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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.


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SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly

Posted  August 26, 2015

Space Systems/Loral announced Aug. 26 it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch…

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U.S. Navy Demonstrates Endurance on the MQ-8C Fire Scout

Posted  August 26, 2015

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have successfully demonstrated endurance capabilities with the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.

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U.S. Army awards $6.7 billion JLTV contract to Oshkosh Corporation

Posted  August 26, 2015

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion…

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Veterans remember Gulf War 25 years later

Posted  August 26, 2015

Twenty-five years ago this month, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Shortly thereafter, the 101st Airborne Division deployed to the Middle East as part of the U.S. response to the action in what became known as the Gulf War.

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Raytheon to provide training services to U.S. Air Force

Posted  August 26, 2015

The U.S. Air Force has named Raytheon as one of the prime contractors on the Training Systems Acquisition III contract. This allows Raytheon to bid on delivery orders on this multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total ceiling value of $20.9 billion over 10 years. Under this Air Force Life Cycle Management Center…

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Raytheon air-to-air missile scores direct hit from U.S. Army ground launcher

Posted  August 26, 2015

The U.S. Army and Raytheon successfully test fired an AIM-9X Block II missile from the Army’s ground-based Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-I (IFPC 2-I) Block 1 Multi-Mission Launcher. AIM-9X is traditionally fired from aircraft toward aerial targets and this test demonstrated that the latest AIM-9X can be used in both air-to-air combat and now,…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 150th KC-10 extender from depot to U.S. Air Force

Posted  August 26, 2015

Northrop Grumman photograph A KC-10 Extender leaves Northrop Grumman’s depot in Lake Charles, La. Northrop Grumman recently delivered the 150th KC-10 Extender aircraft from a maintenance depot to the United States Air Force. The program’s depots are located in Lake Charles, La., and Greensboro, N.C. “The delivery of the 150th KC-10 depot aircraft contributes to…

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Indian university students take part in In C-130J Super Hercules roll-on/roll-off competition

Posted  August 26, 2015

Teams from five leading Indian universities recently presented design concepts supporting the disaster relief operations in New Delhi, Inida, as part of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge. Lockheed Martin launched the Indian University design challenge in November 2014. The company provided research grants for each university team to work with…

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Contract Briefs August 26, 2015

Posted  August 26, 2015

Bell Helicopter Textron Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $581,113,421 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contractfor the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the Marine Corps and government of Pakistan.The aircraft…

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Headlines August 24, 2015

Posted  August 24, 2015

News: Sources: Congress mulls full-year continuing resolution – With a Sept. 30 deadline looming, the Pentagon is coming to grips with the reality that it will be operating under the stop-gap spending measure known as a continuing resolution for the near future.   Business: JLTV award could reorder vehicle industry – The U.S. Army is poised to…

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