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DRS Technologies to supply energy storage modules for U.S. Navy DDG-51 ships

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DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today it will be providing electric power support for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 class ships by designing and building Energy Storage Modules that will function as a ship-wide uninterruptable power supply. The initial $17 million contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to DRS’s…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $11 million for support services at Groton sub base

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $11 million contract to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. With this modification, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative at the…

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Boeing to provide maintenance training devices for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon

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Boeing will broaden its support for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through a recent order for maintenance simulators. The Navy plans to begin using six virtual trainers, one ordnance load trainer and 14 hardware-based devices to train P-8A maintenance personnel at Naval Air Station Jacksonville starting in 2016. “As…

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Northrop Grumman to build five more MQ-8C Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

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Northrop Grumman will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon.

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Boeing, Air New Zealand unveil livery of first 787-9 Dreamliner to deliver

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Boeing April 6 rolled out of the paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier’s new-look livery. The airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic official New Zealand Fern Mark. “It’s great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand…

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Oman Air Force continues F-16 legacy

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Elizabeth L. Kaszynski The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.  In 2002, the Sultanate of Oman became the 23rd member of the…

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XCOR Aerospace announces Brian Binnie as newest test pilot

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XCOR Aerospace announced April 3 that celebrated aviator, test pilot, engineer and commercial astronaut Brian Binnie has joined the company as Senior Test Pilot.

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Boeing updates timing of C-17 production line closure

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -Boeing April 7 adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter. Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015,…

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Global Hawk expands satellite communications capability

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April 3, 2014 – The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system has completed a series of ground and air demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., expanding the adaptability of the Global Hawk system to use an additional Satellite Communications link to improve the transfer of mission data. At the request of…

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Fleet complete!

Posted April 4, 2014 by Andrew McMurtrie

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 18th C-5M Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 2 from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0040 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Delaware, making Dover the first…

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