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

Posted  May 8, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92® 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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