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US Army awards Raytheon $31.8 million contract for continued Excalibur production

Posted February 17, 2016 by

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon a $31.8 million contract to produce and deliver 464 Excalibur Ib extended-range precision projectiles. In full-rate production since mid-2014, Excalibur Ib has revolutionized cannon artillery, making it possible to engage targets precisely at long ranges.

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Cockroach-inspired robotics research opens new doors for missions

Posted February 15, 2016 by Jenna Brady

Supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley researchers have developed a small, crawling robot that mimics a cockroach's ability to squeeze through confined spaces.

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Navy considers electric gun for a Zumwalt-class destroyer

Posted February 15, 2016 by David Sharp

BATH, Maine–Development of a futuristic weapon depicted in video games and science fiction is going well enough that a Navy admiral wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an operational unit aboard a destroyer planned to go into service in 2018. The Navy has been testing an electromagnetic railgun and could have…

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AF officials announce fiscal 2017 budget force structure changes

Posted February 15, 2016 by

Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget Feb. 12. This year’s budget request continues the momentum gained from the recovery provided by the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act, but still reflects the tough choices the Air Force was forced to make as the demand for Air Force capability…

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AF temporarily transitions to contract maintenance for some active-duty units

Posted February 15, 2016 by

The Air Force will temporarily transition some legacy active-duty maintenance units to contract maintenance beginning in fiscal year 2017 and continuing through fiscal year 2020. The move to contract maintenance for some legacy non-deployable flying units and back shop maintenance will allow the Air Force to cross train approximately 1,100 experienced maintainers from legacy aircraft…

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Future USS Portland launches

Posted February 15, 2016 by

PASCAGOULA, Miss.–The future USS Portland (LPD 27) was successfully launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard Feb. 13. The ship was transferred from the land level facility to the drydock, which was then flooded allowing her to float off the blocks. “Every milestone in the construction of a ship is significant, but seeing the…

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Airmen strengthen forward capability in Bulgaria

Posted February 12, 2016 by A1C Luke Kitterman

Airmen from the 352nd Special Operations Wing supported deterrence-specific training here in conjunction with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Feb. 9-11.

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F-35 program moving forward, addressing challenges

Posted February 12, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program is moving forward while addressing various challenges, the program’s executive officer said Feb. 10. “In the big picture, I would tell you that the program right now is accelerating, growing and changing,” Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan said at a media roundtable in Arlington, Virginia. He detailed…

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F-35 Lightning II worldwide fleet exceeds 50,000 flying hours

Posted February 12, 2016 by

F-35 Lightning II aircraft operating at 12 different locations worldwide surpassed the 50,000 flight hour mark this month. The first flight hour was achieved by an F-35B aircraft, BF-01, June 1, 2008. The 25,000 flight hour milestone occurred in December 2014, six years and six months later.

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Red Flag 16-1 comes to an end

Posted February 12, 2016 by Senior Airman Jake Carter

Red Flag 16-1, came to an end on Feb. 12 with aircrews and support personnel from around the world participating in the best training that simulates a deployed environment.

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