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SPEEA contract vote will include strike authorization

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SPEEA’s Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils voted to include strike authorization on the ballots going out to members next week to decide whether Boeing’s latest contract offers are accepted or rejected. Council representatives voted to add strike authorization to the ballots during a special meeting Jan. 31. The councils’ also voted to join the…

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First F-35 production model takes flight

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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XCOR announces business development team

Posted February 27, 2013 by

A trio of new senior appointments in the Business Development Team has been announced by XCOR Aerospace, signaling the continued progress and confidence in the Lynx® suborbital spacecraft program. Greg Claxton joins XCOR where he will lead the Retail Sales Channel, Khaki Rodway has been promoted to lead the Payloads Sales Channel, and Lisa Rigano…

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Naval Air Systems Command awards Wyle $24 million UAS contract

Posted March 11, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a three-year $24 million contract to provide reliability improvement, testing, technology insertion and life-cycle analysis for unmanned air systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programs for the Naval Air Systems Command. Wyle’s experts will support the development and refinement of processes and equipment designed to…

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Boeing provides details on 787 battery improvements

Posted March 18, 2013 by

Boeing announced March 14 that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks. New enclosures for 787 batteries also are being built and will be installed…

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U.S. Navy awards Lockheed Martin $57 million contract to upgrade electronic warfare ship defense system

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U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $57 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against anti-ship missile threats.

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Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab sets world record for solar cell efficiency

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SYLMAR, Calif. – A Spectrolab solar cell recently set a world record by converting more energy from the sun into electricity than any other ground-based solar cell without solar concentration. The Boeing subsidiary’s achievement in ground-based solar cell efficiency was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. The…

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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer

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Raytheon has delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92® helicopters to Turkish National Police

Posted May 8, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92® helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 takes out complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target

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A Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile’s discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space. “Combatant commanders…

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