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First Archer systems delivered in Sweden

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Photograph by Bengt Bjork Lena Gillstrˆm (right) managing director at BAE Systemsí Weapon Systems business in Sweden delivers the first four ARCHER systems to FMVís Director General Lena Erixon. BAE Systems delivered the first four ARCHER artillery systems to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, during a handover ceremony at the companyís Karlskoga, Sweden facility…

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Raytheon’s Precision Extended Range Munition completes first Guide to Hit test series

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Raytheon has successfully completed its first two Guide to Hit test series of the Precision Extended Range Munition program for the U.S. Marine Corps. This GTH tested the structural integrity and the kinematic capability of the round when fired from a smooth bore mortar tube. The tests confirmed that after launch, the canards and tail…

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Raytheon A13 intercepts its first UAS target

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In a first-of-its-kind test for Raytheon’s Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative system, AI3 destroyed an unmanned aerial system in flight. The intercept was part of the second guided test flights for the AI3 program and follows its first in-flight defeat of a 107mm rocket earlier in the test series. “Defeating a UAS demonstrates the AI3 system…

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Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen establishes Ab Initio flight school network

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen is teaming with multiple pilot training centers worldwide to guide cadets through the initial, or “ab initio” stage of training to become professional pilots. The Jeppesen ab initio pilot training program is the first step in a comprehensive Boeing flight training program that will advance student pilots through several stages of training…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete war fighter analysis Workshops for AOC modernization program

Posted September 25, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have completed the third in a series of war fighter analysis workshops for the Air Operations Center Weapon System modernization program. The workshops are part of the AOC WS rapid development and prototyping process that incorporates early user feedback to help reduce development costs and ensure operational success….

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Elbit Systems awarded contract for Super Cobra ongoing depot level service, support

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in the United States, Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a $44.8 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to be performed over the next five years for the ongoing depot level service and support of the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter’s Night Targeting System. Separate delivery orders are anticipated to be issued to…

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Airbus sees world aircraft fleet doubling by 2032

Posted September 25, 2013 by Pan Pylas

Airbus is predicting that the number of jet planes around the world will double in the next 20 years, largely to satisfy demand in emerging markets, particularly China. At a press briefing in London, where it unveiled its market forecasts for the period up to 2032, the European plane maker said air traffic will grow…

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General Dynamics awarded $152 million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class submarine work

Posted September 25, 2013 by

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $152.4 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine…

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Sikorsky S-76Dô helicopter flight simulator enters into Service

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and FlightSafety International jointly announced Sept. 24 the launch of the first full flight simulator for Sikorsky’s S-76Dô helicopter platform. Located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the new simulator replicates the aircraft’s exact flight and operating characteristics, ensuring high quality training for operators worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky…

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Pratt & Whitney advancing sixth generation military engine technology

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have begun testing of Pratt & Whitney’s unique, adaptive supersonic fighter engine fan rig based on a full-scale F135 development fan to advance the next generation of military fighter engine technology. The purpose of the adaptive fan rig test is to mature technologies associated with…

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