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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes “slope testing”

Northrop Grumman successfully completed precision sloped landing tests Aug. 27 with the MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., in preparation for at-sea testing.

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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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Northrop Grumman delivers LITENING G4 targeting System to Royal Danish Air Force

Posted  November 13, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered LITENING G4 advanced targeting systems to the Royal Danish Air Force for its F-16 aircraft following a rigorous flight test and evaluation program.

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General Dynamics C4 Systems receives 2013 Nunn-Perry Mentor-Protege Award

Posted  November 13, 2013

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received the 2013 Nunn-Perry Award from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Small Business programs in recognition of its commitment and performance as a mentor to nFocus Solutions, a woman-owned small business headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. The Nunn-Perry award recognizes superior performance in the areas of quality, technical assistance,…

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ATK receives orders for small-caliber ammunition

Posted  November 13, 2013

ATK has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition. In 2012, the U.S. Army…

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President, VA secretary pledge support for U.S. veterans

Posted  November 13, 2013

President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, calling the holiday a reminder of the nation’s “sacred obligation” to those who have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security” throughout America’s history.

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VA announces additional $4.9 million to help eliminate vet homelessness

Posted  November 13, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 12 that 25 projects in 11 different states will share approximately $4.9 million in grants to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the approximately $300 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program….

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Study finds climate link to ‘atmospheric river’ storms

Posted  November 13, 2013

A new NASA-led study of “atmospheric river” storms from the Pacific Ocean may help scientists better predict major winter snowfalls that hit West Coast mountains and lead to heavy spring runoff and sometimes flooding. Atmospheric rivers — short-lived wind tunnels that carry water vapor from tropical oceans to mid-latitude land areas – are prolific producers…

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Pentagon report shows spike in Afghan troop deaths

Posted  November 13, 2013

The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer’s fighting season, compared with the same time in 2012, as Afghans take the lead in the fight across the country. A Pentagon report says that U.S. and coalition deaths, meanwhile, dropped by almost 60 percent during the…

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Airmen, French community honor WWI aviators

Posted  November 13, 2013

Representatives of the U.S. Air Force and the local French community came together to honor the members of Lafayette Escadrille during a Veterans Day ceremony in Marnes-la-Coquette, France, Nov. 11.

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U.S. Navy celebrates delivery of 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk missile

Posted  November 13, 2013

Navy photograph In a landmark event, Raytheon Missile Systems recently delivered the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) missile to the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy marked a significant milestone Nov. 5, as the service joined defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems in celebrating the delivery of the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk) missile. TACTOM, also known as Tomahawk Block…

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AAR contract to provide Navy airlift support extended

Posted  November 13, 2013

The Military Sealift Command has exercised a second one-year renewal option for AAR’s Airlift division to ferry critical supplies to U.S. Navy ships in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Arabian Gulf. Military Sealift Command is the leading provider of ocean transportation for the Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense, operating approximately…

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