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GA-ASI aircraft family achieves two million flight hours

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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

Posted October 19, 2012 by

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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Northrop Grumman employs FACE(TM) standards to bring enhanced avionics to war fighters

Posted October 24, 2012 by

As the one-year anniversary of The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment(TM) Consortium’s publication of the FACE Technical Standard approaches, Northrop Grumman continues to leverage a modular, open architecture approach to rapidly bring new avionics capabilities to war fighters. The FACE Consortium aims to establish standards for a common operating environment to support software portability…

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Army’s Soldier Radio Waveform demonstrated on Raytheon’s next generation air, ground radios

Posted October 31, 2012 by

In a key milestone, Raytheon has demonstrated the Soldier Radio Waveform on its new class of airborne and ground radio terminals, providing soldiers with another way to communicate across disparate networks. During the demonstration, users were able to send voice and data traffic between Raytheon’s terminal and another soldier radio running SRW. Raytheon is moving…

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Nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays the keel

Posted November 9, 2012 by

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Detroit Nov. 8. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy demonstrate precision, wireless ground handling of X-47B

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have taken a first critical step toward demonstrating that the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator can be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier. In early November, the team successfully completed its first shore-based trials of a new wireless, handheld device called a…

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SAIC awarded $21 million contract by United States Navy

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Company to Provide Operational and Environmental Support to the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) PR Newswire MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 29 it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational and environmental support for fleet training…

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Trial necessary to resolve claims from 2005 Boeing Wichita sale

Posted December 12, 2012 by

A federal judge has ruled a trial is necessary to decide claims brought in a lawsuit by two unions arising from Boeing’s 2005 sale of its commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. The lawsuit was brought by the International Association of Machinists and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. In a 49-page…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of America’s next rocket engine for human spaceflight

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the last hot-fire test on the J-2X powerpack – an important step toward development of America’s next rocket engine designed for human spaceflight. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle. Pratt & Whitney…

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