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Boeing updates timing of C-17 production line closure

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -Boeing April 7 adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter. Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015,…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

Posted April 23, 2014 by

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center changes name to STAR Labs

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The research and development center at Lockheed Martin responsible for space technology innovation is changing its name to the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories, or STAR Labs. The organization leads advanced research and development projects, from solar studies and nano applications to 3-D printing and communications research. “The STAR Labs name sharpens our…

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Boeing 737 MAX surpasses 2,000 orders

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement May 20 on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the super-efficient single-aisle airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209 billion at list prices. The 737…

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U. Missile Defense Agency, Northrop Grumman conduct wargame to improve understanding of ballistic missile defense complexity

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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed multiple sessions of a missile defense wargame for the second annual Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum recently concluded at Fort Belvoir. Wargames are often used to demonstrate future ballistic missile defense system capabilities to the warfighting communities, allowing them to develop concepts of operations…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests engine made entirely with additive manufacturing

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on a Bantam demonstration engine built entirely with additive manufacturing. The tests were a key step in the development of a more cost-effective engine family for booster, upper-stage and in-space propulsion. “The demonstration of this engine, made completely with additive manufacturing, is another…

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General Dynamics to continue amphibious combat vehicle testing

Posted July 11, 2014 by

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, is continuing work on an Amphibious Combat Vehicle solution for the U.S. Marine Corps. The recently awarded five-month contract extension, valued at $7 million, continues General Dynamics’ ongoing work to determine the best option for developing an affordable, survivable and high water speed ACV platform…

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B61 undergoes testing in AEDC wind tunnel

Posted July 21, 2014 by Deidre Ortiz

A test conducted in Arnold Engineering Development Complex's 16-foot transonic wind tunnel supports the design of the newest version of the B61 nuclear bomb.

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Boeing to modernize NATO AWACS fleet

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Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane.

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Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

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Raytheon delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company’s 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “As today’s threats continue to evolve,…

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