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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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Keel laid for future USNS John Glenn

Posted  December 7, 2012

General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), Dec. 4, in San Diego, Calif. MLP 2 is the second ship in the Mobile Landing Platform program that will provide the Navy with the capability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea and to interface with surface connectors…

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Breakthrough jet/rocket engine announced

Posted  December 7, 2012

Reaction Engines Ltd. of Great Britain has announced successful tests of its light weight heat exchanger, a critical component of its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine. The engine functions as both an air breathing jet, and then switches to use stored liquid oxygen, as does a rocket engine. Their studies show that single stage to orbit…

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Patton warned of Pearl Harbor attack

Posted  December 7, 2012

While many Americans know Dec. 7, 2012, as the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, few are familiar with the role Gen. George Patton played in foreshadowing it. The Japanese Empire had been on the move in the Orient since its defeat of Russia in 1904 at Port Arthur, Manchuria. Next came the…

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General Dynamics awarded $70 million for planning yard services for DDG 51, FFG 7 ships

Posted  December 7, 2012

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $70.5 million contract to provide ongoing planning yard services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer and the FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry -class frigate programs. This option modifies a contract initially awarded in June…

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News Briefs – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

MQ-9 Reaper accident on NTTR   A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range Dec. 5, 2012, at approximately 7:14 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in a remote location west of Hiko, Nev. The remotely piloted aircraft, assigned to the 57th Wing here, was…

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First qualified female submarine officers receive dolphins

Posted  December 7, 2012

Three sailors assigned to USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) became the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines Dec. 5. Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan of Maine’s…

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Stratolaunch switches to Orbital for rocket

Posted  December 7, 2012

Stratolaunch Systems and SpaceX are ending their joint plan that would have had SpaceX supply the rocket that the mothership takes to launch altitude. Instead, Orbital Sciences Corp. is doing design studies for such a space vehicle. The parting of ways is amicable, and opens up a significant new project for Orbital. Stratolaunch CEO Gary…

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Boeing delivers Qatar Emiri Air Force’s 4th C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  December 10, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s fourth C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 10 in Long Beach, Calif. The delivery reflects Qatar’s agreement with the U.S. government to acquire two additional C-17s, which brings the Qatar Emiri Air Force fleet of the world’s most advanced airlifters to a total of four as…

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines finalize order for 15 777-300ERs

Posted  December 10, 2012

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized a firm order for 15 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes worth $4.7 billion at list prices.

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USS Truman hosts first flight deck taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D

Posted  December 10, 2012

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier. During the test phase, UCAS deck…

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