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USAFE-AFAFRICA releases investigation results on HH-60 accident

Posted July 9, 2014 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman,…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted July 9, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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Airmen, aircraft continue Greenland mission

Posted July 9, 2014 by TSgt. Catharine Schmidt

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Benjamin German LC-130 Hercules takes off June 29, 2014, from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Two LC-130s and 70 Airmen from the Wing recently completed the fourth rotation of the 2014 Greenland season. The unit flies supply and refueling missions to various camps in support of the National Science Foundation and also trains…

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Business

Boeing, Emirates finalize order for 150 777Xs

Posted July 9, 2014 by

Boeing and Emirates Airline have finalized an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices. First announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the order by the world’s largest 777 operator was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. The order ñ a combination of 115 777-9Xs…

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News Briefs July 7, 2014

Posted July 7, 2014 by

Work for refueling tanker cheering contractors Preparations at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, for the arrival of the new KC-46A air refueling tankers are expected to boost contracting opportunities for businesses. A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the first $197 million in new construction projects. Congress has allotted a total of $219 million…

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Business

Raytheon awarded $163 million AMRAAM contract

Posted July 7, 2014 by

Raytheon was awarded a $163,223,113 fixed-price/fixed-price-incentive/cost-plus-incentive contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles Program Support and Sustainment. The PSAS contract provides sustaining engineering, program management, contractor logistics support and accomplishes the diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortage tasks of extending the life of the AMRAAM Central Processing Unit, improving the AMRAAM guidance section within the…

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RPA unit moves to ‘Emerald Coast’

Posted July 7, 2014 by

Air Force photograph Airmen prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four times a year and provided weapons, airspace and targets from Hill AFB, Utah, or Eglin AFB, Fla. Steven and…

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Anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel under construction, at-sea testing expected by 2015

Posted July 7, 2014 by

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, has begun construction on ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail…

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California lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

Posted July 7, 2014 by Don Thompson

A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature July 3, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their month-long summer recess. The 15-year tax incentive would benefit one of the two major competitors, a joint bid…

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AFRL launches hypersonic branch at AEDC

Posted July 7, 2014 by Deidre Ortiz

The relationship between the Air Force Research Laboratory and Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s hypervelocity capabilities is paying dividends and leading to a more in-depth and scientifically broader collaboration. In light of the success of several joint projects, AFRL leadership has decided to extend the organization’s partnership with AEDC by establishing a new hypersonic research branch,…

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