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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Lockheed Martin F-35A completes first night refueling mission

Posted  March 27, 2012

The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed March 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and…

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Northrop Grumman to develop new atom-based magnetic sensor

Posted  March 27, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to develop a new cost-effective atom-based magnetic sensor, or magnetometer, for antisubmarine warfare operations. The highly sensitive magnetometer will be part of a magnetic anomaly detection system mounted on helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles or submarines. Whether in the air above…

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Paralympians provide example, inspiration to disabled vets

Posted  March 27, 2012

As disabled veterans gathered at the base of Snowmass Mountain in Colorado to tackle their first ski runs on adaptive skis during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, they had an unexpected cheering squad: U.S. Paralympians, including two training for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

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Military to counter U.S. missile shield

Posted  March 28, 2012

The Russian military must prepare to counter U.S. missile defense plans in Europe even as talks between Moscow and Washington are ongoing, President Dmitry Medvedev said recently. Medvedev told a meeting of Russia’s top military brass that the country “isn’t shutting the door to dialogue,” but nevertheless must get ready to take military countermeasures. The…

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Boeing, Elbit Systems to collaborate on simulation for Super Hornet

Posted  March 28, 2012

Boeing and Elbit Systems are collaborating on a joint distributed simulation project that will link a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet simulator in St. Louis, Mo., with an AEL Avionics Laboratory simulator in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The effort brings together Boeing’s and Elbit’s expertise in order to demonstrate current simulation and network technology as well as…

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U.S., African nations share techniques in partnership exercise

Posted  March 28, 2012

ACCRA, Ghana – Ghanaian, Benin, Togolese, Senegalese, Nigerian and U.S. air force members hit the flightline loading, guarding and marshaling aircraft March 21 during the African Partnership Flight 12-2 capstone event here.
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UTC acquistion of Goodrich under review

Posted  March 28, 2012

The acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies Corp. hit a stumbling block March 27 when the European Commission postponed its deadline for ruling on the bid until Aug. 9. The commission wants to look at the deal in more detail amidst concerns that it could impact competition for AC power generators and engine controls. “The…

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Boeing completes programmed depot maintenance on third KC-135E for Chile

Posted  March 28, 2012

Boeing delivered the last of the Chilean Air Force’s three KC-135E Stratotankers March 9 after all the aircraft completed Programmed Depot Maintenance in San Antonio, Texas. The final aircraft arrived at Boeing’s San Antonio facility in June for the maintenance work, which included a variety of depot-level inspections, repairs, maintenance, modification and repainting. The KC-135E…

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News Briefs March 28, 2012

Posted  March 28, 2012

B-2 stealth bombers to get $2 billion upgrade An officer at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., says B-2 stealth bombers soon will be undergoing the biggest and most complex update in the plane’s history. The Kansas City Star reports the Pentagon is moving forward with a 10-year, $2 billion effort to modernize the defensive capabilities…

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Army’s upgraded tactical communications network passes cold weather test

Posted  March 29, 2012

Even after being frozen overnight at negative 35-degree temperatures in the severe winter conditions of Alaska, the elements of the Army’s second-generation tactical communications network backbone were up and running.

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