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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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Boeing, ALAFCO firms up order for 20 Boeing 737 MAXs

Posted November 5, 2012 by

Boeing and Kuwait airplane leasing company ALAFCO have finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at current list price. The order was first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July. “This is the first order for the 737 MAX from the Middle East, which is one…

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SAIC awarded prime contract by DARPA

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 12 it was awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program phases two through four to design, build and test a new prototype unmanned autonomous surface vessel. The single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a three-year period of…

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General Dynamics delivers 1,000th beryllium sensor housing for mast mounted sight on OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter

Posted November 28, 2012 by

General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has delivered the 1,000th precision-machined beryllium sensor housing to DRS Technologies, Inc. DRS integrates the sensor housings into the Mast Mounted Sight for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. “We are very proud of the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our employees on this project,” said Bob…

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New gunship-to-be takes to the skies

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to a new AC-130J gunship made its first flight at Marietta, Ga., this week. The MC-130J will have a Precision Strike Package installed, then will fly as a gunship in early 2014. The total requirement for new AC-130J gunships is…

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AMETEK acquires Aero Components International, Avtech Avionics and Instruments

Posted December 17, 2012 by

AMETEK, Inc. announced Dec. 17 the acquisitions of Aero Components International (ACI) and Avtech Avionics and Instruments (Avtech), both privately owned, FAA-certified aviation repair operations located in Miami, Fla. ACI repairs and overhauls fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, power generation and heat exchanger components and is one of the few independent aviation repair shops with fuel repair…

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Northrop Grumman names VP Cybersecurity/C4

Posted January 7, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 7 that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley as vice president of Cybersecurity/C4, effective immediately. Stanley will report to Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, Government Relations. In this role, Stanley leads the Cybersecurity/C4 portfolio in the company’s Government Relations organization. He and his team contribute to…

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Aviation Partners Boeing appoints Patrick LaMoria executive VP, CCO

Posted January 18, 2013 by

Following 11 years of various roles, including business development and product marketing with Boeing, Patrick LaMoria joined Aviation Partners Boeing in 2001 as director of sales and marketing for Europe. LaMoria quickly became an integral part of the APB team and was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing in 2004. Now, expanding his…

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Boeing-led missile defense team completes GMD flight test

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Boeing, working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, Jan. 26 returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. “Today’s test signals the next step in GMDís future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among…

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Mars Science Lab drills to get rock powder sample

Posted February 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Curiosity has now successfully used all of its unique equipment to examine if Mars was capable of supporting microscopic life. The percussion drill was used to…

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