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Boeing, Qatar confirm purchase of four C-17s

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Boeing and the government of Qatar recently signed an agreement for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forces’ existing fleet of four and help meet their ongoing airlift requirements. “We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet…

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Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine performs first engine start, ground run in first F-35 assembled outside U.S.

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Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine powering the F-35 Lightning II, successfully completed its first engine start and ground run in the first F-35 assembled outside of the United States. The event occurred June 2 at the Italian F-35 Final Assembly Check-Out facility in Cameri, Italy, supported by the joint team of Pratt and Whitney, Lockheed…

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UTC announces intention to exit helicopter business

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United Technologies Corp. announced June 15 that it will pursue the separation of the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies, subject to final board approval. This announcement follows a review of strategic alternatives for Sikorsky announced earlier this year.  A decision on whether Sikorsky will be spun off or sold is expected by the end…

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Boeing, Qatar Airways announce order for 10 777-8Xs, four 777 Freighters

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Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order for 10 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters, valued at $4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015, June 15. “Acquiring technologically-advanced airplanes such as the 777X is integral to our expansion strategy,” said His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. “With the…

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Certifiable Predator B completes critical design review

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 15 that it reached a significant milestone in its Independent Research and Development program to design, develop, and produce a variant of the Predator® B RPA to be certified for flight according to the NATO Airworthiness Standard for unmanned aircraft.

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Raytheon demonstrates advanced GPS OCX capabilities

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Last week, Raytheon demonstrated the advanced capabilities of the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Operational Control System to key Defense Department and other stakeholders through a series of realistic operational demonstrations. These demonstrations, which incorporated software that will be delivered with the Launch and Checkout System, validated how automation will improve system efficiency and effectiveness….

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Northrop successfully delivers primary mirror PICTURE B mission

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Designed to significantly advance the science and technology supporting exoplanet research, the PICTURE B mission by the Center for Atmospheric Research at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, reached a major milestone.

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F-16 durability testing: 25,000 hours, counting

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzd7ML2NqyY&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircraft’s original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours. Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The…

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Boeing, Myanmar National Airlines celebrate first Next-Generation 737-800 delivery

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Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE. The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline. The airplane is the first to feature Myanmar National Airlines’ new livery…

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Raytheon completes milestones on path to production-ready GaN-based AESA Patriot

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Militaries of the future will soon have access to a single radar capable of protecting troops’ backs from threats such as ballistic and cruise missiles, and drones. Raytheon recently completed a series of milestones, bringing the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with 360-degrees of coverage one step closer to production readiness. The milestones…

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