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Raytheon, U.S. Air Force complete series of SDB II test flights

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of test flights with the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) culminating in direct hits on targets moving at operationally representative speeds. Earlier supporting tests were performed in a multitude of different environments and scenarios, key to maturing seeker algorithms and validating the weapon’s aerodynamic performance….

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ATK receives orders for small-caliber ammunition

Posted November 13, 2013 by

ATK has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition. In 2012, the U.S. Army…

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Boeing flies third 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing Nov. 19 flew the third 787-9 Dreamliner, the first to be powered by General Electric GEnx engines. The third of three 787-9s dedicated to the test effort, ZB021 joined the fleet some two months from the inaugural flight of the first 787-9. ZB021 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 12:15 p.m….

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61st Airlift Squadron receives C-130J Super Hercules

Posted December 6, 2013 by Andrew McMurtrie

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another C-130J Super Hercules, which was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Ill., flew the Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin…

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Element Huntington Beach expands aerospace testing lab by 70 percent

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The laboratory operated by Element Materials Technology in Huntington Beach, Calif., is substantially increasing its aerospace testing capacity by expanding its laboratory facilities by 70 percent and adding a third shift to operations. With demand from the Aerospace Primes and their supply chain partners continuing to increase, Element Huntington Beach has leased a 20,000 square-foot…

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U.S. Navy awards Lockheed $84 million contract for Paveway II

Posted January 8, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin received an $84.5 million contract on Dec. 23 from the U.S. Navy to produce paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds. Under the four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics and product support to the U.S. Navy. “Lockheed Martin remains committed to providing U.S. Navy aircrews with the…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes Tyler Evans as VP of Defense Advanced Programs

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Jan. 20 that Tyler Evans will join the company as vice president of its “Rocket Shop” Defense Advanced Programs unit. In this role, Evans primarily will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership, and driving the process improvements needed to execute a diverse portfolio of defense-related new product…

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General Dynamics awarded $520 million for Virginia-Class submarine procurement

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $520 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for four Virginia-class submarines, SSN-794, SSN-795, SSN-796 and SSN-797. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets,…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for SMSS-KMAX cooperative teaming demo

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Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System unmanned ground vehicle and K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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Precision Aviation Services signs service center agreement with Airbus Helicopters

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In a move that signals its ongoing commitment to the marketplace, Airbus Helicopters Inc. named Precision Aviation Services, a Precision Aviation Group company, as an AHI Service Center. This is the newest AHI service center in the Southeast and the first in the Atlanta market. The state-of-the-art 35,000 square foot facilities, located at the Atlanta…

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