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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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ATK’s autonomous flight safety assembly makes first flight

Posted  November 20, 2013

ATK propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies supported the Nov. 19 successful launch of an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I vehicle from Wallops Island, Va. The Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-3 mission marked the 11th launch of a Minotaur I vehicle. ORS-3 is the first of three flights planned to certify the integrated flight safety assembly for…

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Additional remains of Air Force pilot found

Posted  November 20, 2013

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.

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Ball Aerospace-built STPSat-3 Satellite Launches from Wallops Island

Posted  November 20, 2013

The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. STPSat-3 satellite built for the Department of Defense and part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission, successfully launched from Wallops Island, Va., on board a Minotaur I at 8:15 p.m., EST, Nov. 19. STPSat-3 joins its predecessor, the Ball-built STPSat-2, which launched in 2010 on the same date….

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

Posted  November 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph For the first time, both Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators participated in tests with a single aircraft carrier. While one remained onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the second conducted flight operations. The X-47Bs performed multiple precise touch-and-goes, arrested landings, catapults, and commanded and autonomous wave-offs in November 2013. The…

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General Dynamics board Elects Aiken to be CFO; Redd to retire at year-end

Posted  November 20, 2013

The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected Jason W. Aiken to be senior vice president and chief financial officer of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2014, to succeed L. Hugh Redd II, who has informed the company of his intention to retire. Aiken is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of…

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NASA advances effort to launch astronauts again from U.S. soil to space station

Posted  November 20, 2013

NASA took another step Nov. 19 to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, subject to the availability of adequate funding. The agency’s Commercial Crew Program requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification…

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NASA’s Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s black hole

Posted  November 20, 2013

Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array radio telescope. Previous studies, using…

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AAR selected by Northrop Grumman to support Japan E-2C Hawkeye platform

Posted  November 20, 2013

AAR has entered into an exclusive multimillion-dollar five-year agreement with Northrop Grumman to supply specific airframe parts and accessories for the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft operated by the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The contract will be managed by AARĂ­s Defense Systems and Logistics Distribution division, which will sell directly to Sumitomo Corporation, one of the…

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Headlines November 18, 2013

Posted  November 18, 2013

News Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal billions in ‘epic waste’ Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts. Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the…

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News Briefs November 18, 2013

Posted  November 18, 2013

Ex-Fort Bragg pilot sentenced to 3 years in prison A former Fort Bragg, N.C., helicopter pilot has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing $1.3 million in military equipment during overseas deployments. U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker says 41-year-old Kurt Allen Bennett was sentenced Nov. 15 in Raleigh, N.C. Bennett pleaded guilty in…

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