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DOD, Lockheed Martin announce principle agreement F-35 purchase

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle for the production of 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft.  Officials anticipate the Low-Rate Initial Production lot 8 (LRIP 8) contract to be finalized in the coming weeks.  The contract is for fiscal year 2014 with deliveries beginning in 2016. Cost details…

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F-35C completes first night flight aboard aircraft carrier

Posted November 17, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first carrier-based night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The aircraft launched at 6:01 p.m., PST, and conducted a series of planned touch-and-go landings before making an arrested landing at 6:40 pm. Nimitz is…

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Mercury Systems receives order for radar environment simulation systems

Posted December 5, 2014 by

Mercury Systems, a leading provider of affordable, commercially developed, open sensor processing systems and services for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced that its Mercury Defense Systems subsidiary recently received a $1.2 million order from a leading international aerospace and defense company for radar environment simulation equipment to support European Fighter Aircraft. The order…

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Raytheon to provide Qatar with Patriot air, missile defense system

Posted December 22, 2014 by

Raytheon has received a $2.4 billion Foreign Military Sales contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for the State of Qatar. Qatar, a new Patriot customer, now brings the total number of global Patriot customers to 13. The acquisition is part of an Armed Services modernization and recapitalization…

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Boeing delivers advanced Chinook maintenance training devices to Canada

Posted January 12, 2015 by

Boeing recently delivered a maintenance training system to the Royal Canadian Air Force that will help prepare technicians to keep the RCAFís CH-147F Chinook helicopters mission ready. The Chinook Maintenance Trainer includes a complete airframe and an interactive display system that allow the technicians to gain experience addressing a number of scenarios. Boeing also delivered…

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Raytheon slips as profit outlook falls short of estimates

Posted February 2, 2015 by

Shares of Raytheon fell Jan. 29 after the defense contractor’s 2015 profit forecast came in short of Wall Street estimates. The maker of the Tomahawk cruise missile and other weapons and communication systems said it expects to earn between $6.20 and $6.35 per share from continuing operations, and it forecast $22.3 billion to $22.8 billion…

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Navy’s Trident II D5 missile marks 155 successful test flights

Posted February 23, 2015 by

The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights Feb. 22 of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. This brings the D5 missile’s record to 155 successful test flights since design completion in 1989, a 25-year-plus reliability record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile. These latest test flights demonstrate the reliability…

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General Dynamics delivers MK19 grenade machine guns to U.S. Army

Posted April 3, 2012 by

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently delivered 85 MK19 40mm grenade machine guns to the U.S. Army under the company’s latest contract award for the weapon. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded an $8.7 million order for more than 650 MK19 weapons in September 2011. The…

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Navy fires Raytheon Griffin missile from RAM launcher

Posted April 18, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy achieved a first when it fired Raytheon’s combat-proven Griffin B missile from a Rolling Airframe Missile launcher. “Griffin enables sailors to defend against small, fast-moving surface craft employed by pirates and other non-traditional threats,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air Warfare Systems product line. “Griffin provides war fighters…

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Northrop Grumman wins Air Force electronic attack pod upgrade program

Posted April 26, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $52.8 million, 27-month engineering and manufacturing development contract to upgrade its electronic attack pods. The program has a potential value of $480 million including EMD, a low-rate initial production phase and five production options. “We are honored that the U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Grumman to…

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