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New gunship-to-be takes to the skies

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to a new AC-130J gunship made its first flight at Marietta, Ga., this week. The MC-130J will have a Precision Strike Package installed, then will fly as a gunship in early 2014. The total requirement for new AC-130J gunships is…

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AMETEK acquires Aero Components International, Avtech Avionics and Instruments

Posted December 17, 2012 by

AMETEK, Inc. announced Dec. 17 the acquisitions of Aero Components International (ACI) and Avtech Avionics and Instruments (Avtech), both privately owned, FAA-certified aviation repair operations located in Miami, Fla. ACI repairs and overhauls fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, power generation and heat exchanger components and is one of the few independent aviation repair shops with fuel repair…

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Northrop Grumman names VP Cybersecurity/C4

Posted January 7, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 7 that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley as vice president of Cybersecurity/C4, effective immediately. Stanley will report to Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, Government Relations. In this role, Stanley leads the Cybersecurity/C4 portfolio in the company’s Government Relations organization. He and his team contribute to…

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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted January 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIR’s Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Army’s Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment Wasp® AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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Air Force award to FlexTech Alliance will accelerate development of new nano-bio devices

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Remote, wireless monitoring of physiological functions and structural performance in real time has long been a goal of many manufacturing industries. Achievement of that goal is now a step closer to reality with the announcement today of an Air Force Research Laboratory award to FlexTech Alliance of San Jose, Calif. The Alliance has been selected…

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Northrop Grumman to begin next phase of modernizing B-2 defensive systems

Posted February 15, 2013 by

PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman will help drive down costs and speed the availability of new hardware and software upgrades for the B-2 stealth bomber under a recently awarded contract from the U.S. Air Force. The contract covers Technology Development Phase 2 of a multiyear effort by Northrop Grumman to modernize the B-2′s defensive management…

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Boeing subsidiary unveils tool to improve testing of wireless networks

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Boeing subsidiary Digital Receiver Technology Inc. Feb. 26 debuted an easier, faster way for wireless carriers and infrastructure providers to assess their cellular network and identify areas where upgrades may be required. Unveiled during the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the pocket-sized DRT4311B could ultimately help increase network performance and customer satisfaction. “The…

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Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

Posted March 11, 2013 by

Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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Pratt and Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] APU selected for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet

Posted March 18, 2013 by

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s* APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit has been selected by Embraer for its second generation E-Jet. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Embraer and provide our APS2600[E] APU for the second generation E-Jet,” said Eileen P. Drake, vice president and general…

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Raytheon’s Patriot missiles receive US Army service life extension

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Raytheon’s Patriot missiles, critical components of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, have received U.S. Army approval for a second recertification, extending the operational life of the worldwide inventory of Patriot missiles from 30 to 45 years. This extension allows customers to recertify and/or upgrade their inventory of Raytheon’s Patriot missiles at a fraction…

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