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Northrop Grumman begins full rate production of infrared missile warning system

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The U.S. Air Force has authorized full rate production of the NexGen Infrared missile warning system, a Northrop Grumman-designed, built and tested protection system for C-17, EC-130J, HC/MC-130J and other Air Force platforms. “The full rate production approval of the NexGen missile warning system, a spiral upgrade to the current Ultraviolet missile warning system, will…

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Two Lockheed Martin F-35Bs ferried to Eglin, marking 25th DOD delivery

Posted May 10, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Fred Clingerman

Two Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing production aircraft were ferried to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 10, marking the 24th and 25th F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense. The fifth generation multi-role fighter…

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Raytheon completes first flight test of improved SM-3

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Raytheon has completed the first successful flight test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB, which is the cornerstone of phase two of the administration’s Phased Adaptive Approach. This is the 20th successful intercept for Raytheon’s SM-3 program. “This next-generation variant of the SM-3 is critical to the ballistic missile defense of the U.S. and our…

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Boeing completes first flight of QF-16 aerial target for U.S. Air Force

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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force completed the first manned flight of the QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target May 4 at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The QF-16 took off at 3:05 p.m., EDT, and climbed to an altitude of 41,000 feet during its 66-minute flight.

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Boeing Solution speeds delivery of critical data to flight deck

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A new flight data delivery solution for airlines developed jointly by teams at Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen and Boeing Information Services slashes the time required to deliver and load vital flight data to an airplane. Application Data Enhanced Loading is a solution that reduces overall workload, network bandwidth requirements and costs associated with airline data operations….

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Boeing KC-46 Tanker program successfully completes preliminary design review

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The Boeing KC-46 Tanker program has completed a Preliminary Design Review with the U.S. Air Force, a key milestone in the development of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The review, which began...

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Sikorsky, Terma widen MOU as Denmark considers MH-60R helicopter

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Sikorsky Aircraft and Terma announced May 7 they have extended and broadened their previously announced Memorandum of Understanding to explore additional potential collaborations on aircraft programs. Both the original MOU, signed in February 2010, and the new MOU are conditioned on the Danish government’s decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters via a Foreign Military…

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Hawker 400XPR engine test article completes first flight

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Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support announced May 7 the successful first flight of the Hawker 400XPR engine test article. This was the first flight of an upgraded aircraft with new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines. The Hawker 400XPR upgrade combines the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines with the superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker…

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Ball Aerospace names VP for engineering

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has appointed Jeff Osterkamp to vice president for Engineering. In his new role, Osterkamp will provide overall strategic and operational leadership for all disciplines of engineering at Ball Aerospace including manufacturing, test, supply chain management, IR&D and intellectual property. He will also direct hiring and oversee program staffing, infrastructure capabilities…

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First Travis C-5B inducted

Posted May 9, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by David Key

Lockheed Martin last week inducted into its facilities in Marietta, Ga., the first C-5B Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to become a C-5M Super Galaxy. This aircraft is the twelfth to enter the Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program production line. Throughout its career, this aircraft has supported the warfighter’s operations across...

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