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Bloomberg: BAE COO Charles Woodburn to Start Preparations for CEO

BAE Systems PLC Chief Operating Officer Charles Woodburn will start a series of meetings with clients and suppliers sometime in October or November as part of preparations to succeed Ian King as CEO of the British defense contractor, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Benjamin Katz and David Hellier report that Woodburn will assume a bigger role with outside stakeholders while King will …

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General Dynamics’ Gulfstream Receives $92M Navy G-550 Green Aircraft Order

Gulfstream Aerospace has been awarded a $91.9 million contract to produce one G-550 Green aircraft with modifications for airborne early warning function for the U.S. Navy. The Defense Department said Friday Gulfstream will manufacture the aircraft in Savannah, Georgia, with a completion date of December 2018. The G550 cockpit features a triple-redundant …

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The Telegraph: BAE Secures $290M in UK Nuclear Submarine Prototyping Funds

BAE Systems has received an additional $290 million in contract funds to continue work on a replacement platform for the U.K.’s Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines, The Telegraph reported Monday. Alan Tovey writes BAE will use the money to build Successor-class submarine layouts, systems and prototypes for the British navy. The U.K. has invested more than …

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Three Firms Win $157M Navy Propulsion System Repair, Testing IDIQ

Standard Aero, Segers Aero and Turbopower have won a $157.1 million contract to inspect, repair, test and maintain the U.S. Navy’s T56 Series III propulsion system. The three companies will perform maintenance work on the power sections, reduction gear assemblies and torquemeters of T56 Series III, the Defense Department said …

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France Requests $650M Lockheed C-130J Transport, Refueling Aircraft Sale

The State Department has approved France’s request to purchase four Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) transport planes and tankers from the U.S. government under a $650 million foreign military sales agreement. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday the future sale includes two C130J transport planes and two KC-130J tankers with turboprop engines from Rolls-Royce plus four engine …

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NASA Taps 13 Companies for Aerospace Research at Glenn Center

NASA has selected 13 companies to support aerospace research and provide propulsion and communications systems to the Glenn Research Center in Ohio under five-year contracts with a maximum value of $190 million. The space agency said Wednesday awardees will work to develop, verify and demonstrate communications, propulsion, structures and materials technology for space …

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GKN to Acquire Dutch Aircraft Manufacturer Fokker for $780M

GKN has agreed on the estimated $779.6 million acquisition of Arle Capital‘s Fokker Technologies company as part of GKN’s efforts to establish its business as a global supplier to the aerospace sector. GKN said Tuesday its aerospace business will absorb Fokker as an operating unit following the close of the acquisition scheduled …

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Former Exelis CEO David Melcher Appointed AIA Chief Executive

David Melcher,  formerly CEO of defense technology manufacturer Exelis, will join the Aerospace Industries Association trade group as president and CEO on June 8, the AIA said Thursday. Melcher led McLean, Va.-based Exelis through its October 2011 spinoff from ITT Corp. (NYSE: ITT) into an independent company and May 2015 sale to …

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Boeing Announces Exec Moves After Data Analytics Team Launched; Chris Chadwick Comments

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has announced several executive appointments following the creation of a data analytics organization within its defense, space and security business. The company said Wednesday Dewey Houck will serve as chief data analytics officer and lead the new team, which seeks to build information capability onto various product and service offerings. “This is …

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Northrop Switches With BAE for Prime Contractor Role in AF T-X Trainer Bid

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has taken the prime contractor role in its joint bid with BAE Systems for the potential $11 billion U.S. Air Force T-X trainer contract, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Colin Clark writes Northrop will now lead its partnership BAE, L-3 Link Simulation & Training and Rolls-Royce as they offer BAE’s Hawk trainer jet for the Air …

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