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General Dynamics-built digital modular radios connect with Army Manpack radio

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The General Dynamics Mission Systems-built four-channel Digital Modular Radios successfully completed a Mobile User Objective System satellite communications test at the General Dynamics MUOS test facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. Using the MUOS satellite communications and ground station simulators, the DMR radio successfully completed voice calls and data transmission to and from the DMR to an…

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General Dynamics awarded $23 million for Buffalo vehicle upgrades

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The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $22.7 million contract for updates and revisions to all logistic requirements and data in support of the Buffalo A2 M1272 vehicle. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The Buffalo A2 is a heavily armored truck specifically designed…

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Upgraded P-3 Orion delivered ahead of schedule

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Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin March 18 delivered a U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft 37 days ahead of schedule. This is the 12th of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade modifications and phased depot maintenance. The MLU replaces the outer wings, center wing, horizontal stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer leading…

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Boeing, Hainan Airlines, Sinopec celebrate China’s first commercial flight with sustainable aviation biofuel

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Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec March 21 celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight ñ which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 ñ used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking…

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Northrop discusses its economic impact at California Aerospace Week

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California’s largest aerospace company, Northrop Grumman, will highlight its significant economic and educational impact on the state during California Aerospace Week in Sacramento, March 23-24. James Zortman, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ vice president of global logistics and operational support, will discuss the company’s numerous facilities in the state, where some of the world’s most advanced…

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Boeing delivers first South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, S.C., facility to United Airlines. The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered. “In 2012, we delivered our first South Carolina-built 787-8, and less than three years later, we’re celebrating another significant milestone ñ…

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Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 flight tests focus on aerodynamic efficiency

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Boeing has begun several months of flights with its ecoDemonstrator 757 to evaluate new technologies to improve commercial aviation’s efficiency, reduce noise and carbon emissions. Boeing is collaborating with TUI Group and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on ecoDemonstrator 757 tests. The 757 flight tests continue the ecoDemonstrator Program’s multi-year effort to accelerate testing,…

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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental receives FAA approval for 330-minute ETOPS

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Boeing has received 330-minute Extended Operations approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the first time a four-engine airplane has received this type of design approval. With this approval, required for four-engine passenger airplanes built after Feb. 2015 to fly beyond 180 minutes from an en-route alternate airport,…

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Predator B achieves one million flight hours

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced March 16 that its PredatorÆ B/MQ-9 ReaperÆ RPA fleet has achieved a historic milestone of one million cumulative flight hours, with almost 90-percent of all missions flown in combat. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. Additionally, GA-ASI…

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Machinists seek union vote; Boeing opposes move at SC plant

Posted March 18, 2015 by Bruce Smith

The Machinists union March 16 asked for an election so about 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation. The aeronautics giant immediately responded that a union is not in the best interests of the company, the workers or the state. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said that the Machinists…

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