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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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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Ring Nebula’s true shape

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Ring Nebula’s distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star reveal a new twist. “The nebula is not like a bagel, but rather, it’s like a jelly doughnut, because it’s filled with material…

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Northrop Grumman signs mentor-protege agreement with Davidson Technologies

Posted  May 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman has signed a U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protÈgÈ agreement with Davidson Technologies, a teammate on Northrop Grumman’s Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract. Under the JRDC, Northrop Grumman has led a world-class team to conduct ballistic missile defense system-level modeling and simulation, ground and flight test, war game, training exercise, mission-critical…

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Navy names next two destroyers

Posted  May 24, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced May 23 the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG) will be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye. “As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero.”  Mabus said.  “For decades to come,…

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UAV pilots maintain situational awareness above battlefield

Posted  May 24, 2013

Unmanned aerial vehicle pilots maintain an "eye-in-the-sky" view providing real-time surveillance high above the battlefield in order to keep Soldiers safe from unexpected "enemy" attacks, at the U.S. Army National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Calif.

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Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems achieves Milestone C approval

Posted  May 24, 2013

BINGEN, Wash., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Insitu announced May 23 that RQ-21A reached Milestone C under the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System contract with Naval Air Systems Command. The achievement will enable the program to transition from the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase to a Low Rate Initial Production phase and enter initial operational…

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F-35 ITF works towards night, weather certification

Posted  May 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds The F-35 Integrated Test Force is completing a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references. The ITF, which has the lead on all F-35 mission systems testing, is responsible for five of…

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Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system completes first flight

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Navy’s newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System, completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif., May 22

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Navy, Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS enters production phase

Posted  May 24, 2013

Navy photograph RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System in flight after launching from USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) in February 2013. The Department of the Navy recently announced that the unmanned air system received Milestone C approval authorizing the start of low rate initial production. The Department of the Navy announced May 15 that the…

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News Briefs May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Force general vows to protect quality of weapons work The commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., says budget cuts are hitting the Albuquerque installation’s staff and operations but that the safety, security and reliability of the weapons themselves won’t be affected. Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan says…

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Headlines May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

In the news….. Hurdles to closing Guantanamo just as high under new Obama plan President Obama announced measures May 23 to revitalize his failed first-term commitment to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, but the renewed effort faces the same steep political climb: To make it work, Congress would have to accept a…

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