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Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 intercepts medium-range ballistic missile target at highest altitude to date

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In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy fired a Standard Missile-3 Block IB, made by Raytheon, from the USS Lake Erie. The SM-3 eliminated the medium-range ballistic missile target at the highest altitude of any test to date. “The next-generation SM-3 proved itself against a medium-range ballistic missile target at the highest altitude…

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Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network with UAVs for enhanced threat protection

Posted October 21, 2013 by

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network, a wireless ground sensor system will be able to connect with unmanned vehicles to provide ubiquitous coverage and persistent surveillance of designated areas. “SPAN is essentially a network…

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Boeing, Lockheed Martin team for U.S. Air Force bomber program

Posted October 28, 2013 by

Boeing and Lockheed Martin are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate. To this critical mission, the team brings together nearly two centuries of combined experience designing, developing and testing aircraft for defense customers around…

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

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Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomberís effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraftís smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb…

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Javelin joint venture awarded $176 million for Javelin Weapon System

Posted November 18, 2013 by

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture received a $176 million contract for the production and delivery of 842 Block I Javelin missile rounds and 120 command launch units. The contract was awarded to the Javelin Joint Venture in September. The missiles will be provided through the U.S. government to the U.S. Army, U.S….

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U.S. Army awards General Dynamics $28 million for engineering development for Stryker modernization

Posted December 4, 2013 by

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command recently awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a $28 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Stryker Engineering Change Proposal upgrade program. The Stryker ECP upgrade program is an engineering-development effort focused on integrating a group of system improvements into…

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Pratt & Whitney opens new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga.

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Pratt & Whitney has opened its new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga. The new 105,000-square-foot facility enhances Pratt & Whitney’s capacity to service engines that power F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and international military customers. Pratt & Whitney, the Development Authority of Columbus and Western Devcon Inc….

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Southwest Airlines orders APB Split Scimitar™ Winglets

Posted January 5, 2014 by

Aviation Partners Boeing announced Jan. 2 that Southwest Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature…

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Forecast International views emerging African arms market favorable for both international, African defense companies

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Over the next decade, the gross domestic product among African countries is expected to rise by an average of 6 percent a year, according to Forecast International. This concrete and sustainable growth will allow for ample economic opportunities on the continent. For defense companies, this means that Africa is starting to evolve into an attractive…

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Lockheed Martin files for FAA type design update

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Lockheed Martin officials submitted a Program Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Jan. 21, 2014, for a type design update for the Lockheed Martin Model L-382J airplane, a civil-certified variant of the proven C-130J Super Hercules to be marketed as the LM-100J.

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