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Boeing modernizes GPS network with third GPS IIF satellite

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The Global Positioning System, which military, commercial, and civilian users rely on for accurate navigation, is becoming more capable with deployment of the third Boeing GPS IIF for the U.S. Air Force. The IIF model is the most advanced GPS satellite to date. SVN-65 is on orbit and performing as expected following liftoff at 8:10…

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Spirit AeroSystems names general counsel

Posted October 17, 2012 by

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Oct. 16 that Jon Lammers has joined the company as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, reporting to Jeff Turner, president and CEO. Lammers brings more than 20 years of legal experience, including the last 15 years with Cargill, Incorporated. He served as Cargill’s Asia Pacific general counsel in Singapore…

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Machinists union talks to Boeing employees in South Carolina

Posted October 22, 2012 by

Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., plant. The informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing after the company…

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Bell Boeing receives Marine Corps contract for V-22 training devices

Posted October 29, 2012 by

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $74 million contract to the Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Boeing and Bell Helicopter – Textron, for seven Osprey ground-based trainers, which will reduce fuel usage and aircraft wear-and-tear, maximizing lifecycle cost savings. The Sept. 25 contract award for Containerized Flight Training Devices also includes…

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Australia’s Chief of Air Force visits Northrop Grumman’s F-35 Production facility in Palmdale

Posted November 5, 2012 by

Boeing photograph The Royal Australian Air Force’s Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, met with Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, and Michelle Scarpella, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman, during a visit to Northrop Grumman’s F-35 Lightning II production facility in Palmdale, Calif….

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Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the U.S. Air Force

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Raytheon has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence program. Space Fence, a large, S-band radar to be based in Kwajalein atoll, will be capable of detecting more and much smaller objects in low Earth orbit to provide greater accuracy and timeliness to meet space situational awareness requirements. “Raytheon’s Space Fence solution…

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Pratt & Whitney to evelop advanced variable speed turbine for Army Rotorcraft

Posted November 28, 2012 by

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft. The AVSPOT program is an initiative by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, in…

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Meads successfully intercepts air-breathing target at White Sands Missile Range

Posted November 30, 2012 by

The Medium Extended Air Defense System detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test Nov. 29 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success. MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily…

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Engineers union at Boeing prepping for strike

Posted December 10, 2012 by

The head of Boeing’s engineering union says there’s a “very high chance” a strike could come as soon as February. The Society of Engineering Employees in Aerospace is working on detailed preparations for a strike, including budgeting for a 60-day stoppage, Ray Goforth, the union’s executive director, told The Seattle Times. Federal mediators suspended talks…

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Raytheon’s U.S. Navy satellite terminals reach full rate production milestone

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Raytheon’s Navy Multiband Terminal, which will be installed on more than 300 U.S. Navy ships, subs and shore stations, has successfully completed a Full Rate Production review by the Navy. The review included a report that determined NMT was both operationally suitable and operationally effective, and further recommended the continued fleet introduction of NMT as…

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