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X-47b completes night flights

Posted April 11, 2014 by Navy photographs

  The unmanned X-47B conducts its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.  Night flights are the next incremental step in developing the operations concept for more routine UAS flight activity.  The Navy will continue to execute X-47B test events to mature standard operating procedures for cooperative use of the…

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

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The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Posted April 11, 2014 by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

Posted April 11, 2014 by Brian Brackens

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…

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Final F-22s depart Holloman

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Air Force photograph by A1C Aaron Montoya One of the last four F-22 Raptors from the 7th Fighter Squadron prepares to depart for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., April 8. Holloman bids farewell to the F-22 Raptors as the 7th Fighter Squadron transitions its mission to Tyndall to continue…

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Link 16: The B-1B’s future link to the battle field

Posted April 11, 2014 by SSgt. Joel Mease

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Richard Ebensberger Maj. Shane Garner, 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, completes a flight in the first newly upgraded operational B1-B Lancer Jan. 21, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The B-1B Lancer was recently upgraded with a new Integrated Battle Station. The new system includes a combination of three…

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F-35 on time to replace previous tactical aircraft

Posted April 11, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

The F-35 Lightning II will enhance combat capabilities, project U.S. power and deter potential adversaries, Air Force officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in a hearing on tactical aircraft programs there, April 8.

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Missile delivery marks milestone for Armament Directorate

Posted April 9, 2014 by

The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, recently. The JASSM and JASSM-ER variants are autonomous, long-range, highly-survivable, conventional air-to ground, precision-guided missiles. The weapons provide focused lethality to strike highly-defended, high-value targets….

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Hammack testifies on 2015 budget, calls for BRAC in 2017

Posted April 9, 2014 by J.D. Leipold

The Army’s assistant secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment told senators that the Army needs another round of base realignment and closure in 2017. Katherine G. Hammack, along with her Defense Department and service counterparts, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee April 2. She presented the Army’s fiscal year 2015 military construction, or MILCON,…

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Significant milestone met as progress continues on AWACS upgrade

Posted April 9, 2014 by Patty Welsh

An important milestone was recently reached on a significant upgrade improving capabilities for the Airborne Warning and Control System, better known as AWACS.

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