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MEADS ready for transition to European follow-on programs

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The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System program enters 2015 as a candidate for next-generation air and missile defense requirements in both Germany and Poland. MEADS is a primary candidate for the German Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem, a new generation of air and missile defense that requires a flexible architecture based on strong networking capabilities. MEADS is…

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Boeing delivered all P-8As to U.S. Navy on schedule, on cost in 2014

Posted January 9, 2015 by timchisham

Boeing last month delivered the eighth P-8A Poseidon of 2014, completing all planned deliveries to the U.S. Navy for the year on time and on cost. That airplane, the 21st overall for the program, flew from Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 8. It joined other P-8As being used to train Navy crews….

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High altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft series sets new flight record

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The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk and other variants of Northrop Grumman’s High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System series continued to prove their value to U.S. government agencies by flying more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission hours in one week than ever before. The UAS series flew 781 hours from Sept. 10-16. The…

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Boeing delivers F-22 training center with advanced visual system

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Boeing has improved the realism of ground-based F-22 Raptor training by delivering the first simulators for that aircraft with an immersive, 360-degree visual environment. Two simulators were installed, each paired with the Constant Resolution Visual System, Boeing’s patented display that provides high-resolution imagery for pilots to train with nearly 20/20 acuity. Boeing has delivered what…

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Raytheon, General Dynamics joint venture awarded Air Force launch, test range contract

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded one of its most important space procurements, potentially a multi-billion-dollar contract to operate, maintain, and sustain launch ranges at Florida’s Space Coast and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, to a joint venture of Raytheon and General Dynamics. The joint venture, called Range Generation Next (RGNext) is responsible for…

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Court tosses lawsuit against Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems

Posted January 9, 2015 by Roxana Hegeman

The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge Jan. 7, a major blow to a lawsuit that’s spanned nine years. When Boeing sold its commercial aircraft operations in Wichita, Kansas, to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems in 2005, 90 former Boeing workers claimed they lost their…

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U.S. Army awards Lockheed Martin contract for ATACMS modernization

Posted January 7, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin has received a $78 million contract from the U.S. Army for upgrades to the Army Tactical Missile System. The program will take hardware from early-production ATACMS Block 1 missiles and develop an enhanced and affordable weapon system capable of eliminating targets without the risk of unexploded ordnance, which meets the U.S. Army’s long-range…

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Boeing, Qatar Airways finalize order for four 777 Freighters

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Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes, which when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion. Qatar Airways first announced an intent to order the four 777 Freighters at the…

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Boeing, Air New Zealand finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and Air New Zealand have finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July. “The entry into service program has gone very smoothly and we’ve been incredibly pleased…

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Boeing, Royal Air Maroc celebrate arrival of airline’s first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and Royal Air Maroc this weekend celebrated the arrival into Morocco of its first 787 Dreamliner. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787. The airplane, delivered to the airline Dec. 31, 2014 from Boeing’s Everett, Wash. Delivery Center, flew a 4,788 nautical mile nonstop flight to…

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