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International customer signs agreement for Raytheon’s TOW missiles

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An international customer signed an agreement with the U.S. government for a foreign military sale of tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles to be supplied by Raytheon in a deal valued at approximately $750 million. Raytheon plans to deliver nearly 14,000 TOW missiles to the customer over a three-year period beginning in 2015. A resulting…

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A first for the West Coast

Posted May 9, 2014 by Thinh D. Nguyen

  MARIETTA, Ga. May 8, 2014 – A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the first Travis Air Force Base, Calif.,  C-5M Super Galaxy today from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0042 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to the…

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Pratt & Whitney unveils higher thrust PurePower engine

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Pratt & Whitney May 20 launched the newest addition to the PurePower engine family, the PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft. The engine’s higher thrust makes it the most powerful engine on the A321neo allowing A321neo operators, fitted with Geared Turbofanô engine technology, to fly routes of greater distance…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy conduct successful simultaneous manned, unmanned helicopter flight tests

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Navy photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California. The training marked the first time a littoral combat ship, an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducted integrated training.   Northrop Grumman and…

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Northrop Grumman offers newest cockpit technology for multiple platforms

Posted June 27, 2014 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The cornerstones of Northrop Grumman’s integrated, open system are mature and proven technology, as well as a partitioned software architecture that minimizes life cycle cost while enabling easy capability upgrades well into the…

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation announce 777-300ER, 737 MAX 8 order

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air Lease Corporation announced July 15 an order for 26 airplanes ñ six 777-300ER (Extended Range) and reconfirmed 20 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $3.9 billion at current list prices. This 737 MAX order for 20 airplanes, valued at more than $2 billion at current list prices, brings Air Lease…

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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Posted July 23, 2014 by

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Raytheon to develop directed energy technology for light vehicle deployment

Posted August 13, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Laser weapon systems moved a step closer to reality with the award of an $11 million contract to Raytheon. Under an Office of Naval Research program, Raytheon will develop a vehicle-based laser device capable of defeating low-flying threats such as enemy drones. The Ground Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move Future Naval…

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Boeing C-17 support effort for strategic airlift capability exceeds 1,000 missions

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Boeing has supported more than 1,000 missions for the Strategic Airlift Capability program’s fleet of three C-17 airlifters, achieving a mission capable rate of nearly 94 percent during the five years it has provided maintenance, engineering and spares through a comprehensive performance-based logistics program.

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Pratt & Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete qualification for F135 engine testing

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Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. , together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone qualification for F135 engine testing at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. OC-ALC which in addition to engine testing is also qualified to perform…

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