BAE Systems wins $42.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy for Landing Systems Integration Support

March 30, 2021 – BAE Systems was awarded a four-year $42.5 million task order by the U.S. Navy to provide shore-based landing systems integration (LSI) support services for instrument carrier and instrument landing systems (ICLS/ILS). The new ILS provides U.S. Navy pilots with increased guidance capabilities by utilizing radio beam signals that aircraft computers translate, enabling pilots to correct their…

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Navy T-45C Crashes in Texas, No Fatalities

March 24, 2021 – On March 24 at approximately 2 p.m. CDT, a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft crashed approximately 3 miles northeast of Naval Outlying Field Orange Grove, Texas. The two occupants, an instructor, and a student, safely ejected from the aircraft and reported minor injuries. They were transported to a local medical treatment facility for evaluation. Navy…

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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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F-35Bs Begin Sea Trials Aboard Italian Navy Aircraft Carrier

March 1, 2021 – Two F-35B Lighting II jets landed aboard Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) this afternoon. Test pilots flew the specially instrumented U.S. F-35Bs from Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Pax River), Maryland, to the Italian Navy flagship, which got underway Sunday, February 28. The F-35B is the short take-off and vertical landing variant of…

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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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Sikorsky Continues Legacy With Latest Contract To Build Presidential Helicopters

February 10, 2021 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year. The award announced February 5, 2021 by the U.S. Navy for five aircraft is the final lot of VH-92A presidential…

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Rolls-Royce Awarded US Navy Research Contract

January 20, 2021 – Rolls-Royce has been awarded $1 million of research funding from the US Government for digital foreign object debris (FOD) detection technology. The year-long research contract from the US Navy, will help to further develop and validate Rolls-Royce’s FanSense debris monitoring system, which is currently supporting the Pegasus engine. FanSense works by analyzing the shaft speed signal…

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