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Lockheed Martin’s Shadow Hawk munition launched from Shadow UAS for first time

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Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first launch of a Shadow Hawk precision-guided weapon recently from a Shadow 200 Unmanned Aircraft System, achieving a direct hit on the target. Shadow Hawk is an 11-pound class, 2.75-inch diameter, 27-inch long drop-glide weapon. It is terminally guided by a semi-active laser seeker, providing better than one meter precision….

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Boeing provides first Tactical cross-domain capabilities for Predator, Reaper

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Boeing has completed the first delivery of its tactical cross-domain technology, eXMeritus HardwareWall, to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. for integration into the Ground Control Station of the Predator/Reaper Remotely Piloted Vehicle. The delivery is part of a contract from GA-ASI that includes additional deliveries of HardwareWall and associated information assurance and engineering support. eXMeritus…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver new C-130J training technology

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $156 million contract to provide new training devices to accommodate the growing pipeline of C-130J aircrews and maintainers. Lockheed Martin will develop 24 new training devices and provide program management and engineering services under the U.S. Air Force’s C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System II, referred to…

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Hawker Beechcraft warns employees of 350 layoffs

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Roxana Hegeman

Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft gave 60-day layoff notices to about 350 workers at its plant in Wichita, Kansas, April 23, about a week after it reported a nearly $633 million net loss for 2011. The company, which manufacturers business and military aircraft, cited market conditions for the move in a letter sent to employees. The…

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General Dynamics awarded $31 million for Abrams tank upgrades

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The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $31 million to begin upgrading 24 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and 22 M1A2 System Enhance Package Version One (V1) tanks to the M1A2 SEP V2 configuration. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The most technologically advanced digital…

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 successfully intercepts cruise missile target

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed a cruise missile target April 25 at the Utah Test and Training Range in an unprecedented interoperability demonstration utilizing the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor and the PATRIOT system. The test demonstrated the PAC-3 Missile Segment’s unique ability to detect, track, engage and…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin $391 million for counterfire radar production

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The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $391 million in production orders for a new radar system that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from rocket, mortar and artillery fire. The orders represent the execution of two contract options for a total of 33 AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counterfire target acquisition radars – formerly designated EQ-36 during their…

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Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner built in South Carolina

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be assembled in South Carolina rolled out of final assembly April 27 to great fanfare from the crowd of nearly 7,000 Boeing employees and invited guests. The festival-like atmosphere, featuring aerial displays, music and entertainment, was a fitting celebration to commemorate assembly completion of the first 787 built at…

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Goodrich first quarter profit falls, plane parts sales rise

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Goodrich Corp., which supplies components for aircraft makers, said April 26 that first-quarter profit fell 4 percent on higher taxes and costs for its sale to United Technologies Corp. Sales of original equipment for large commercial aircraft rose 27 percent, which the company credited to increased airplane production by Boeing and Airbus. It said a…

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Lockheed Martin delivers last AMP C-5 to Air Force

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Lockheed Martin completed delivery of the 79th and final C-5 Galaxy aircraft of the current Avionics Modernization Program at a ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on April 27. “We are very proud of our AMP team,” said Greg Ulmer, vice president of the C-5 program, “This delivery continues the ever-growing legacy of the…

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