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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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Maintainers use ultrasound to keep KC-10s ready to fly

Posted  November 4, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Patrick Harrower SSgt. Rebecca Linden de Romero, 60th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection shop technician, performs an ultrasound inspection inside the control box for the elevators on the tail of a KC-10 Extender Oct. 22 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. When most people hear the term ultrasound, they might think…

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UTC Aerospace Systems delivers its 5,000th nacelle system for a V2500® engine on an Airbus A321

Posted  November 4, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has delivered its 5,000th nacelle system for a V2500 engine manufactured by IAE International Aero Engines AG. The nacelle was delivered from Hamburg, Germany, one of more than a dozen global sites that make up UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business. The nacelle and engine will be installed on an Airbus A321. UTC…

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Triton unmanned aircraft wing strength exceeds Navy requirement

Posted  November 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman and Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, Inc., have successfully demonstrated the structural strength of the U.S. Navy's Triton unmanned aircraft system wing.

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ATK completes acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings

Posted  November 4, 2013

ATK announced that Nov. 1 it completed the acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings, Inc. ñ a leading global designer, marketer and distributor of branded sports optics, outdoor accessories and performance eyewear. The Bushnell portfolio includes high-quality, innovative and affordable products targeted to the outdoor and sport enthusiast. “ATK is committed to expanding our product offerings,…

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Headlines November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

News: U.S. Navy cancels notice on possible F/A-18 fighter jet order - The U.S. Navy Oct. 31 canceled a notice about a possible order of up to 36 more Boeing F/A-18 fighter jets or EA-18G electronic warfare planes after a posting on a federal procurement website sparked confusion this week.   Business: Israel to buy six…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Navy kickback mastermind seeks shorter prison term The mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is asking a judge to sentence him to a split term of prison and community service, rather than the more than 10 years behind bars that prosecutors are seeking. Ralph M. Mariano is set to be…

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U.S., Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore missile defense complex

Posted  November 1, 2013

Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground OCt. 28 on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance’s collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second stage of the three-part European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic…

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Standard Missile-3 IIA completes Critical Design Review

Posted  November 1, 2013

Raytheon and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, have completed the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile Critical Design Review. The CDR verified that the missile’s design will meet the stringent, specific operational performance requirements necessary to defeat the projected threats. The SM-3 Block IIA will defeat incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them…

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F-35A conducts first live fire with AMRAAM

Posted  November 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30. The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30….

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NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted  November 1, 2013

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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