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Boeing to provide performance-based logistics for CH-47 Chinook helicopters

Posted October 9, 2012 by

The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a five-year Performance-Based Logistics contract for CH-47 Chinook support, an arrangement that reduces customer costs while allowing Boeing to invest in improving products and processes. The $185 million contract covers management of the production, overhaul and distribution of the Army’s supply of Chinook helicopter rotor blades. “PBLs are outcome-focused…

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The Spaceship Company now fully owned by Virgin Galactic

Posted October 18, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Virgin Galactic has taken 100 percent ownership of its sister company, The Spaceship Company, by acquiring the 30 percent stake held by Scaled Composites since TSC’s formation under a joint venture with Virgin Galactic in mid-2005. Financial terms have not been released. This acquisition marks the successful completion of a long-term strategy and signifies the…

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Lockheed Martin foliage-penetrating reconnaissance radar integrated with system to detect slow moving objects

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Based on the Lockheed Martin’s proven FOPEN radar system, TRACER is a lightweight, low-frequency synthetic-aperture radar that can peer through foliage, rain, darkness, dust storms, or atmospheric haze to provide real-time, high-quality tactical ground imagery. After multiple ground demonstrations in operational environments, a Lockheed Martin penetrating radar capability that can peer through…

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Boeing human resources senior VP announces retirement

Posted October 31, 2012 by

Boeing Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration Rick Stephens plans to retire from the company, effective March 31, 2013, after a 33-year Boeing career. Tony Parasida, president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Global Services & Support business unit, has been elected a corporate senior vice president and will succeed Stephens effective April…

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California Aircraft maintenance provider creates jobs in San Bernardino

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Aviation & Defense, Inc., a maintenance, repair and overhaul company headquartered in Southern California at the San Bernardino International Airport, has succeeded in building a sustainable business model to create jobs in this uncertain economy. Leveraging 25 years of leadership and experience in the aviation industry coupled with the latest MRO technology, ADI has built…

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Boeing adapts innovative training technologies to F/A-18E, F-15E

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is…

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Boeing hopes defense cuts would spare tanker

Posted November 30, 2012 by Joshua Freed

Boeing expects its new tanker for the U.S. Air Force to be untouched by cuts in defense spending next year, its top defense executive said Nov. 29. Defense contractors have been getting ready for automatic defense cuts that are a part of the so-called fiscal cliff that starts in January if Washington lawmakers can’t strike…

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Boeing delivers Qatar Emiri Air Force’s 4th C-17 Globemaster III

Posted December 10, 2012 by

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s fourth C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 10 in Long Beach, Calif. The delivery reflects Qatar’s agreement with the U.S. government to acquire two additional C-17s, which brings the Qatar Emiri Air Force fleet of the world’s most advanced airlifters to a total of four as…

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Raytheon awarded $254.6 million for Tomahawk missile

Posted December 21, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $254.6 million contract to procure Tomahawk Block IV tactical cruise missiles for fiscal year 2013. The contract calls for Raytheon to build and deliver Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, conduct flight tests and provide life-cycle support. Production and delivery of the missiles is scheduled to begin in 2013. “Tomahawk…

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Boeing to consolidate El Paso facilities, reduce workforce to ensure competitiveness

Posted January 11, 2013 by

Boeing will consolidate its El Paso, Texas, facilities and reduce the workforce there by the end of 2014. The move is part of the company’s strategy to increase affordability for government customers and become more competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. The 370 workers at the site manufacture electronics for a variety of Boeing products….

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