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U.S. begins flight testing advanced missile defense interceptor

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POINT MUGU NAVAL STATION, Calif. –†The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency hsd conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The interceptor’s bigger rocket motors and more capable kill vehicle will engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. “The SM-3 Block IIA program…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces leadership changes to drive ongoing transformation

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Spirit AeroSystems Inc. announced June 8 several senior leadership changes, reflecting further advancement in the company’s transformation strategy. Duane Hawkins has been named senior vice president and general manager, Boeing, Business and Regional Jet Programs. He will also continue to oversee Spirit Defense. Hawkins joined Spirit in 2013 as senior vice president of Operations following…

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Navy awards Lockheed Martin contracts for cost-saving enhanced laser guided training rounds

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Lockheed Martin received $24.2 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to produce Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds, a cost-effective alternative to using operational laser-guided bombs during training. ELGTR emulates the flight characteristics of PavewayTM II laser-guided weapon systems and presents pilots with the same information they would see in an actual mission. ELGTR is…

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Airbus Helicopters names director, site manager

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (June 4, 2015) ñ Airbus Helicopters Inc. has named Robert Boman to the position of director/site manager for the companyís Columbus, Miss., helicopter assembly plant and operations. In this position Boman is responsible for management and administration of the Columbus facility, including compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration and Defense Contract Management…

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Airbus says three of four engines failed on crashed A400M

Posted June 5, 2015 by Greg Keller

Airbus said June 4 that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people. In a statement, Airbus Defense and Space says the faulty engines were confirmed by Spanish accident investigators after completing their preliminary analysis of the aircraft’s digital flight data…

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Northrop Grumman Remotec unveils next-gen Andros(TM) robot

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Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. has unveiled the Andros FX(TM), a more capable and dexterous unmanned ground vehicle designed to defeat a wide range of threats including vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. Northrop Grumman Remotec will give members of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators a first look at the Andros FX during the…

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David F. Melcher named president, CEO of Aerospace Industries Association

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The Aerospace Industries Association announced June 4 that David F. Melcher will become its president and chief executive officer, effective June 8, 2015. “Dave is an exceptional leader who, with his balance of corporate and military experience, brings an outstanding record of executive achievement to AIA,” said AIA chairman, president and CEO of GE Aviation,…

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Northrop Grumman awards scholarships to two San Fernando Valley students

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Northrop Grumman photograph Huong (Kimberly) Au (left) and Andy Wang are recipients of the Northrop Grumman Woodland Hills facility’s annual Engineering Scholars award, which honors promising high school seniors interested in studying engineering, computer science, physics or math. The students were honored at an awards reception on May 21 at the Warner Center Marriott in…

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Honeywell provides Dassault Falcon 5X with new cockpit technologies

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Building on its long-standing relationship with Dassault, Honeywell Aerospace is supplying its advanced Primus Epic cockpit technologies to Dassault’s newly unveiled Falcon 5X. Primus Epic’s latest enhanced features have been customized for Dassault’s EASy III cockpit. The new plane combines safety, performance and new capabilities while achieving the lowest fuel consumption in its category. “Dassault…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP, program manager, Global Hawk

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RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif.–Northrop Grumman has appointed Mick Jaggers vice president and program manager, Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system programs, effective immediately. Jaggers will report to Janis Pamiljans, vice president and general manager of the unmanned systems division. “Mick’s promotion reflects the importance of the Global Hawk program to the corporation and its customer. His leadership…

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