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nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle makes its maiden flight

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The nEUROn, Europeís unmanned combat air vehicle stealth technology demonstrator, successfully completed its maiden flight Dec. 1 from the Dassault Aviation companyís flight test base in Istres, France, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of the French defense procurement agency. The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involves France, Italy,…

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News Briefs – November 30, 2012

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Boeing engineers union likely to back mediation   The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace is likely to agree to mediated talks with Boeing, Reuter is reporting. Nov. 29, Boeing asked for U.S. mediators to resolve talks with the union in a bid to resolve the stand-off between the two parties. The SPEEA represents…

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McKeon, McCarthy want to honor Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong

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Washington D.C. Congressman Howard ìBuckî McKeon, R-Calif., and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to redesignate NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. Joining McCarthy in introducing this legislation…

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News Briefs – November 28, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,030 As of Nov. 27, 2012, at least 2,030 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 1,693 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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News Briefs November 26, 2012

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Danes to buy Sikorsky combat helicopters   Denmark’s Defense Ministry says it will purchase nine Sikorsky Sea Hawk naval combat helicopters for $686 million. Minister Nick Haekkerup said in a statement Nov. 21 that the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin will be delivered in 2016-2018. The company is a division of Lockheed…

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News Briefs November 21, 2012

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Marines protecting threatened desert tortoises The Marine Corps is hoping to deploy some four-footed recruits in Californiaís Mojave Desert – about 500 threatened desert tortoises. The Los Angeles Times says the hatchlings live in a special 5-acre facility at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base that’s protected from predators by wire and netting. The slow-growing tortoises…

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Lockheed Martin delivers three F-35Bs to the U.S. Marine Corps

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Three Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft were officially delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps during ceremonies at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Nov. 20. The three jets are assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 residing with the host Marine Aircraft Group 13. ìFor more than 50 years, it has been our…

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News Briefs – November 19, 2012

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Military: U.S. jet crash cause not lack of oxygen   The military says it doesn’t appear a failure of an F-22 fighter’s oxygen system caused the $190 million jet to crash in Florida. Air Force Col. David Graff said in a statement Nov. 16 that an initial review of the Nov 15 crash found the…

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Safety paramount as F-22 investigation continues

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Air Force photograph by Lisa Norman Wreckage of an F-22 Raptor remains at the crash site on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 15, 2012. Officials with the 325th Fighter Wing are continuing to investigate and secure the scene. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and first responders were on the scene in less…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2012

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F-22 Raptor crashes at Florida base An F-22 Raptor crashed Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., one quarter mile east of the drone runway. The pilot ejected from the aircraft safely and is currently under supervision of the 325th Medical Group. The cause of the crash is under investigation. U.S….

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