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Boeing’s final design for Wedgetail AEW&C airborne mission segment accepted by Australia

Posted December 21, 2012 by

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. “Australia has worked…

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Northrop Grumman, Cassidian fly first sensor-equipped Euro Hawk

Posted January 14, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman and EADS Deutschland GmbH, operating through Cassidian, together achieved a major milestone July 11 with the first full system test flight of the EURO HAWKÆ unmanned aircraft system equipped with the signals intelligence advanced sensors for detection of radar and communication emitters. Cassidian is the defense and security division of EADS. The Euro…

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Boeing, U.S. Air National Guard welcome C-17s to Memphis base

Posted February 5, 2013 by

Boeing and the U.S. Air National Guard on Feb. 2 marked the 164th Airlift Wing's transition to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, making Memphis Air National Guard Base the latest to receive the advanced airlifter.

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Lockheed Martin’s SMSS unmanned autonomous vehicle operates via satellite control

Posted February 20, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin completed a successful demonstration at Camp Grayling, Mich., recently in which its Squad Mission Support System was being controlled via satellite from more than 200 miles away. The SMSS vehicle conducted several battlefield surveillance operations while being controlled beyond line-of-sight via satellite from the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center…

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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted February 20, 2013 by AP

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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Lockheed Martin powers on the first GPS III satellite

Posted March 1, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has turned on power to the system module of the programís first spacecraft, designated GPS III Space Vehicle One (SV-1). The milestone is a key indication the team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch availability…

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Northrop Grumman’s CIP processor successfully handles new Global Hawk data on testbed

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System – Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed. A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed…

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Raytheon consolidates businesses and announces key executive roles

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Raytheon announced March 25 that it is consolidating its businesses to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. The Raytheon Company structure will consist of four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, resulting from the combination of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Raytheon Technical Services businesses; and the Integrated Defense…

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U.S. Navy awards Boeing high altitude anti-submarine weapon contract

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A new precision-guided weapon that Boeing will provide to the U.S. Navy will fundamentally change anti-submarine warfare by incorporating technologies never before used on an anti-submarine weapon. Through a recently awarded $19.2 million contract, Boeing will design and build the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability. The system will leverage combat-proven technologies from Boeingís Joint…

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Boeing X-48C research aircraft completes flight testing

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The Boeing X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept.

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