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Lockheed Martin engineers select Northrop Grumman navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

Lockheed Martin engineers select Northrop Grumman navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 18 Dec. 2014. Officials at prime contractor Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] needed a space-based inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's (SBIRS) fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite. They found their solution at Northrop Grumman Corp. [NYSE:NOC].

Cubic acquires DTECH LABS Inc., expanding secure communications and networking portfolio

Cubic acquires DTECH LABS Inc., expanding secure communications and networking portfolio

SAN DIEGO, 17 Dec. 2014. Cubic Corp. (NYSE:CUB) has acquired DTECH LABS Inc. (DTECH), a provider of modular networking and baseband communications equipment based in Sterling, Va., for up to $114.5 million, including $15 million of contingent consideration and subject to the terms of the stock purchase agreement.

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.

Boeing selects Aircelle titanium exhaust systems for GE Aviation engines on 777X jetliner

Boeing selects Aircelle titanium exhaust systems for GE Aviation engines on 777X jetliner

LE HAVRE, France, 16 Dec. 2014. Aircelle (Safran) will produce titanium exhaust systems for the Boeing 777X commercial jetliner, according to what is the nacelle manufacturer's first major supplier win with the airframe manufacturer. 

DGA acquires ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master radars to boost France’s airspace surveillance

DGA acquires ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master radars to boost France’s airspace surveillance

MASSY, France, 12 Dec. 2014. ThalesRaytheonSystems won a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA to supply French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and four mobile tactical Ground Master 200 radars. The contract also includes installation and civil engineering work for the 12 Ground Master 400 radars.

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Maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade facilities named for F-35 military airframes, engines in Europe

WASHINGTON, 12 Dec. 2014. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have issued the first F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) facility assignments. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance, and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years.

Indian Navy fills multi-role helicopter requirement with Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk aircraft

Indian Navy fills multi-role helicopter requirement with Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk aircraft

STRATFORD, Conn., 10 Dec. 2014. Indian Navy officials needed a multi-role helicopter for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW), and to fulfill other maritime roles. They found their solution at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) in Stratford, Conn.

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.

Risk analysis and staying informed help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

Risk analysis and staying informed can help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

If you’ve been keeping up with conversations around the hangar, you’ve likely noticed all the talk these days about supply-chain management in aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Supply-chain management techniques, including supply-chain mapping and risk analysis, have emerged as major contributors to efficient aviation maintenance and repair.

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 logs first flight with green diesel as aviation biofuel

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 logs first flight with green diesel as aviation biofuel

SEATTLE, 4 Dec. 2014. Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane flew for the first time using "green diesel," a sustainable aviation biofuel blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine.

ON Semiconductor collaborates with ICs LLC to develop radiation-hardened ASICs for aerospace applications

PHOENIX, 25 Nov. 2014. ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq:ONNN) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC to bring to market application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) resilient to radiation effects. 

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DLA Energy, Air Force complete jet fuel conversion initiative expected to save millions

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 20 Nov. 2014. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in partnership with the Air Force Petroleum Agency, have converted all U.S. Air Force bases from JP8 military-specification jet fuel to Jet A with additives commercial standard jet fuel. The intiative is expected to save the Air Force an estimated $25.5 million in fuel costs annually.    

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

NEW YORK, 18 Nov. 2014. Hunton & Williams LLP officials have formed a multidisciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit to assist with the legal complexities associated with the developing regulatory framework pertaining to commercial UAS (commonly known as drones), including issues related to regulations and the rulemaking process of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), such as Section 333 guidance; the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and other state and federal agencies.

Russian Mi-26 helicopter crew transporting cargo saves polar bear cub in Arctic

Russian Mi-26 helicopter crew transporting cargo saves polar bear cub in Arctic

MOSCOW, 7 Nov. 2014. The crew of a Russian Mi-26 military helicopter from the Eastern Military District Army Aviation airbase saved a baby polar bear from starving to death in the Arctic, after the young bear became separated from its mother.

NEW YORK, 5 Nov. 2014. Some aerospace industry pundits speculate that Asian airlines may have ordered too many aircraft, resulting in excess capacity. Several subregions, including China and East Asia, likely have not ordered enough, according to CIT Aerospace, a global aircraft finance division of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT).

Asian airlines likely to require 13,000 new aircraft, says CIT Aerospace

NEW YORK, 5 Nov. 2014. Some aerospace industry pundits speculate that Asian airlines may have ordered too many aircraft, resulting in excess capacity. Several subregions, including China and East Asia, likely have not ordered enough, according to CIT Aerospace, a global aircraft finance division of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT).

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