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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Defense

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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Raytheon establishes new electronic warfare mission area

Posted  February 12, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business has announced the combination of several of its electronic warfare programs into a new mission area called Electronic Warfare Systems, based at the company’s El Segundo, Calif. campus. The portfolio contains the following: Next Generation Jammer EW Self Protection Systems EW Communications Systems Advanced EW…

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown†66 hours†to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability…

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Sikorsky begins safety of flight tests on first prototype CH-53K Helicopter

Posted  February 12, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter - designated the Ground Test Vehicle.

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Lockheed Martin receives support contract for Saudi Apache pilotage, targeting systems

Posted  February 12, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Under this three-year contract, Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the M-TADS/PNVS…

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GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

Posted  February 12, 2014

The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs…

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64th Aggressors sharpen combat edge at Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 12, 2014

The red force's simulated enemy plays a critical role as the opposing force during Red Flag 14-1 by providing U.S. and coalition combat forces from around the world challenges for tomorrow's threats.

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Insitu releases latest version of common command, control system

Posted  February 12, 2014

Insitu announced Feb. 12 the 2.0 release of ICOMC2, the company’s innovative, small-footprint common command and control system. Since its introduction in 2012, ICOMC2 has redefined the Unmanned Aircraft System control concept. It enables a single operator to control multiple unmanned vehicles using small-footprint, mobile hardware and features an open-architecture design that users can customize…

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NASA, French space agency sign agreement for Mars mission

Posted  February 12, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France, signed an implementing agreement Feb. 10 for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. “This new agreement strengthens the partnership between NASA and CNES…

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Boeing, Nok Air announce commitment to order 737 MAXs, Next-Generation 737s

Posted  February 12, 2014

Boeing and Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) announced Feb. 12 from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX. Boeing will work…

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Shaw’s Shooters roll’em at Red Flag 14-1: First 10 ‘combat’ sorties crucial to combat capability

Posted  February 12, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Joshua Kleinholz An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Feb. 4, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. A typical Red Flag exercise involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft, reconnaissance…

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