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Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes first flight

Posted April 3, 2013 by Randy Crites

  April 1, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a…

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Northrop Grumman receives contract modification for Global Hawk

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman recently received an undefinitized contract award valued at more than $71 million for its Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system from the U.S. Air Force. Issued by the Global Hawk Systems Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the award is an add-on to a previous Lot 10 contract for block…

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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted April 24, 2013 by Joan Lowy

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet powers record-breaking flight of X-51A WaveRider

Posted May 8, 2013 by

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s SJY61 scramjet engine, achieved aviation history on May 1 by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, flying full duration and achieving mission success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company. “This test flight brings aviation closer…

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ATK successfully completes first U.S.-based testing of HPGP thruster technology for NASA Goddard

Posted May 20, 2013 by

ATK, the nation’s largest rocket motor producer, has successfully completed the first U.S.-based testing of the High Performance Green Propulsion thruster technology for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The testing was conducted at ATK Defense Group’s test facility in Elkton, Md., in April 2013. The ATK test facility is capable of assessing high-fidelity performance…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes LRASM vertical launch system tests

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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) “push-through” testing of a simulated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Four consecutive tests verified that the simulated LRASM can break or “push through” the MK 41 canister’s forward cover without causing damage to the composite structure, air data probe or coatings of the missile. The…

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LONGBOW LLC receives $90 million contract for Saudi Arabia Apache radar systems

Posted June 14, 2013 by

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The contract award includes AH-64E LONGBOW FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. The contract…

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Embraer, Boeing team to market, sell KC-390 medium-airlift aircraft

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Embraer and Boeing are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer’s KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture…

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Honeywell awarded $37-million project to build, service power facility for new Airbus assembly line

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Honeywell announced June 26 it has been awarded a $37-million project to build and provide ongoing service and maintenance on a power facility for Airbus’ new assembly site in Mobile, Ala., the aviation company’s first aircraft manufacturing operation in the United States. Honeywell will lead the design and construction of the facility, which will control…

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Boeing receives contract to support Australia’s Vigilare system

Posted July 12, 2013 by

Through a five-year, $60.45 million (66.7 million Australian) with the Australian Department of Defence, Boeing will provide enhanced support services for Vigilare, the air defense command and control system that is giving the Australian Defence Force unparalleled ground and airborne situational awareness. Through remediation of the multiyear performance-based contract, signed on July 1, Boeing Defence…

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