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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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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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

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

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


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Posted  June 3, 2013

News Rejecting Obama’s plea, House GOP defense bill keeps Guantanamo open, restricts transfers Rebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans June 3 proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. Italy’s ruling…

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News Briefs June 3, 2013

Posted  June 3, 2013

Study recommends F-16 transfer from Alaska base A draft Environmental Impact Study released by the U.S. Air Force recommends moving forward with a proposal to transfer a F-16 fighter jet squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Anchorage, Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily New Miner reports the 226-page study was released May 31….

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Northrop Grumman to bid on CANES Navy tactical afloat network full deployment contract

Posted  June 3, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced June 3 that it will submit a bid for the U.S. Navy Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) full deployment contract. “The CANES program is critical to modernizing the Navy afloat network for enhanced security, affordability and delivering relevant capabilities to the warfighter,” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager…

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Raytheon books $106 million Pavewayô II contract

Posted  June 3, 2013

Raytheon has booked a $106 million contract for its combat-proven Pavewayô II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. The contract includes Pavewayô kits for both GBU-12 (500-pound) and GBU-58 (250-pound) guided bombs. Pavewayô is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes LRASM vertical launch system tests

Posted  June 3, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) “push-through” testing of a simulated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Four consecutive tests verified that the simulated LRASM can break or “push through” the MK 41 canister’s forward cover without causing damage to the composite structure, air data probe or coatings of the missile. The…

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Wyle receives $5.8 million order to provide scientific services for U.S. Air Force

Posted  June 3, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Wyle will conduct studies to improve the quality and supportability of research flight tests for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a $5.8 million delivery order from the Defense Technical Information Center. Wyle’s subcontractors on the project include Greentree Group, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and Infoscitex, headquartered in Waltham, Mass….

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Dassault Falcon Jet to expand Arkansas completion facility

Posted  June 3, 2013

Dassault Falcon Jet plans to increase the size of its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., to accommodate future Falcons, it was announced May 30 at a press conference attended by Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Senators John Boozman ® and Mark Pryor (D), Representative Tim Griffin ®, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and executives…

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Navy awards contract for operational test CH-53K aircraft

Posted  June 3, 2013

Navy photograph by Sally Wise Navy photograph by Sally Wise NAVAIR CH-53K and Sikorsky program representatives held a formal signing to commemorate the SDTA contract award on May 31 at the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261) office at NAS Patuxent River. From left: Col. Robert Pridgen, USMC, PMA-261 program manager; Michael Torok, Ph.D., CH-53K programs…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted  June 3, 2013

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering realigns for future growth, competitiveness

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing announced May 31 it is establishing new centers for engineering design, propulsion and out-of-production airplane support for Commercial Airplanes as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and profitable growth in its second century. The company, which marks its 100-year anniversary in 2016, will establish engineering design centers in Washington state, South…

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