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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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U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $49.5 million enhanced Laser Maverick production contract

Posted  October 20, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $49.5 million contract for production of new laser-guided Maverick missiles (AGM-65E2/L). The Navy also intends to exercise a contract option to purchase additional units bringing the total contract value to $54.9 million. The Maverick weapon system, a U.S. Air Force-led joint service program, is a forward firing, precision-guided,…

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VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses of service members who died on active duty

Posted  October 20, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications by mail Nov. 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of…

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Headlines October 17, 2014

Posted  October 17, 2014

News: Turkey OK’s American drones to fight ISIS - Turkey is now allowing the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft to fly over Syria. But so far, traditional warplanes are out of the question. New Ingalls boss focusing on cost performance, agility - Brian Cuccias has been in the Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working for…

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News Briefs October 17, 2014

Posted  October 17, 2014

AM General laying off 60 from Indiana factory A company spokesman says AM General is laying off about 60 workers from the northern Indiana factory where it builds military vehicles. Company spokesman Jeff Adams says the layoffs are being made because of production schedule changes at its Military Assembly Plant in Mishawaka. Adams tells the…

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Posted  October 17, 2014

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

Posted  October 17, 2014

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.

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NASA TV to air Russian spacewalk from International Space Station

Posted  October 17, 2014

NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian crew members aboard the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, Oct. 22.

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Poland’s PIT-RADWAR signs letter of intent with Raytheon

Posted  October 17, 2014

Raytheon has signed a Letter of Intent with Poland's PIT-RADWAR to cooperate in mutually beneficial business opportunities related to Poland's air defense architecture, as well as significant exports to global markets.

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Raytheon to resume work on new electronic warfare planning management software program

Posted  October 17, 2014

The U.S. Army has directed Raytheon to resume work on an Electronic Warfare planning management software program that for the first time will give it automated tools to help plan and execute complex electronic warfare missions. The program restart follows a ruling by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which denied the protest filed by…

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Ball Aerospace green propellant infusion mission to host three DOD space experiments

Posted  October 17, 2014

The NASA and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Green Propellant Infusion Mission will fly three Defense Department experimental hosted payloads when it launches in 2016.

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