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February 09, 2008

Reports: F135 Turbine Blade Cracks During Tests

Second Failure Surprises Engineers

A cracked turbine blade in the Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan destined for installation in the second F-35 joint strike fighter test aircraft has raised concerns about the engine's durability, though the manufacturer maintains a fix is in the works.

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Revue Thommen AD32 Chosen For Czech Aircraft Programs

ADDU Part Of Several Upgrades

Revue Thommen AG announced this week the selection and installation of its AD32 Air Data Display Unit (ADDU) for the upgrading of a fleet of six An-26 aircraft operated in Poland.

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AeroVironment Awarded $45.8 Million Contract Option

Will Provide Add'l Raven Small UAS, Support Services

The US Army likes its Ravens. On Thursday, AeroVironment, Inc. announced the Army has exercised its option on additional RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services, under an existing contract.

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