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July 11, 2014

Headlines July 11, 2014

Business:

F-35 engine fire may be one-time incident, U.S. says -

The engine fire that led the Pentagon to ground its fleet of F-35 fighters may have been caused by an isolated flaw, according to the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer. 

Window closing on F-35 appearance at RIAT -

The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing at Day 1 of the Royal International Air Tattoo July 11, but officials are holding out hope it could still appear over the weekend. 

Pentagon says no halt in F-35 contract talks with Lockheed, Pratt -

The Pentagon’s F-35 program office July 10 reversed an earlier statement and said it was continuing contract talks with Lockheed Martin and engine maker Pratt and Whitney, despite an engine fire that has grounded the F-35 fighter jet fleet. 

Boy, do I want to get away from being the trillion dollar airplane: Bogdan -

Fairford, England: Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan hates being labeled the man who oversees the trillion dollar jet fighter, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter as you can tell from the headline.  

Raytheon ready to proceed with FAB-T in wake of victory over Boeing -

Raytheon is preparing to ramp up production of the family of advanced beyond line of sight terminals (FAB-T) program now that the Air Force has changed course and awarded the company what remains of the once troubled program.

France, U.K. to sign memo kicking off combat drone study -

Britain and France plan to sign a memorandum of understanding for the study of a combat drone, bringing their air forces closer to an advanced fighter program worth billions, defense ministry spokespersons of the two countries said.

Onodera sets out plans to buy amphibious assault ships -

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has said that Tokyo is to consider the purchase of at least one amphibious assault ship.

Alenia Aermacchi delivers pair of 30 M-346s to Israel -

The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi in 2012. 

HAL issues RfI for help with stalled IJT program -

India’s state-owned company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited issued a global request for information June 30 seeking technical assistance aimed at streamlining the overweight Intermediate Jet Trainer. 

 

Defense:

Marines open infantry training to hundreds more female officers -

The opportunity for women to attend the Marines’ Infantry Officer Course experiment won’t be limited to entry-level officers for much longer. Starting this October, company-grade officers – lieutenants and captains – who have already served in another primary occupation will be allowed to raise their hands and give IOC a shot. 

Obama spurs Pentagon bid for more military to battle border threats -

The Obama administration has rejected calls from the Pentagon to expand the military’s role in the border crisis despite admitting that the human trafficking, drugs and weapons smuggling operations threaten national security, Defense One reported. 

Air Force faces turbulent times -

Demand for Air Force spy planes, fighters and bombers from Eastern Europe to the Far East is spiking, and top generals say they’re scrambling to meet commanders’ needs as they struggle with shrinking budgets and keeping old planes flying.  

New F-35 pilots might get to skip training in F-16s -

New Air Force pilots might not have to fly F-16 jets before transitioning from T-38 trainers to the F-35 joint strike fighter. 

Coolant failure caused Predator to crash into Mediterranean -

A coolant problem that triggered a loss in fuel ultimately brought down an MQ-1B Predator in January as it was flying a mission in the Mediterranean Sea, the Air Force announced July 10. 

 

Veterans:

Inflated salaries for non-medical VA jobs costing millions -

While the Department of Veterans Affairs struggles to hire enough medical professionals to clear patient backlogs that have become a national scandal, VA clerks, janitors and other support employees are collectively making millions more dollars each year than they should, The Huffington Post reported.

Parents of combat vets who committed suicide plead for change -

Parents of three combat vets testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee July 10 about the VA healthcare system that failed their children, who ultimately committed suicide, according to news reports.




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Headlines September 15, 2014

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News Briefs September 15, 2014

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Lockheed Martin conducts flight tests of aircraft laser turret for DARPA

AFRL photograph The Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control turret that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed initial flight testing. T...
 

 

Lockheed Martin advances live, virtual, constructive training in flight test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jvXmOW8L3mU Lockheed Martin successfully tested a new solution for integrated live, virtual and constructive training during a flight demonstration at the company’s Aeronautics facility in Fort Worth, Texas. During the flight test, a pilot flying in a live F-16 engaged in a synthetic training exercise with a pilot flying as wing...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity n...
 
 

Raytheon begins full rate production on TALON Laser Guided Rockets

Under a $117 million contract awarded to Raytheon, Raytheon Missile Systems has begun production of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. In 2013, the Armed Forces General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates awarded Tawazun a contract to procure the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. “Full rate production of the TALON LGR is a significant milestone for...
 




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