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Future aircraft to be faster, have smaller logistics footprint

Posted April 13, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

The Army’s aircraft of the future will be faster than what the service has now, it will carry more weight, it will require less of a logistical footprint, and officials said it will better do what Army aviation is meant to do: serve the ground commander. While what is now being called “Future Vertical Lift,”…

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B-2 completes first ever 18.5-hour polar test mission

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production. The Extremely…

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Army gears up for next Network Integration Evaluation

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Claire Schwerin

From training soldiers to installing radios on vehicles, Army personnel are engaged in intense preparations for this spring’s major field exercise for the tactical communications network. With the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 12.2 scheduled to take place from May 1 to June 8 at Fort Bliss and White…

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SecAF visits F-35 test program at Edwards AFB

Posted April 3, 2012 by

“You continue to make history – literally every day – with the work you do here.” These words of affirmation were given by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley during his visit to the Edwards F-35 Integrated Test Force March 28 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Donley, who was at Edwards March 26-28…

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Panetta blasts Congress for failure to avert sequestration

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta blasted Congress March 30 for threatening the Defense Department with sequestration he said would be devastating to the force. “Congress did a stupid thing,” he told crewmembers of USS Peleliu during a shipboard visit off the Southern California coast. “What they essentially did was to put a gun to their…

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ORS SpaceLoft-6 launch to test reliability, durability of payloads in suborbital voyage

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Michael P. Kleiman

The SpaceLoft-6 sounding rocket will launch April 5, 2012, at Spaceport America, in Upham, N.M., with seven payloads, crucial for future Operationally Responsive Space missions, demonstrating its dependability and resilience during a…

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C-27 program cut explained, budget aligned with strategy

Posted April 3, 2012 by by TSgt. Jess Harvey

The Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs discussed the reasoning behind the C-27J Spartan program cut from the fiscal 2013 budget request during the Air Force Association’s monthly breakfast seminar March 27. “It’s not because it isn’t a good aircraft, and it’s not because it wasn’t a good idea $487…

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F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Mitch Gettle

Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the…

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Officials reaffirm Pentagon’s commitment to F-35

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Estimated costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter have increased over the life of the program, but the Defense Department is working to contain cost growth and remains committed to the fifth-generation fighter, defense officials said March 29. Frank Kendall III said during confirmation testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that cost overruns for…

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KC-46 program may experience delays

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Only one year into its development, the Air Force’s KC-46 program may experience delays and technical challenges as they try to incorporate three advanced military technologies into the commercial Boeing 767 airliner, which is the basis for the new KC-46 refueling air tanker. The Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, recently stated in…

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