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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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Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes full system hot fire testing

Posted  June 21, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has completed its first Block IIA Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System fully-integrated flight weight system hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems. This first of several SM-3 Block…

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Northrop Grumman to provide fuel quantity indicator system for U.K.’s Sentry E-3D AWACS Aircraft

Posted  June 21, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defence to design, develop, integrate, test and support a Fuel Quantity Indicator System for the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft based at RAF Waddington. Work will be performed under Northrop Grumman’s existing Sentry E-3D Whole Life Support Program. The contract modification…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes first in a series of full-motion tests on America’s next rocket engine

Posted  June 21, 2013

The leading rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 21 that it successfully completed the first in a series of full motion hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton (130-metric ton) Space Launch System (SLS),…

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Raytheon delivers mini transponders for Identification Friend or Foe on Korean Air UAV

Posted  June 21, 2013

Raytheon has completed deliveries of its miniature military-grade Identification Friend or Foe transponders to Korean Air Lines as the Republic of Korea’s top air carrier develops unmanned aerial vehicles. The small transponders are designed to fly on UAVs and smaller helicopters and deliver all of the military and civilian airspace performance capabilities of Raytheon’s industry-leading…

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On home turf show, Airbus steals Boeing’s thunder

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airbus beat its rival Boeing in the orders stakes at the Paris Air Show but both aircraft manufacturers were encouraged that their lucrative wide-body planes were finding new customers – a sign that the global economy is on the mend. The show at Le Bourget, which alternates with the Farnborough Air Show on an annual…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted  June 21, 2013

Artist rendering courtesy of Lockheed Martin This artist rendering shows the Modernized Dayside Sensor Assembly installed on an AH-64E Apache. The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component…

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

Posted  June 21, 2013

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there's a "capability gap" in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacement.

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Canada makes first call on AEHF; First partner nation to connect terminals to protected communication satellite

Posted  June 21, 2013

Canada recently became the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency international partner to communicate using the Lockheed Martin-produced satellite system. The U.S. Air Force has been allowing select groups to use AEHF for testing as it fields the system, but this expansion means more users beyond the U.S. could soon have more frequent access. A U.S.-Canada…

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NASA’s Space Launch System program kicks off preliminary design review

Posted  June 21, 2013

NASA is beginning a preliminary design review for its Space Launch System. This major program assessment will allow development of the agency’s new heavy-lift rocket to move from concept to initial design. The preliminary design review process includes meticulous, detailed analyses of the entire launch vehicle. Representatives from NASA, its contractor partners and experts from…

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ROKAF’s first C-130J reveals new paint scheme

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s first C-130J Super Hercules recently debuted its official tri-color camouflage paint scheme at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Marietta, Ga., June 20. This C-130J (Lockheed Martin aircraft number 5730) now begins its test flight phase and is scheduled for a 2014 delivery. The ROKAF is a legacy C-130…

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