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Navy, General Dynamics unveil model of minehunting, heavyweight, unmanned undersea vehicle

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Representatives from the U. S. Navy’s Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office and General Dynamics unveiled a quarter-scale model of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle, known as “Knifefish,” at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition being held in National Harbor, Md. Knifefish is a heavyweight-class, minehunting, unmanned undersea vehicle…

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Raytheon marks Tomahawk milestones at Sea-Air-Space Exposition

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The U.S. Navy and Raytheon will highlight several significant milestones for the Tomahawk cruise missile at the 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition. “The government and our industry partners should be proud of the continued successes of Tomahawk including the 2,000th combat expenditure and the 500th flight test launch in 2011,” said Capt. Joe Mauser, the U.S. Navy’s…

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Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis BMD upgrades certified by U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy has certified the latest evolution of the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. The USS Shiloh (CG-67) will be the first ship to be upgraded with the Aegis BMD 4.0.1 configuration. The Shiloh’s homeport is Yokosuka, Japan. This second-generation system introduces the Aegis BMD signal processor, which improves target identification capabilities…

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Northrop Grumman’s CLIP system ready for fielding

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The Common Link Integration Processing system being developed by Northrop Grumman has received Milestone C acquisition approval from the U.S. Air Force leading to the fielding of this software package and providing aircrews with enhanced capabilities to communicate critical tactical information. CLIP software translates and formats messages and allows existing platforms without a tactical data…

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General Dynamics awarded $78 million for Virginia-class submarine procurement

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $78 million contract to buy long lead-time material for the Virginia-class submarine SSN-792. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, the main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator set, as well as miscellaneous…

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Navy fires Raytheon Griffin missile from RAM launcher

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The U.S. Navy achieved a first when it fired Raytheon’s combat-proven Griffin B missile from a Rolling Airframe Missile launcher. “Griffin enables sailors to defend against small, fast-moving surface craft employed by pirates and other non-traditional threats,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air Warfare Systems product line. “Griffin provides war fighters…

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Boeing awards direct contract to Mubadala Aerospace’s Strata facility to for composite aerostructures

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Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace of Abu Dhabi April 17 announced a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In addition, the companies announced a strategic agreement that positions Strata to be a future supplier of the…

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Boeing chief pilot: Training must transform to maximize full pilot potential

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Boeing called April 17 on the aviation industry to transform aviation training for the next generation of commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians. At the World Aviation Training Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Mike Carriker, Boeing Test & Evaluation chief pilot for New Airplane Development, focused on training future aviation personnel to their fullest potential to…

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Virgin Galactic, Aabar Investments PJS appoint chief adviser for Spaceport Abu Dhabi

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Virgin Galactic LLC, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, and Aabar Investments PJS announced April 17 that they had appointed Steve Landeene to the role of chief adviser, Spaceport Abu Dhabi. Between 2007 and 2010, Landeene was executive director of Spaceport America in New Mexico and oversaw the development of Virgin Galactic’s operational hub…

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Boeing, ANA celebrate first 787 biofuel flight

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Boeing and All Nippon Airways made aviation history April 17 as a 787 Dreamliner flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels. “The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions,” said Billy Glover…

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