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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Boeing launches 777X with record-breaking orders, commitments

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing Nov. 17 launched the 777X program at the 2013 Dubai Airshow with a record-breaking number of customer orders and commitments for the newest member of its twin-aisle product family. Agreements for 259 airplanes from four customers across Europe and the Middle East provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the airplane….

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Javelin joint venture awarded $176 million for Javelin Weapon System

Posted  November 18, 2013

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture received a $176 million contract for the production and delivery of 842 Block I Javelin missile rounds and 120 command launch units. The contract was awarded to the Javelin Joint Venture in September. The missiles will be provided through the U.S. government to the U.S. Army, U.S….

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Raytheon receives 1,000th AMRAAM rocket motor delivery

Posted  November 18, 2013

Raytheon has received the 1,000th AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile (AMRAAM®) rocket motor from Nammo Group, a leading propulsion products company based in Raufoss, Norway. The motor is scheduled to be installed in a production AIM-120C7 missile later this month. “Our partnership with Nammo is another example of the close relationship Raytheon enjoys with…

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DARPA focuses on technology for national security

Posted  November 18, 2013

Projects undertaken by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may have some immediate applications, but what program managers there really look to do is blow open new sets of opportunities from deep research, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said Nov. 14. Speaking to a large audience at the Defense One Summit and to viewers online, the…

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Russian Civil Aviation Authority certifies SAT to provide e-jet maintenance training

Posted  November 18, 2013

The civil aviation authority of the Russian Federation has certified Swiss AviationTraining to provide maintenance training for the Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft types. SAT’s practically-oriented basic and further E-Jet training for technical personnel was formally approved by the Russian aviation authority for Levels B1, B2, B3 and C on November 6th. SAT’s maintenance training…

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner reaches 1,000th order with Etihad Airways

Posted  November 18, 2013

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner received its 1,000th customer order Nov. 17 when Etihad Airways announced an order for 30 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at $8.7 billion at list prices. With this order, the Dreamliner family has reached this sales milestone faster than any other widebody airplane in aviation history. Launched in April 2004, the 787 family…

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Boeing 777X to deliver unprecedented efficiency, economics

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing , one day after announcing the record-breaking launch of the 777X, Nov. 18 at the Dubai Airshow outlined the performance characteristics and a variety of features that will make the newest member of the Boeing twin-aisle family the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine commercial jetliner in aviation history. Key innovations will make the 777X…

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U-2 Program Office helps eliminate DCS

Posted  November 18, 2013

Thanks to the U-2 Program Office at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Air Force pilots flying the “Dragon Lady” no longer experience decompression sickness during their high-altitude flights. Commonly referred to as DCS, decompression sickness is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissue following a sudden drop of air pressure….

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Boeing selects Bombardier Business Jet for maritime surveillance aircraft program

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing has selected Bombardier’s Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program, which offers† the global market a capable, low-risk maritime surveillance system based on Boeingís proven P-8A mission system technology. “The Challenger 605 is an ideal platform to host MSA’s mission system, sensors and communications equipment,” Tim Peters, Boeing…

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Raytheon awarded U.S. Navy contract for radar production

Posted  November 18, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $406 million U.S. Navy multi-year contract to provide AN/SPY-1 radar transmitters and MK99 Fire Control Systems for the AEGIS program. Both critical components of the weapon system, the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK99 perform the search, track and missile guidance functions for AEGIS, the shield of the U.S. Navy Fleet. The…

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