership, Airbus, MTU, JAEC and employees celebrated the program milestone with a Last Bolt Ceremony at Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach facility Oct. 26, where the…

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Boeing projects $820 billion market for 7,290 new airplanes in North America

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Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,290 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $820 billion. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,650 airplanes today to about 8,830 airplanes by 2031. “The North American commercial aviation market…

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Youngest Boeing B-52 Stratofortress achieves 50 years of service

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Boeing Oct. 26 marks 50 years since the company delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76…

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Northrop Grumman advanced shipboard electronic systems to enter service

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Northrop Grumman has provided the advanced communication, sensor and navigation systems installed on the first of two new offshore support vessels being procured by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command on behalf of the Iraqi navy. NAVSEA accepted delivery of the first 60-meter multipurpose OSV, Al Basrah, in July for subsequent transfer to the Iraqi…

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ATK awarded FMU-143 bomb fuze testing, production contract

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ATK has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with an $84 million ceiling for First Article Testing and production of the FMU-143 Bomb Fuze for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Initial orders under the contract are valued at $52 million. The U.S. Army’s Contracting Center at Rock Island, Ill., issued ATK the award…

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib demonstrates accuracy during flight tests

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Raytheon has fired eight precision-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. All eight rounds landed within five meters of the target, meeting stringent test objectives. “This program has made great achievements in a very short amount of time,” said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, the U.S. Army Excalibur program manager….

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Aerosonde small UAS log 168 flight hours in the Antarctic

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AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced Oct. 22 that its Aerosonde(R) Small Unmanned Aircraft System logged 168 flight hours in the frigid, harsh climate of Antarctica, supporting meteorological research by the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of Atmospheric and…

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Honeywell extends strategic relationship with Army for M1 Abrams support

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Honeywell has been awarded two contracts worth a combined $221 million to continue its highly successful support of the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams main battle tank program. Honeywell’s AGT1500 vehicular gas turbine engine is the proven power source for the M1 Abrams and provides the tank with superior power and torque, low noise, and smokeless…

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