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FAA grants APB blended winglets approval for 767 Boeing Converted Freighter

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Aviation Partners Boeing announced May 17 that it has received approval from the FAA demonstrating compatibility for installing Blended Winglets on the Boeing 767 Converted Freighter (767-BCF). This development assures that Boeing 767-300ERs with Blended Winglets are viable candidate for future conversion to freighters by Boeing. Blended Winglet technology installed on a Boeing 767-300ER/F/BCF reduces…

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Raytheon awarded $57.8 million Phalanx contract

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The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a contract totaling $57.8 million to overhaul and upgrade nine Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems, and manufacture two SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense systems. The agreement also includes the purchase of 20 radar upgrade kits. “Raytheon tailors our ship self-defense systems to meet our customers’ requirements,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of…

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Boeing delivers Royal Air Force’s 8th C-17 Globemaster III

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the United Kingdom’s eighth C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force May 18 during a ceremony at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. “I’m honored and delighted to deliver the Royal Air Force’s newest C-17 to join the fleet at Number 99 Squadron, where our seven…

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Sierra Nevada opens Alabama office

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Huntsville, Ala., is now home to one of America’s fastest growing private companies, and the top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Sierra Nevada Corporation, headquartered in Sparks, Nev., announced May 16 at a reception for Huntsville business and community leaders at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, that the company has opened an…

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GA-ASI, U.K. partners validate new open payload architecture

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. along with SELEX Galileo (a Finmeccanica company) and Cobham Aviation Services, May 16 demonstrated a new open payload architecture during the Sovereign...

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Airbus parent profits hit by A380 wing problem

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Airbus parent company EADS said May 16 its first quarter earnings were hammered by a hefty $203-million charge to fix problematic wing parts on its flagship A380 superjumbo. EADS says the charge to fix the so-called “wing rib feet” – the metal brackets that connect the wing’s ribs to its skin – on all the…

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Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates new target location module

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Northrop Grumman has announced the successful demonstration of the company’s new Target Location Module, a key component of the battle-proven, man-portable Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder High Accuracy. LLDR 2H allows troops to perform surveillance, identify and engage threats at safe distances, accurately position troops, and engage enemies while limiting collateral damage and protecting troops being…

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General Dynamics delivers powerful tactical network, radios for Army’s NIE 12.2 Exercise

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In the largest deployment yet of the General Dynamics-developed JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network, the U.S. Army is now conducting realistic operational evaluations of the next generation of high-speed communications equipment developed for ground forces. WIN-T Increment 2 and the JTRS Manpack and Rifleman radios form the baseline…

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UAS procurement tops Air Force’s spending list

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The unmanned aerial systems market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging as the highest spender among all U.S. military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator….

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Rollin’ out

Posted May 16, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto

A future C-5M rolled out of the hangar at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., May 10. Tail number 87-0045 received new engine pylons and wiring, and will now be fitted with new, state-of-the-art GE F138-GE-100 turbofan engines and undergo flight checks before being delivered to, Del., later this year.

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