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Spirit AeroSystems, Spintech Ventures partner on complex composite aircraft manufacturing

Posted June 17, 2013 by

Spirit AeroSystems announced June 17 it has been working with Spintech Ventures, of Xenia, Ohio, to develop a new reconfigurable tooling technology for manufacturing complex composite aircraft structures. The solution uses re-formable, reusable mandrels to form complex, highly integrated composite structures, with features that are not possible with traditional tools. In 2005, Spirit AeroSystems began…

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StandardAero awarded C-130 propulsion system maintenance, engineering support contract

Posted June 24, 2013 by

StandardAero has been awarded a multi-year contract for maintenance and engineering support of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s C-130H and C-130H-30 Hercules propulsion systems. The award endorses StandardAero’s global, market-leading position on Hercules and Orion propulsion support. It also recognizes the benefits StandardAero can deliver to C-130 and P-3 operators over their life cycle; including…

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EaglePicher Technologies awarded lithium ion battery contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation

Posted July 8, 2013 by

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC has been selected by Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide lithium ion batteries to support the ICESat-2 Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite based on Orbitalís LEOStar-3 design. The lithium ion batteries designed by EaglePicher for ICESat-2 incorporate many of the design features that have been successfully utilized by Orbital in 13 of…

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Boeing second quarter profit tops expectations despite 787

Posted July 24, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing’s problems with its 787 have made headlines, but they haven’t hurt profits. It posted a bigger-than-expected second-quarter profit as it ramped up deliveries of commercial planes like its 737 and its 777. Boeing is in the midst of a boom in airplane orders as airlines in Asia and Latin America expand. It is speeding…

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Boeing expands 787 flight training support in Europe

Posted July 31, 2013 by

Boeing announced July 31 it is enhancing its flight training support for customers of the 787 Dreamliner with an additional 787 full-flight simulator at the Boeing Flight Services campus in London. The new device will be ready for training in the first quarter of 2014 and will join two other 787 flight simulators currently used…

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Moody AFB receives second HC-130J

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie The second†Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Commandís 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried by a Moody AFB crew from the companyís Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 14. The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II is the…

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F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet prototype flies with Northrop Grumman-built conformal fuel tanks

Posted August 31, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The first flight of an F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet prototype featuring conformal fuel tanks designed and built by Northrop Grumman, took place earlier this month. The design and assembly of the tanks were completed in less than 10 months, ahead of schedule, due to rapid prototyping processes. The conformal fuel tanks…

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Raytheon awarded $136.2 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Posted September 11, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $136.2 million contract for federal fiscal 2013 to remanufacture, overhaul and upgrade 19 Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems and produce four SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems. This contract includes a $94.8 million option for fiscal year 2014 covering an additional 12 Phalanx and four SeaRAM systems. The option, if exercised, would…

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Raytheon awarded $14 million for HARM Control Section Modification Lot 2 contract

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $14 million Lot 2 contract to continue full rate production of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification (HCSM) upgrade units. The modification adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement unit for precision navigation to the existing HARM. HCSM also features a digital flight computer that merges…

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Raytheon’s Precision Extended Range Munition completes first Guide to Hit test series

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Raytheon has successfully completed its first two Guide to Hit test series of the Precision Extended Range Munition program for the U.S. Marine Corps. This GTH tested the structural integrity and the kinematic capability of the round when fired from a smooth bore mortar tube. The tests confirmed that after launch, the canards and tail…

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