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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

Posted February 3, 2014 by

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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Raytheon demonstrates Griffin Block III missile

Posted February 19, 2014 by

Raytheon demonstrated its latest variant of the combat-proven GriffinÆ missile, the Griffin Block III, throughout a series of test shots culminating in several direct hits against a variety of static and moving targets. “The Griffin is already well known for its ability to destroy targets with pin-point accuracy using an advanced GPS and semi-active laser…

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Serco awarded $13 million Marine training systems support contract

Posted February 28, 2014 by

Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, has announced the award of a new contract to provide training support to the US Marine Corps. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Systems Support contract has a one-year base period and one six-month option period valued at nearly $18 million, if the option…

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Boeing Phantom Swift selected for DARPA X-plane competition

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Boeing photograph Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing initially built in less than a month, has been accepted to be part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency Vertical Takeoff and Landing X-plane program. DARPA is trying to mature a new aircraft configuration capable of both efficient hover and high-speed cruise. Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing…

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