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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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RACR wins Republic of Korea F-16 radar upgrade competition

Posted  April 10, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon announced April 10 its Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar has been competitively selected by the Republic of Korea to upgrade the country’s KF-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon fleet. “This win ensures the Republic of Korea’s KF-16 combat aircraft remain relevant in a constantly evolving threat environment and builds on our legacy…

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2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo kicks off

Posted  April 10, 2013

The 48th-annual, 2013 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition kicked off at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. with an official opening ceremony April 8.

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AeroVironment receives $13.8 million Raven small UAS from U.S. Army

Posted  April 10, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced April 10 it has received $13,800,062 of incremental funding on March 30, 2013 from the United States Army for continued performance of a contract action with a not to exceed value of $65,538,759. The order includes RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimbaled payloads and initial spares packages, and is funded from the…

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Fourth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite entering system test as communication module, multi-beam antenna installed

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has integrated two of the most important components onto its fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy. Recently engineers mated the multi-beam assembly, which hosts 16 ultra-high frequency antennas for distributed, global communications coverage. Earlier this year, the team delivered and integrated the vehicleís communications system module. With bus and…

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Boeing Phantom Phoenix small satellites reduce manufacturing, mission costs

Posted  April 10, 2013

Boeing is developing a family of small satellite prototypes, called Phantom Phoenix, that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured for specific missions.

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Northrop Grumman names VP, human resources for Electronic Systems Sector

Posted  April 10, 2013

Northrop Grumman has appointed Constance A. Soloway vice president of human resources for the company’s Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. In this position, Soloway is responsible for developing and implementing human resources strategies, programs and initiatives to support employee career development and the long-term talent needs of the Electronic Systems sector. She reports to…

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Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range integrated fuel system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Raytheon successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company’s extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon. During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle. The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations…

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DOD releases fiscal 2014 defense budget proposal

Posted  April 10, 2013

President Barack Obama April 10 sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense infrastructure, instituting a study of possible…

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More than 1,400 students explore aviation careers at Van Nuys Airport

Posted  April 10, 2013

More than 1,400 high school students, more than 40 exhibitors and an array of static aircraft participated in the eighth annual The Skyís the Limit: Aviation Career Day hosted by MP Aero, Van Nuys Airport, Calif., and The Valley Economic Alliance April 5. Congressman Tony C·rdenas spoke to the students about taking their future into…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR radar system completes government testing at Wallops Island

Posted  April 10, 2013

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system completed two phases of government developmental testing at the Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Va., and has moved into the latest phase of developmental testing in preparation for the future U.S. Marine Corps’ operational assessment. G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multimission radar to be developed for…

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