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Boeing receives $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted September 25, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy on Sept. 21 awarded Boeing a $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will take the total fleet to 24 and bolster the service’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. This third low-rate initial production award follows two last year that totaled 13 aircraft. Boeing has delivered…

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Navy to name research vessel in honor of Neil Armstrong

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 24 that the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research ship will be named Neil Armstrong. Mabus named the future R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong, best known for being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was an aeronautics…

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Boeing begins full-rate production of Laser JDAM for U.S. Navy

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Boeing recently received a $22.7 million modification to an existing U.S. Navy contract for more than 2,300 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM) sensors, starting full-rate production to meet the Navyís Direct Attack Moving Target Capability program requirement. JDAM is a low-cost, modular guidance kit that converts unguided free-fall bombs into near precision-guided weapons….

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Comptroller outlines continuing resolution, sequestration

Posted September 25, 2012 by Karen Parrish

The continuing resolution the Senate approved Sept. 22 and the president is expected to sign this week will affect short- and long-term Defense Department spending in coming months, a senior defense official said Sept. 25. Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale spoke on ìFinancing Defense: Strategies for Leaner Timesî at a Government Executive defense briefing series…

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Boeing celebrates first anniversary of first 787 delivery

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Sept. 25 marks the one year anniversary of the first delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s ANA (All Nippon Airways). Since then, Boeing has delivered 25 Dreamliners to six different customers. “One year ago today we reached a significant milestone in Boeing and ANA’s partnership,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of…

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Basing of first U.S. Space Fence facility announced

Posted September 25, 2012 by

The Air Force will base a Space Fence radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with initial operations capability planned for fiscal 2017. The Fence will provide a critical Space Surveillance Network capability needed to give warfighters the ability to maintain a full and accurate orbital catalog, ensure orbital safety…

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Lockheed Martin-led team’s second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned U.S. Navy

Posted September 25, 2012 by

The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22

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Northrop Grumman completes field installations of new B-2 radar system

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed ahead of schedule all field installations of a new radar system for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-2 stealth bombe

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR missile demonstrates ground launch capability in guided flight tests

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin recently conducted two separate DAGRÆ missile flight tests, successfully firing the missiles from a prototype pedestal launcher and hitting a stationary target. The tests, which took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., demonstrated DAGR’s capability as a ground-based weapon. In each flight test, an inert DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot…

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World War II veterans share memories during conference

Posted September 25, 2012 by TSgt. Julie Weckerlein

The first snow of the winter blanketed the German landscape below his P-51 Mustang, and as the young World War II pilot flew alongside others in formation, he noticed an important detail. . . .

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