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Air Force approves full rate production for JASSM-ER

Posted December 15, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range. JASSM-ER successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing in 2013. During IOT&E, the program had a 95 percent success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights. Lots 11 and 12 of the…

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News Briefs December 12, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by

Polish leader hails purchase of U.S. missiles Poland’s defense minister says long-range missiles the country is purchasing from the U.S. are the most modern military equipment the country has ever purchased and that they are especially needed at this time of tension in the region. Tomasz Siemoniak spoke Dec. 11 at the signing ceremony for…

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Navy decommissions USS Norfolk

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kevin Copeland

Navy photograph by PO1 Shannon D. Barnwell The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment. Norfolk will begin the inactivation process in 2015. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was decommissioned Dec. 11 during a ceremony at Naval Station…

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Raytheon awarded $26 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk launching system

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Raytheon has received a $25.9 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk missile Composite Capsule Launching Systems. Production and delivery of the systems will support submarine-launched Tomahawk Cruise missiles. “Submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles have been employed in more than 2,000 combat missions worldwide,” said Roy Donelson, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. “Raytheon and the U.S….

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XCOR presents new platforms for suborbital science at AGU

Posted December 12, 2014 by

MOJAVE, Calif. -†XCOR AerospaceÆ presents new instruments for solar observation and atmospheric phenomena measurement, alongside its full scale Lynx spacecraft, Dec. 15ñ19 at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Both instruments ñ the Southwest Research Institute’s Solar Instrument Pointing Platform and KickSat’s sprite, will demonstrate future platforms for commercial suborbital science. “We’re…

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Navy tests news unmanned underwater vehicle at JEBLC-FS

Posted December 12, 2014 by PO3 Edward Guttierrez III

Navy photograph by PO3 Edward Guttierrez III The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval…

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Boeing begins construction of simulation, analytics lab space in Huntsville

Posted December 12, 2014 by timchisham

Boeing announced Dec. 11 it has begun construction on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its research and technology center in Alabama. Known as the Center for Applied Simulation and Analytics, the new lab space will serve as a hub for Boeing, its research partners and academic collaborators to create and develop simulation and analytics technologies, providing…

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F-35 European maintenance sites announced

Posted December 12, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office announced Dec. 11 the European locations for heavy engine and heavy air frame maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade facilities. ìIn the European region, F-35 initial air frame MROU capability will be provided by Italy by 2018,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told reporters. Bogdan…

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BAE Systems announces proposed acquisition of Eclipse Electronic System

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BAE Systems announced Dec. 11 that it has entered into an agreement with Esterline Corporation for the proposed acquisition of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Eclipse Electronic Systems, Inc., for cash consideration of approximately $28 million, subject to closing adjustments. The Texas-based Eclipse Electronic Systems business employs approximately 90 people and provides highly-advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance…

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News Briefs December 10, 2014

Posted December 10, 2014 by

Food service firms admit cheating U.S. military Several international companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Court documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables and bottled water,…

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