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May 24, 2017
Boeing considering further Super Hornet upgrades
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
The U.S. Navy and Boeing are considering future upgrades beyond the Block 3 enhancement that is already being planned for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. If approved, the upgrades are anticipated to keep the aircraft in service until as far as the 2040's.The Block 3 is expected to start production in 2020. "When you look at flight plan for the future of the aircraft, there could well be lots of new capabilities added after Block 3. The Block 3 is built around a new processor that is a hundre ... read more

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Lockheed Martin receives F-35 cost-reduction contract
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp. has received a $137.8 million contract modification for cost-reduction programs for the initial low-rate production of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense announced on May 19. ... more
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China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus
China and Russia on Monday launched an ambitious project to jointly develop a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing and Airbus, just two weeks after the successful test flight of the first made-in-China large passenger plane. ... more
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Cathay Pacific sacks 600 staff in major shakeup
Hong Kong's flagship airline Cathay Pacific said Monday it would cut 600 staff as part of a major overhaul to slash costs and repair its bottom line. ... more
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A-29 chosen for USAF assessment
The A-29 light attack aircraft from the Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer is participating in a U.S. Air Force capability assessment. ... more
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Typhoon and Hawk jets delivered to Oman by BAE
The first models of the Eurofighter and Hawk trainer aircraft have been delivered to Oman in a formal ceremony. It was held by BAE Systems Air & Information division in the United Kingdom. ... more
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New ejection seat allows Air Force to lift F-35 pilot weight restriction
The U.S. Air Force announced Monday it has removed restrictions preventing pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A. ... more
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NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
NASA completed its third mid-latitude Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) flight at 11:24 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 6, after 12 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes aloft. Flight controllers at NASA's Columbia Scien ... more
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Service Academies Swarm Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Autonomous Swarm Capabilities
They came, they flew, they wildly exceeded expectations. More than 40 Cadets and Midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy helped expand the c ... more

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Boeing receives Apache remanufacturing contract for UK
Boeing was awarded a $488 million contract remanufacturing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for the United Kingdom, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. The deal falls under the Foreign Military Sales program. ... more
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Russian engineers develop new surveillance, missile defense airships
Russian engineers are designing new advanced airships which may become a potent element of the country's anti-ballistic missile defenses. On May 6, 1937, the German passenger airship Hindenbur ... more
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Rolls-Royce to provide logistical, engineering support for the KC-130J
Rolls-Royce has received a $78.7 million contract to provide logistical and engineering support for originally manufactured engines on the KC-130J tanker aircraft. The services will apply to the U.S. Marine Corps and aircraft in use by Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales program. ... more
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Leonardo partners with Britain for new aircraft decoy system
Leonardo is partnering with the British Royal Air Force's Rapid Capability Office to develop the next generation of decoy counter-measures for fighter aircraft, the company announced today. ... more
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Boeing receives contract for F-18 upgrades
Boeing has been awarded an $89.2 million contract for maintenance on the F/18 series of naval aviation fighter planes and EA-F18G electronic warfare aircraft. ... more
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Canadian Defense Minister proposes helicopter upgrades
The Canadian defense minister has indicated that the upgrades of Bell Griffon and AugustaWestland Cormorant helicopters must be prioritized in defense spending or be removed from service. ... more
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Made-in-China jet takes maiden flight
The first large made-in-China passenger plane successfully completed its maiden test flight Friday, marking a key milestone on the country's ambitious journey to compete with the world's leading aircraft makers. ... more
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Kenya approved for possible helicopter buy
The possible sale of 12 weaponized MD 530 aircraft to Kenya by the United States has been approved by the State Department. ... more

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F-22 Raptors complete aerial targeting tests as part of major upgrade
The U.S. Air Force has completed operational tests of F-22 Raptors downing aerial targets with missiles as part of a major capability upgrade of the fighters. ... more
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Russia's T-50 Super Jet Preparing to Soar With Next-Gen Engine
Flight tests of Russian newest PAK FA (T-50) fighter aircraft with a standard engine will start in the near future, General Designer of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov said Wed ... more
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First F-35B Lightning II produced in Italy rolls off assembly line
The first F-35B Lightning II manufactured outside of the United States has rolled out of a Final Assembly and Checkout, or FACO, facility in Cameri, Italy. ... more
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Made-in-China passenger jet set to take wing
China is expected this week to conduct the maiden test flight of a home-grown passenger jet built to meet soaring domestic travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus. ... more
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Department of Defense awards contract for 240 F-35 Lightning II planes
Lockheed Martin has received a $1.377 billion contract for low-rate initial production of 130 Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II fighter planes. The contract includes parts, maintenance, and other services for the program, the Department of Defense announced. ... more
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New Boeing KC-46 tanker reaches testing milestone
Boeing announced on Tuesday it now has a total of six KC-46A tanker aircraft for its testing program, pending production and eventual deliveries to the U.S. Air Force. ... more
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Made-in-China passenger jet set to take wing
China is expected within days to carry out the maiden test flight of a home-grown passenger jet built to meet soaring Chinese travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus. ... more
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Israel shows off F-35 stealth fighters for first time
Israel showed off its new F-35 stealth fighter jets recently delivered from the United States on Tuesday as part of an air show marking its annual Independence Day celebrations. ... more
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