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Northrop Grumman awarded contract to extend BACN communications connectivity to the tactical edge

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $20 million contract modification to add beyond-line-of-sight command and control (BLOS C2) capabilities to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) information gateway system, giving war fighters access to full-motion video, imagery, voice over Internet protocol and chat messages from multiple sources. BACN is part of the…

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Boeing, ANA announce orders for 11 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and All Nippon Airlines have announced that the ANA Group has ordered an additional 11 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $2.7 billion at current list prices, bring the total number of 787s ANA has ordered to 66 airplanes consisting of 36 787-8s and 30 787-9s. “The improved fuel efficiency and greater seating capacity…

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Northrop Grumman completes field installations of new B-2 radar system

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Northrop Grumman has successfully completed ahead of schedule all field installations of a new radar system for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-2 stealth bombe

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR missile demonstrates ground launch capability in guided flight tests

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Lockheed Martin recently conducted two separate DAGRÆ missile flight tests, successfully firing the missiles from a prototype pedestal launcher and hitting a stationary target. The tests, which took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., demonstrated DAGR’s capability as a ground-based weapon. In each flight test, an inert DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot…

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Raytheon MALD-J decoy goes 4-for-4 in operational flight tests

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The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon began operational testing of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD®-J). After completing a highly successful developmental test phase, the MALD-J team achieved four successful flights in four attempts. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched…

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Boeing delivers United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and United Airlines announced Sept. 24 the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. United is the first airline in North America to take delivery of the 787. Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said, “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner. As we…

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Northrop Grumman to develop navigation system for Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

Posted September 21, 2012 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a competitive prototyping contract by Boeing to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will produce a prototype inertial navigation system demonstrating fiber-optic gyro performance suitability for F/A-18 E/F and…

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C-130 completes first flight with enhanced Rolls-Royce Engine

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Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, and the U.S. Air Force are conducting flight tests for an enhancement for the T56 turboprop engine, which powers the C-130H transport aircraft.

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Boeing, Avolon finalize order for 737 MAXsn Next-Generation 737s

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Boeing and Avolon, the international airplane leasing company, finalized a firm order for 10 737 MAX 8s, 5 737 MAX 9s and 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July, has a current list-price value of $2.4 billion. The order continues the momentum for the 737 MAX…

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Northrop Grumman to provide 44 additional STARLite radar systems for Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS

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Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply an additional 44 STARLite wide area surveillance radars for the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. STARLite features synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target indicator and dismount moving target indicator capabilities. Under the terms of the contract option, radar deliveries will begin in April 2013 and…

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