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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

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Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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Boeing Winged Joint Direct Attack Munition completes first round of tests

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A winged version of the Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition that will triple the weapon’s glide range to more than 40 miles is a step closer to production after completing wind tunnel tests at a U.S. facility in June. Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, the 500-pound JDAM Extended Range features a modular…

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XCOR plans to continue operations at Mojave Air & Space Port

Posted September 4, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Aug. 23, XCOR Aerospace announced they will be starting operations in Florida. That announcement, and an earlier one regarding operations in Midland, Texas, raised concerns about the future of XCOR at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. According to Andrew Nelson, XCOR’s chief operating officer, “We will have Mojave as an operational site…

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Another Super Herk for Texas base

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen A C-130J Super Hercules was delivered to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, from Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 29. The aircraft was flown to Texas by General William M. Fraser, III, the commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Aircraft number 5701 is…

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General Dynamics completes acquisition of Fidelis Security Systems

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General Dynamics has completed its previously announced purchase of Fidelis Security Systems, Inc., a market leader in cyber security tools that provide real-time network visibility, analysis and control. It will become part of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed. Fidelis…

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 missile successfully intercepts tactical ballistic missile target during test

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile successfully destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in an Operational Test conducted by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. The test involved three incoming targets; two Patriot-As-A-Target TBMs and one MQM-107 drone. A ripple launch of two PAC-3 Missiles successfully engaged the second…

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General Dynamics acquires Gayston Corporation’s defense operations

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General Dynamics has acquired the defense operations of Gayston Corporation, a privately held company that supplies precision metal components used in several munitions programs. The value of the cash transaction, which General Dynamics expects to be accretive to earnings in 2013, has not been disclosed. Gayston’s defense operations employ 187 people at a state-of-the-art facility…

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Boeing to provide performance-based logistics for U.S. Air Force F-15 radars

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Boeing has received an $85 million Performance-Based Logistics contract for continued support of U.S. Air Force F-15 mechanically scanned and Active Electronically Scanned Array radars. The new PBL contract replaces three previous support contracts with one overarching agreement. “The Boeing Global Services & Support team has years of experience in partnering with the U.S. Air…

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AFA announces executive vice president

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The Air Force Association announced Aug. 28 that Lt. Gen. Dick Newton, who retired from a 34-year career in the Air Force this past June, will be replacing David T. “Buck” Buckwalter as AFA’s Executive Vice-President as of Aug. 27, 2012. Newton retired as the assistant vice chief of staff and director, Air Staff, Headquarters…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of first Aeroloft(tm) installed on a BBJ 747-8

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Boeing today celebrated the delivery of the first Aeroloft(tm) installed on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 747-8 Aug. 29. The Aeroloft(tm), designed and built by Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash., provides 393 square feet (36.5 square meters) of additional cabin space bringing the VIP-configured 747-8 to a total 5,179 square feet (481.2 square meters) of…

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