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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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Boeing launches 777X with record-breaking orders, commitments

Posted November 18, 2013 by

Boeing Nov. 17 launched the 777X program at the 2013 Dubai Airshow with a record-breaking number of customer orders and commitments for the newest member of its twin-aisle product family. Agreements for 259 airplanes from four customers across Europe and the Middle East provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the airplane….

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Marine Corps conducts operational assessment of G/ATOR system

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The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Marine Corps, has successfully conducted developmental testing and supported two Weapons and Tactics Instruction vents at Marine Air Control Squadron Yuma, Ariz., over the past 10 months. These events supported the operational assessment of the G/ATOR system for Milestone C….

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Raytheon completes integration of second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite

Posted December 16, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Raytheon has manufactured and integrated all required subassemblies in completion of a major milestone for its second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, which will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The integrated sensor is now entering testing, on track for delivery in 2015. “The Raytheon…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to visit New Zealand in international debut

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Boeing plans to bring the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland in early January to visit launch customer Air New Zealand. The trip, which is contingent on weather and other test factors, would mark the international debut of the 787-9, the second and newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. “Boeing is proud to bring the 787-9…

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Elbit Systems awarded $15 million Israel Defense Ministry contract for additional capabilities to the Israeli Air Force’s C-130H aircraft

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Jan. 15 that it was awarded a contract by the Israel Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $15 million, to upgrade the Israeli Air Force’s C-130H (Hercules) transport aircraft. The contract will be performed over a two-year period. Elbit Systems will supply the IAF with additional C-130H capabilities, as a follow-on…

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Lockheed conducts 2nd successful production qualification flight test of GMLRS Alternative Warhead

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Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the second Production Qualification Test (PQT) for the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Four rockets were fired from a M270A1 launcher and destroyed their respective targets approximately 17 kilometers away. This test follows the initial successful PQT test conducted in October…

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