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Raytheon acquires special operations, cybersecurity firm Blackbird Technologies

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Raytheon announced Nov. 5 that it has acquired Blackbird Technologies, a leading provider of persistent surveillance, secure tactical communications and cybersecurity solutions to the Intelligence Community and special operations market. The purchase price is approximately $420 million, subject to post-closing adjustments. The transaction will not materially impact Raytheon sales or earnings per share for the…

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Boeing completes testing on new anti-jamming technology

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which…

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Raytheon begins flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program

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Raytheon has begun flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program. PCAS Phase 3 is an 18-month, $25.5 million effort scheduled to culminate in live-fire demonstrations. The program is designed to speed close air support to soldiers on the battlefield. “PCAS will help reduce close air support response times from as long as one hour…

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Boeing, Air Canada announce order for two additional 777-300ERs

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Boeing and Air Canada announced an order Nov. 6 for two additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, previously listed as unidentified on Boeingís Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $660 million at list prices. Air Canada currently operates 23 777s, including 17 777-300ERs and six 777-200LRs (Long Range). ìThe 777-300ER continues to provide…

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Twenty-three and counting

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 23nd C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 4. Aircraft 87-0034 was ferried by a crew led by Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force…

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Northrop Grumman employees assemble bikes for military families

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ What do skilled aircraft workers do during their lunch break? At Northrop Grumman last week, they competed to build 100 bicycles for the families of military personnel serving overseas. Applying some of the techniques the company uses to manufacture major portions of advanced aircraft for the U.S. Navy, five teams of…

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Boeing, Monarch Airlines finalize order for 30 737 MAX 8s

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Boeing and Monarch Airlines Oct. 31 finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices.

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Lockheed Martin to acquire Systems Made Simple

Posted November 3, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Systems Made Simple, a leading provider of health information technology solutions to the U.S. federal government. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close within 30 days. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material…

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General Dynamics receives $84 million award for Ohio replacement program missile tubes

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The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $83.8 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for 17 tactical missile tubes: 12…

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Boeing, Danish defense firms identify future collaboration areas Six Danish companies to work with Boeing across defense industry

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 30, 2014 ñ Boeing and six Danish defense companies signed agreements Oct. 30 to jointly pursue a range of business opportunities in defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration, and other areas. The agreements with Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma are key elements of…

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