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Lockheed appoints Michael A. Hamel as president of Commercial Ventures

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Lockheed Martin has appointed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel as president of Commercial Ventures, a major line of business within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Hamel reports to Rick F. Ambrose, Executive Vice President of LMSSC. Hamel succeeds Linda Reiners, who was named vice president of Corporate Ventures.  Hamel is responsible for…

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Boeing delivers first 747-8 with performance-improved engines

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Boeing Dec. 18 delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s Performance Improvement Package. A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first 747 to deliver with the PIP engines. The engine is the first of the package’s three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer…

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Raytheon receives $16 million contract award for miniaturized airborne GPS receivers

Posted December 18, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has received a $15.8 million contract order for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver. The order, which includes new production and sustainment of existing systems, is the first under an Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract awarded to the company in September 2013 by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile…

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Northrop Grumman celebrates 20th anniversary of first B-2 Spirit delivery

Posted December 18, 2013 by

Air Force photograph The Spirit of Missouri taxis down the Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flightline for the first time upon its arrival Dec. 17, 1993. Whiteman has been home to the B-2 base for 20 years. PALMDALE, Calif. On a grey, chilly afternoon 20 years ago Dec. 17, the first operational B-2 stealth bomber,…

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Northrop Grumman contributes $100,000 to Da Vinci Schools

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman has reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to local education in Southern California by contributing $100,000 to the Da Vinci Schools. The Da Vinci Schools, located on the same campus in the Wiseburn School District in Hawthorne, Calif., are public and tuition-free. The schools offer a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum based on…

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Raytheon begins building 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

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The U.S. is taking another positive step toward meeting the growing demand for systems that can help protect against the increasing danger posed by ballistic missiles. Raytheon has started building the 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar for the Missile Defense Agency after being awarded a $172.7 million contract, which was previously announced by the…

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Military helo industry to decline by almost half, civil market flourishes

Posted December 18, 2013 by

As Department of Defense budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support…

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Adoption of large-scale CMMs, laser trackers to drive demand from aerospace industry

Posted December 18, 2013 by

The need for dimensional metrology solutions to measure new aircraft designs or the latest lightweight bodies and components will sustain the metrology market. Demand from leading aerospace manufacturers for customized, end-to-end solutions is the primary driver for the market. The top five dimensional metrology companies account for 51 percent of the total market, with coordinate…

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Element Huntington Beach expands aerospace testing lab by 70 percent

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The laboratory operated by Element Materials Technology in Huntington Beach, Calif., is substantially increasing its aerospace testing capacity by expanding its laboratory facilities by 70 percent and adding a third shift to operations. With demand from the Aerospace Primes and their supply chain partners continuing to increase, Element Huntington Beach has leased a 20,000 square-foot…

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Boeing to expand aviation tTraining in Russia

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Boeing has announced it will expand its flight and maintenance training capabilities in Russia with a new, state-of-the-art training campus. The new full-service training facility ó set to open in 2015 ó will be located in the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow. Boeing will work in cooperation with Industrial Investors Group and their subsidiary Transas…

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