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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.

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Final West Coast frigate, USS Gary, decommissioned

Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.


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StandardAero signs support center agreement with RainAir

Posted  September 11, 2013

StandardAero has signed a three year Support Center Agreement with RainAir Aircraft Services for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine. Under the terms of the contract, StandardAero will serve as the exclusive engine service provider to RainAir. Todays Support Center Agreement is our first with RainAir, said Rob…

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KC-46 tanker ‘on cost, on schedule,’ acting SecAF says

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Air Force’s KC-46 air refueling tanker project is “on cost and on schedule,” Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said here Sept. 9. In an interview with American Forces Press Service, Fanning said the program “is in a real healthy place.” The Air Force will buy 179 of the aircraft to replace the venerable…

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Lockheed Martin adds integrated missile defense command, control option to Dragon family of ISR configurations

Posted  September 11, 2013

Ever increasing threats and the need to have constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin to add an integrated air & missile defense option to its Dragon series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance configurations. Lockheed Martin’s Dragon ISR configurations offer a unique approach for customers to tailor their mission requirements to meet their…

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Thales, Inmarsat sign memorandum of agreement for connectivity

Posted  September 11, 2013

Thales, leader in In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity and Inmarsat, global provider of mobile satellite services, have today signed a Memorandum of Agreement to add Thales as a partner in marketing Inmarsat’s connectivity solutions to the commercial aviation market. Inmarsat Aviation provides the ultimate in connectivity for a consistent global experience for the whole aircraft, from…

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Successful missile defense test against multiple targets

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), and U.S. Air Force airmen from the…

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Navy autonomous aerial refueling tests underway

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Navy continues to demonstrate multiple technologies that promise to significantly increase the endurance and range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

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General Dynamics awarded $118 million for Stryker double-V hull vehicles

Posted  September 11, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $118 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert 66 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull design. Deliveries of the vehicles will begin in July 2014 and be completed by February 2015. General Dynamics Land Systems…

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Acquisition chief discusses better buying power 2.0

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Pentagon’s chief of acquisition, technology and logistics told part of his workforce in Washington, D.C., last week about the Defense Departments initiative to drive continuous improvement in defense acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall spoke Sept. 3 with engineers, contracting officers, program managers and others here about Better…

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ARINC Aerospace reaches key milestones in Indonesia C-130B project

Posted  September 11, 2013

ARINC Incorporated announced Sept. 10 that it is aggressively moving forward on completing its contract to modernize†five C-130B transport aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. The program, which began in the first quarter of 2011, is moving along as budgeted and scheduled. Under the contract, ARINC is helping the Indonesian government modernize their C-130B fleet…

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C-130s return from fighting Western blazes

Posted  September 11, 2013

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, aircrews and maintainers returned Aug. 30 after providing support to U.S. Forest Service aerial firefighting operations in the Western U.S.

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