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Northrop Grumman unveils MAV-L ground mobility vehicle for U.S. Special Forces competition

Posted October 22, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman unveiled its offering for the U.S. Special Forces Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light. Northrop Grumman teamed with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering for…

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ATK awarded FMU-143 bomb fuze testing, production contract

Posted October 24, 2012 by

ATK has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with an $84 million ceiling for First Article Testing and production of the FMU-143 Bomb Fuze for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Initial orders under the contract are valued at $52 million. The U.S. Army’s Contracting Center at Rock Island, Ill., issued ATK the award…

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Boeing opens first System Integration Lab for KC-46 tanker program

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. “Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing’s commitment to executing on this contract,” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46…

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Lockheed Martin board elects Marillyn Hewson CEO, president, board member

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 9 that its board of directors asked for and received the resignation of Christopher E. Kubasik, 51, from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. The board also elected Marillyn A. Hewson, 58, president and COO, and a director effective immediately, and chief executive officer and…

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Northrop Grumman successfully completes air, missile defense radar technology demonstration

Posted November 26, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed its technology demonstration contract for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar by achieving both contract objectives: demonstrating that the critical technology is mature and advancing the design of the tactical system. Northrop Grumman also successfully completed far field range testing of the technology demonstration prototype system at its…

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Modernized Patriot: Smarter, faster, tougher

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Deep inside the factory where Patriot defense systems are made, Ken Arruda stopped beside a rolling cart and pointed to a white card sprinkled with what looked like grains of sand. They were computer chips for the Patriotís radar system ñ parts that since 2006 have shrunk to one-eighth their previous size. ìNow theyíre as…

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Boeing, China Airlines announce order for six 777s

Posted December 28, 2012 by

Boeing and China Airlines Dec. 21 announced an order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines' fleet.

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Typhoon Meteor first firing trial a success

Posted January 16, 2013 by

The Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile has been successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon as part of the Future Enhancements Flight Test Programme. The missile was eject launched from a rear fuselage missile station, which on Eurofighter Typhoon is semi-conformal for aircraft drag and radar signature reduction. The missile motor was fired, providing data…

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Aerojet’s DACS powers successful enhanced EKV in non-intercept flight test

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its Divert and Attitude Control Subsystem on the modified Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle performed its mission-critical role in a planned non-intercept flight test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. The EKV DACS provided the critical trajectory adjustments to satisfy the mission objectives. During the flight test, the DACS performed as…

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Aerospace deals drive uptick in fourth quarter M&A activity

Posted February 8, 2013 by

Total merger and acquisition value increased in the aerospace and defense sector in the fourth quarter of 2012, following an anemic first nine months of the year, according to Mission Control, a PwC U.S. quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector. Aerospace deals continued to represent the bulk…

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