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Dassault announces ultra-long range Falcon 8X

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Dassault Aviation May 19 launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra-long range category. The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450 nautical miles and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon. Moreover, it will offer the same low operating economics and the remarkable operating flexibility for…

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Another C-130J Super Hercules heads to Little Rock AFB

Posted June 6, 2014 by Andrew McMurtrie

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received another Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter June 5. A Little Rock AFB crew ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command’s 19th Airlift…

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Delivery of General Dynamics/Rockwell Collins-built AN/PRC-155 manpack radios support U.S. Army fielding requirements

Posted June 23, 2014 by

The first two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios ordered by the U.S. Army and built by General Dynamics C4 Systems (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) are being delivered to the U.S. Army. The order, placed in January for 1,500 additional PRC-155 Manpack radios, is part of a Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract supporting the…

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U.S. Air Force GPS technology exceeds technical requirements in critical test

Posted July 9, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated successful operation of its next-generation Military-code GPS signal in a jamming environment using a Raytheon Creceiver. In a recent test, the Raytheon-built Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 maintained GPS satellite tracking and provided accurate navigation at jamming levels far exceeding technical requirements. The MAGR2K was…

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Boeing, Jordache’s MG Aviation finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

Posted July 18, 2014 by

Boeing and MG Aviation Limited July 16 finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. The order will support the leasing company’s growing fleet of modern airplanes. “The 787-9 will be an excellent addition to our leasing portfolio, enabling us to provide our customers with exceptional range,…

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Northrop Grumman to continue BACN mission support

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman an $89.7 million contract option to continue operating and supporting the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system in support of overseas contingency missions. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway that connects warfighters in the air and on the ground. The system translates and distributes voice…

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Raytheon 250-pound Paveway reaches production milestone

Posted March 30, 2012 by anradmin

Raytheon’s Paveway program achieved a major milestone when it completed production of the 1,000th 250-pound Paveway laser-guided precision munition. Raytheon’s combat-proven Paveway is a kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided weapons. The 250-pound weapon, designated the GBU-58, is integrated on the AT-6, Super Etendard and the Mirage 3 aircraft. The Paveway family of weapons…

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Boeing, ANA celebrate first 787 biofuel flight

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Boeing and All Nippon Airways made aviation history April 17 as a 787 Dreamliner flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels. “The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions,” said Billy Glover…

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Sierra Nevada completes wind tunnel testing of Dream Chaser

Posted April 25, 2012 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems has successfully completed wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser(R) orbital crew vehicle in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Aerodynamic data generated from this testing, coupled with data from computer simulations, will define the characteristics…

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Spirit AeroSystems says first-quarter profit doubled

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Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. said May 3 that its first-quarter profit doubled as production sped up for Boeing and Airbus planes. Spirit reported net income of $73.6 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter that ended March 31. That was up from $34.6 million, or 24 cents per share, during the…

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