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Boeing controls ScanEagle UAS from Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 08 April, 2009
Boeing, on March 16 2009, successfully demonstrated simultaneous command and control of three ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft flying over Washington state.
Lockheed Martin's proven C-130J Super Hercules for USAFE
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 08 April, 2009
Representatives of the U.S. Air Force welcomed the first of 14 new Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft that will be permanently based at Ramstein Air Base. During a ceremony that included dignitaries from across Europe, U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Commander Gen. Roger Brady acknowledged the C-130Js critical contribution to the mission of USAFE.
GKN Aerospace breaks first ground at its new manufacturing facility in Bristol, UK
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 07 April, 2009
GKN Aerospace commences work today on the creation of a new state of the art manufacturing facility at Bristol in the UK. This facility will form a key part of GKN Aerospace-Filton as it becomes a global centre of excellence in composite aircraft wing structures.
VSI - Silver Boeing performance excellence award
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 02 April, 2009
Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI) has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.
Elbit - Advanced helmet mounted sights for Korean helicopters
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 30 March, 2009
Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract to supply advanced helmet mounted systems for the Korean Army's Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) program.
Boeing marks milestone for KC-10 Contractor Logistics Support Program
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 27 March, 2009
Boeing has recognized a milestone for its KC-10 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program: The program has provided aircraft maintenance more than 750 times for the current fleet of 59 aerial-refueling tanker aircraft.
GKN Aerospace teams with SLCR
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 25 March, 2009
At a ceremony at JEC Composites, GKN Aerospace and German laser technology specialist SCLR Lasertechnik GmbH (SLCR) will sign an agreement to develop new automated laser technology that will provide improved, lower cost and swifter repair of composite structures.
Quanser - UAV
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 23 March, 2009
As part of Quanser's development of a cooperative control framework for multi-vehicle control, we have designed a new Almost Lighter Than Air Vehilcle (ALTAV).
Boeing - calibration testing of the first P-8A Poseidon test aircraft completed
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 23 March, 2009
Boeing has last week completed loads calibration testing of the first P-8A Poseidon test aircraft two weeks ahead of schedule. Loads calibration is one of the prerequisites for the U.S. Navy flight clearance process.
Lockheed Martin - F-16 Peace Xenia IV program for Greece
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 20 March, 2009
Ceremonies were held today at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, to commemorate the F-16 Peace Xenia IV program for Greece. The ceremony marks an important production milestone, demonstrating that the program is on schedule and on budget.
Lockheed Martin - United Kingdom announces F-35 Joint Strike Fighter purchase
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 20 March, 2009
British Defense Secretary John Hutton announced that the United Kingdom will purchase three Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II operational test aircraft, signaling the U.K.'s commitment to the upcoming Operational Test and Evaluation phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program. Hutton made the announcement during a visit to Washington, D.C.
UK MoD - UK to purchase three Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 20 March, 2009
On a visit to Washington, the UK Defence Secretary John Hutton has today announced the decision to purchase three Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft - the UK's next generation of supersonic stealth fast jets.
Tekdata accelerate development of UK?s Mantis UAV project
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 20 March, 2009
Wiring harnesses for Mantis electrical actuators meet project goals for fast turnaround, high performance and low risk with combination of proven and advanced technologies
ATK - New class of hypersonic propulsion systems for near-term flight
Launch mechanisms, propulsion, engines : 18 March, 2009
ATK's Hypersonic System Built with Conventional Materials and BurnsReadily-Available Jet Fuel
Boeing to offer Super Hornet for Greece's Next-Generation fighter program
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 17 March, 2009
Boeing will promote the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet as the next-generation fighter for the Hellenic Republic (Greece).
Boeinng - Future combat systems UAV
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 17 March, 2009
Boeing and Science Applications International Corp., together the Lead Systems Integrator for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernization program, today announced that the program has successfully completed preliminary design reviews (PDR) for all its unmanned vehicle systems (UVS).
Boeing - 'major join' ceremony for C-17 Globemaster III
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 16 March, 2009
Boeing has marked a key milestone at its C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach -- the 'major join' ceremony for the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) consortium's first C-17 Globemaster III.
Boeing - First test flight of U.S. Air Force C-130 Avionics Modernization Program
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 16 March, 2009
Boeing has successfully completed the first test flight of the U.S. Air Force's third C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft on Jan. 17, three weeks ahead of schedule. The flight marked another milestone for the most comprehensive C-130 avionics modification ever conducted.
Lockheed Martin Awarded Multi Year Contract
Maintenance, Refurbishment and refitting : 13 March, 2009
Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and Australian Aerospace signed a multi-year contract at the Avalon Air Show to provide Through Life Support (TLS) for the C-130J Super Hercules fleet operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. The contract was awarded by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) at a signing ceremony at the air show
BAE Systems committed to NOWRA for Seahawk support
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 13 March, 2009
BAE Systems plans to establish a world class aviation maintenance facility in Nowra, NSW, if it secures the contract to support the Royal Australian Navy’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter fleet.
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) program
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 12 March, 2009
The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) program has successfully completed a series of risk-reduction flight tests that demonstrated the compatibility and effectiveness of the IRST system on the Super Hornet strike fighter.
Barco - New generation head-up display
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 12 March, 2009
Barco extends avionics offering with new generation Head-Up Display from Saab Avionics Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
F-35 Lightning II - Meeting Performance Requirements
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 11 March, 2009
With strong international partnerships firmly established, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter) continues to meet or exceed its milestones in both performance and schedule. The program is moving quickly into its production and support phase, and will be ready when Australia needs it as its future fighter.
C-130J Super Hercules Continues To Be The Tactical Airlifter In Demand
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 11 March, 2009
A Lockheed Martin official explained to reporters attending the Avalon Air Show today why the C-130J continues to be the platform of choice to meet the growing worldwide demand for tactical air mobility.
Production Moves Forward on Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet for Australia
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 10 March, 2009
The outer skin of the first Boeing [NYSE: BA] F/A-18F Super Hornet for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is fitted to its forward fuselage on a pulse assembly line in St. Louis. The aircraft is approximately three months ahead of schedule and set for an early delivery date in July.
$39 Million for F-16 Ammunition Handling System Production
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 09 March, 2009
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin for production of F-16 Ammunition Handling Systems (AHS).
UK MOD - New MoD fighter support contract to employ 500
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 05 March, 2009
The RAF's advanced Typhoon fighter jet is to be maintained and supported by industry under an innovative partnering arrangement that will create up to 150 highly-skilled new jobs and sustain a further 350 at its peak, Minister for Defence Equipment & Support, Quentin Davies announced today.
Lockheed Martin Hosts P-3 Orion
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 04 March, 2009
Lockheed Martin hosted the 2009 P-3 Orion Suppliers Conference Feb. 25-26 in Marietta, Ga. Representatives from the broad P-3 supplier base attended the two-day event, focusing onP-3 Orion long-term sustainment as well as challenges posed by global economic conditions.
Boeing - Defense Products and Services at Australian International Airshow
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 04 March, 2009
Boeing will showcase an array of leading-edge technology, products, services and capabilities at the 2009 Australian International Airshow, which opens March 10 at Avalon Airport in Victoria.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 04 March, 2009
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical reconnaissance radars, today announced that MQ-1 Predator® aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) have surpassed the 500,000 flight hour milestone, with 87 percent of those hours being flown in combat.
X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) unveiling.
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 03 March, 2009
GKN Aerospace deliveries support X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) unveiling.
Boeing Delivers 1st CH-47F Chinook Manufactured Under Multiyear Contract Award
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 03 March, 2009
Boeing has announced delivery of the first CH-47F Chinook manufactured under a five-year U.S. Army contract awarded in August 2008. The helicopter will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., the fourth unit scheduled to be equipped under the Army's ongoing Chinook modernization program.
Boeing - ScanEagle ship-based trial with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 03 March, 2009
ScanEagle, a long-endurance, fully autonomous unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by Boeing and subsidiary Insitu, today successfully completed a ship-based trial with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
Lockheed Martin's VUIT Technology
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 02 March, 2009
Lockheed Martin's VUIT Technology Provides Network Interoperability for Multiple Aviation Platforms
Boeing - third KC767 deleivered to Japan
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 28 February, 2009
On 25 Feb 09, Boeing transferred the third KC-767J tanker to the company's Japanese partner, Itochu Corp., for delivery to the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). When Itochu officially delivers the aircraft in March, it will join two KC-767J tankers that Japan received in 2008.
Swarm Systems wins 'Most Innovative Idea' Award at MOD Grand Challenge
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 28 February, 2009
One year ago, the Swarm Systems team was one of six teams awarded funding from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to prepare an entry for its 2008 Grand Challenge.
F-35 Production, Testing And International Participation Shift Into High Gear In 2009
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 27 February, 2009
In a single calendar year, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II program will complete all remaining System Development and Demonstration aircraft, deliver the first production-model F-35s to the armed services and initiate full-scale flight test operations at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Lockheed Martin - United Arab Emirates Selects C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 26 February, 2009
Lockheed Martin has been selected by the United Arab Emirates to provide 12 C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft to modernize the country's tactical airlift fleet. The announcement was made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the IDEX Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
Boeing - 1st FAB-T Engineering Development Model Delivered to US Air Force
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 26 February, 2009
Boeing has delivered the first Family of Advanced Beyond line-of-sight Terminals (FAB-T) Engineering Development Model (EDM) to the U.S. Air Force B-2 Program. Boeing and the Air Force will use the EDM to initiate platform integration and test activities.
GKN Aerospace engineers produce prototype A350 XWB composite wing spars
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 26 February, 2009
GKN Aerospace engineers in Germany and the UK have successfully reached the next stage in the development of the A350 XWB 's advanced composite rear wing spar - with the production, on schedule, of high quality prototype composite spars for Airbus' A350 XWB wing box demonstrator.
Royal Air Force's new tankers take shape
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 25 February, 2009
A major milestone was reached today as the first set of wings for the RAF's advanced new fleet of tanker aircraft left Airbus UK's Broughton plant in North Wales. The wings were loaded onto a giant Beluga aircraft to transport them to the Toulouse-based production facility where the new tanker aircraft will be assembled.
GA-ASI US Customs and Border Patrol Unmanned Aircraft Begins Operations
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 19 February, 2009
Aircraft Will Enhance CBP’s Northern Border Security Mission
Boeing Receives $45M Follow-on Contract to Upgrade B-1 Bomber Avionics
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 14 February, 2009
Boeing Company has received a $45 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade avionics software on the B-1 long-range heavy bomber. The award is Sustainment Block 15 of an upgrade program launched in 2003.
Boeing, US Navy Deliver Proposal to Equip Brazil's Air Force With Super Hornets
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 12 February, 2009
Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Feb. 2 delivered a proposal to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) offering the advanced, multirole F/A-18E/F Super Hornet as part of Brazil's F-X2 fighter aircraft competition.
Lockheed Martin Delivers C-5M Super Galaxy
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 11 February, 2009
Lockheed Martin has delivered the second of three fully modernized developmental test C-5M aircraft to the U.S. Air Force. Following a brief ceremony at the company's Marietta facility, Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, Commander, Air Mobility Command, flew the C-5M to Dover AFB, Del., where Air Force flight crews and maintainers will become familiar with the aircraft's new systems and capabilities.
UK MoD -RAF's latest eye in the Afghan sky is a success
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 11 February, 2009
The RAF's latest 'eye in the sky' has recently returned from its successful trials in Afghanistan. The ASTOR system (Airborne Stand-Off Radar) on the Sentinel R1 aircraft was used to gather vital information for forces in the fight against the Taleban.
Saab receives order for Gripen technology study
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 10 February, 2009
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, for studies during 2009 regarding future capabilities for the Gripen multi-role fighter. The contract value is 400 million SEK.
AgustaWestland Awarded Helicopter Tactics Programme Implementation Study Contract
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 05 February, 2009
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a contract by the European Defence Agency (EDA) to conduct a six month Helicopter Tactics Programme (HTP) Implementation Study.
U.S. Navy Retires Last Lockheed Martin S-3B Viking From Fleet Service
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 04 February, 2009
The U.S. Navy retired the last Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] S-3 Viking from fleet service in ceremonies here this morning, closing out the aircraft's distinguished 35-year Naval career.
Boeing Submits A-10 Sustainment/Integration Contract Proposal to US Air Force
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 04 February, 2009
Boeing has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force to participate as an associate prime contractor in the projected $1.6 billion A-10 Thunderbolt Life-Cycle Program Support (TLPS) contract to support the sustainment of the A-10 Thunderbolt II weapon system and integration of current and future requirements.
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