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News Briefs July 14, 2014

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Tanks, military vehicles auctioned in California PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. – Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said July 13. Jacques Littlefield’s collection, one of the nation’s most extensive and historic, was sold in the San Francisco Bay…

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U.S. Air Force awards Raytheon $80 million for MALD-J

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Raytheon has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and operational flight software. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. This award is…

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DOD official discusses F-35 at Farnborough Air Show

Posted July 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Safety is the first consideration in whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough Air Show in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said July 14. The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 pending an investigation of an engine fire that occurred June 23 on the runway of Eglin…

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Sikorsky begins delivery of S-76Dô aircraft for executive transport

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced July 14 that it has begun delivering S-76Dô aircraft equipped for Executive Transport services. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “The S-76 aircraft line has a long legacy of reliability, safety and service, and we…

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ATK motor supports resupply mission to space station

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ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK provided the second stage motor for the July 13 successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antaresô rocket on its second NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m., EDT, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ATK motor was a CASTOR…

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Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

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Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization July 14. The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, major commands, numbered Air Forces and field operating agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years. “I will work…

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Lockheed Martin receives $212 million contract for PAC-3 missile support

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Lockheed Martin has received a contract award recently totaling $212 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Maintenance & Surveillance services to U.S. and international PAC-3 customers from the Missile Support Center. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment of the Patriot air defense…

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News Briefs July 11, 2014

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Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast? Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America’s military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off guard when Congress became upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary lawmakers were…

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Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission

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July 10, at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator’s first four satellites last year. With this eighth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, all successful, Arianespace proves its long-term support for new operators and helps reduce the…

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Hagel talks with F-35 pilots, maintainers at Eglin AFB

Posted July 11, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after touring the 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II integrated training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 10, 2014. During his visit, he met with Eglin service members for 45 minutes to praise their work in the…

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