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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted February 20, 2013 by AP

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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Lockheed Martin powers on the first GPS III satellite

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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has turned on power to the system module of the programís first spacecraft, designated GPS III Space Vehicle One (SV-1). The milestone is a key indication the team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch availability…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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Raytheon consolidates businesses and announces key executive roles

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Raytheon announced March 25 that it is consolidating its businesses to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. The Raytheon Company structure will consist of four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, resulting from the combination of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Raytheon Technical Services businesses; and the Integrated Defense…

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U.S. Navy awards Boeing high altitude anti-submarine weapon contract

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A new precision-guided weapon that Boeing will provide to the U.S. Navy will fundamentally change anti-submarine warfare by incorporating technologies never before used on an anti-submarine weapon. Through a recently awarded $19.2 million contract, Boeing will design and build the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability. The system will leverage combat-proven technologies from Boeingís Joint…

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Boeing X-48C research aircraft completes flight testing

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The Boeing X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept.

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GE Capital Aviation Services signs purchase, leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines

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GE Capital Aviation Services LLC, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, has signed a purchase and leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines for six new Airbus A320 aircraft to expand the carrierís fleet. GECAS delivered the first aircraft to Spirit in March. The remainder deliver in 2013 with all six aircraft coming from…

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Honeywell Aerospace wins $72.4 million heavy vehicle maintenance contract for U.S. army

Posted May 13, 2013 by

Honeywell has won a three-year, $72.4 million maintenance and training contract from the U.S. Army for Total Package Fielding Army Modernization Training to provide mission-capable vehicles and requisite training to safely operate and maintain heavy tactical vehicles. The award is a component of the ongoing support that Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. has been providing to…

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Northrop Grumman increases investment in Australia, expands industry partnerships

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Northrop Grumman is significantly increasing its commitment to Australia through the award of contracts valued at $7.4 million to three new global supply chain partner companies who will provide products and services for a variety of missions and capabilities The Australian companies, which form part of Northrop Grumman’s expanded global supply chain, are Electro Optic…

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Lockheed Martin delivers modernized laser range finder for U.S. Armyís Apache helicopter

Posted June 7, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin recently delivered the first Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Range Finder Designator to the U.S. Army for the AH-64D/E Apache helicopter. ìThe new laser is the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly,î said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, U.S. Army product manager of Apache Sensors. ìThe U.S. Army…

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