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Boeing opens state-of-the-art research center in Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–Boeing has officially opened its new research and technology center in Alabama. The facility will serve as the company’s hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in analytics and simulation in the Southeast United States. Local government leaders and Boeing Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Operations…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 500th fourth generation LITENING

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Northrop Grumman recently delivered the 500th fourth generation AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod to the United States military, marking an important milestone as forces worldwide continue to transition their LITENING pods to the current configuration. LITENING G4 and SE have become the 4th generation targeting and ISR pod of choice for the world’s air forces. With…

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F-16 durability testing: 25,000 hours, counting

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Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircraft’s original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours. Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The F-16…

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Boeing, Garuda Indonesia announce airline’s intent to purchase 30 787-9s, up to 30 737 MAX 8s

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Boeing and Garuda Indonesia announced June 15 the airline’s intent to purchase 30 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes. Boeing will work with Garuda Indonesia to finalize the order, at which time it will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.   “The agreement is part of Garuda Indonesia’s…

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Boeing, Qatar confirm purchase of four C-17s

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Boeing and the government of Qatar recently signed an agreement for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forces’ existing fleet of four and help meet their ongoing airlift requirements. “We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet…

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Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine performs first engine start, ground run in first F-35 assembled outside U.S.

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Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine powering the F-35 Lightning II, successfully completed its first engine start and ground run in the first F-35 assembled outside of the United States. The event occurred June 2 at the Italian F-35 Final Assembly Check-Out facility in Cameri, Italy, supported by the joint team of Pratt and Whitney, Lockheed…

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UTC announces intention to exit helicopter business

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United Technologies Corp. announced June 15 that it will pursue the separation of the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies, subject to final board approval. This announcement follows a review of strategic alternatives for Sikorsky announced earlier this year.  A decision on whether Sikorsky will be spun off or sold is expected by the end…

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Boeing, Qatar Airways announce order for 10 777-8Xs, four 777 Freighters

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Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order for 10 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters, valued at $4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015, June 15. “Acquiring technologically-advanced airplanes such as the 777X is integral to our expansion strategy,” said His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. “With the…

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Certifiable Predator B completes critical design review

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 15 that it reached a significant milestone in its Independent Research and Development program to design, develop, and produce a variant of the Predator® B RPA to be certified for flight according to the NATO Airworthiness Standard for unmanned aircraft.

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Raytheon demonstrates advanced GPS OCX capabilities

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Last week, Raytheon demonstrated the advanced capabilities of the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Operational Control System to key Defense Department and other stakeholders through a series of realistic operational demonstrations. These demonstrations, which incorporated software that will be delivered with the Launch and Checkout System, validated how automation will improve system efficiency and effectiveness….

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