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First Iraqi F-16 completes first flight

Posted May 7, 2014 by Liz Kaszynski

  Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight of the inaugural F-16 Fighting Falcon for the Iraq Air Force. The jet is the first of 36 F-16 Block 52 aircraft on order through the U.S. Department of Defense for Iraq. With more than 4,540 F-16s delivered to date, the Foreign Military Sale to Iraq…

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Ball Aerospace awarded Stalker contract to protect U.S. Navy ships

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $23.9 million dollar firm-fixed-price contract for the Stalker long-range electro-optical infrared laser sensor system under a contract to the NATO Seasparrow Project Office. The contract includes $10 million in options for additional work. The contract effort includes Stalker transition to production of the current Stalker developmental…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo electromagnetic interference tests

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In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

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Lockheed Martin receives $80 million contract for U.S., Indonesian Apache sensor systems

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The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia is the…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army certify TALON laser-guided rocket on Apache helicopter

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Raytheon and the U.S. Army have completed the certification process for air worthiness release of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on the Apache AH-64D/E Attack helicopter. The AWR certification provides for potential operational employment of the TALON weapon system on U.S. Army Apaches and Apaches in international fleets. The TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active…

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MUOS gives Navy first reliable military satellite connection in Arctic

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Analysis of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites during the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Ice Exercise shows they provided nearly 150 hours of secure data connections. This was the first time military users could transfer large megabyte data files over stable satellite connections in the arctic. Working atop a floating ice camp above the Arctic Circle,…

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Boeing delivers 100th EA-18G Growler to U.S. Navy

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Boeing has delivered the 100th EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy, marking a major milestone in the program that has transformed airborne electronic warfare capability for the U.S. and its allies. A derivative of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler is the only aircraft in production that provides tactical jamming and electronic protection for U.S….

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Northrop Grumman delivers Mode S upgrade for the U.K.’s Sentry E-3D AWACS

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Northrop Grumman has designed, developed, integrated and fielded a Mode S upgrade to the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator for the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System fleet based at Royal Air Force Waddington. The IFF interrogator is a sophisticated airborne defence system that provides a long-range, rapid early warning and detection capability, allowing…

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ATK delivers fully outfitted light gunship to Jordan

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ATK, a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, in conjunction with King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, has delivered the first modified CASA-235 light gunship aircraft to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ATK was awarded a contract by KADDB to modify two of the country’s CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly capable and cost-effective special mission…

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K helicopter with rotor blades

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Sikorsky photograph Sikorsky’s CH-53K heavy lift helicopter spun the main and tail rotor blades for the first time April 17, at the company’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with…

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