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Machinists seek union vote; Boeing opposes move at SC plant

Posted March 18, 2015 by Bruce Smith

The Machinists union March 16 asked for an election so about 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation. The aeronautics giant immediately responded that a union is not in the best interests of the company, the workers or the state. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said that the Machinists…

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XCOR Aerospace announces new CEO

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XCOR Aerospace, Inc. announced March 16 that executive John H. (Jay) Gibson II has been appointed as chief executive officer and president of the company.

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UTC to explore strategic alternatives for Sikorsky aircraft business

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United Technologies Corp. announced March 11 that its board of directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation’s Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. “As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term success…

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Boeing recognized for successful small business mentorship

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Boeing and Huntsville, Ala.,-based Victory Solutions Inc. are among 14 pair of contractor-supplier partners selected by the U.S. Department of Defense for the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award. The honor, named for former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and former Defense Secretary William Perry, recognizes companies who mentor small businesses, sharing expertise that enables them to grow by…

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Boeing delivers 50th airplane to EL AL

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Boeing and EL AL, the Israeli flag-carrier, celebrated a major milestone March 12 with the delivery of the airline’s 50th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER. The delivery is the fifth 737-900ER for the airline following an order placed for eight between 2011 and 2013. Since taking delivery in 1961 of its first…

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First-ever Italian F-35a ‘rolls out’ of Cameri production facility

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History was achieved March 12 when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility, marking the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled.

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Boeing updates NATO AWACS with 21st century flight deck, avionics

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Boeing recently completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

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Rocket motor test moves NASA’s space launch system closer to deep space

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NASA and Orbital ATK March 11 conducted the first qualification ground test of the five-segment rocket motor that will be used for NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, which is being designed to enable exciting new exploration missions throughout the solar system.

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Lockheed Martin solution for NASA’s CRS-2 designed for reliable space cargo delivery

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The technologies behind Lockheed Martin’s proposal for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program contain three major elements: a reusable space servicing vehicle called Jupiter; a large, versatile cargo container named the Exoliner; and a robotic arm.

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Raytheon awarded $122 million US Navy contract for Tomahawk Block IV missiles

Posted March 11, 2015 by

Raytheon has received a contract modification for $122,443,911 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0075) for the procurement of 114 Tomahawk Block IV All Up Round missiles for the U.S. Navy. This completes the Navy’s planned purchase of 214 Tomahawk Block IV missiles for fiscal year 2015 and continues to build the inventory to support…

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