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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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News Briefs November 20, 2013

Posted  November 20, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,153 As of Nov. 19, 2013, at least 2,153 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. The AP count is two less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Air Force A-10 TLPS task orders

Posted  November 20, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt Life Cycle Program Support indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle. The total value of the task orders is nearly $24 million. “Northrop Grumman is proud to continue to supporting the Air Force’s premier ground attack aircraft,” said John Parker, director,…

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Boeing flies third 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted  November 20, 2013

Boeing Nov. 19 flew the third 787-9 Dreamliner, the first to be powered by General Electric GEnx engines. The third of three 787-9s dedicated to the test effort, ZB021 joined the fleet some two months from the inaugural flight of the first 787-9. ZB021 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 12:15 p.m….

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Forecast International predicts electro-optical systems valued at $13.5 billion over the coming decade

Posted  November 20, 2013

Forecast International predicts key land, sea-based electro-optical systems valued at $13.5 billion over the coming 10 years An estimated $13.5 billion will be spent through 2022 on the research, development, and production of the representative programs covered in Forecast International’s newly updated analysis, “The Market for Land and Sea-Based Electro-Optical Systems.” Of the major EO…

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XCOR Aerospace, ULA achieve major milestone in liquid hydrogen engine program

Posted  November 20, 2013

XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced a significant milestone Nov. 19, the first successful hot fire of the subscale 2500 lbf thrust XR-5H25 engine in the XCOR® and ULA liquid hydrogen engine development program.

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ULA Atlas V Rocket successfully launches MAVEN mission on journey to Red Planet

Posted  November 20, 2013

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:28 p.m., EST, Nov. 18. This was ULA’s 10th launch of the year and marks the 41st Atlas V mission and the 76th launch for ULA….

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ATK, Alenia Aermacchi earn Italian Air Force contract for roll-on/roll-off palletized gun, command, control systems

Posted  November 20, 2013

ATK has announced that the Alenia/ATK team has been notified by the Italian Air Force they have been selected for the integration of the Roll-On/Roll-Off, palletized Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2-ISR) and gun systems onto the Italian Air Force MC-27J multi-mission aircraft. The award represents an important contract for the partnership between…

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First Rivet Joint delivered to the Royal Air Force

Posted  November 20, 2013

The first of three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft was officially delivered to the United Kingdom during a special ceremony at Royal Air Force Waddington, England, Nov. 12.

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Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN launches to Mars

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 1:28 p.m, EST, Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. The spacecraft has departed Earth and is now on its way to Mars, where it will study the planet’s…

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NASA tests space launch system autopilot technology on F/A-18 jet

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad…

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