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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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News Briefs May 8, 2013

Posted  May 8, 2013

Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet fighter force. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Mark Welsh told a Senate committee that nine fighter units and three bomber…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet powers record-breaking flight of X-51A WaveRider

Posted  May 8, 2013

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s SJY61 scramjet engine, achieved aviation history on May 1 by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, flying full duration and achieving mission success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company. “This test flight brings aviation closer…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92 helicopters to Turkish National

Posted  May 8, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92Æ helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system in increasingly complex tests against free-flying rockets

Posted  May 8, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgUnDeED9MM&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin announced May 8 that it has successfully demonstrated the Area Defense Anti-Munitions system in multiple tests against free-flying Qassam-like rocket targets. The prototype laser system has destroyed eight small-caliber rocket targets in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in tests conducted in March and April 2013. Lockheed Martin…

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Raytheon completes first international delivery of Enhanced Paveway™ II GBU-50

Posted  May 8, 2013

Raytheon has completed delivery of more than 200 Paveway™ GBU-50 guidance kits to a European partner. The GBU-50 provides the 2,000-pound MK-84 or the BLU-109 penetrator with all-weather GPS navigation combined with precision terminal laser guidance. A full range of selectable terminal impact angles combined with a mature combat-proven, height-of-burst maximizes the capabilities of both…

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Boeing delivers first C-17 training center to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Posted  May 8, 2013

Boeing has delivered a training center for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, enabling the base to cut costs by training pilots and loadmasters onsite. Since we received our first C-17 at Wright-Patt in January 2011, our local crews have had to go on…

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Osprey debuts at Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1

Posted  May 8, 2013

Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1 Marines, past and present, family members and friends mingle on the flight line with the newest addition to the squadron, an MV-22 B ‘Osprey,’ after an MV-22B Introduction Ceremony in the HMX-1 hangar May 4 in Quantico, Va. The aircraft, built by Bell-Boeing under direction from the V-22 Joint Program Office…

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Aerojet delivers final Orion EFT-1 crew module reaction†control system pod assembly

Posted  May 8, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System (CM RCS) pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) has arrived at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet’s CM RCS pods will provide the full complement of primary and redundant…

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Odierno: Readiness issues pose risk to U.S. security

Posted  May 8, 2013

Navy photograph by CPO Josh Ives A smaller Army still needs to be ready, and sequester issues on top of previous budget cuts are impacting readiness accounts, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Defense Writers Group, May 7, 2013. A smaller Army still needs to be ready, and sequester issues…

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Boeing brings B-52 into digital age with significant communications upgrade

Posted  May 8, 2013

Boeing is providing an upgraded communications system for U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers so aircrews can send and receive information via satellite links, allowing crews to change mission plans and retarget weapons in flight and better interact with aircraft and ground forces. To date, mission information has been uploaded to a B-52 only before a…

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