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F-35B completes 500th vertical landing

Posted August 7, 2013 by Layne Laughter

  Ready for sea trials  The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing Aug. 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week, Sea Trials, known as Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) are…

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Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completes initial fleet firing

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The U.S. Navy completed the first fleet firing of Raytheon’sRolling Airframe Missile Block 2 as part of its ongoing developmental and operational testing. In an at-sea test conducted from the USS Arlington (LPD 24), two RAM Block 2 missiles engaged a subsonic target in a scenario designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. This…

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Honeywell’s 131-9 APU reaches 100 million hours of service milestone

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A vital piece of Honeywell technology, the 131-9 series Auxiliary Power Unit, recently became the second from Honeywell’s family of APUs to surpass 100 million hours in service across more than 7,500 narrow-body aircraft around the world such as the Boeing 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 models. “Honeywell’s 131-9 model…

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General Dynamics completes comprehensive risk reduction program for Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has successfully completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test successfully verified key components within the…

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Boeing, Travel Service finalize order for three 737 MAXs

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Boeing and Travel Service have finalized an order for three 737 MAX 8s, valued at $301.5 million at list prices. The Czech Republic-based carrier originally announced a commitment to purchase the 737 MAX in June during the 2013 Paris Air Show. The Aug. 7 announcement brings the total number of orders to date for the…

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Lockheed Martin-built defense weather satellite delivered to Vandenberg AFB

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The U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman team successfully delivered the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, block 5D3, weather satellite Aug. 1 to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where it will be prepared for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, operated by…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

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Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program at Yuma Proving Ground, Aris. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles. In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire…

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Lockheed Martin to offer universal mission equipment package For U.S. Army helicopters

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Lockheed Martin will offer a universal, highly adaptable and affordable mission equipment package to meet requirements for the Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift rotary wing program, with potential applications for other customers and platforms. The Lockheed Martin MEP will integrate proven solutions from three of the Corporation’s business areas and more than 30 years of experience…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $212 million for DDG 1002 deckhouse, hangar, launch-system modules

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $212 million for the design and construction of a steel deckhouse and hangar and construction of aft Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules for integration into Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), the third ship of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. General Dynamics Bath…

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Lockheed Martin team completes environmental testing of the solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

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A Lockheed Martin team has completed and passed the full range of environmental tests – electrical, mechanical and thermal – for the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite satellite mission, known as GOES-R. The team is…

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