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Airbus to double $12 billion it spends with U.S. suppliers

Posted August 8, 2012 by by Roxana Hegeman

European aerospace giant Airbus said Aug. 6 it plans to double the $12 billion it now spends with U.S. suppliers amid strong airplane sales, explaining that the company has a backlog that is “disturbingly healthy.” Airbus America Chairman Allan McArtor told representatives from 114 companies at an aviation supplier conference in Kansas that 40 percent…

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Pratt & Whitney employees rally against sequestration cuts

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Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., AIA Chairman and President of Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation David P. Hess, and more than 200 local workers rallied Aug. 8 at the Pratt & Whitney facility in Jupiter, Fla., to warn about the threat to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $1 trillion in sequestration budget cuts…

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Boeing demonstrates capability of unmanned Little Bird rotorcraft

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The Boeing Unmanned Little Bird H-6U successfully performed 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a ship during flight tests in July, a significant milestone for a medium-size vertical-takeoff-and-landing...

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Boeing receives Phase II U.S. Army contract for testing of advanced rotorcraft flight control system

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Boeing will continue developing a technology that improves helicopters’ maneuverability and performance, through an $18 million U.S. Army contract for Phase II of the Adaptive Vehicle Management System program. The advanced rotorcraft flight control system, a joint development project between Boeing and the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, reduces aircrew workload and overall operating costs….

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GA-ASI successfully tests Nightlighter airborne imaging system

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced the successful flight test of its Nightlighter airborne imaging system Aug. 7.

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Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies brings high-performance surveillance to small unmanned aircraft systems

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Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies’ new, lightweight, Perceptorâ„¢ dual-sensor gimbal packs the capability of a large camera system in a small, compact package designed to provide high-quality video surveillance for small and micro unmanned aircraft systems. Equipped with electro-optical and infrared imaging sensors and an optional laser illuminator, the 200-gram (seven-ounce) Perceptor provides continuous 360-degree panning…

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Boeing delivers Malaysia Airlines’ 75th 737

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Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline's 75th 737 aircraft during an event at Boeing Field, Wash. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur...

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Lockheed Martin performs first ever outdoor flight test of laser powered UAS

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin and LaserMotive, Inc., have completed a series of flight tests of the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System to further validate the performance of an innovative laser power system. These tests mark the first-ever outdoor flight of a UAS powered by laser. Stalker is a small, silent UAS used by Special Operations…

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Raytheon-led team enters fifth year of Warfighter FOCUS program support

Posted August 7, 2012 by tomlear

Raytheon recently celebrated its fourth successful year of continued support to customers at more than 600 locations around the world on the Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support program. The Raytheon-led Warrior Training Alliance team has processed more than 5,250 task orders since Warfighter FOCUS began in May 2008. The 10-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity U.S. Army…

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Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

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Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia has installed a Helicrew simulator at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre, Queensland, Australia, in order to...

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