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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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Lockheed Martin names VP, deputy program manager For F-35

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company announced that Jeff Babione has been selected to serve as vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Operations, will lead the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group programs in an acting capacity until a permanent replacement for Babione is…

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Lockheed Martin team completes Delta PDR for Next GPS III satellite capabilities

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review for the next Global Positioning System III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites…

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Boeing selects location for Brazil aerospace research, technology center

Posted  April 10, 2013

Boeing announced April 9 that it will place its Brazilian research and technology center at the hub of Brazil’s aerospace industry – in the city of São José dos Campos’ Technological Park. The new Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil Center will open later this year in remodeled existing space at the technological park with staffing of…

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Headlines April 8, 2013

Posted  April 8, 2013

Business Pentagon awards surge 71 percent in March as Congress eases budget blow The Defense Department announced contracts valued at as much as $39.4 billion in March, 71 percent more than the prior month, even as automatic federal budget cuts started taking effect. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/defense-contracts-surge-71-percent-in-march-as-congress-eases-budget-blow/2013/04/07/4deeb982-9c89-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html Lagardere to use private placement to sell EADS shares French media…

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News Briefs April 8, 2013

Posted  April 8, 2013

Super Hornet crashes in the Arabian Sea An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower crashed April 8 in the North Arabian Sea. No one was injured. The Super Hornet encountered an engine failure at 12:20 p.m. local time, the Navy stated in a news release. The incident is under investigation….

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First B-2 surpasses 7,000 flight hours

Posted  April 8, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nick Wilson B-2 Spirit crew chiefs stand at parade rest while performing post flight inspections with pilots in the cockpit of the ìSpirit of Floridaî April 1, 2013, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The pilots just completed a historic training mission in which it became the first B-2 to…

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United Launch Alliance honors three California-based suppliers with Small Business Excellence Award

Posted  April 8, 2013

United Launch Alliance recently honored three California-based suppliers with a 2012 Small Business Excellence award for their support of the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. ULA’s Atlas and Delta vehicles support a wide range of missions including the Department of Defense Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program and NASA science missions, and are poised…

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Sikorsky Aircraft announces supplier of the year awards

Posted  April 8, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced April 5 its 2013 Supplier of the Year awards. The winners, along with Sikorsky’s 15 current Gold Suppliers, were recognized at the company’s recently held Supplier Gold Summit in Miami, Fla. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The winners are: Aerostructures Supplier of the Year: Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc….

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SAIC awarded contract by U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Posted  April 8, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command to provide security engineering services in support of the Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Ashore Global Sustainment Program. The single-award contract has a one-year base period of performance, two one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $74 million, if…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Navy contract to upgrade, enhance NGC2P tactical data link processor

Posted  April 8, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman an $80 million contract to upgrade and enhance the Next Generation Command and Control Processor. The NGC2P system is a tactical data link communication processor that provides critical real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat operations. The five-year, indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery NGC2P Technology Refresh and Link 22…

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