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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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Raytheon Excalibur Ib completes qualification flight testing

Posted  October 21, 2013

Raytheon fired 84 precision-guided Excalibur Ib all up rounds during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the testing, Excalibur Ib exhibited exceptional accuracy, with the majority of the rounds landing within two meters of the target. The tests also certified stringent performance and safety requirements. “Excalibur achieved new firsts during qualification testing,”…

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Lockheed Martin receives order for two C-130J Super Hercules for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted  October 21, 2013

Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement known as an Undefinitized Contract Action with the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of the first two of 25 potential C-130J Super Hercules airlifters for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Specifically, this contract action is for the purchase of two KC-130J refueling tankers. Here we see…

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Shutdown effects continue on Defense Department, Hagel says

Posted  October 21, 2013

The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press conference Oct 17. At the shutdown’s height, more than 400,000 Defense Department civilian employees were furloughed because of the lapse of appropriations for the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1….

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Wing surpasses 2,000 sled test missions

Posted  October 21, 2013

The 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., recently reached a historic testing milestone this summer.

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U.S. quietly releasing $1.6 billion in Pakistan assistance

Posted  October 21, 2013

The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers. Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow…

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Military to reduce community, public outreach

Posted  October 21, 2013

Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagons new strategic…

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Boeing reduces 747 production rate as demand lags

Posted  October 21, 2013

Boeing will slow down production of its double-decker 747 jumbo jet as demand continues to be weak. Counting cancellations, Boeing has not booked any new orders this year for that plane. Boeing said Oct. 18 that it will slow 747 production to 18 per year, or 1.5 per month. Boeing originally planned to build 24…

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Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network with UAVs for enhanced threat protection

Posted  October 21, 2013

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network, a wireless ground sensor system will be able to connect with unmanned vehicles to provide ubiquitous coverage and persistent surveillance of designated areas. “SPAN is essentially a network…

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US Army awards Raytheon $71.7 million to continue modernizing Patriot fleet

Posted  October 21, 2013

Raytheon received $71.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Army to upgrade the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with the modernized Radar Digital Processor (RDP) and Modern Man Station. The increased processing power of the RDP improves the radar’s reliability by 40 percent. The greater situational awareness with the new MMS increases safety and…

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Special Ops Command seeks prototypes for ‘Iron Man suit’

Posted  October 21, 2013

DARPA graphic An artist’s rendering of what the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit might look like with its desired capabilities. U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an “Iron Man suit,” named after the fictional superhero. In September, Socom announced it is seeking proposals for prototypes of…

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