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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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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted  October 9, 2013

The aircrew of "Growler 51" set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

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UTC Aerospace Systems achieves F-35 supplier award

Posted  October 9, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a supplier award from Lockheed Martin for its actuation systems contributions to the F-35 Lightning II Program at the DSEI tradeshow. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. The company’s Actuation Systems business, based in Wolverhampton, England, provides the weapons bay door drive system, utilities actuation and…

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Boeing delivers EL AL Israel Airlines’ first Next-Generation 737-900ER

Posted  October 9, 2013

Boeing has delivered EL AL Israel Airlines' first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane.

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Headlines October 7, 2013

Posted  October 7, 2013

News: Most furloughed DOD civilians will return to work Oct. 7 - Most furloughed Defense Department civilians are returning to work Oct. 7. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced just before 3 p.m. Saturday that “most DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.”  …

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News Briefs October 7, 2013

Posted  October 7, 2013

United Technologies cancels furlough plans United Technologies Corp. has canceled plans to furlough employees at its aerospace businesses following the recall of Defense Contract Management Agency inspectors responsible for auditing and approving operations throughout the manufacturing process for military products. United Technologies greatly appreciates the efforts of those in the Administration and Congress who facilitated…

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Boeing, Jetstar celebrate delivery of first 787 Dreamliner for Australia

Posted  October 7, 2013

Boeing and Jetstar Airways celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Oct. 7, which is also the first Dreamliner for Australia. “Today is a historic milestone for the Qantas Group and Jetstar as we welcome the most advanced passenger aircraft ever constructed to the fleet,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “In just 10…

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Applied Dynamics International, Crane Aerospace & Electronics to build aircraft braking lab in Burbank

Posted  October 7, 2013

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, the world’s leading developer of aircraft brake control systems, and Applied Dynamics, the industry leader in simulation and testing tools for complex control systems, announce today they have agreed to work together to bring new technologies in a major upgrade of the Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ Simulation Laboratory. Crane has used…

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Elbit Systems to supply of heli-borne electro-optical surveillance payloads

Posted  October 7, 2013

Elbit Systemsí Ltd. wholly owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-optics – Elop Ltd., was awarded a follow-on contract to supply its advanced Digital CoMPASSÆ electro-optical payload systems to an Asia-Pacific Air Force to be installed onboard Helicopters. The contract will be performed over a three-year period. “This important follow on program reflects the customer’s satisfaction from…

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Pratt & Whitney completes new V2500 engine line

Posted  October 7, 2013

Pratt & Whitney completed the second phase of an assembly-floor transformation project at its Middletown, Conn., facility Oct. 4 to prepare the Engine Center†to ramp up for production of its portion of PurePower PW1100G-JM engines for the Airbus A320neo family and increase capacity for the F135 engine powering the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S….

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Air Force museum in Ohio holds scholarship contest

Posted  October 7, 2013

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio is holding a writing competition for students seeking scholarships. Contestants in the Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition must describe how American pilots’ participation in World War I helped create a U.S. Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. They also must identify…

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