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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted January 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIRís Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Armyís Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment WaspÆ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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F-35C completes first in-flight dual refueling

Posted January 23, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft refueled together with a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Md. recently. The CV aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, completed the milestone as part of an F-35 flight test program…

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ATTREX campaign: Into the stratosphere for better climate science

Posted January 23, 2013 by

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida The payload bays of NASA’s high-altitude Global Hawk environmental science aircraft are jammed with 11 specialized science instruments during checkout operations for the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year airborne science campaign to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how changes in a warming climate is…

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Despite smaller budget, Air Force seeks to protect satellites

Posted January 23, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force’s satellite constellations. Speaking with reporters at a recent meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton called the range of…

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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted January 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during Saynezís visit to the…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test

Posted January 23, 2013 by

Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing on Jan. 22 delivered – on schedule– the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the Indian Air Force. India’s first C-17 will now enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Boeing…

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News Briefs January 21, 2013

Posted January 21, 2013 by

Judge requiring Bales to undergo sanity review The military judge overseeing the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said Jan. 17 that he will require Bales to undergo an official review of his sanity before he can present any mental health defense to charges of massacring Afghan civilians. Bales deferred entering a plea Jan. 17…

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F-35 training ‘Year of execution’ in review

Posted January 21, 2013 by

This time last year, the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stood up its Marine squadron with a fleet of aircraft with the thought 2012 would be their “year of execution.” Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs stationed here would take off for their first of hundreds of sorties that year once they…

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Historic Los Alamitos base now home to state-of-the-art Army Reserve headquarters

Posted January 21, 2013 by Dave Palmer

The 79th Sustainment Support Command officially opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters facility on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Jan. 12. Hosting fellow Soldiers, civic leaders and community members was Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., 79th SSC commander. “The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve Soldiers,”…

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Air Force begins testing new pod capability

Posted January 21, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Maj. Olivia Elliott, of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, examines the LITENING II advanced targeting pod mounted on her A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a test mission Jan. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Her mission was to wrap up flight testing of the new Net-T software…

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