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Goodrich opens expanded high tech manufacturing facility

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Goodrich Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Marshall Larsen joined Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, City of Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, and other officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 20 to mark the opening of its expanded high tech manufacturing facility in Burnsville, Minn. The ceremony included a tour of advanced production, design…

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United Technologies closes Goodrich acquisition

Posted July 27, 2012 by

United Technologies Corp. announced July 26 it has completed its acquisition of Goodrich Corporation, marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton Sundstrand to create the new UTC Aerospace Systems business unit, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. The increased scale, financial strength…

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Boeing demonstrates capability of unmanned Little Bird rotorcraft

Posted August 7, 2012 by

The Boeing Unmanned Little Bird H-6U successfully performed 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a ship during flight tests in July, a significant milestone for a medium-size vertical-takeoff-and-landing...

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Lockheed Martin receives $150 million contract to produce THAAD weapon system equipment for U.S. Army

Posted August 18, 2012 by staff

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $150 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon System launchers and fire control and communications equipment for the U.S. Army. The contract includes 12 launchers, two fire control and communications units, and associated support equipment. This contract will provide six launchers…

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Boeing Winged Joint Direct Attack Munition completes first round of tests

Posted September 4, 2012 by

A winged version of the Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition that will triple the weapon’s glide range to more than 40 miles is a step closer to production after completing wind tunnel tests at a U.S. facility in June. Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, the 500-pound JDAM Extended Range features a modular…

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F-35C aircraft in formation

Posted September 11, 2012 by

F-35 test pilots fly machines CF-1 and CF-2 during a formation flying qualities test Sept. 5.

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Northrop Grumman, AgustaWestland team up to compete for Air Force combat rescue helicopter, ‘Marine One’

Posted September 18, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter and the U.S. Navy’s recently announced program to develop a new “Marine One” presidential helicopter. A U.S.-built helicopter based on the AW101 platform will be offered by…

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VSI to enhance Royal Danish Air Force’s F-16 night-attack capability

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Vision Systems International, LLC, a world leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Displays, has been awarded a contract from the Royal Danish Air Force to provide its Night Vision Cueing and Display-Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging Systems technology, the night module for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System. “We are extremely proud of this award from the…

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Boeing, AFRL sodium guide star laser enhancing space situational awareness mission

Posted October 16, 2012 by

Air Force photograph by R. Rugate A new, 50-watt sodium laser built by Boeing and the Air Force Research Laboratory began operating recently on a 3.5-meter telescope at Kirtland Air Force Base’s Starfire Optical Range, helping scientists and researchers to capture more accurate and detailed images of objects in Earth orbit. A sodium guide star…

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Boeing EMARSS risk reduction prototype makes first flight

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Boeing completed the first flight of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype aircraft Oct. 6, a critical step required to support a comprehensive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration flight test program. The aircraft, a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER, has been modified to replicate the design of the EMARSS aircraft’s external…

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