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Improved Gray Eagle flies with SIGINT pod, Hellfire missiles

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, announced May 21 the successful second endurance flight of the U.S. Armyís Improved Gray EagleÆ prototype Unmanned Aircraft System, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Gray Eagle UAS that has accumulated over 100,000 flight…

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Poland’s Bumar Elektronika, Raytheon partner to develop new Patriot IFF antenna

Posted June 13, 2014 by

Raytheon announced June 12 that it will partner with Bumar Elektronika on the design and development of a modernized Patriot Identification Friend or Foe antenna. This new antenna is a key element of the advanced Patriot 360 degree radar proposed by Raytheon for Poland’s medium-range air and missile defense system program named “WISLA.” The component…

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Lockheed Martin to freeze pension plan for U.S.-based salaried employees

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin announced July 1 that it will freeze its salaried defined benefit pension plan and transition employees to an enhanced defined contribution retirement plan. The change will take effect in a two-step approach, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, with the freeze of pay-based benefits and concluding with the freeze of service-based benefits Jan. 1, 2020….

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Boeing, Intrepid Aviation announce first 777-300ER order

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Boeing and Intrepid Aviation July 15 announced the leasing company’s first direct Boeing order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $1.9 billion at current list prices. Intrepid also has the option to purchase an additional four 777s. If all options are exercised, the value of the announcement could reach more than $3.2 billion at…

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SPEEA files age discrimination charge against Boeing

Posted July 25, 2014 by timchisham

After months of investigation, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001, charged Boeing with age discrimination. Acting on behalf of SPEEA-represented engineers, the union filed the third-party charges July 23 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission. The evidence is overwhelming that Boeing hatched and…

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Boeing, Airbus, Embraer to collaborate on aviation biofuel commercialization

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Boeing, Airbus and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding March 22 to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three leading airframe manufacturers agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet…

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Northrop Grumman to provide mission computers for Navy H-1 helicopter upgrades

Posted April 3, 2012 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – In a first for the H-1 Upgrade program, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has signed a direct contract with Northrop Grumman to provide mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. Under the $8.9…

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360-Degree MEADS radar begins integration testing

Posted April 19, 2012 by

In preparation for an intercept flight test later this year, the first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has begun system-level testing at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR recently completed initial performance…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin $391 million for counterfire radar production

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The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $391 million in production orders for a new radar system that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from rocket, mortar and artillery fire. The orders represent the execution of two contract options for a total of 33 AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counterfire target acquisition radars – formerly designated EQ-36 during their…

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Lockheed Martin completes delivery of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Canada

Posted May 8, 2012 by

The Royal Canadian Air Force formally accepted the 17th Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules in ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., May 8, completing the order placed in December 2007. The aircraft will be flown to Canadian Forces Base Trenton later this week. The original contract called for all 17 aircraft to be delivered by the end…

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