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Improved Gray Eagle flies with SIGINT pod, Hellfire missiles

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, announced May 21 the successful second endurance flight of the U.S. Armyís Improved Gray EagleÆ prototype Unmanned Aircraft System, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Gray Eagle UAS that has accumulated over 100,000 flight…

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GA-ASI, Rhode & Schwarz team to develop voice communications certification for Predator B

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz, the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless communications, Electromagnetic Compatibility Test and Measurement equipment, and broadcasting T&M equipment for digital terrestrial television, announced May 21 that they have signed a Teaming Agreement to integrate and flight demonstrate Rohde & Schwarz’s air traffic control radios on the Predator®…

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Boeing expands customers’ fuel-efficiency capabilities by acquiring ETS Aviation

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Boeing announced May 23 an agreement to acquire ETS Aviation, a provider of fuel-efficiency management and analytics software. ETS Aviation solutions lead the market, providing more than 120 airlines and corporate flight departments the tools necessary to accurately monitor fuel consumption, identify fuel savings opportunities, and track and report carbon emissions. ETS Aviation’s fuel efficiency…

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Report: FAA too reliant on Boeing for battery test

Posted May 23, 2014 by Scott Mayerowitz

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says. The National Transportation Safety Board May 22 criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommended that the FAA needed to…

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Sikorsky Aircraft, LORD Corporation successfully test hub mounted vibration suppressors

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Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation May 20 announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor, a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter…

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib moves closer to full rate production

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YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Raytheon and the U.S. Army completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for Excalibur Ib during a series of successful tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This milestone moves the program one step closer to full rate production. During IOT&E, artillerymen from Fort Riley’s 1st Battalion, 5th Field…

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Pratt & Whitney unveils higher thrust PurePower engine

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Pratt & Whitney May 20 launched the newest addition to the PurePower engine family, the PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft. The engine’s higher thrust makes it the most powerful engine on the A321neo allowing A321neo operators, fitted with Geared Turbofanô engine technology, to fly routes of greater distance…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete successful CDR of EPS control, planning segment

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Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the critical design review for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment the week of April 28 and the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate exercised the program’s development option on April 30. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national…

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Pratt & Whitney’s new engine center delivers first F135 engine

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Pratt & Whitney announced May 20 that the first F135 engine has been delivered to the F-35 Final Assembly Check Out facility in Cameri, Novara, Italy. This engine – the 137th delivered to date – is also the first F135 engine produced in Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach Engine Center; the company’s brand new,…

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MEADS system gains full certification for identifying friend or foe aircraft

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews…

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