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Australia accepts new Boeing CH-47F Chinook aircraft

Boeing photograph Boeing has delivered the first two of seven CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army at a ceremony in Queensland. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout 2015. At a May 5 ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in northern Queensland, Australia commissioned their first two Boeing CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft….

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‘Futurist’ predicts Far East challenges for expeditionary Army

Cyber, electronic warfare and anti-satellite operations are just a few of the threats facing the United States in the Pacific, said a "futurist," who spoke recently at the Pentagon.

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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…


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News Briefs November 4, 2013

Posted  November 4, 2013

Israeli drone crashes inside Gaza Strip An unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed in the Gaza Strip Nov. 3 after experiencing a technical malfunction, the military said. The military said it was investigating what caused the Skylark drone to go down. Israel uses drones to gather intelligence on militant activity in Gaza. The territory is governed…

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AFSC, Boeing reach enterprise partnership agreement

Posted  November 4, 2013

The Air Force Sustainment Center and Boeing have reached an enterprise-level, public-private partnership agreement which allows the two organizations to more efficiently take on sustainment workload for the warfighter. The agreement, signed Oct. 9 by AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is the first center-wide partnership agreement implemented since the stand up of the Air…

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Scaled Composites’ Mark Stucky earns 2013 Iven C. Kincheloe award from Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Posted  November 4, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Nov. 1 announced Scaled Composites Test Pilot Mark “Forger” Stucky has earned the Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ Iven C. Kincheloe Award for outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing. SETP presented the award to Stucky Sept. 28. The award, established in 1958, honors the memory of test…

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AeroVironment awarded $2.3 million DARPA concept definition contract

Posted  November 4, 2013

AeroVironment has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencyto provide its market-leading expertise in unmanned aircraft systems toward the development of a new category of this technology. AeroVironment will work as the prime contractor with DARPA on the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Program to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS designed to operate from…

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Spirit AeroSystems, Progresstech announce intent to sell joint venture

Posted  November 4, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems International Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., and the Progresstech Group of Companies of Moscow, Russian Federation, announced Oct. 31 that they intend to conclude their joint venture that began in 2007. Spirit intends to sell its 50 percent interest in Spirit-Progresstech, LLC to a member company of Progresstech. Spirit’s…

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Northrop Grumman to supply AN/SPQ-9B radars for three U.S. Navy vessels

Posted  November 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to supply three AN/SPQ-9B radar systems for amphibious and Arleigh Burke class ships. Under the $20.4 million contract award, Northrop Grumman will supply three AN/SPQ-9B radar systems for delivery in the second quarter of 2015. This contract adds to the 53 radar systems the…

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SSL awarded follow-on DARPA contract

Posted  November 4, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to develop designs, processes and business terms for carrying small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary satellite platform. Under phase two of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Phoenix program, SSL intends to detail the design…

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Readiness demonstrated for Ashore Missile Defense System for Romania

Posted  November 4, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Left to right: U.S. Navy Fire Controlman First Class Ricky Eckhardt; Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martinís Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors business; Captain Jeff Weston, Missile Defense Agency Program Manager for Aegis Ashore; Jeff Bantle, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martinís Moorestown facility; Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, deputy…

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Vietnam vet wins discharge upgrade in PTSD lawsuit

Posted  November 4, 2013

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — A Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star and later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will have his discharge status upgraded under a settlement with the U.S. Army, his representatives announced Monday. John Shepherd Jr., a 66-year-old New Haven resident, said the Army agreed to resolve his lawsuit by upgrading…

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Advanced Thermal Batteries awarded contract from Lockheed Martin

Posted  November 4, 2013

Advanced Thermal Batteries, Inc., the U.S. division of ASB Group, a world-wide leader in the thermal battery market, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Lockheed Martin Company, Dallas, Texas, for the qualification of a thermal battery system. ATB has been working with U.S. prime defense contractors since 2006. This major award from Lockheed…

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