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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Raytheon demonstrates high-definition, two-color third generation FLIR system

Posted  July 15, 2013

Raytheon’s Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared Improved Target Acquisition System and fire control successfully achieved proof of concept in a series of laboratory and field tests. Preliminary evaluation of the impact of firing all versions of the TOW missile was also performed. “Raytheon’s FLIR improvement program provides warfighters with better clarity at all ranges, allowing…

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NASA’s Hubble finds new Neptune moon

Posted  July 15, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.

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Senate passes Vietnam Veterans Donor Recognition Act of 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

The U.S. Senate July 10 passed H.R. 588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013.

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Afghanistan: NATO helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ KABUL, AFGHANISTAN ó The NATO-led coalition says one of its helicopters made a ìhard landingî in northern Afghanistan but that there were no injuries. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed militants had fired on an American Chinook transport helicopter in Baghlan province overnight. But coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel said…

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Headlines July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

News Lawmaker proposes bill to exempt Defense civilians from furloughs A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to prohibit furloughs for civilian Defense employees, who face one of the heaviest burdens among federal workers under the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester. Business Lockheed, Italy cancel ceremony at Italian F-35 plant Lockheed Martin and the…

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Air Force presents award to Global Hawk team

Posted  July 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Col. Carlin Heimann (third from left), U.S. Air Force Global Hawk program director, accepts the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award alongside George Guerra (fourth from left), Global Hawk vice president and other Global Hawk program representatives, including (from left) Terry Williamson, Rod Berlin, Avis Anderson, Desiree Goble, Dave Yackel…

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Fanning makes first visit to Nellis, Creech AFBs

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Matthew Lancaster Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Airmen about Air Force concerns during an all call July 8, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fanning came to visit with Airmen at Nellis and Creech AFBs and answer questions they may have. Acting Secretary of…

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Northrop Grumman sponsors second year of collaborative engineering project by Cal State students

Posted  July 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Cal Poly, Pomona students (from left) Luis Andrade, Mathew Gan, Ajay Bettadapura, Jordan Quintana and Ramon Navarro discuss flight plans for their unmanned aerial vehicle, whose mission was to drop a bottle of water on a target mid-flight. Team members ensured that the aircraft’s communications link was functioning and that the payload…

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U.S. Army aids France with RPG-defense test data

Posted  July 12, 2013

Courtesy photograph French soldiers patrol in a VBCI infantry fighting vehicle equipped with a legacy rocket-propelled grenade defense system. Fighting in Mali spurred the need for increased capabilities to protect French soldiers, and the U.S. Army has transferred technical test data on a new rocket-propelled grenade defense system, Q-Nets II, through an international agreement. The…

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Lockheed Martin delivers 100th targeting system for F-35

Posted  July 12, 2013

Martin recently delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35 Lightning II. EOTS provides affordable, high performance multifunction targeting to the F-35ís full spectrum of military operations. EOTS is the first sensor that combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide F-35 pilots with situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting…

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