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  • Raytheon, MDA Test Updated Standard Missile-3 Third Stage Rocket Motor - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon, MDA Test Updated Standard Missile-3 Third Stage Rocket Motor

    Raytheon and the Missile Defense Agency have validated the third stage rocket motor update for the updated Standard Missile-3 Block IB following completion of a flight test. MDA and Raytheon tested the in-flight performance of the SM-3 rocket motor following previous ground tests, the company said Thursday. The updated missile will join the existing missile production line. The […] More

  • MDA Tests Lockheed Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C1 on Navy Destroyer Ship - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    MDA Tests Lockheed Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C1 on Navy Destroyer Ship

    The Missile Defense Agency has collaborated with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Pacific Command to demonstrate the target detection features of a Lockheed Martin-built Aegis weapon system installed on the USS John Paul Jones guided-missile destroyer. MDA said Tuesday the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 Weapon System worked to detect and track a medium-range ballistic missile target that was launched from the Pacific […] More

  • BAE Systems Conducts 1,000th F-35 Vertical Landing - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    BAE Systems Conducts 1,000th F-35 Vertical Landing

    BAE Systems has completed the 1,000th vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin-built F-35B as part of an ongoing flight test program. BAE said Friday Peter Wilson – lead test pilot for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the F-35 — performed the landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River six years after BAE pilot Graham Tomlinson conducted the first vertical landing. “Every day, […] More

  • Boeing Completes Flight Test of Final Aircraft Under Air Force KC-46 Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Boeing Completes Flight Test of Final Aircraft Under Air Force KC-46 Program

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of a 767-2C aircraft that serves as the fourth and final test aircraft of the KC-46 Pegasus fleet, joining another 767-2C unit and two KC-46 tankers. The company said Tuesday the program’s second 767-2C aircraft – known as EMD-3 — flew for one hour and 40 minutes to a maximum altitude of 39,000 feet […] More

  • Drone Aviation Demos Tethered UAS in Nighttime Flight Test; Jay Nussbaum Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Drone Aviation Demos Tethered UAS in Nighttime Flight Test; Jay Nussbaum Comments

    Drone Aviation has concluded a nighttime flight test of its commercial tethered unmanned aircraft system under approval by the Federal Aviation Administration. The company collaborated with The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech and Aviation Systems Engineering Company for the WATT-300 flight test, Drone Aviation said Wednesday. Jay Nussbaum, chairman of Drone Aviation, said the WATT-300 tethered drone is built to […] More

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    Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion System Powers Lockheed Missile in Army Test

    An Aerojet Rocketdyne-built propulsion system has supported Lockheed Martin‘s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missile during a U.S. Army-led flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on Thursday. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday its MSE propulsion system integrated on the PAC-3 MSE missile works to function as a rocket motor and provide energy management support to the […] More

  • Lockheed Martin Test Fires PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Martin Test Fires PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement

    Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army have conducted a flight test for the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missile at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The missile detected and intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target during the test, Lockheed Martin said Thursday. PAC-3 MSE features updates to its dual-pulse solid rocket motor, control […] More

  • Raytheon Demos Standard Missile-6 Surface Target Engagement - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon Demos Standard Missile-6 Surface Target Engagement

    Raytheon has conducted a flight test of Standard Missile-6 wherein the air defense missile engaged the decommissioned USS Reuben James, which served as a surface target for the test. The company said Monday the test aims to demonstrate the U.S. Navy‘s “distributed lethality” using ships placed in dispersed formation in an effort to enhance offensive strategy. During the flight […] More

  • Air Force Subjects 2nd Boeing KC-46A to Initial Flight Test; Col. John Newberry Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Air Force Subjects 2nd Boeing KC-46A to Initial Flight Test; Col. John Newberry Comments

    The U.S. Air Force has put the second Boeing-built KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft through its first flight test nearly two months after the company completed an initial refueling test of the first tanker with an F-16 jet. Boeing test pilots carried out operational checks on the plane's flight controls, engines and environmental systems after the aircraft […] More

  • General Atomics Conducts 1st Predator B ER Long-Wing Flight; Linden Blue Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics Conducts 1st Predator B ER Long-Wing Flight; Linden Blue Comments

    General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems group conducted the first flight of the extended-range variant of its Predator B remotely piloted aircraft at Gray Butte Flight Test Facility on Feb. 18 to demonstrate launch ability, airworthiness and landing capability. The Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper extended-range long-wing upgrades include 13 feet of additional wingspan designed to boost aircraft endurance by 13 hours, short-field takeoff and landing modifications […] More

  • Northrop Kicks Off Search for 3 X-47B UAV Pilots - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Kicks Off Search for 3 X-47B UAV Pilots

    Northrop Grumman has begun its search for three pilots to operate the Northrop-built X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle. Northrop said in a job notice the selected candidates will work to determine the UAV’s compliance with operational suitability and specification requirements during flight tests. Northrop developed X-47B under the U.S. Navy‘s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration initiative. The drone is […] More

  • Airbus, Perlan Project Team Move Engineless Aircraft to New Hangar in Nevada - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Airbus, Perlan Project Team Move Engineless Aircraft to New Hangar in Nevada

    Airbus‘ U.S. subsidiary and Perlan Project sponsor Dennis Tito have opened a new facility at the Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada to house the volunteer-run project ahead of a summer flight for the Perlan 2 glider. Airbus Group said Dec. 9 the new hangar will accommodate Perlan 2 before it departs for Argentina, where the engineless glider will work to soar toward […] More

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