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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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General Dynamics awarded $122 million for Virginia-class submarine procurement

Posted  December 28, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as…

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Africa Command repositions forces to increase flexibility

Posted  December 28, 2013

The commander of U.S. Africa Command is repositioning forces in East Africa in an effort to attain maximum flexibility to respond to State Department requests, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters in Washington, D.C., Dec. 23.

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Northrop Grumman expands industry support for Japan E-2C Hawkeye program

Posted  December 28, 2013

Northrop Grumman has entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corporation of Illinois and Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, expanding industrial support for the Japan E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a “just-in-time” inventory management process. “Japan is our largest international Hawkeye operator,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “The Japan…

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways announce order for additional wide-body airplanes

Posted  December 28, 2013

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways announced that Cathay Pacific has ordered an additional 747-8 Freighter and three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet and 777-300ER fleet to 14 and 53, respectively. “We are very pleased to confirm this latest aircraft…

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DOD looks 25 years ahead in unmanned vehicle roadmap

Posted  December 28, 2013

Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released Dec. 23.

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Raytheon awarded $80.5 million from U.S. Navy for Joint Standoff Weapon

Posted  December 28, 2013

Raytheon has received an $80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons. The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test. JSOW provides growth and threat adaptation opportunities for current and future customers, and interoperates with several…

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NASA, JAXA announce launch date for global precipitation satellite

Posted  December 28, 2013

Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepare to launch a new satellite in February. NASA and JAXA selected 1:07 p.m. to 3:07 p.m., EST, Feb. 27 as the launch date and launch window for a Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the…

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Lockheed Martin team moves forward in ‘elite eight’ following DARPA robotics challenge trials

Posted  December 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories recently completed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Lockheed Martin-led team, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, guided an Atlas humanoid robot through a number of tasks designed to simulate disaster response scenarios. Lockheed Martin is…

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Eight teams earn DARPA funds for 2014 robotics finals

Posted  December 28, 2013

Eight robots took their first steps into the future, Dec. 21, 2013, at a racetrack complex near Miami, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

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Beechcraft to be bought by Cessna parent company

Posted  December 28, 2013

Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron Inc. said Dec. 26 it will buy Beechcraft Corp. for approximately $1.4 billion, a deal that would combine two mainstays of Wichita’s general aviation industry. The announcement by Providence, R.I.,-based Textron caps a year that saw Beechcraft emerge from bankruptcy largely freed from debt and its unprofitable Hawker business jet…

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