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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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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 10,000 flight hours

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program continues its operational maturation, surpassing 10,000 flight hours in September.

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 9, 2013

The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents a major milestone in the…

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Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation awards Pratt & Whitney contract to support F100 engines

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation has agreed to a four-year contract agreement with Pratt & Whitney for a performance-based Material Management Program to support the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s F100-PW-220E engine fleet. The contract supports material forecasting, item repair management and provisioning of operational, intermediate, and depot-level spare parts. This marks the second MMP deal…

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B-1 conducts first live-fire test of anti-ship missile

Posted  October 9, 2013

A B-1B Lancer successfully struck a waterborne target with a live warhead for the first time Aug. 27.

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Raytheon demonstrates new seeker technology for Tomahawk Block IV missile

Posted  October 9, 2013

Raytheon has completed a successful field test of an advanced Electronic Support Measure seeker installed in a Block IV Tomahawk missile as part of the company’s new product improvement program. The ESM seeker incorporates a state-of-the-art processor and antenna to locate and track moving and fixed emitting targets. The seeker’s capability was validated in a…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted  October 9, 2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are negative,”…

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MC-12W Liberty exceeds 300,000 flying hours

Posted  October 9, 2013

Beale MC-12W Liberty aircraft surpassed 300,000 combat flying hours at a forward operating base in Afghanistan in September.

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Xiamen Airlines to provide wheels, carbon brakes on Boeing 787-8 fleet

Posted  October 9, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Xiamen Airlines to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its fleet of 6 new Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio.  The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in July 2014.   UTC Aerospace Systems is a…

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Forecast International predicts declining light military rotorcraft market

Posted  October 9, 2013

In a newly issued study, “The Market for Light Military Rotorcraft,” Forecast International predicts that 1,411 of these rotorcraft will be produced in the 10-year period between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $23.6 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars.  The study defines a military rotorcraft…

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Spaceport Colorado, Swiss Space Systems sign memorandum of understanding

Posted  October 9, 2013

Spaceport Colorado Oct. 8 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Swiss Space Systems, an aerospace company that designs and engineers suborbital launch systems, formalizing a collaborative relationship and advancing the spaceport’s long-term development and licensing plans. S3 is a Swiss-headquartered company now developing its presence in the United States to serve the…

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