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Department of Defense officials name MRO&U assignments for F-35 airframes and engines

Department of Defense officials name MRO&U assignments for F-35 airframes and engines

WASHINGTON, 18 Dec. 2014. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul, and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the Asia Pacific Region.

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, 17 Dec. 2014. Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) are using energy-rich tobacco plants from South African farmers to aid in the production of sustainable aviation biofuel.

HISPASAT Group expands with SSL multi-mission communications satellite acquisition

HISPASAT Group expands with SSL multi-mission communications satellite acquisition

PALO ALTO, Calif., 10 Dec. 2014. Officials at Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT Group sought a multi-mission communications satellite to enable a broad range of services in Latin America. They found their solution at Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a provider of commercial satellites, and purchased the Amazonas 5 satellite.

Swedish airport gains approval for operation of Saab remote tower technology

Swedish airport gains approval for operation of Saab remote tower technology

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 6 Nov. 2014. Officials at the LFV Group, the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and transport agency, have granted final operational approval for the remote operation of Örnsköldsvik Airport from Sundsvall, Sweden. This achievement means the world’s first airport remotely controlled by Remote Tower Services (RTS) from defense and security company Saab will commence shortly, paving the way for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective delivery of air traffic control services.

Boeing to install strategic communications gear in Air Force airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 27 Oct 2014. Strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co., are developing a system to enable military emergency command post aircraft to communicate with submerged submarines in the event of nuclear war or other global disasters.

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