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Orbital ATK to produce components for B-2 stealth bomber
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017


Orbital ATK has received a $90 million contract from Northrop Grumman for composite materials meant for maintenance of the B-2 Spirit heavy stealth bomber. The production will include 17 Hot Trailing Edge, or HTE, parts for the bomber.

Production will take place at Orbital ATK's Aerospace Structures Division facility in Dayton, Ohio, starting later this year.

"We are honored to partner with Northrop Grumman to extend the service life of the B-2 bomber," Steve Earl, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK's Aerospace Structures Division, said in a press release.

"This program capitalizes on our core competency of providing advanced composite structures that use innovative Orbital ATK manufacturing processes to fit our customer's needs."

The B-2 Spirit is an intercontinental-range stealth bomber designed and built by Northrop Grumman. It is capable of deploying nuclear weapons and can carry a 40,0-pound payload of conventional bombs ranging from GPS-guided JDAMs to laser-guided bunker busters and cluster munitions.

The bomber primarily operates out of Whitman Air Force Base. It carries a crew of two and costs $1.6 billion dollars per plane. Its composite stealth structure requires extensive maintenance and special climate-controlled hangars. The B-2 has been in operation since 1988 and a total of 20 have been manufactured.

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Britain's Royal Navy delivers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Britain's Royal Navy has handed over seven surplus Sea King helicopters to Pakistan. The handover took place in Britain earlier this month and was conducted in a ceremony attended by Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. Pakistani officials said in a press release that the helicopters are to undergo maintenance services by M/s Vector Aerospace before they are sh ... read more

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