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News Briefs May 2, 2014

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Top two Pentagon intelligence officials quitting The Pentagon says the top two officials at its Defense Intelligence Agency are retiring. The departure of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as director of the DIA and David Shedd as his deputy was announced Wednesday by the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Kirby said the two…

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Navy’s X-47B program ramps up flight test, readying for summer sea trials

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The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.

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Northrop Grumman delivers Mode S upgrade for the U.K.’s Sentry E-3D AWACS

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Northrop Grumman has designed, developed, integrated and fielded a Mode S upgrade to the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator for the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System fleet based at Royal Air Force Waddington. The IFF interrogator is a sophisticated airborne defence system that provides a long-range, rapid early warning and detection capability, allowing…

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ATK delivers fully outfitted light gunship to Jordan

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ATK, a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, in conjunction with King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, has delivered the first modified CASA-235 light gunship aircraft to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ATK was awarded a contract by KADDB to modify two of the country’s CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly capable and cost-effective special mission…

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T-34C crashes at sea near Corpus Christi

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A U.S. Navy T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft assigned to Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) with two pilots aboard crashed May 1 while conducting a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:20 a.m., CST. Initial reports indicate the pilots were able to bail out of the aircraft, and that neither pilot was injured….

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K helicopter with rotor blades

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Sikorsky photograph Sikorsky’s CH-53K heavy lift helicopter spun the main and tail rotor blades for the first time April 17, at the company’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with…

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Air Force implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted May 2, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who have fewer than 18 years or 20…

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NASA invests in hundreds of U.S. small businesses to enable future missions

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Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

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Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i light helicopter for first time

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Boeing's AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter's close air support and attack capabilities.

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GOES-R weather satellite modules delivered to Lockheed Martin

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The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the…

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