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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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GA-ASI successfully tests ADS-B surveillance system aboard Guardian

Posted  October 26, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 25 the successful demonstration of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-based surveillance system that provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness and supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator(R) B RPA. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. The…

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Sikorsky chooses Altus, Okla., as site for full service flight, maintenance training academy

Posted  October 26, 2012

Sikorsky Aerospace Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aviation Training Consulting to establish an advanced flight and maintenance training academy, the Sikorsky Training Academy, in Altus, Okla. SAS is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “Many of our customers, particularly U.S. government agencies…

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Ballistic missile defense system successfully conducts largest missile defense flight test in history

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24. MDA, soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald; and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic…

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2012 Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

Posted  October 26, 2012

The average area covered by the Antarctic ozone hole this year was the second smallest in the last 20 years, according to data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites. Scientists attribute the change to warmer temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere. The ozone hole reached its maximum size Sept. 22, covering 8.2…

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Boeing acquires Miro Technologies to enhance logistics support services

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boeing has acquired Miro Technologies, a privately held software company specializing in enterprise asset and supply chain management; maintenance, repair and overhaul services; and Performance-Based Logistics management for government and commercial customers worldwide. Miro will become part of the Global Services & Support business within Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Miro expands a suite of…

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Navy to christen submarine Minnesota

Posted  October 26, 2012

The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine Minnesota, Oct. 27, during a 10 a.m., EDT, ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va. Adm. Kirk Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm….

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News Briefs – October 26, 2012

Posted  October 26, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,012 As of Oct. 23, 2012, at least 2,012 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,679 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Panetta: Congress ‘on the clock’ to avert sequestration

Posted  October 26, 2012

Congress "is on the clock" and has critical work to accomplish when the House and Senate come back into session after the Nov. 6 election, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 25.

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Bell Boeing receives Marine Corps contract for V-22 training devices

Posted  October 29, 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $74 million contract to the Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Boeing and Bell Helicopter – Textron, for seven Osprey ground-based trainers, which will reduce fuel usage and aircraft wear-and-tear, maximizing lifecycle cost savings. The Sept. 25 contract award for Containerized Flight Training Devices also includes…

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Airbus selects ATK to manufacture composite wing cover stringers for A400M military transport aircraft

Posted  October 29, 2012

ATK announced Oct. 29 that Airbus Military has selected ATK for a contract in excess of $100 million to produce composite wing cover stringers for use on the A400M Military Transport Aircraft. The A400M is a new generation, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military, with its first aircraft delivery planned for the…

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