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Northrop Grumman readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for flight operations

Posted September 23, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman Corporation turned on the power to the U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft's four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20.

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Boeing completes deliveries of processing units for Armyís Air, Missile Defense Network

Posted September 23, 2013 by

Boeing recently finished delivering more than 40 computer processing units that will support an integrated network of computer and communication equipment critical to U.S. Army air and missile defenses. Boeingís Plug and Fight Processing Units are the main computing assets that link together various Army weapons and sensor platforms with the Integrated Air and Missile…

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Northrop Grumman completes safety of flight testing on Common Infrared Countermeasure System

Posted September 23, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman achieved another significant milestone on its Common Infrared Countermeasure program by completing safety of flight testing on prototype hardware. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system is a lightweight, low-cost, high-reliability laser-based countermeasure system. It is designed to integrate and operate with legacy and emerging missile warning systems for rotary wing, tilt-rotor and small fixed-wing…

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Prison inmates learning aerospace work

Posted September 23, 2013 by Nicholas K. Geranios

Forget license plates. Some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center are training for jobs in the state’s huge aerospace industry. About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program that will make them certified aerospace composite technicians. Their goal is a post-prison chance to land jobs at companies like Boeing and its suppliers. ìThere…

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Northrop Grumman maturing key Triton unmanned aircraft sensor

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has completed more than 25 flight tests of the U.S. Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system’s primary maritime surveillance sensor in preparation for its installation on the aircraft. The company is conducting risk-reduction tests of the Multi-Function Active Sensor using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft off the California coast. The radar will provide the…

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Lufthansa selects Boeing 777X for future long-haul fleet

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Boeing welcomes Lufthansa’s selection of the 777-9X for its future long-haul fleet. The launch of the 777X family is targeted for later this year and entry into service around the end of the decade. Advanced technology including a new composite wing, all-new engines and superior aerodynamics will result in the incredible fuel efficiency promised by…

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Ship trials bring F-35B capability, operational utility into focus

Posted September 20, 2013 by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=29-l73Im8rA Recent ship trials for the Lockheed Martin F-35B onboard the USS Wasp [LHD-1] underscored the fifth-generation fighters unique capabilities and operational utility according to Marines and sailors alike. In a video released Sept. 19, U.S. Navy Capt. Erik Etz stated, A fifth-generation aircraft, such as the F-35, will open up threat areas where previous…

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Make it a dozen!

Posted September 20, 2013 by Andrew McMurtrie

Lockheed Martin delivered its 12th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 19. Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz Jr., Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  flew the Super Galaxy to Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where…

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Boeing, GECAS finalize order for 10 787-10 Dreamliners

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Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, announced Sept. 19 that they have completed an order for 10 787-10 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $2.9 billion at list prices, completes the commitment originally announced during the 2013 Paris Air Show in June and builds momentum in…

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Service chiefs detail 2014 sequestration effects

Posted September 20, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DOD photograph by James Varhegyi Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III (right) answers a question about the ongoing and future impacts of sequestration on the Air Force during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Sept. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C. Among other concerns, Welsh emphasized the danger of having to choose between…

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