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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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Boeing, ALAFCO firms up order for 20 Boeing 737 MAXs

Posted  November 5, 2012

Boeing and Kuwait airplane leasing company ALAFCO have finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at current list price. The order was first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July. “This is the first order for the 737 MAX from the Middle East, which is one…

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Joint Predator training takes to sky

Posted  November 5, 2012

Army photograph by SFC Lori A. Kuczmanski Sgt. Matthew Hyland, imagery analyst with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, watches live video feed from a Predator Unmanned Aeriel Vehicle flying high above the desert skies during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Oct. 24, 2012. The Air Force flew the aircraft…

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Boeing delivers fifth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to U.S. Navy

Posted  November 5, 2012

Boeing on Nov. 2 delivered the fifth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The P-8A is one of 24 low-rate initial production maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is building for the Navy as part of contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012. “This is our final P-8A delivery of the year; we’ll ramp up…

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Eglin Completes 500TH F-35 Sortie

Posted  November 5, 2012

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Nov. 5, 2012 – The Integrated Test Force (ITF) here completed its 500th combined sortie for both the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) and F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft Friday. Flight operations for the F-35 began on the Emerald Coast March 6. There are currently 22…

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Australia’s Chief of Air Force visits Northrop Grumman’s F-35 Production facility in Palmdale

Posted  November 5, 2012

Boeing photograph The Royal Australian Air Force’s Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, met with Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, and Michelle Scarpella, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman, during a visit to Northrop Grumman’s F-35 Lightning II production facility in Palmdale, Calif….

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U.S. Air Force struggles with aging fleet

Posted  November 5, 2012

For decades, the U.S. Air Force has grown accustomed to such superlatives as unrivaled and unbeatable. These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit. The aging of the U.S. Air Force, a long-simmering topic in defense circles, made a brief appearance in the presidential debates when…

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Judge backs NASA lab in work discrimination case

Posted  November 5, 2012

A California judge has tentatively ruled in favor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former computer specialist who alleged he was singled out in part because of his belief in intelligent design. Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige issued a tentative ruling Nov. 1 saying he was leaning toward…

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NASA’s Curiosity rover provides clues to changes In Martian atmosphere

Posted  November 5, 2012

NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists assess whether the planet ever was habitable. The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s. A set of instruments aboard the rover…

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National parks free to all for Veterans Day weekend

Posted  November 5, 2012

America’s 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10-12 during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release. “National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage – our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred…

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General Dynamics Amphibious Combat Vehicle hull design meets Marine Corps’ survivability requirement

Posted  November 5, 2012

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently conducted simulated mine-blast tests that confirmed the ability of its Amphibious Combat Vehicle ballistic hull design to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ current ACV mine-blast survivability requirements. Funded through General Dynamics’ internal research and development initiatives, the tests were conducted by National Technical Systems,…

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