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Elbit Systems awarded $15 million Israel Defense Ministry contract for additional capabilities to the Israeli Air Force’s C-130H aircraft

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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Jan. 15 that it was awarded a contract by the Israel Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $15 million, to upgrade the Israeli Air Force’s C-130H (Hercules) transport aircraft. The contract will be performed over a two-year period. Elbit Systems will supply the IAF with additional C-130H capabilities, as a follow-on…

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New SecAF to Airmen: With change comes opportunity

Posted January 15, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi The Air Forces most senior leader gave insight into her life and shared career advice with Airmen across the Air Force during her first town hall Jan. 9. Speaking from the Pentagon auditorium, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke about her 32 years of defense experience,…

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Boeing begins 777X high-speed wind tunnel tests

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Boeing announced Jan. 15 that high-speed wind tunnel tests have started for the Boeing 777X. Testing began last week at Boeing’s Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Last month, engineers started wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ’s facility in Farnborough, U.K., where testing of the low-speed performance of the airplane continues. “This is another important step forward…

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Boeing finds significant potential in “green diesel” as a sustainable jet fuel

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Boeing has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to…

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Budget uncertainty challenges readiness, official says

Posted January 15, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagons acquisitions chief said Jan. 15. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke to an audience at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces under…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted January 15, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question during a hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force Jan. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The commission is tasked to submit a report by Feb.1, 2014, to the president of the United States…

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Boeing, Alaska Airlines announce order for two 737-900ERs, delivery of 100th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing and Alaska Airlines have completed Boeing’s first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with today’s direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines. The 737, the world’s best-selling commercial airliner, is a valuable contributor to…

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News Briefs January 14, 2013

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AM General recalling about 200 idled workers AM General plans to begin recalling about 200 idled workers next month at its northern Indiana assembly plants for military and commercial vehicles. AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said Jan. 11 in a statement that the employee recall “is in response to a previously planned foreign military order…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk boasts best safety record designation

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Northrop Grumman photograph The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk. Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System has been designated as the platform with the best safety record in the U.S. Air Force in 2013. Detachment 1 of the 69 th Reconnaissance Group contributed to that designation as they maintained exceptional vigilance during…

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