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Boeing names vice president, general manager of unmanned airborne systems programs

Posted December 17, 2012 by

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd., will relocate to St. Louis, Mo., as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support,…

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Business Briefs – January 9, 2013

Posted January 10, 2013 by

General Dynamics awarded $133 million for Abrams Tank production   General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks….

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Raytheon, U.S. Air Force complete Small Diameter Bomb II fit check on F-35 aircraft

Posted January 23, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon successfully completed a fit check of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. During the test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., four SDB II shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. Sweeps of the…

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Northrop Grumman’s next-generation Fire Scout to beef up avionics protection

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has received the first protective cage for its next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will store and shield the aircraft's critical electronic components from strong electric fields and electromagnetic waves.

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Boeing, ADASI sign teaming agreement for unmanned aircraft systems

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Boeing and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company, a Tawazun subsidiary, Feb. 18 signed a teaming agreement for the two companies to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems. Speaking at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, company representatives said the teaming agreement enables ADASI to provide training, support and…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk program selected for U.S. Air Force sustainment excellence award

Posted February 27, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was recently awarded the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for demonstrating the most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the high-flying fleet of Global Hawks. “Even with a year marked with fiscal challenges…

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W.H. Smith Company completes acquisition of military system assets of LaBarge Products

Posted March 11, 2013 by

    W.H. Smith Company, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality hose assemblies and systems as well as load securing and material handling products for the U.S. Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace, completed the acquisition of certain intellectual property and related assets from LaBarge Products, Inc. Based in St. Louis, Mo., LaBarge…

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SPEEA technical members vote to accept four-year contract

Posted March 20, 2013 by

Technical workers at Boeing have approved a new four-year contract, putting an end to negotiations that have lasted nearly one year. Votes tallied March 18 by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 show Technical workers voted 4,244 to accept and 654 to reject. Union negotiators told members a second rejection…

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Aviation photographer addresses Bakersfield Navy League

Posted April 3, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

Photograph by Rebecca Amber Aviation photographer and Mojave Transportation Museum Board Member Alan Radecki. The Bakersfield Council Navy League gathered for their first quarter dinner meeting of 2013 at the American Legion Post 26. The group, which included several World War II Navy veterans, welcomed a special guest for the evening. Aviation photographer and Mojave…

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Draken International takes to the skies

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Draken International, a provider of commercial air services, has announced that the company's recently acquired aircraft from New Zealand have taken their first flights in American airspace.

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