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Airbus offers longer-range A330 with increased payload

Posted July 10, 2012 by

Airbus has decided to offer a further enhanced version of the popular A330 airliner by increasing the maximum takeoff weight capability to 240 metric tonnes.

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Virgin Galactic reveals privately funded satellite launcher, confirms SpaceShipTwo poised for powered flight

Posted July 11, 2012 by

July 11 during the Farnborough International Air Show 2012, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced “LauncherOne,” a new air-launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. With substantial funding already raised from Virgin Galactic’s partner aabar Investments PJS, and with commercial flights of this new orbital launch vehicle expected to begin…

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United Kingdom accepts first international Lockheed Martin F-35

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The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft in a July 19 ceremony with senior...

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New Raytheon warhead lethal to enemy rockets

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The U.S. Army and Raytheon has completed a warhead test for the new Accelerated Improved Interceptor Initiative. Once fielded, AI3 is intended to provide a new level of war fighter protection by destroying incoming rockets, artillery and mortars. The ground-based system will leverage proven technologies from many of Raytheon’s programs, including the Sidewinder air-to-air missile…

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

Posted August 7, 2012 by

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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MEADS multifunction fire control radar finishes integration, test events at Italian test range

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

The first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has been integrated with a MEADS battle manager and launcher at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The objectives of the integration test series were to demonstrate that the MEADS TOC could control the MEADS MFCR in coordination with the MEADS…

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General Dynamics acquires Gayston Corporation’s defense operations

Posted August 29, 2012 by

General Dynamics has acquired the defense operations of Gayston Corporation, a privately held company that supplies precision metal components used in several munitions programs. The value of the cash transaction, which General Dynamics expects to be accretive to earnings in 2013, has not been disclosed. Gayston’s defense operations employ 187 people at a state-of-the-art facility…

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Northrop Grumman signs technology development teaming agreement with Flight Technologies Sistemas

Posted September 10, 2012 by

A unit of Northrop Grumman has executed a teaming agreement with Flight Technologies Sistemas S/A to develop national security technologies for Brazil. Northrop Grumman Overseas Service Corporation and Flight Technologies Sistemas S/A will team on security solutions for Brazil’s integrated border monitoring system. The system is designed to monitor Brazil’s borders through an integrated system…

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Navy awards General Dynamics $94 million to plan USS Miami fire restoration

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The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $94 million contract for advance planning and preliminary execution of fire-restoration efforts on USS Miami. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The USS Miami was damaged in a fire in May while it was in dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval…

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Lockheed Martin completes centralization of targets, countermeasures operations in Alabama

Posted September 28, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin Sept. 26 announced that it has completed the centralization of its Targets and Countermeasures operations in Huntsville, Ala., where the program offices of both the company and the Missile Defense Agency customer are located. “Centralizing our core program operations enables us to maintain our cost competitiveness,” said Dr. Patricia Dare, director of Targets…

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