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Boeing unveils BBJ with luxury interior, new high-speed digital system

Posted March 27, 2012 by

Boeing Business Jets unveiled the latest BBJ to enter service at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai. The airplane, a 737-700 with -800 wings and other modifications for longer range, was delivered earlier this month to a private businessman in the United States. It is the second BBJ for this customer. “Our…

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Boeing delivers 60th 777 passenger jetliner to Air France

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Boeing and Air France are celebrating the delivery of Air France’s 60th Boeing 777 passenger jetliner. The airplane, a 777-300ER (Extended Range) model, landed in Paris April 4. Air France’s newest 777-300ER seats 468 passengers in a three-class configuration. The brand-new cabin includes 14…

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Boeing makes 737 MAX design decisions

Posted April 17, 2012 by

Boeing has made a series of design updates to the 737 MAX to further optimize the new-engine variant’s performance. “The 737 MAX is on-track to deliver substantial fuel-savings to customers starting in 2017,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program. “We’ve made several design decisions that support the performance targets for the…

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Northrop Grumman first quarter profit falls 4.5 percent

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Northrop Grumman said April 25 its first-quarter profit fell 4.5 percent, as drops in U.S. defense spending reduced sales at its major businesses. The Falls Church, Va.,-based defense contractor earned $506 million, or $1.96 per share, down from $530 million, or $1.79 per share, in the same quarter last year. The year-ago period was boosted…

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Boeing designs advanced technology winglet for 737 MAX

Posted May 2, 2012 by

Boeing today May 2 a new winglet design concept for the 737 MAX. The new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement, depending on range...

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Northrop Grumman begins full rate production of infrared missile warning system

Posted May 14, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has authorized full rate production of the NexGen Infrared missile warning system, a Northrop Grumman-designed, built and tested protection system for C-17, EC-130J, HC/MC-130J and other Air Force platforms. “The full rate production approval of the NexGen missile warning system, a spiral upgrade to the current Ultraviolet missile warning system, will…

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Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S expected to beat initial performance targets

Posted May 23, 2012 by

Though barely one year into flight testing, Dassault’s newest aircraft, the twin-engine Falcon 2000S, is already demonstrating performance figures substantially higher than the capabilities announced...

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Nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship delivered two months early

Posted June 6, 2012 by

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team delivered the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship, Fort Worth, to the U.S. Navy two months ahead of schedule.

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Lockheed Martin delivers flight hardware for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

Posted June 13, 2012 by

Engineers and scientists at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif., have completed delivery of key hardware subsystems for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission. The delivery comprised four flight subsystems and one flight spare unit. The prime contractor Southwest Research Institute partnered with Lockheed Martin to develop and build the Hot Plasma…

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Northrop Grumman to deliver Advanced Threat Warning sensors to U.S. Navy

Posted June 25, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman an early operational production contract to deliver Advanced Threat Warning sensors, an integral component of the Department of Navy Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. Under the terms of the $25.5 million contract, Northrop Grumman will deliver 110 ATW sensors and will upgrade 200 processors for integration as part…

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