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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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Business

Spirit AeroSystems board names president, CEO

Posted  March 20, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced March 19 that its board of directors has named Larry A. Lawson, president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2013. Lawson, formerly executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business segment, succeeds Jeff Turner who has been Spirit’s CEO since the company’s formation in 2005. Turner is expected to remain…

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New automation process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times by more than half

Posted  March 20, 2013

As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days…

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Herschel discovers some of youngest stars ever seen

Posted  March 20, 2013

Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.  Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope in Chile, a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, the Onsala Space Observatory…

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Headlines: March 18, 2013

Posted  March 18, 2013

Business Boeing engineers to tally labor contract vote Boeing could face a strike by one-third of its engineering workforce if they reject a labor contract March 18. Boeing puts 787 battery through tough tests it once avoided To get its 787 Dreamliner flying again, Boeing is testing the plane’s volatile battery system to a rigorous…

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News Briefs March 18, 2013

Posted  March 18, 2013

Army names crew killed in helicopter crash The U.S. Army has identified the five-member crew killed in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. The crew was flying a training mission March 11 in Kandahar using night-vision goggles. Army Maj. Gen. Robert A. Abrams has said no enemy attacks were reported. The…

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Business

Embraer selects UTC Aerospace Systems wheels, brakes for second generation E-Jets

Posted  March 18, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. has been selected by Embraer to be the sole source supplier of wheels and carbon brakes for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet aircraft family. UTC Aerospace Systems will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business unit headquartered in Troy, Ohio. The new Second Generation E-Jets…

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Boeing selects GE as engine partner for 777X Studies

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing’s development study on improvements to the market-leading 777, known as 777X, will include GE as the engine partner on the twin-aisle airplane expected to enter service near the end of the decade. “This decision to work with GE going forward reflects the best match to the development program, schedule and airplane performance,” said Bob…

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Boeing provides details on 787 battery improvements

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing announced March 14 that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks. New enclosures for 787 batteries also are being built and will be installed…

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General discusses parameters of Quadrennial Defense Review

Posted  March 18, 2013

Work has begun on the Quadrennial Defense Review, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast believes the review can help leaders understand the security environment and tailor forces to best operate in a new world. Kwast heads the Air Force QDR office at the Pentagon and says this is a unique time for the…

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Pratt and Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] APU selected for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet

Posted  March 18, 2013

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s* APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit has been selected by Embraer for its second generation E-Jet. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Embraer and provide our APS2600[E] APU for the second generation E-Jet,” said Eileen P. Drake, vice president and general…

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