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Air Force Pentagon plans for new Air Force One. The Pentagon is planning a replacement for Air Force One, with the new plane possibly receiving communications equipment by 2019. The Pentagon hasn't specified what type of plane will replace the Boeing 747. Apr 19, 2012

Air Force B-1 and B-2 bomber upgrades achieve goals. Navigation and computer upgrades for the Air Force's B-1 and B-2 bombers have passed milestones and completed development test flights. Boeing is performing retrofits of new navigation systems for the B-1, and the B-2 is getting a computer upgrade. Apr 19, 2012

Air Force Air Force will relaunch contest for light-strike aircraft. Following the cancellation of its contract with Brazil's Embraer, the Air Force says it will reopen the contest to build the light-strike aircraft bound for Afghanistan. "It was regrettable that we had a problem on our documentation on the first source selection," said Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff. "As a result, we responded by discontinuing that phase of the effort and we will begin anew here later this month with the current offers." Apr 17, 2012

Boeing Boeing satellite completes testing. The Boeing satellite completes testinging-built Wideband Global SATCOM 4 satellite has finished its post-launch tests and has been turned over to Air Force operators. The communications satellite will begin service this summer in the space over the Middle East. Apr 19, 2012

Boeing Army is advancing vertical-lift, unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Army is working on the next phase of its push into unmanned aircraft with unmanned vertical-lift helicopters. Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters will be deployed in June in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Army is working on teaming for future unmanned aircraft that also has the option of being manned. Apr 16, 2012

Boeing Boeing wins $668 million in Apache helicopter orders. Boeing Co (BA) has won two U.S. Army orders worth $668 million for work on AH-64D Apache Block III helicopters for the U.S. military and Taiwan, the Pentagon said on Friday. In a daily digest of major arms contracts, the Defense Department said Boeing had won a firm, fixed-price contract of $486 million for low-rate initial production of 51 remanufactured Apache helicopters in the new configuration. Boeing began work on the orders in October, under a preliminary contract while it was finalizing the terms of the contract with the Army. Work on the helicopters is due to be completed by the end of November 2014. Boeing also won a $172 million, firm-fixed-price contract to deliver an unspecified number of Apache Block III helicopters to Taiwan in a deal that would run through the end of 2014. Apr 16, 2012

Boeing Boeing wins orders for Apache helicopters. Boeing has won two contracts worth $668 million to produce helicopters for the U.S. Army. The AH-64D Apache Block III helicopters will be used in Taiwan and the U.S. military. Apr 16, 2012

L-3 Communications Holdings L-3 Agrees to Acquire ThalesO Civil Aircraft Simulation & Training Business. L-3 Communications announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Thales Training & Simulation LtdOs civil aircraft simulation and training business. The purchase price is [pounds sterling]83 million (approximately $132 million) and will be funded with cash on hand. Headquartered in Crawley, United Kingdom, the business employs approximately 400 people. It is a leading manufacturer of commercial flight simulation equipment, with an installed base of more than 540 simulators and a significant global customer roster. The business also operates a training center in Asia. Its advanced civil aircraft simulators are compliant with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency and International Civil Aviation Organization regulations. The acquisition is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and will be...

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