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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

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AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIRís Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Armyís Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment WaspÆ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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Pratt and Whitney delivers first 10 engines to Boeing for India’s C-17 aircraft

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has delivered the first 10 F117 engines to Boeing to power a fleet of C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force. India’s Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government in 2011 to acquire 10 C-17s. The…

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JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Raytheon photograph Ballistic Missile Detection – Raytheon’s JLENS recently demonstrated the capability to detect ballistic missiles shortly after launch. A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations, and communications and processing groups. Enemy tactical ballistic missiles may soon be easier to detect and track….

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Lockheed Martin completes 400th MH-60 digital cockpit for installation on first Australian Romeo helicopter

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has completed the 400th Common Cockpit™ avionics suite for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk helicopter program. The digital cockpit will be installed aboard the first of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “The Common Cockpit…

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Lockheed Martin to provide virtual training technologies in support of Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program

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Lockheed Martin has received a $253 million contract agreement to begin work on F-15SA pilot and maintenance training systems for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The technologies will provide a comprehensive ground-based training environment for Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program. Pilots will complete air-to-air combat, air-to-surface missions, air combat maneuvers and tactical intercepts with 360-degree…

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AAR earns Boeing Gold Performance Awards

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AAR announced March 20 that two of its businesses have earned the 2012 Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award. It is the third time that both AAR Defense Systems and Logistics and AAR Aircraft Component Services in Europe have earned Boeing’s Gold Award. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance….

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Boeing delivers seventh production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to U.S. Navy

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The seventh P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing handed over the seventh production P-8A Poseidon to the U.S. Navy on schedule March 29, marking the first delivery from the second low-rate initial production contract awarded in November 2011. The maritime patrol aircraft departed Boeing…

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Boeing delivers FAB-T test units to U.S. Air Force

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. The Boeing family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals wideband communications program has entered a new phase by delivering the first two engineering development models to the U.S. Air Force. Able to perform nearly all FAB-T production terminal mission functions, the models will be tested through June under realistic operational conditions aboard aircraft…

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Northrop Grumman-developed multifunction advanced data link achieves successful flight test milestone for F-35 program

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The Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman was successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program flight test, validating an eight-year development effort to advance communication among fifth-generation aircraft. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link. It allows coordinated tactics and engagement to bring significant operational advantages…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92 helicopters to Turkish National

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92Æ helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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