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Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis Combat System evolution demonstrates extended line of sight capability in latest test

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The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Aegis Combat System successfully completed the first live firing test that proves the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target. The latest Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air test marks the first test at sea, and the…

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ATK delivers backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

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ATK has shipped the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Marshall Space Flight Center, completing an important milestone for the most powerful space telescope ever to be built.

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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

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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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UTC Aerospace Systems to supply landing gear for Boeing 737 MAX

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UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to manufacture landing gear for the new Boeing 737 MAX. The contract calls for UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nose and main landing gear in addition to the main gear side struts. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems will…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s third C-17 Globemaster III

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  LONG BEACH, Calif. – The third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter for the Indian Air Force departed for India Aug. 20 from the company’s Long Beach, Calif., facility. It joins the first and second India C-17 airlifters, which arrived in June and July, respectively. Boeing is on track to deliver two more C-17s to…

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Little Rock AFB expands C-130J Super Hercules fleet

Posted August 21, 2013 by

The first of five C-130J Super Hercules airlifters designated for delivery to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in 2013 was ferried to the base Aug. 20 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This aircraft is the first new C-130J for Little Rock AFB since 2009. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, director of the…

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F-35B accomplishes first night vertical landing aboard USS Wasp

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AW72dBp5DBM Aug. 14, U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Russell Clift performed the first F-35B night-time vertical landing aboard the USS WASP. During the Ship Suitability Sea Trials, also known as Developmental Test Phase Two (DT-II), the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant will demonstrate critical capabilities of the aircraft that will be employed by…

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Boeing reaches 250,000-kit milestone for JDAM weapon program

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Boeing Aug. 20 marked its recent production of the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit, a major milestone for a program that, since 1998, has reliably and affordably converted unguided munitions into near-precision weapons. The company facility in St. Charles, Mo., produces more than 40 JDAM kits every day, on time and on budget….

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides component repair services to Brazilian Air Force

Posted August 19, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Aug. 15 its first-ever direct commercial repair agreement with the Brazilian Air Force in support of their UH-60 Black Hawk fleet. Through OEM access, the multi-year contract will streamline support services and will help enhance operational readiness for the H-60 helicopter fleet. The agreement includes shipment of aircraft components to Sikorsky-approved…

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Northrop Grumman joint venture recognized with U.S. Department of Energy aviation award

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The Northrop Grumman joint venture National Security Technologies, LLC aviation program at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nevada Field Office received the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation Program Memorial Award. This year’s award marks the fifth time in nine years that the aviation team has been recognized as the best aviation program…

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