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787 Dream Tour touches down ‘Down Under’

Posted May 24, 2012 by Boeing photograph

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner landed at Sydney International Airport in Australia May 24, kicking off the seventh and final leg of the global Dream Tour. For the next four days, guests invited by Boeing and 787 customers Qantas and Jetstar will have an opportunity to tour the...

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Lockheed Martin delivers core structure for fourth SBIRS satellite

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Lockheed Martin has received the core structure for the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite. The structure was delivered to Lockheed Martin’s Mississippi Space & Technology Center, where engineers and technicians will integrate the spacecraft’s propulsion subsystem. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and…

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AeroVironment to deploy small unmanned aircraft for Federal Communications Commission post-disaster communications demo

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AeroVironment will employ its small unmanned aircraft systems to demonstrate aerial communications capabilities for the Federal Communications Commission’s Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture Notice of Inquiry proceeding. The DACA NOI is examining the ability to re-establish communications rapidly using aerial platform technology following a natural or man-made disaster that renders existing communications networks unusable. AeroVironment will…

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Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S expected to beat initial performance targets

Posted May 23, 2012 by

Though barely one year into flight testing, Dassault’s newest aircraft, the twin-engine Falcon 2000S, is already demonstrating performance figures substantially higher than the capabilities announced...

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Boeing to modernize flight deck, avionics for U.S., NATO AWACS fleets

Posted May 23, 2012 by

Boeing has received a $368 million Engineering, Manufacturing and Development contract to develop a design that modernizes the flight deck and avionics of the U.S. and NATO E-3 707 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft fleet. The contract, awarded by the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the second phase of…

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Army awards AeroVironment $5.1 million order for Switchblade loitering munition systems, services

Posted May 23, 2012 by

AeroVironment, Inc. has received a contract modification effective March 20, 2012, from the U.S. Army Close Combat Weapons Systems, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space. The $5,108,160 modification to the existing contract includes engineering services, operational Switchblade systems and operator training. AeroVironment will work with ATK, its munition subcontractor, to produce and deliver the systems….

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

Posted May 22, 2012 by

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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AeroVironment introduces digital Wasp AE small UAS

Posted May 22, 2012 by

AeroVironment May 22 introduced the Waspâ„¢ small unmanned aircraft system and announced that it has been accepted by the U.S. Air Force for inclusion in its Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Air Vehicle program. Inclusion into the BATMAV program enabled the Air Force to place an order for Wasp AE systems valued at $2,447,949. The Air…

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Boeing delivers fifth C-17 to UAE Air Force and Air Defence

Posted May 22, 2012 by

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered a fifth C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence earlier this month. The UAE accepted delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and has one more airlifter on order for delivery later this year. “It’s amazing to see all that the UAE has…

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Northrop Grumman’s Joint STARS completes flight testing of JT-8D engines

Posted May 22, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) testbed aircraft, equipped with a new JT-8D propulsion system, has successfully completed flight testing and moved one step closer to receiving its Military Airworthiness Certification. The completion of the flight testing program signifies a major milestone in the Joint STARS Re-engining program and is…

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