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Northrop Grumman delivers Global Hawks to U.S. Air Force

Posted January 7, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki Northrop Grumman recently delivered two new Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Air Force ahead of schedule. Global Hawk allows military commanders to receive high-resolution imagery, survey vast geographic regions and pinpoint targets on the ground. Northrop Grumman has completed early delivery of two Global Hawk unmanned…

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News Briefs December 21, 2012

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Panetta cites turning point in Afghan war Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan believe the U.S. and its allies have ìturned the tideî after 11 years of war. In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Panetta said the international military coalition has reversed a five-year trend of growing…

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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite sends first signals from space

Posted December 21, 2012 by

The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, sent its first signals from space Dec. 19 following launch from Kourou aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. Bicentenario is the first of three MEXSAT satellites for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico that will enhance the country’s communications for domestic, military, civil…

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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted December 21, 2012 by Laura Mowry

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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Boeing’s final design for Wedgetail AEW&C airborne mission segment accepted by Australia

Posted December 21, 2012 by

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. “Australia has worked…

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Robot to serve as future military’s pack mule

Posted December 21, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

The war fighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say. Enter the robot. Itís not just any robot. DARPAís semiautonomous Legged Squad Support System – also known as the LS3 – will carry…

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Space Fence program moving forward

Posted December 21, 2012 by Patty Welsh

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward. Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, the first site located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, to track objects entering Earth’s…

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F-35 ‘pushes the envelope’

Posted December 21, 2012 by Laura Mowry

The F-35 Integrated Test Force made significant progress expanding the flight envelope of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant over the past few months with numerous successes in High Angle of Attack (AoA) flight test, with the completion of the first intentional departure of controlled flight Dec. 4 and now having tested the aircraft…

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Boeing delivers first P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Posted December 21, 2012 by

Boeing photograph Boeing Dec. 19 made an on-site delivery of the first P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy in Seattle, in accordance with the contract. India will receive this aircraft and two more of its eight contracted P-8Is in 2013. The program is progressing on schedule as Boeing assembles the fourth and fifth P-8Is, which…

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News Briefs December 19, 2012

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Iran says it got two more U.S. drones in past missions The naval chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claims Iranian forces had captured at least two other U.S. drones before unveiling a purportedly downed ScanEagle craft earlier this month. The Dec. 17 report by the official IRNA news agency does not say when the two…

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