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News Briefs – December 14, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,035   As of Dec. 11, 2012, at least 2,035 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,698 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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ATK to deliver PERM capability for U.S. Marine Corps 120mm Mortar system

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ATK announced Dec. 13 that it will begin execution of a $14.3 million contract awarded to develop a solution to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ requirement for a rifled, 120mm, Precision Extended Range Mortar. ATK’s Armament Systems division will serve as the prime contractor to the Marine Corps for the 24-month PERM development program that…

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Lockheed Martin says its local presence solid

Posted December 14, 2012 by Kristi E. Swartz and Daniel Malloy

Lockheed Martin’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Cobb County, Ga., came under pressure from a lackluster economy and U.S. military budget cuts. But company officials said the company’s seven-decade presence in Marietta is not under threat – at least not for several years. “It’s about being competitive, it’s about being affordable and…

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NASA progressing toward first launch of Orion spacecraft

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Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency’s Orion capsule, the most…

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Blue Angels releases 2013 show schedule

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The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has released their 2013 show schedule in which the Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 65 demonstrations at 32 locations. The 2013 show schedule is:   March 16: NAF El Centro, Calif. March 23-24 NAS Key West, Fla. April 6-7: MacDill AFB, Fla. April 13-14: NAS Corpus…

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Thunderbirds release 2013 show schedule, prepare for 60th anniversary

Posted December 14, 2012 by TSgt. Jake Richmond

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds announced their 2013 show schedule Dec. 11. In its 60th season, the team is slated to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 38 locations, including a six-week tour through the Pacific. The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick off its season…

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Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

Posted December 14, 2012 by Rob Gillies

Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35′s because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martin’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the government needs to ensure a balance between military and taxpayer interests. MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options…

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Boeing appoints Pratyush Kumar to lead Boeing business in India

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Boeing Dec. 13 named Pratyush “Prat” Kumar as president of Boeing India, effective Dec. 14. He joins Boeing with significant business leadership experience and insight into the Indian market, having served in senior executive positions at GE Transportation since 2003. Kumar succeeds Dinesh Keskar, who earlier this year returned to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a…

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NASA hosts social media event at TDRS-K launch in Florida

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NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida….

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From elsewhere around the web, today’s Aerospace and Defense Industry headlines……

Posted December 12, 2012 by

Lawmakers question gift of 20 F-16s to Morsi’s Egypt; Greece says Qatar eyeing investment in defense sector; Britain’s controversial unmanned drones are being flown by ‘poorly trained pilots who have just 25 hours training’; Robotic surgery gives soldier a new spring in his step; Rolls-Royce in bribery talks with Serious Fraud Office; Concorde 216: BAE…

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