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Boeing, ALAFCO firms up order for 20 Boeing 737 MAXs

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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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Boeing delivers the 7,370th 737

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Boeing photograph Boeing delivered the 7,370th 737 to come off the production line to Indonesia-based Lion Air Nov. 5. The airplane is Lion Air’s 75th Next-Generation 737. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all time with total orders exceeding 10,100 airplanes, including orders for the new 737 MAX.

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride MMIC product line

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has developed a line of gallium nitride Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for military and commercial uses. These devices represent the first commercial availability of GaN-based components from the company. Initial engineering evaluation sampling is underway with quantities of three GaN MMIC products. They were developed for defense and commercial…

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Lockheed Martin submits final proposal for medium-range ballistic missile targets

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Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 1 that it has submitted its final proposal revision for the Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets contract. The Lockheed Martin team delivered its final offer to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Program Office in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday, Oct. 31. The contract will provide Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets to support…

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C-17 sustainment team wins top award for government-industry partnership

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The C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program was recently awarded the 2012 Secretary of Defense “Gerald R. Beck” Performance Based Logistics system-level Award by the Secretary of Defense. The GISP team includes Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, and the U.S. Air Force. The award was presented at the Aerospace Industries Association Fall Product Support Conference in…

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General Dynamics, U.S. Army ARDEC demonstrate low-cost precision strike capability for tactical UAVs

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The testing consisted of three separate engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an 81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics’ Roll Control Fixed Canard control system…

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Northrop Grumman, ITT Exelis partner for U.S. Navy’s next gen jammer

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Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis are teaming to bring together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program. The two companies have been involved in electronic warfare and airborne electronic attack technological development since the 1960s, making them well positioned to compete for the next phase of…

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Boeing opens first System Integration Lab for KC-46 tanker program

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Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. “Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing’s commitment to executing on this contract,” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46…

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Spirit AeroSystems posts loss on productivity woes

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Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. Nov. 1 posted a third-quarter loss on charges due to production setbacks for several aircraft. The Wichita, Kansas, company booked $590 million in charges during the third quarter, which it announced last month. The complexity in developing some products drove up supplier, factory and labor costs, it said. The…

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Soldiers’ suit of Iraq War contractor goes to jury

Posted November 2, 2012 by Nigel Duara

Jurors will decide whether an Iraq War contractor is responsible for respiratory ailments and the fear of future illness that Oregon National Guard soldiers blame on a carcinogen present at a water plant they were tasked to defend. The contractor says the substance was in concentrations so small it was harmless. Attorneys for 12 Oregon…

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