Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Soars Past 600,000 Fleet Flight-hours

March 24, 2021 – The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has logged more than 600,000 flight-hours, providing continuous customer support to maintain mission readiness and transport critical cargo and personnel. Built by Bell Textron and Boeing, the V-22 fleet has grown to more than 400 aircraft and is operated by the United States Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and…

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Boeing Begins EA-18G Upgrade Program at NAS Whidbey Island

March 19, 2021 — Boeing has started a five-year modification program for the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler fleet with the induction of the first jet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The modifications are focused on updating the jets’ structural and mission systems architecture, enabling future capability growth for the Navy’s 160 Growler aircraft. Growlers serve a critical role in…

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The Making of a P-8

The P-8 is a collaboration between Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security. The Boeing teams work together from start to finish to bring this amazing aircraft to the warfighter. The P-8 is a military derivative of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation airplane, which means assembly begins in a Boing Commercial Airplanes factory. After the P-8 receives a new coat…

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Astronics to Support Boeing’s MQ-25 Unmanned Tanker for the US Navy

February 17, 2021 – Astronics Corporation has been awarded contracts by The Boeing Company to supply CorePower® aircraft power distribution units and custom-engineered exterior lighting for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program. “Our CorePower® Electronic Circuit Breaker Unit (ECBU) technology is ideally suited for use in unmanned aircraft. This COTS power distribution technology will support the success of the MQ-25…

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Boeing Super Hornet Demonstrates Ski-jump Launch Capability

December 21, 2020 – Boeing and the U.S. Navy proved recently that the F/A-18 Super Hornet can operate from a “ski jump” ramp, demonstrating the aircraft’s suitability for India’s aircraft carriers. The demonstrations, held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, showed that the Super Hornet would do well with the Indian Navy’s Short Takeoff but Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) system…

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Australia Orders Another Pair of P-8A Poseidons

December 30, 2020 – Air Force’s maritime patrol capability will be boosted with Australia set to acquire two more P-8A Poseidon surveillance and response aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to 14. The Government has also approved sustainment funding for the current approved fleet of three MQ-4C Triton aircraft. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the…

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Boeing Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for New Zealand P-8 Training

Dec. 16, 2020 — The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, valued at $109 million, to provide P-8A Poseidon training for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). A suite of training systems and courseware will prepare RNZAF aircrew and maintainers to safely and effectively operate and maintain the world’s premier maritime patrol and reconnaissance…

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MQ-25 Completes First Test Flight with Aerial Refueling Store

December 9, 2020 – Boeing and the U.S. Navy have for the first time flown the MQ-25 T1 test asset with an aerial refueling store (ARS), a significant milestone informing development of the unmanned aerial refueler. The successful 2.5-hour flight with the Cobham ARS – the same ARS currently used by F/A-18s for air-to-air refueling – was designed to test…

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