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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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GE Capital Aviation Services signs purchase, leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines

Posted  April 24, 2013

GE Capital Aviation Services LLC, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, has signed a purchase and leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines for six new Airbus A320 aircraft to expand the carrierís fleet. GECAS delivered the first aircraft to Spirit in March. The remainder deliver in 2013 with all six aircraft coming from…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $20 million for nuclear submarine services

Posted  April 24, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $20 million contract modification for nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine…

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Boeing honors 17 suppliers for exceptional excellence

Posted  April 24, 2013

Boeing honored 16 companies and one university last night with its Supplier of the Year awards, recognizing those organizations’ exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s success during 2012. The awards are based on meeting or exceeding quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support and affordability goals, and demonstrating the ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements….

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GA-ASI, OMX partner to identify suppliers for Canadaís JUSTAS program

Posted  April 24, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and OMX announced April 23 that the companies have signed a two-year agreement to support GA-ASIís Industrial Regional Benefit efforts to identify and work with Canadian suppliers. The partnership will strengthen GA-ASIís and its teammate CAEís commitment to offer the PredatorÆ B and/or Predator C AvengerÆ RPA to meet the…

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Fokker secures orders for additional F-35 work valued at 60 million Euros

Posted  April 24, 2013

Fokker Aerostructures has signed two contracts for F-35 work with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, collectively valued at 60 million Euros. The two contracts are for the delivery of innovative composite structures including flaperons, outer leading edge flaps and in-flight opening doors for the next batch of 73 F-35 aircraft. This order will guarantee high…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of next rocket engine for human spaceflight

Posted  April 24, 2013

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the rocket-engine manufacturer that helped power American astronauts to the moon during the Apollo era, has completed the last in a series of hot-fire tests on a J-2X engine with a stub-nozzle extension at simulated altitude conditions. This latest chapter in the development of America’s next rocket…

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Rights groups: U.K. must end army recruitment at 16

Posted  April 24, 2013

Rights campaigners are taking aim at a British military policy that puts the U.K. in the same league as North Korea and Iran: recruiting soldiers under the age of 18. Two groups said in a report published April 23 that Britain’s military is wasting up to 94 million pounds ($143.4 million) a year training recruits…

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Boeing Winnipeg announces site expansion, 737 MAX work

Posted  April 24, 2013

Boeing Canada Winnipeg announced April 23 plans to increase its Murray Park Road manufacturing site by more than 22 percent, primarily to house new composites work for Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane. The building will be expanded by 14,000 square meters (150,000 square feet) to a total of 62,000 square meters (665,000 square feet) of manufacturing…

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ESGR announces semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Posted  April 24, 2013

138 Employers in Running for DoDís Highest Honor for Guard and Reserve Employers. ARLINGTON, Va. ñEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that 138 employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is DODís highest honor for…

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Congressman joins Quallion for grand opening of U.S. government funded lithium ion battery materials factory in California

Posted  April 24, 2013

Quallion, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium ion battery systems, announced April 22 the opening of its factory which produces lithium-ion materials for US Government satellites in Santa Clarita, Calif. Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., and Department of Defense official, Mark Buffler spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize this significant…

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