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ATK agrees to multi-million dollar contract to produce composite aft fan cases for Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97

Posted June 17, 2013 by

ATK has announced the award of a contract valued at more than $50 million from Rolls-Royce plc, United Kingdom, to produce aft fan composite cases for the new Trent XWB-97 engine. The contract has the potential to grow to more than $200 million. This Rolls-Royce engine is the sole engine now available to power the…

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GA-ASI revolutionizes SAR full-motion video

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 19 the successful integration and operational testing of its VideoSAR software system, which provides continuous, real-time, all-weather, day/night Synthetic Aperture Radar surveillance, in full, High-definition video format (1080p). “VideoSAR is an exciting follow-on development,…

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Boeing delivers British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and British Airways announced the delivery today of the U.K. carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., June 26, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport June 27 at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $173 million performance-based logistics contract for LITENING targeting system sustainment

Posted July 17, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $173 million performance-based logistics contract to provide support and sustainment services for the LITENING advanced targeting system. Under the five-year agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide logistics support, technical support to the field, aircrew and maintenance training, depot repairs and other associated services. Northrop Grumman will support the LITENING targeting…

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Lockheed Martin completes long-range surveillance radar demonstration

Posted July 29, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin successfully operated its full-scale prototype long-range air surveillance radar during a recent capability demonstration to the U.S. Air Force. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar will serve as the principal Air Force long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, and reporting aerial targets. This next-generation system will replace the Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 air search radar….

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AeroVironment solar-powered Puma AE small UAS achieves continuous flight for more than nine hours

Posted August 12, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Aug .12 that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the companyís proven Puma AEô small unmanned aircraft system, operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today. AeroVironment is…

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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The event comes less than two months after the KC-46 program began to…

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey deploys refueling equipment in flight test

Posted September 6, 2013 by

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker.

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Northrop Grumman unveils new B-2 book at AFA conference

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has released a new book about the people and innovation that helped create the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber, one of most powerful and survivable aircraft ever produced. Entitled “B-2: The Spirit of Innovation,” the book was written by political analyst Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research, and the author of…

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Boeing launches new maintenance apps for iPad

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Boeing has made performing routine maintenance and diagnosing aircraft issues faster and easier for airline technicians with a suite of new mobile applications for iPad. With the apps, technicians will have immediate access to manuals, part numbers and other critical information to resolve maintenance issues plane-side and collaborate with co-workers located elsewhere. As a result,…

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