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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at increased production rate

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The first Boeing Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Wash. , March 19. The 737-800 will soon be delivered to Air Berlin and ultimately leased to Transavia France. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the…

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Precision Castparts expands aerostructures capabilities with acquisition of Aerospace Dynamics International

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Precision Castparts has agreed to acquire Aerospace Dynamics International from The Marvin Group for $625 million. ADI is one of the premier suppliers in the aerospace industry, operating a wide range of high-speed machining centers. ADI has developed particular expertise in large complex components, hard metal machining, and critical assemblies. The company has strong positions…

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National Technical Systems announces acquisition of Wyle Laboratories’ testing business

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National Technical Systems, Inc., the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification solutions in the United States, today announced that it has acquired the testing business of Wyle Laboratories, Inc. Operating out of three state-of-the-art facilities, Wyle Labs’ testing business is a leader in environmental, dynamics, structural, EMI/EMC, fluid flow, and acoustics…

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Northrop Grumman delivers Global Hawk early, on cost

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Northrop Grumman delivered a Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System to the U.S. Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., ahead of schedule, Feb. 14. This is the second aircraft delivered as part of Global Hawk’s Lot 10 contract, joining a Block 30 system delivered four months early in November of last…

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGRÆ missile scores perfect 16-of-16 in flight tests for U.S. Army

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Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGRÆ missile to launch from an Apache AH-64D helicopter and repeatedly hit the target during a series of Air Worthiness Release live firing flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The AWR tests demonstrated DAGR’s capability as an air-launched weapon. In each of the 16 flight…

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General Dynamics awarded $26 million by Lockheed Martin for continued work on U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System III program

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded a $26 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) III †Network Communications Element. The Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding…

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DRS Technologies to supply its hybrid electric drive system to Korean Navy’s new class of frigates

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DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today a contract award to design and produce a Hybrid Electric Drive propulsion system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s future Incheon-class multipurpose frigate known as FFX Batch II. The contract, valued at more than $9 million USD, was awarded to DRS’s Maritime and Combat Support Systems group…

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Boeing Military Aircraft announces leadership appointments

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Boeing March 21 named four executives to new leadership positions in its Boeing Military Aircraft business unit. The appointments will be effective April 1, 2014. David Koopersmith is named vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift. Koopersmith, currently vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs, AH-64 Apache and AH-6 program manager and senior site executive…

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Boeing, South Africa’s Comair Limited announce order for eight 737 MAXs

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Boeing and Comair Limited announced an order March 19 for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. “We’re proud to be…

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Boeing Phantom Swift selected for DARPA X-plane competition

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Boeing photograph Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing initially built in less than a month, has been accepted to be part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency Vertical Takeoff and Landing X-plane program. DARPA is trying to mature a new aircraft configuration capable of both efficient hover and high-speed cruise. Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing…

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