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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino   A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 25. The Super Hercules aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command and will be based at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The Commando…

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Raytheon’s GriffinÆ missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities

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Raytheon and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the GriffinÆ missile’s combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests. During one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile was…

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Boeing, WestJet announce order for 65 737 MAX airplanes

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Boeing and WestJet announced Sept. 26 that they have completed an order for 65 737 MAX airplanes, fulfilling the carrier’s letter of intent to purchase the airplanes announced on Aug 29. The order, valued at $6.3 billion at list prices, consists of 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s. The airplanes are a…

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First Archer systems delivered in Sweden

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Photograph by Bengt Bjork Lena Gillstrˆm (right) managing director at BAE Systemsí Weapon Systems business in Sweden delivers the first four ARCHER systems to FMVís Director General Lena Erixon. BAE Systems delivered the first four ARCHER artillery systems to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, during a handover ceremony at the companyís Karlskoga, Sweden facility…

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Raytheon’s Precision Extended Range Munition completes first Guide to Hit test series

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Raytheon has successfully completed its first two Guide to Hit test series of the Precision Extended Range Munition program for the U.S. Marine Corps. This GTH tested the structural integrity and the kinematic capability of the round when fired from a smooth bore mortar tube. The tests confirmed that after launch, the canards and tail…

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Raytheon A13 intercepts its first UAS target

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In a first-of-its-kind test for Raytheon’s Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative system, AI3 destroyed an unmanned aerial system in flight. The intercept was part of the second guided test flights for the AI3 program and follows its first in-flight defeat of a 107mm rocket earlier in the test series. “Defeating a UAS demonstrates the AI3 system…

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Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen establishes Ab Initio flight school network

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen is teaming with multiple pilot training centers worldwide to guide cadets through the initial, or “ab initio” stage of training to become professional pilots. The Jeppesen ab initio pilot training program is the first step in a comprehensive Boeing flight training program that will advance student pilots through several stages of training…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete war fighter analysis Workshops for AOC modernization program

Posted September 25, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have completed the third in a series of war fighter analysis workshops for the Air Operations Center Weapon System modernization program. The workshops are part of the AOC WS rapid development and prototyping process that incorporates early user feedback to help reduce development costs and ensure operational success….

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Elbit Systems awarded contract for Super Cobra ongoing depot level service, support

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in the United States, Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a $44.8 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to be performed over the next five years for the ongoing depot level service and support of the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter’s Night Targeting System. Separate delivery orders are anticipated to be issued to…

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Airbus sees world aircraft fleet doubling by 2032

Posted September 25, 2013 by Pan Pylas

Airbus is predicting that the number of jet planes around the world will double in the next 20 years, largely to satisfy demand in emerging markets, particularly China. At a press briefing in London, where it unveiled its market forecasts for the period up to 2032, the European plane maker said air traffic will grow…

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