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US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon system enhancements add mission capabilities

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The US Navy has awarded a $15.5 million system development contract to Raytheon to develop a flexible, application-based architecture for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The ABA will allow mission commanders to rapidly field new or enhanced capabilities through third-party software applications. Raytheon’s ABA design aligns with both the Department of Defense’s “Better Buying…

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Small Diameter Bomb II completes live fire tests

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TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –†Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force completed two successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) all-up round live fire test flights that demonstrated the weapon’s ability to detect, track and destroy moving targets. The flight tests, which took place at the White Sands Missile Test Range, N.M., are the…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 1,000th distributed aperture system for F-35

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Marking another on-time delivery, Northrop Grumman recently supplied the 1,000th AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System sensor for integration on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The six infrared DAS sensors on the F-35 provide full spherical situational awareness to the pilot, day and night. The DAS provides a revolutionary capability to autonomously detect and track aircraft and…

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General Dynamics awarded $50 million for Abrams tank production

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The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $49.7 million under an existing contract to upgrade M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package V2 configuration. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The most technologically advanced digital tank, the M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved…

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Boeing system could bring precision to laser weapons

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Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem thatís compatible with High Energy Lasers based on solid-state laser technology. Boeingís solution will be…

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Virgin Galactic opens new facility in Long Beach, Calif.

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Virgin Galactic has leased a new 150,000 square foot facility in Long Beach, Calif., that will house design and manufacturing of the company’s small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne. The company will host a job fair and open house at the new facility March 7. Prospective applicants looking for more information should visit www.virgingalactic.com in the…

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GA-ASI validates airborne sense, avoid radar functionality on Predator B

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. recently announced a major technological advancement related to the integration of RPA into international and domestic airspace. GA-ASI successfully flight tested a pre-production Due Regard Radar, marking the first fully functional air-to-air radar on a RPA that meets the requirements for ìDue Regardî operations in international airspace. GAASI is a…

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Predator XP sets new company for long endurance flight

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Feb. 12 the successful first endurance flight of† PredatorÆ XP, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator RPA that has accumulated more than two million flight hours since 1994. The flight launched Feb. 6 and landed Feb. 8 during a 40-plus hour flight conducted at GA-ASI’s Castle Dome…

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Boeing, Korean Air announce order for five 777 Freighters

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Boeing and Korean Air Feb. 12 finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices, will add further efficiency and reliability to Korean Air’s all-Boeing freighter fleet. As one of the world’s largest cargo airlines, Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26…

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Boeing, Transavia announce order for Up to 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

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Boeing and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, Feb. 12 announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website….

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