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Lockheed Martin completes long-range surveillance radar demonstration

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Lockheed Martin successfully operated its full-scale prototype long-range air surveillance radar during a recent capability demonstration to the U.S. Air Force. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar will serve as the principal Air Force long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, and reporting aerial targets. This next-generation system will replace the Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 air search radar….

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE receives FAA type certificate for commercial use

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AeroVironment, Inc. announced that on July 19, 2013 it received a “Restricted Category” rating for its Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system from the Federal Aviation Administration. The first-of-its-kind certificate permits operators to fly Puma for commercial missions, such as oil spill monitoring and ocean surveys, in the North Slope region of the Arctic. Prior…

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Spirit AeroSystems rolls out first KC-46A Tanker forward fuselage section

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Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., celebrated the completion of the first forward fuselage section, Section 41, destined for integration into the Boeing KC-46A tanker. In a rollout ceremony July 26, Boeing and U.S. Air Force representatives joined Spirit leadership and employees to mark the occasion. “Right now we the fly KC-135R models and they are great and…

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First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features new Boeing livery

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Boeing is on track to roll out and fly the 787-9, currently in final production, in late summer

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Rob Weiss named lead for Lockheed Martinís Skunk Works

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Lockheed Martin recently announced that Rob Weiss has been selected executive vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works. “Our business environment is changing, and this leadership realignment is an important example of how we are taking action to better position ADP and Aeronautics to support our…

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GA-ASI successfully flight tests improved Gray Eagle

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced July 26 the successful first flight of the U.S. Army’s Improved Gray Eagle®, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Block 1 Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System that has accumulated over 70,000 flight hours since 2008. The flight occurred today at the company’s El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale,…

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Natick develops holster for M320 grenade launcher

Posted July 26, 2013 by Bob Reinert

When the M320 40 mm grenade launcher began replacing the M203 in 2009, it put a new and more lethal weapon into the hands of the soldier.

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Dyess AFB receives final C-130J Super Hercules

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The fleet is complete  The final Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft number 5726) designated for the 317th Airlift Group was ferried to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 25. Gen. Paul Selva, commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., flew the aircraft to Dyess AFB…

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Lockheed Martin’s Sniper ATP achieves operational flight status on B-52

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Lockheed Martin’s Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod has achieved operational flight status on the B-52 bomber.

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100th jet in final production; first F-35 bound for Luke

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Lockheed Martin photograph by John Wilson   The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., has entered the last stage of final assembly. This conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-41, is scheduled to arrive at the base next year. During final assembly,…

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