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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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New Super Hercules for Norway

Posted  October 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph At ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 28, the Royal Norwegian Air Force formally accepted a C-130J Super Hercules for the aircraft that was tragically lost in March of this year. Through strong cooperation between the Governments of the United States and Norway, a C-130J originally destined for Dyess Air Force Base, Texas,…

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BAE, EADS blast merger ‘myths and misconceptions’

Posted  October 3, 2012

The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Oct. 1 for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow. The deal would create a global…

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Army developing new fixed-wing aircraft

Posted  October 3, 2012

Army photograph This newly manufactured UV-18C for the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, will eventually be modified and painted with the Golden Knights paint scheme. The Army is refining an initial capabilities document for a new fixed-wing utility aircraft that is designed to replace more than 112 airframes with a common platform, which will…

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Coast Guard to acquire three additional Lockheed Martin HC-130J surveillance aircraft

Posted  October 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $218 million contract for three additional HC-130Js for the U.S. Coast Guard. This will increase the U.S. Coast Guard fleet of HC-130Js from six to nine. The contract also includes funding for two mission suites, which are critical in supporting U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue operations. The new aircraft…

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Tactical Air Defense Services closes acquisition of Northrop TF5-1 Corp.

Posted  October 3, 2012

Tactical AirDefense Services, Inc. , an aerospace/defense services contractor that offers tactical aviation services, aircraft maintenance, and other aerospace/defense services to the United States and foreign militaries, has closed the acquisition of Northrop TF5-1 Corp., a military aircraft holding company, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of TADF. Through the acquisition of Northrop, TADF has acquired ownership…

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NASA selects contract for logistics management services

Posted  October 3, 2012

NASA has selected Akima Logistics Services LLC of Anchorage, Alaska to receive a contract to support the Logistics Management Services at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $48 million. This is an indefinite-delivery- indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, time and material hybrid contract that begins Monday, Oct. 1….

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Eglin F-35 fleet at 20 and growing

Posted  October 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Randy Crites The 20th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was delivered Sept. 27 to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to support F-35 pilot and maintainer training taking place on the Emerald Coast. BF-15, piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Mike Rountree, left Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at…

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Marine missing in action from Korean War identified

Posted  October 3, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 28 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Pfc. Richard S. Gzik, of Toledo, Ohio, was buried Sept. 28, at Arlington National Cemetery…

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Marines missing in action from World War II identified

Posted  October 3, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 2 that the remains of seven servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being buried with full military honors. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Laverne A. Lallathin of Raymond, Wash.; 2nd Lt. Dwight D. Ekstam of Moline, Ill.; 2nd Lt. Walter…

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Army awards General Dynamics $395 million to begin engineering development for Abrams modernization

Posted  October 3, 2012

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, an eight-year, $395 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Abrams main battle tank Engineering Change Proposal 1 (ECP1) production. The contract has an initial value of $80 million over 12 months. There…

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