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Boeing Boeing is building a longer version of the Dreamliner. Boeing says it has begun assembling a stretched version of the Dreamliner, the 787-9. This version of the 787 jet will be assembled next year and delivered in 2014. The 787-9 will be the first variant of the 787 with a stretched fuselage, 20 feet longer than the 787-8 model, seating 250[ETH]290 in three classes with a range of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 km). This variant differs from the 787-8 in several ways, including structural strengthening, a lengthened fuselage, a higher fuel capacity, a higher maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and the same wingspan as the 787-8. Boeing is targeting the 787-9 to compete with both passenger variants of the Airbus A330 or A340 and to replace their own 767-400ER. Like the 787-8, it will also open up new non-stop routes, flying more cargo and fewer passengers more efficiently than the 777-200ER or the older A340-300/500. Oct 18, 2012

Boeing Boeing on plan to deliver 18 KC-46A (767-200ER) Tankers by 2017. Boeing this week begins assembling the first refueling boom for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft in the KC-46 Boom Assembly Center that opened today at Boeing Field in Seattle. "We're pleased that this facility opened on schedule," said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager for Boeing. "The KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom based on the proven system on the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 tanker, which will give it advanced refueling capabilities, allowing it to refuel any fixed-wing receiver aircraft anytime and on any mission." Boom assembly marks the program's shift to production from design activities. "It's a big day for the KC-46 Tanker Program and the U.S. Air Force," said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, U.S. Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46 Program Director. "Boeing continues to make good progress toward delivering the KC-46 Tanker on schedule." The first boom will enter testing during the third quarter of 2013 at a System Integration Lab (SIL), known as SIL 0. It is one of five labs designed to reduce risk for avionics and aerial refueling integration. Boeing invented the air refueling boom and has been building, upgrading and modifying them for more than 60 years. Boeing's KC-46 program remains on track to deliver 18 combat-ready tankers by 2017, and for the next major Air Force contract milestone, the Critical Design Review, scheduled for the summer of 2013. Production of the KC-46 aircraft begins next summer in Boeing's Everett, Wash., factory. The aircraft will be a 767-2C variant of the commercial 767-200ER airplane. Boeing will build 179 next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft to begin replacing the Air Force's aging KC-135 tankers. Oct 17, 2012

Boeing Boeing starts building phase on KC-46 tanker. Boeing is beginning work on the refueling boom for the KC-46 (767-200ER) tanker, an aircraft slated for 2017 delivery. The work marks the first step in construction of the KC-46, considered a high priority for the Air Force. Boeing will begin putting together the first aerial refueling boom for the US Air Force's new KC-46 tanker at a new assembly center that opened on 16 October in Seattle, Washington. "We're pleased that this facility opened on schedule," says Maureen Dougherty, Boeing's KC-46 programme manager. The opening of the facility marks the transition of the new boom from the design phase and to the production phase, Boeing says. Oct 16, 2012

Raytheon Raytheon and Israeli guided weapons specialist Rafael have signed a co-operation agreement to market the latterOs Sparrow series of targets to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and other countries. According to US sources, the MDA plans to launch RafaelOs Blue Sparrow target from a converted Lockheed L-1011, to simulate a salvo of ballistic missile threats during a test of Raytheon SM-3 missiles from a US Navy Aegis-class destroyer. The modified airliner would be capable of launching up to four targets simultaneously. Equipped with GPS/INS navigation, the 1.8t Blue Sparrow has a post-boost phase three-axis attitude control system and mid-air pointing capability, which enables it to simulate the deployment of bulk chemical or high-explosive warheads by a ballistic missile. The USA will also evaluate the potential use of other Sparrow-series targets for future intercept tests, sources say. Oct 15, 2012

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