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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Eglin welcomes final F-35A

Posted  June 2, 2014

The 58th Fighter Squadron became the Air Force's first complete F-35A Lightning II squadron after they welcomed their 26th and final F-35A May 28 at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

Posted  June 2, 2014

NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

Posted  June 2, 2014

The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition.

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Boeing, Japan Transocean Air finalize order for Next Generation 737s

Posted  June 2, 2014

  Boeing and Japan Transocean Air finalized an order May 30 for 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The arrival of the new 737-800s in 2016 will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program. “This order is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest levels of comfort, amenity and convenience to the…

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Headlines May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

News: Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans’ healthcare – Eric K. Shinseki resigned May 30 as secretary of Veterans Affairs taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA healthcare system over excessive waiting times and cover ups of what he called “systemic” problems.   Business: Army to seek Northrop refunds over inflated labor rates – The…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Czech minister proposes defense budget rise The Czech Republic’s defense minister says he wants his country’s defense budget to return to growth amid fighting in Ukraine. Martin Stropnicky says the current crisis in Ukraine is a warning sign that a military conflict in Europe is not unthinkable. The Czech Republic, which has reduced its defense…

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F-35 achieves three major flight test milestones on same day

Posted  May 30, 2014

In three separate flight tests May 27, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate.

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Hagel expresses support for Afghanistan troop decision

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said he strongly supports President Barack Obama’s decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends there later this year. “This presence, which is contingent on a signed bilateral security agreement, will help ensure that al-Qaida cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan,” the secretary said…

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Allied air forces paved way for D-Day

Posted  May 30, 2014

The mention of "D-Day" conjures iconic images of men storming a beach riddled with barbed wire, smoke and craters created by German mortar batteries; of men advancing toward machine gun nests and acts of heroism as they made their way inland to secure a foothold in mainland Europe.

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ROKAF receives additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft

Posted  May 30, 2014

  Two additional  C-130J Super Hercules aircraft operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force ferried from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., May 30. These C-130Js will join the ROKAF’s other two Super Hercules aircraft, which were delivered in March. ROKAF aircrews also currently operate a fleet of C-130H legacy aircraft. The ROKAF’s…

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