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Headlines June 28, 2013

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Business U.S. leads global arms exports surge Worldwide arms exports are surging. They’re up nearly 30 percent since 2008, according to a new report from defense analyst IHS Jane’s. Weapons exports totaled $73 billion in 2012, up from $57 billion four years earlier. Total worldwide defense spending in 2012 was $1.6 trillion.   Defense U.S….

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News Briefs June 28, 2013

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Luke AFB west of Phoenix to get 72 more F-35s The Air Force has decided to assign three additional squadrons of the new F-35 fighter at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. The decision secures the future of the base 15 miles west of Phoenix as the current fleet of F-16s is retired. It…

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted June 28, 2013 by Mike W. Ray

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July.

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Navy closes in on making landing on aircraft carrier safer

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Landing on an aircraft carrier is now safer thanks to the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System team from the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office.

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Boeing delivers British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and British Airways announced the delivery today of the U.K. carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., June 26, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport June 27 at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines…

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Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s ninth Littoral Combat Ship

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Lockheed Martin photograph The keel laying ceremony for LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, took place at Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard on June 27, 2013. Pictured from left to right: Monsignor James Dillenburg, Keel Laying Chaplain; Chuck Goddard, President & CEO Marinette Marine Corporation; Mrs. Janee Bonner, ship sponsor; Joe North, Lockheed Martin Vice…

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Alert Reaper Airmen find IED

Posted June 28, 2013 by TSgt. Rob Hazelett

Most airmen can mentally rewind to the Combat Airman Skills Training course and recall the frustration and apprehension of not being able to locate all the improvised-explosive devices set out in the training lanes.

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Weapons Division sets world record on China Lake track

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A team of scientists and engineers at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif., recently set a world record for producing the most thrust for a rocket sled test on the Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track at China Lake.

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing

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The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing yesterday. It is scheduled to launch July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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Precision Castparts expands fluid fittings capabilities with the acquisition of Permaswage

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Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Permaswage SAS, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of aerospace fluid fittings, for $600 million. Permaswage’s primary focus is the design and manufacture of permanent fittings used in fluid conveyance systems for airframe applications, as well as related installation tooling. The company has particular expertise in swaged fittings, which…

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