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GA-ASI successfully flight tests improved Gray Eagle

Posted July 26, 2013 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced July 26 the successful first flight of the U.S. Army’s Improved Gray Eagle®, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Block 1 Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System that has accumulated over 70,000 flight hours since 2008. The flight occurred today at the company’s El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale,…

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F-35B completes 500th vertical landing

Posted August 7, 2013 by Layne Laughter

  Ready for sea trials  The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing Aug. 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week, Sea Trials, known as Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) are…

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Boeing reaches 250,000-kit milestone for JDAM weapon program

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Boeing Aug. 20 marked its recent production of the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit, a major milestone for a program that, since 1998, has reliably and affordably converted unguided munitions into near-precision weapons. The company facility in St. Charles, Mo., produces more than 40 JDAM kits every day, on time and on budget….

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Lockheed Martin’s paveway II dual mode laser guided bomb successfully employed in Navy exercises

Posted September 4, 2013 by timchisham

Lockheed Martin’s paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb was successfully employed in recent U.S. Navy Tactics Development exercises at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev. During four missions over a two-day period, F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets released 36 GBU-12F/B bombs fitted with recently upgraded paveway II DMLGB guidance…

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Wyle awarded $15 million to provide systems assurance, engineering for U.S. Air Force

Posted September 13, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Wyle has been awarded a $15 million task order to provide specialized system assurance and engineering product analyses for the U.S. Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center through its Engineering Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Under this task order Wyle will provide engineering, airworthiness, system security and assurance,…

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Lockheed Martin receives $18 million contract to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile to production

Posted September 23, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has received an $18 million contract from the National Warhead and Energetic Consortium to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile to production. The contract includes developing production line tooling, test equipment and manufacturing process plans for initial production of the advanced projectile. The guidance and control unit will be assembled at Lockheed…

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United Technologies may furlough 5,000 workers due to gov’t shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by AP

United Technologies Corp. says it may furlough more than 5,000 workers if the U.S. government shutdown continues into next month. The company said Oct. 2 that its Sikorsky division, which makes Black Hawk helicopters, would be hit first. It expects nearly 2,000 employees, including those employed at facilities in Connecticut, Florida and Alabama, will be…

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Boeing reduces 747 production rate as demand lags

Posted October 21, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing will slow down production of its double-decker 747 jumbo jet as demand continues to be weak. Counting cancellations, Boeing has not booked any new orders this year for that plane. Boeing said Oct. 18 that it will slow 747 production to 18 per year, or 1.5 per month. Boeing originally planned to build 24…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Forceís fourth C-17 Globemaster III

Posted October 28, 2013 by

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Indian Air Forceís fourth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III departs for India from Long Beach on Oct. 19, keeping the company on track to deliver a total of five advanced airlifters to the IAF this year. Boeing will deliver five more C-17s to India in 2014 to complete the contract. Since…

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “The introduction…

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