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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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Space Station Expedition 35 astronauts land safely In Kazakhstan, Expedition 36 begins

Posted  May 15, 2013

Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 35 crew undocked from the orbiting laboratory and returned safely to Earth May 13, wrapping up a mission lasting almost five months. The departure marks the beginning of Expedition 36. Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russian…

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 767-300ER to MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Posted  May 15, 2013

Boeing delivered a 767-300ER (extended range) to MIAT Mongolian Airlines May 13, the first-ever direct purchase delivery to the airline. “This is a momentous step forward for MIAT Mongolian Airlines as we continue to enhance our fleet,” said Jargalsaikhan Gungaa, President and CEO of MIAT Mongolian Airlines. “We are pleased with the comfort, range and…

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Mojave Air & Space Port improvements continue

Posted  May 15, 2013

Actions by the Mojave ASP board continue to be directed at improvements in its physical facilities, pre-planning for an FAA grant, and how to handle the Plane Crazy Saturday event. Plane Crazy Saturday is sponsored by the Mojave Transportation Museum and takes place each third Saturday of the month. Pilots are invited to fly in…

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NASA probe counts space rock impacts on Mars

Posted  May 15, 2013

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across.

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Headlines May 13, 2013

Posted  May 13, 2013

News Astronauts replace pump on emergency spacewalk Two US astronauts have replaced a pump on a spacewalk aimed at fixing a leak of ammonia from the International Space Station’s cooling system.  Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn completed the work an hour ahead of schedule, reporting no further escape.   Defense U.S. automatic cuts send Pentagon…

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News Briefs May 13, 2013

Posted  May 13, 2013

Gates: No to direct military involvement in Syria Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he thinks direct U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war – particularly direct military involvement – would be a mistake. Gates, who served both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, says he oversaw wars that began with quick regime change…

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Lockheed Martin launches redesigned F-35 website

Posted  May 13, 2013

Lockheed Martin has announced the redesign of www.F35.com, the official website of the F-35 Lightning II. The new design features enhanced functionality and compatibility with a variety of mobile devices while providing users the most up-to-date information on the F-35 program. “The new design stemmed from our desire to provide a site that makes it…

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Columbarium dedication honors military ceterans

Posted  May 13, 2013

Army photograph Casket teams carry the engraved urns with the unclaimed cremated remains of the first service members to be placed in newly dedicated Columbarium 9 at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 9, 2013. Though the six veterans whose service era spanned the Civil War to Vietnam had no known relatives to see them rendered…

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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 supplier in Australia proves capability in manufacture, delivery of high-grade advanced composite components

Posted  May 13, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s largest F-35 Australian supplier – Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd. of Bankstown, Australia – has demonstrated that its new production facility is equipped and qualified to manufacture and deliver quality composite parts for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman. In June 2012, Quickstep opened its new facility…

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DOD Comptroller: Sequestration devastates U.S. military readiness

Posted  May 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate hearing May 9 on President Barack Obama’s $9.5 billion military construction budget request for fiscal 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the severe and abrupt budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces. Hale and John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and…

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