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Pension expense hurts Boeing third quarter net

Posted October 24, 2012 by Joshua Freed

Boeing said its net income this year will be bigger than it had expected as deliveries of commercial airplanes picks up. Higher pension expenses hurt Boeing’s third-quarter profit, but other measures for the big airplane maker and defense contractor were strong. Profits rose in both its commercial and defense units. And it reaffirmed plans to…

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Edwards F-35A completes first AIM-120 AMRAAM internal weapons release

Posted October 24, 2012 by Matt Short

An F-35A test aircraft, flown by U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Phillips, completed the first aerial weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from a conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, Oct. 19. The aircraft, known as AF-1 and based at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., jettisoned the instrumented AIM-120 over the China…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates JAGM dual-mode seeker in high-speed captive flight tests

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Lockheed Martin successfully tested its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile dual-mode seeker in high-speed captive flight tests, demonstrating its ability to track ground targets while flying at tactical speeds. The company-funded tests were conducted on a Sabreliner jet at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The data collected from the tests validated the maximum ranges of the seeker’s millimeter…

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Army test proves JLENS can target swarming boats

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Early results from a recent U.S. Army test proved the Raytheon produced JLENS can provide target-quality data on swarming boats to a variety of defense command networks in real time. “JLENS gives commanders more time and distance to counter dangers like swarming boats because it can detect threats from hundreds of miles away and upload…

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Raytheon enhances Common Sensor Payload capabilities

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Raytheon has successfully demonstrated the enhanced capabilities of its new CSP HD turret, a high definition electro-optical and infrared version of its Common Sensor Payload. The initial CSP HD system flight test occurred on a U.S. Army Gray Eagle UAS (unmanned aircraft system) platform in September. Built upon the existing CSP system, CSP HD provides…

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Northrop Grumman matures laser threat terminator technology to address emerging threats

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Northrop Grumman has matured the technology for enhancing the capabilities of its All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator product line, developed to defeat both current and emerging IR threats. The ASALTT(TM) is an advanced technology quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared laser designed and developed to protect a wide variety of aircraft including fixed-wing and rotor aircraft,…

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Lockheed Martin radar, MILSATCOM programs receive DOD awards

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Lockheed Martin has won two of five awards given annually by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association for excellence in systems engineering. The awards, presented at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, are assessed on 2011 performance and recognize effective implementation of systems engineering best practices to achieve program…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

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Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Machinists union talks to Boeing employees in South Carolina

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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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Lockheed Martin introduces advanced air, missile C2 system

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In response to the increasingly complex national and multi-national requirements for Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin has developed a solution that deliver new levels of performance to address evolving threats. By linking weapon and sensor data with advanced map-based Command and Control capabilities, the DIAMONDShield(tm) C2 platform provides operators a wide range of…

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