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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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News Briefs July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

Six F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8. The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the…

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Boeing, Jordache’s MG Aviation finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing and MG Aviation Limited July 16 finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. The order will support the leasing company’s growing fleet of modern airplanes. “The 787-9 will be an excellent addition to our leasing portfolio, enabling us to provide our customers with exceptional range,…

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ASL Aviation Group to procure LM-100J freighters

Posted  July 18, 2014

ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters during a ceremony in Farnborough, England, July 16. The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. Safair — an…

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ATK, Alenia Aermacchi complete testing on Italian Air Force C-27J

Posted  July 18, 2014

ATK has announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force. The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon….

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Boeing, Air Algerie announce order for two Next-Generation 737-700Cs

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing and Air Algerie July 16 announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152 million at current list prices. The order continues Air Algerie’s fleet renewal and expansion following January’s order for eight 737-800s. The addition of 737-700Cs to the Algerian-flag carrier’s fleet will provide the airline with increased flexibility depending…

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Predator B ER conducts first long-range endurance flight

Posted  July 18, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 17 the successful second endurance flight of its Predator® B Extended Range RPA, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Predator B RPA that has accumulated over 800,000 flight hours since 2001. The flight launched June 17 and landed June 18. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft…

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Raytheon demonstrates enhanced capability for Mobile Range™ system

Posted  July 18, 2014

Raytheon showcased a new tri-band telemetry antenna on the company’s Mobile Range system during a Joint Advanced Missile Implementation demonstration at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. The event highlighted new technologies that will soon become the backbone of test ranges worldwide. Raytheon’s Mobile Range is an integrated suite of communications, optics, and telemetry…

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Twenty-one and counting

Posted  July 18, 2014

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 21st C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., July 16. Aircraft 87-0044 will be delivered to Travis Air Force Base, California, after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, where it will undergo internal paint restoration. It will be the…

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F-15E takes first flight with new radar system

Posted  July 18, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jamie Hunter/Air Force graphic by TSgt. Samuel Morse The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program upgrade at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho in June. The new radar system is designed to retain functionality of the old legacy radar system while providing expanded mission employment…

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Boeing awarded new contract to provide warhead arming devices to U.S. Air Force

Posted  July 18, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has extended Boeing’s work remanufacturing warhead arming devices for the nation’s air-launched cruise missile, helping to ensure the readiness of the system. Under a new two-year contract, valued at $7.3 million, Boeing will remanufacture warhead arming devices for the air-launched cruise missile. The contract includes an option for six additional years…

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