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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.

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Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing broke ground July 29 on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees.

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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…


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Boeing, Nok Air announce commitment to order 737 MAXs, Next-Generation 737s

Posted  February 12, 2014

Boeing and Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) announced Feb. 12 from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX. Boeing will work…

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NASA, French space agency sign agreement for Mars mission

Posted  February 12, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France, signed an implementing agreement Feb. 10 for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. “This new agreement strengthens the partnership between NASA and CNES…

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Insitu releases latest version of common command, control system

Posted  February 12, 2014

Insitu announced Feb. 12 the 2.0 release of ICOMC2, the company’s innovative, small-footprint common command and control system. Since its introduction in 2012, ICOMC2 has redefined the Unmanned Aircraft System control concept. It enables a single operator to control multiple unmanned vehicles using small-footprint, mobile hardware and features an open-architecture design that users can customize…

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GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

Posted  February 12, 2014

The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs…

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Lockheed Martin receives support contract for Saudi Apache pilotage, targeting systems

Posted  February 12, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Under this three-year contract, Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the M-TADS/PNVS…

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Sikorsky begins safety of flight tests on first prototype CH-53K Helicopter

Posted  February 12, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter - designated the Ground Test Vehicle.

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown†66 hours†to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability…

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Raytheon establishes new electronic warfare mission area

Posted  February 12, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business has announced the combination of several of its electronic warfare programs into a new mission area called Electronic Warfare Systems, based at the company’s El Segundo, Calif. campus. The portfolio contains the following: Next Generation Jammer EW Self Protection Systems EW Communications Systems Advanced EW…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings advanced capabilities to global F-16 fleets

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) will help bring advanced capabilities to existing global F-16 fleets, keeping them formidable beyond 2025, according to the head of the company’s Combat Avionics Systems business unit. Northrop Grumman Vice President Jeff Leavitt provided a detailed SABR update to reporters in a briefing at the Singapore Air Show….

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Raytheon receives $31 million Maverick missile contract from South Korea

Posted  February 12, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for additional AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles. Under the direct commercial sale, Raytheon will supply the missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force. “These new Mavericks will provide the Republic of Korea Air Force with additional firepower and will add to…

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