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Dick Rutan recalls historic round-the-world flight

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Courtesy photograph The Burt Rutan-designed, single-purpose Voyager is shown during a test flight that led up to its non-stop unrefueled flight around the world in December 1986. Nearly 27 years ago, the one-of-a-kind, purpose-built Voyager aircraft embarked on a non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world, setting a world record that remains unchallenged today. Dick Rutan,…

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General Dynamics awarded $152 million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class submarine work

Posted September 25, 2013 by

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $152.4 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine…

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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 10,000 flight hours

Posted October 9, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program continues its operational maturation, surpassing 10,000 flight hours in September.

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by General Dynamics Land Systems to develop generator subsystem for Abrams ECP1 modernization program

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UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by General Dynamics Land Systems to design, develop, build and qualify the Generator Subsystem for the Abrams ECP1 modernization upgrade. The generator subsystem includes both the electric generator and CAN-bus-enabled digital controller. Prototype systems will be delivered to GDLS in the second half of 2014 for installation and qualification…

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Jobs top issue in Pratt & Whitney-Machinists talks

Posted October 31, 2013 by Stephen Singer

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations Oct. 31 for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs. Neither company nor union representatives would discuss the issues expected to dominate negotiations. But union officials have said they may not recommend…

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Forecast International expects defense spending to project upward across Asia-Pacific region

Posted November 13, 2013 by

As the developing countries of the Far East continue to experience healthy levels of economic growth, the Asia-Pacific arena will increasingly serve as the go-to market for defense suppliers, according to a recent analysis by Forecast International. Percolating territorial tensions in the East and South China seas, regional rivalries, and military modernization programs propelled by…

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Boeing delivers third P-8I to India

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The third Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian Navy arrived Nov. 22 in India, on schedule. The aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Station Rajali, where it joined two P-8Is currently undergoing flight trials and testing. The first P-8I arrived in India in May. The P-8I is…

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Boeing 777X wind tunnel testing under way

Posted December 9, 2013 by

Boeing announced Dec. 9 that low-speed wind tunnel tests have begun for the Boeing 777X, a major milestone in airplane development.

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Raytheon receives $16 million contract award for miniaturized airborne GPS receivers

Posted December 18, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has received a $15.8 million contract order for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver. The order, which includes new production and sustainment of existing systems, is the first under an Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract awarded to the company in September 2013 by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile…

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Lockheed Martin receives $449 million in contracts for JASSM production

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Lockheed Martin received two production contracts on Dec. 19 totaling $449 million from the U.S. Air Force for continued production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the Extended Range variant. The Lot 11 and Lot 12 contracts include production of 340 baseline missiles and 100 ER missiles. The contracts also include systems engineering,…

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