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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd Defense

Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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U.S. Air Force awards Raytheon $80 million for MALD-J

Posted  July 14, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and operational flight software. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. This award is…

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Small Diameter Bomb II program steps up integration activity

Posted  July 14, 2014

Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts. Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. Following a successful fit check…

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DOD official discusses F-35 at Farnborough Air Show

Posted  July 14, 2014

Safety is the first consideration in whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough Air Show in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said July 14. The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 pending an investigation of an engine fire that occurred June 23 on the runway of Eglin…

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NASA cargo launches to space station aboard Orbital Sciences resupply mission

Posted  July 14, 2014

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.

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Sikorsky begins delivery of S-76Dô aircraft for executive transport

Posted  July 14, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced July 14 that it has begun delivering S-76Dô aircraft equipped for Executive Transport services. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “The S-76 aircraft line has a long legacy of reliability, safety and service, and we…

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ATK motor supports resupply mission to space station

Posted  July 14, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK provided the second stage motor for the July 13 successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antaresô rocket on its second NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m., EDT, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ATK motor was a CASTOR…

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Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

Posted  July 14, 2014

Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization July 14. The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, major commands, numbered Air Forces and field operating agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years. “I will work…

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SeaGriffin completes guided flight test with new dual-mode seeker

Posted  July 14, 2014

Raytheon has successfully completed the latest guided flight test of its SeaGriffin™ missile. The test further demonstrated the effectiveness of SeaGriffin’s semi-active laser guidance system, and the missile’s ability to capture images from a newly-added imaging infrared seeker. During the Raytheon-funded test, a SeaGriffin missile, launched from an integrated surface launch system, provided streaming video…

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Lockheed Martin receives $212 million contract for PAC-3 missile support

Posted  July 14, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a contract award recently totaling $212 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Maintenance & Surveillance services to U.S. and international PAC-3 customers from the Missile Support Center. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment of the Patriot air defense…

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Headlines July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Business: F-35 engine fire may be one-time incident, U.S. says – The engine fire that led the Pentagon to ground its fleet of F-35 fighters may have been caused by an isolated flaw, according to the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer.  Window closing on F-35 appearance at RIAT – The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing…

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