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GE Aviation, Woodward combine fuel systems expertise for new joint venture

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GE Aviation and Woodward, Inc. announced May 20 a strategic 50/50 joint venture for fuel systems for GE’s large commercial aircraft engine lines. The new joint venture will design, develop, source, supply and service the fuel system, including components from the fuel inlet up to the fuel nozzle, for the GE90, GEnx, GE9X and all…

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Small Diameter Bomb II program achieves Milestone C clearing the way for production

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. Unlike standard bombs, SDB II employs Raytheon’s revolutionary tri-mode seeker that operates in three different modes: millimeter-wave radar uncooled imaging infrared semi-active laser. SDB…

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Boeing Business Jets announces two airplane orders

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Boeing Business Jets announced May 18 two new orders at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. Two undisclosed customers have selected a BBJ and a BBJ 787-8 Dreamliner. “We are pleased to have such a strong start to 2015, and we know that these two customers will love their airplanes and all…

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U.S. judge tosses investor lawsuit against Spirit AeroSystems

Posted May 18, 2015 by Roxana Hegeman

A federal judge May 14 threw out a class-action lawsuit brought by investors against aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems alleging that the company and four of its officers made misleading statements that artificially inflated its stock price. The shareholder lawsuit was filed after an October 2012 announcement that the Wichita, Kansas,-based company had recorded $590…

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Northrop Grumman establishes science advisory board for Venus mission

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Northrop Grumman graphic Artist’s concept of the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform is shown here flying through the thick clouds surrounding Venus. A delta-wing shaped inflatable air vehicle with a 55 meter wing span, VAMP bears a strong resemblance to the Northrop Grumman-designed Flying Wing, B-2 Spirit and X-47B air vehicles. VAMP will cruise through the…

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NASA unveils latest technology roadmaps for future agency needs

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NASA has released the agency’s 2015 technology roadmaps laying out the promising new technologies that will help NASA achieve its aeronautics, science and human exploration missions for the next 20 years, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The agency is seeking public comment on the draft roadmaps to increase awareness, generate innovative solutions for space…

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Raytheon delivers first GPS OCX hardware shipment to Air Force

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Raytheon has delivered the first operational hardware for the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, completing a key milestone in the program. GPS OCX is the ground command and control system that will manage GPS satellites with significantly improved accuracy and precision, while providing unprecedented levels of cyber protection….

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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of 125th Boeing airplane

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Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the airline’s 125th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER – and one of 12 airplanes the Turkish flag-carrier will take delivery of this year. Boeing and Turkish Airlines’ relationship stretches back to 1968 when the airline first purchased one McDonnell Douglas DC-9….

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Japan defense export hopes dimmed by latecomer status

Posted May 15, 2015 by Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach

A year after Japan eased a longstanding ban on military exports, barely a trickle of deals has formed for its powerhouse manufacturers who are reckoning with latecomer status in a crowded global industry. Following Japan’s defeat in World War II, its defense manufacturing industry was confined to the domestic market apart from some joint projects…

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Sikorsky announces supplier of the year awards

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. May 13 announced its 2015 Supplier of the Year awards and 14 Gold Suppliers recognized for best-in-class performance. The companies all were initially recognized at Sikorsky’s annual Supplier Summit held recently in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The 2015 Supplier of Year award winners are:…

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