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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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Nominees sought for AFA civilian award

Posted  November 13, 2013

Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award. Each year, the AFA recognizes Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: Civilian Wage Employee (all Federal Wage System employees) Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11 or equivalent National Security Personnel…

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News Briefs November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

Lockheed Martin laying off 145 in upstate New York Lockheed Martin is laying off 145 workers in two upstate New York plants. The company notified 80 employees Nov. 6 at its Electronics Park plant in the Syracuse suburb of Salina and another 65 at its facility in Owego, near Binghamton. The layoffs are part of…

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Headlines November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

Business: Machinists leader slams Boeing’s 777X contract proposal, says he’ll seek to halt vote - The leader of Boeing machinists told hundreds of union workers Nov. 7 that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet…

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Northrop Grumman receives $114 million to build three more Global Hawks

Posted  November 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman receives a $114 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to build three more Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems and associated sensors. The high-flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft allows military commanders to receive high-resolution imagery, survey vast geographic regions and pinpoint targets on the ground. The U.S….

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Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes to the skies

Posted  November 8, 2013

The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight Nov. 7. The airplane, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 8:06 a.m. and landed at 12:24 p.m. local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field. As the only 787-9 test airplane to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002…

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Northrop Grumman receives $178 million contract to sustain Joint STARS fleet

Posted  November 8, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $178 million contract to continue sustaining the service’s entire E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. The contract is a continuation of Northrop Grumman’s Total System Support Reliability program, which was first awarded in 2000. Through the TSSR program, Northrop Grumman is responsible for…

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “The introduction…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

Posted  November 8, 2013

Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted  November 8, 2013

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomberís effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraftís smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb…

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