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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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Headlines May 7, 2014

Posted  May 7, 2014

Business: Bomber-plane budget by U.S. Air Force projected to double – The service’s total budget for bomber production and upgrades will jump to about $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020 from less than $5 billion for the year beginning Oct. 1, according to a Pentagon document obtained by Bloomberg News. After that, spending would remain greater than…

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News Briefs May 7, 2014

Posted  May 7, 2014

Hagel talks of tough defense choices after war U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 6, Hagel said those painful decisions include cuts to military pay,…

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NAWCWD’s Maverick team reduces ordnance repair time, cost

Posted  May 7, 2014

The Maverick Missile team at NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., teamed with Naval Air Systems Command to create two new processes to preserve the Maverick Air-to-Ground Missile 65-E and save money by keeping it operational in the fleet.

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Sikorsky unveils CH-53K helicopter

Posted  May 7, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., May 5 officially unveiled the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, the next generation in the CH-53 type series that the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019. During the rollout ceremony, attended by members of Congress, the Department of Defense, major suppliers to the…

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Lockheed Martin units name 21 small businesses as outstanding suppliers

Posted  May 7, 2014

Two Lockheed Martin business areas, Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems and Training , recognized 21 small businesses for their outstanding support during a ceremony held in Orlando, Fla. Each year, the Lockheed Martin businesses nominate and select small companies that have consistently provided outstanding support and products during the past year. Though the…

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Propulsion module for Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS GEO-4 satellite completed

Posted  May 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion module for the fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4) space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test.

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Chandra Observatory delivers new insight into formation of star clusters

Posted  May 7, 2014

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being. The data show early notions of how star clusters are formed cannot be correct. The simplest idea is stars form into clusters when a giant cloud of gas…

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23 nations to participate in world’s largest maritime exercise

Posted  May 7, 2014

Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative…

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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted  May 7, 2014

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system

Posted  May 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph In tests off the California coast, the Lockheed Martin ADAM laser system burns through the hull of a military-grade boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh7QcHlI6Eo&list=UUJWcF0ex7_doPdIQGbVpDsQ In tests off the California coast, a Lockheed Martin prototype laser system successfully disabled two boats at a range of approximately 1.6 kilometers (approximately 1 mile). These were the first tests…

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