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Rolls-Royce testing jet engine at Arizona airport

Posted July 18, 2012 by

London-based Rolls-Royce is testing a new jet engine at the Tucson International Airport. The modified 747 Boeing jumbo jet isn’t taking on any passengers yet. The plane is at the airport as part of a project with Raytheon Technical Services to test an engine designed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Raytheon spokeswoman Melissa Clearly says…

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Northrop Grumman second quarter results top analysts’ forecast

Posted July 25, 2012 by

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman’s net income fell 8 percent in the second quarter as sales softened in most of its business segments, but its adjusted results beat Wall Street’s estimates. The Falls Church, Va., company also raised its full-year earnings forecast July 25. Northrop Grumman made $480 million, or $1.88 per share, compared with $520…

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Lockheed Martin launches innovation contest

Posted August 6, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin Corporation announced Aug. 6 a worldwide innovation contest with cash awards totaling $50,000. The "Innovate the Future" contest creates a global forum for interested participants to share their ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet.

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Army certifies soldiers ready to defend battlespace against missiles, swarming boats with JLENS

Posted August 13, 2012 by

Combatant commanders have moved one step closer to being able to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away. In June 2012, the first class of U.S. Army soldiers completed mission operator training on the Raytheon JLENS elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system….

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Boeing-built U.S. Army Apache fleet surpasses 3.5 million flight hours

Posted August 27, 2012 by

Boeing and Team Apache suppliers worldwide are applauding the news that the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours.....

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ATK, United Launch Alliance successfully test GEM-60 motor

Posted September 7, 2012 by

ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a successful cold-temperature ground test Sept. 6 of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA’s Delta IV launch vehicles. The 60-inch diameter and 53-feet long motor, which was chilled to a core temperature of 30 degrees F, performed as designed, producing approximately 270,000 pounds…

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Boeing completes first milestone for NASA’s commercial crew Initiative

Posted September 17, 2012 by

Boeing completed its first performance milestone Aug. 23 for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of human spaceflight transportation services for government and commercial customers. In its Integrated Systems Review, Boeing presented the latest designs of its CST-100 spacecraft, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket launch system,…

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GA-ASI aircraft family achieves two million flight hours

Posted September 25, 2012 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc announced Sept. 24 that its PredatorÆ/Gray EagleÆ-series aircraft family has reached a historic industry milestone: two million flight hours. The noteworthy achievement occurred on Sept. 9, with more than 150,000 total missions completed and nearly 90-percent of all missions flown in combat. GA-ASI’s business is the development of transformational systems…

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Raytheon awarded $349 million US Army contract for TOW missiles

Posted October 9, 2012 by

Raytheon has received a $349 million five-year, multi-year contract to provide heavy anti-tank, wireless precision-assault missiles for the U.S. government. Raytheon received the award during its third quarter. Under this contract, Raytheon will deliver 6,676 of the new wireless TOW (tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided) missiles that receive commands from the gunner through a wireless guidance…

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Hawker Beechcraft to emerge from Chapter 11 as standalone company

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Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. announced Oct. 18 that it intends to emerge from Chapter 11 protection as a standalone company. Hawker Beechcraft also announced that it is no longer pursuing a transaction with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. (Superior) because the parties could not reach agreement on the terms of a Plan Sponsorship Agreement. “We made…

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