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Accelerating deliveries drive Boeing third quarter profits

Posted October 23, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Faster airplane production is going straight to Boeing’s bottom line. Third-quarter net income rose 12 percent as the company delivered planes to customers at a quicker pace. It has already sped up the assembly of two of its planes ó the 737 and 777 ó and Oct. 23 announced plans to boost production of its…

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Raytheon Excalibur Ib completes qualification flight testing

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Raytheon fired 84 precision-guided Excalibur Ib all up rounds during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the testing, Excalibur Ib exhibited exceptional accuracy, with the majority of the rounds landing within two meters of the target. The tests also certified stringent performance and safety requirements. “Excalibur achieved new firsts during qualification testing,”…

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Lockheed Martin receives order for two C-130J Super Hercules for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted October 21, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement known as an Undefinitized Contract Action with the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of the first two of 25 potential C-130J Super Hercules airlifters for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Specifically, this contract action is for the purchase of two KC-130J refueling tankers. Here we see…

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Boeing reduces 747 production rate as demand lags

Posted October 21, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing will slow down production of its double-decker 747 jumbo jet as demand continues to be weak. Counting cancellations, Boeing has not booked any new orders this year for that plane. Boeing said Oct. 18 that it will slow 747 production to 18 per year, or 1.5 per month. Boeing originally planned to build 24…

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Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network with UAVs for enhanced threat protection

Posted October 21, 2013 by

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network, a wireless ground sensor system will be able to connect with unmanned vehicles to provide ubiquitous coverage and persistent surveillance of designated areas. “SPAN is essentially a network…

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US Army awards Raytheon $71.7 million to continue modernizing Patriot fleet

Posted October 21, 2013 by

Raytheon received $71.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Army to upgrade the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with the modernized Radar Digital Processor (RDP) and Modern Man Station. The increased processing power of the RDP improves the radar’s reliability by 40 percent. The greater situational awareness with the new MMS increases safety and…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar tracks tactical ballistic missile for first time

Posted October 21, 2013 by

In preparation for an upcoming dual-intercept test later this year, a Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar successfully acquired and tracked a Lance tactical ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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Northrop Grumman sponsors Australia UAV Challenge Competition

Posted October 17, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Dickson College unmanned air vehicle Dickson College unmanned air vehicle teammates work on their aircraft during the UAV Challenge – Outback Rescue in Australia. Northrop Grumman is sponsoring the 2013 and 2014 UAV Challenge ñ Outback Rescue, a competition in which students develop unmanned airborne vehicles that locate and deliver an emergency…

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Local elementary schools benefit From Northrop Grumman’s school supply drive

Posted October 17, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph On Aug. 21, members of the Northrop Grumman Azusa, Calif., chapter of Adelante, an Employee Resource Group, donated 859 pencil boxes filled with erasers, pencils, crayons, rulers and other school supplies for every student at two local elementary schools in the Azusa Unified School District. From left are Robert Allard, principal of…

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade French Navy E-2C Hawkeye fleet

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Under a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will modify the French Navy’s fleet of three E-2C Hawkeyes with an upgraded Identification Friend or Foe system, further increasing commonality and interoperability with U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. IFF systems enable warfighters to distinguish between friendly forces and enemies. Included in the upgrade…

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