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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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Sikorsky wins $1.24 billion U.S. helicopter deal

Posted  May 9, 2014

Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 7 a $1.24 billion contract to build the next fleet of “Marine One” presidential helicopters, ending a years-long effort to return the high-profile aerospace project to Connecticut. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said the contract is to modify, test and deliver six S-92 helicopters and two…

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Aviators eager to witness birth of Future Vertical Lift aircraft

Posted  May 9, 2014

Pilots want to fly it, mechanics want to maintain it, but no one knows for sure what the Future Vertical Lift aircraft will look like or what its characteristics will be once it cracks its shell and hatches.

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House panel OKs $601 billion defense bill

Posted  May 9, 2014

The A-10 Warthog, military bases scattered around the country and the generous housing allowance for service members survived the budget knife early morning May 8 as a House panel rebuffed Pentagon pleas and approved a $601 billion defense bill that spares ships, planes and benefits. On a unanimous vote, the Armed Services Committee backed the…

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Raytheon’s JSOW scores direct hits in back-to-back flight tests

Posted  May 9, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy showcased the operational capability of the Joint Standoff Weapon in challenging back-to-back flight tests. Launched from F/A-18F Super Hornets, at approximately 25,000 feet, two JSOW II C air-to-ground weapons flew preplanned routes before destroying simulated cave targets. “These test shots further validate JSOW’s ability to deliver decisive battlefield effects against…

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French village memorializes U.S. World War II aircrew

Posted  May 9, 2014

The people of Avord, France, dedicated a memorial May 8 honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down during World War II.

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DDR design poised to serve as open systems architecture pathfinder

Posted  May 9, 2014

Mounted on an experimental aircraft known as the Proteus, the Air Force's Dismount Detection Radar pod underwent its first test flight above Mojave, Calif., recently.

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Defense contractor announces major Florida expansion

Posted  May 9, 2014

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman, spurred on by millions in cash incentives from the state of Florida, announced plans May 8 for a major expansion of its already-existing operations in the state. While the company did not specify exactly what it would be doing, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said the company will design and build the…

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ATK awarded by South Korea for aircraft survivability equipment

Posted  May 9, 2014

ATK has received a contract from the Republic of Korea Army for the purchase, installation and integration of its AAR-47 Missile Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication (HFI and Laser Warning) onto AH-1S helicopters. The upgrade will also include the installation of the AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispensing system. ATK’s AAR-47 Missile Warning System is a combat-proven…

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Tacoma Airmen killed in Laos 44 years ago finally home

Posted  May 9, 2014

Missing for more than 44 years, the remains of Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson, who was killed when his F-4D Phantom aircraft was shot down over Laos in 1969, returned home May 1 to Lakewood, Wash.

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Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center changes name to STAR Labs

Posted  May 9, 2014

The research and development center at Lockheed Martin responsible for space technology innovation is changing its name to the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories, or STAR Labs. The organization leads advanced research and development projects, from solar studies and nano applications to 3-D printing and communications research. “The STAR Labs name sharpens our…

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