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X-47B demonstrates first autonomous aerial refueling

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Northrop Grumman) and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refueling with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refueled in-flight.

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AF realigns B-1, LRS-B under Air Force Global Strike Command

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The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1. The move will realign the Air Force’s core mission of global strike and all of the…

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General Dynamics NASSCO awarded $24 million for LCS sustainment

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General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships sustainment execution in support of LCS’ home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the contract, General Dynamics NASSCO will plan, furnish material and provide support and facilities…

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DRS successfully demonstrates first 10-micron high performance infrared sensors

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DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 21 that its highly anticipated 10-micron pixel pitch infrared detector has been successfully demonstrated to select defense industry prime contractors. The company will continue to schedule private showcases during the SPIE DSS tradeshow in Baltimore, Md. Initial demonstrations of the 10-micron pixel pitch sensor included an ultra-high…

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Space Solar Power Initiative established by Northrop Grumman, Caltech

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Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s Joseph Ensor (left) and Caltech’s Ares Rosakis (right) shake hands as part of the recent SSPI commemoration event held at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. Northrop Grumman has signed a sponsored research agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of the Space Solar Power…

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UTC introduces active side-sticks to large commercial aviation

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UTC Aerospace Systems is introducing the world’s first active side-stick controller for large commercial aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems’ Actuation & Propeller business unit is supplying the active side-sticks for the cockpit of the new Irkut MC-21 single aisle aircraft. The MC-21 family of aircraft will…

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Boeing presents flight test 787 Dreamliner to air, space museum

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Boeing, elected and community leaders joined together April 17 to celebrate the permanent display of one of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes at the Pima Air & Space Museum. “Boeing has a strong presence in Arizona and is proud to share this important achievement in aviation history with the community, our employees and…

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U.S. Army selects AVL to develop advanced combat engine

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AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. announced April 20 that it has been awarded a $17 million project by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium to collaborate research and development work with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center for development of an opposed piston, two-stroke Single Cylinder Advanced Combat Engine Technology Demonstrator. AVL and…

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Northrop Grumman names VP of Electronic Systems

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Northrop Grumman has appointed Robert J. Gough vice president of the Combat Avionics Systems business unit within its Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. In his new position, Gough will have executive responsibility for the sector’s combat avionics portfolio, including radars for the F-16, F-22A, F-35 Lightning II, and other aircraft as well as other avionic…

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U.S. Air Force completes operational testing on Raytheon’s MALD-J

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed operational tests of Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer, satisfying all requirements to attain Initial Operational Capability. “MALD-J’s unique capabilities have been proven in 42 successful flight tests during the last two years and brought us closer to full rate production,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon’s Air…

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