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Boeing to increase 737 production rate in 2017

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Boeing announced Oct. 31 that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010. “We’re taking…

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Boeing delivers 12th production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to U.S. Navy

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Boeing delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The aircraft is the sixth from the…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for helicopter search, rescue training simulators

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Lockheed Martin has received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver eight HH-60G training simulators, spares and logistics support to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Pave…

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Jobs top issue in Pratt & Whitney-Machinists talks

Posted October 31, 2013 by Stephen Singer

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations Oct. 31 for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs. Neither company nor union representatives would discuss the issues expected to dominate negotiations. But union officials have said they may not recommend…

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Northrop Grumman receives $43 million to retrofit Joint STARS Fleet

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $43 million contract to retrofit the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, trainers and laboratories. The contract has options for an additional three years to complete retrofit of the entire fleet. The contract replaces computers in both the operator work stations and radar…

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Raytheon expands international footprint of electronic warfare capability

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Raytheon has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to provide its Advanced Countermeasure Electronic System for the second group of Iraq’s F-16IQ aircraft ordered this year. ACES was also selected by Lockheed Martin in 2012 for the first group of F-16IQs and is the integrated electronic warfare system of choice for other international air forces….

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Utah facility reaches 10-year safety milestone

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 24 that its Clearfield, Utah, site has achieved a significant safety milestone in operating for 10 years without a lost-time injury. The Utah facility, primarily a manufacturing-based operation, reached the decade-long milestone in late September. “We are extraordinarily proud of the safety accomplishments by our Utah teammates,” said…

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Curtiss-Wright names chief operating officer

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Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced Oct. 31 the promotion of Thomas P. Quinly to the position of chief operating officer, effective immediately. He is succeeding David C. Adams who was recently promoted to the position of president and chief executive officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Quinly has more than 30 years of experience across the defense, aerospace and…

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LONGBOW LLC receives life cycle contractor support award for U.S. Army’s Apache

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LONGBOW LLC has received a $92.8 million contract from the U. S. Army to provide Life Cycle Contractor Support for LONGBOW programs on the AH-64D and AH-64E helicopters.

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Raytheon, U.S. Air Force complete series of SDB II test flights

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of test flights with the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) culminating in direct hits on targets moving at operationally representative speeds. Earlier supporting tests were performed in a multitude of different environments and scenarios, key to maturing seeker algorithms and validating the weapon’s aerodynamic performance….

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