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GPS III, OCX satellite launch, early orbit operations successfully demonstrated

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Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the third of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate the launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 3, on Aug. 1, was a key…

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Elbit Systems to supply of heli-borne electro-optical surveillance payloads

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Elbit Systemsí Ltd. wholly owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-optics – Elop Ltd., was awarded a follow-on contract to supply its advanced Digital CoMPASSÆ electro-optical payload systems to an Asia-Pacific Air Force to be installed onboard Helicopters. The contract will be performed over a three-year period. “This important follow on program reflects the customer’s satisfaction from…

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Raytheon Excalibur Ib completes qualification flight testing

Posted October 21, 2013 by

Raytheon fired 84 precision-guided Excalibur Ib all up rounds during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the testing, Excalibur Ib exhibited exceptional accuracy, with the majority of the rounds landing within two meters of the target. The tests also certified stringent performance and safety requirements. “Excalibur achieved new firsts during qualification testing,”…

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Lockheed Martin receives $33 million production contract for U.S. Marine Corps targeting system

Posted October 28, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin received a $33.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, for the Target Sight System, the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. TSS’ advanced sensors provide pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets. TSS Lot 10 deliveries will be…

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Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes to the skies

Posted November 8, 2013 by

The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight Nov. 7. The airplane, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 8:06 a.m. and landed at 12:24 p.m. local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field. As the only 787-9 test airplane to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002…

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General Dynamics board Elects Aiken to be CFO; Redd to retire at year-end

Posted November 20, 2013 by

The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected Jason W. Aiken to be senior vice president and chief financial officer of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2014, to succeed L. Hugh Redd II, who has informed the company of his intention to retire. Aiken is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of…

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Boeing, Saab sign joint development agreement on T-X family of systems training competition

Posted December 6, 2013 by

Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement to jointly develop and build a new advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging T-38 aircrew training system.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes launch abort engine development testing for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft

Posted December 18, 2013 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 16 that it completed development testing of a flight-like Launch Abort Engine for an innovative “pusher” launch abort system on Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft. Aerojet Rocketdyhne is a GenCorp company. The launch abort engine is a critical component of future commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. A pusher launch abort system “pushes”…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner visits New Zealand in international debut

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Boeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, New Zealand, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9's international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began.

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