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F-35A completes first in-flight refueling mission with external weapons

Posted April 24, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

April 21, a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the program’s first in-flight refueling mission while configured with external weapons at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force…

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Northrop Grumman honors top suppliers at annual awards ceremony

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Northrop Grumman honored 71 top-performing suppliers from the United States and Canada at its annual supplier awards program, held May 2 in Manhattan Beach, Calif. The awards recognize companies for attaining distinction in product quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction and robust lean processes. The suppliers provide Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems with products ranging from small…

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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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Lockheed Martin reaches new contract with UAW Union in Orlando, Denver, Baltimore

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The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America ratified a new master labor agreement with Lockheed Martin covering approximately 650 workers at three sites. The new five-year agreement, ratified over the weekend, becomes effective immediately. The bargaining unit represents workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Denver, Lockheed Martin Mission…

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Boeing reduces environmental footprint at time of rapid business growth

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Since establishing aggressive environmental goals for internal operations four years ago, Boeing has steadily reduced its environmental footprint while rapidly expanding its business and significantly increasing monthly airplane production rates, the company reported in its fifth annual Environment Report. In 2007, Boeing established aggressive internal five-year environmental goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use,…

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Northrop Grumman awards grants to Los Angeles area teachers to support STEM initiatives

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has provided grants worth a total of $3,300 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives in Los Angeles metropolitan area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded 11 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that increase student awareness of…

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General Dynamics awarded $11 million for development of advanced sub technologies

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General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $11 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to support research and development of advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and…

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International Association Of Machinists ratifies new labor agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

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Lockheed Martin has reached a new labor agreement with District Lodge 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the largest union at its Fort Worth, Texas, aircraft manufacturing facility. Union members voted to accept the proposal in a meeting June 28, ending a work stoppage that began April 23. The four-year contract…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services, INAER Maintenance sign MOU for support of Spanish government rotary fleet

Posted July 9, 2012 by

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced July 9 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with INAER Maintenance SAU of Spain to explore aircraft maintenance and support opportunities for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. INAER engages in comprehensive fleet Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services for commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business…

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Pratt & Whitney delivers first engines for Boeing C-17s to India

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has delivered the first four F117 engines for the Indian Air Force to power its fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. India’s Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government in 2011 to acquire 10 C-17s. India will…

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