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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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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Raytheon announces mentor-protege agreements with ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links

Posted  March 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Calif. ñ March 5, Raytheon announced mentor-protege agreements with small businesses ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links, Inc., at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s High Tech Conference in Los Angeles. The agreements demonstrate Raytheon’s commitment to helping small businesses gain contracting expertise and develop core competencies necessary for doing business with U.S. government customers. Raytheon’s…

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Special ops chief hails restructure, partnership progress

Posted  March 6, 2013

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress today strong partnerships with allies and an understanding of terrorist networks in Afghanistan and North Africa have helped build the command’s capacity to meet mission objectives. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven said his command helped establish a new…

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Joint program suspension lifted, F-35s fly again at Eglin

Posted  March 6, 2013

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov F-35 A and B operations began again March 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a two-week cautionary suspension grounded the aircraft. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Feb. 19 caused the recent suspension. Another short-lived season of “cautionary suspension” has been…

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MD 540F Armed Scout helicopter to be powered by New Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine

Posted  March 6, 2013

MD Helicopters Inc., a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, has selected the Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine to power its MD 540F armed scout helicopter. “The M250-C47E is decisively matched with the performance capabilities of the MD 540F,” said Carl Schopfer, president of MDHI. “This engine will efficiently…

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Northrop Grumman announces centers of excellence in Florida, California, New York

Posted  March 6, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced March 4 it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector’s manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. In addition, the company announced plans to close an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. “Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our…

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Ministry of Transport signs for four S-76D™ helicopters for SAR mission in China

Posted  March 6, 2013

China’s Ministry of Transport’s Rescue and Salvage Bureau has signed a contract for the supply of four Sikorsky S-76D™ search and rescue helicopters, with an option for another four next year, to further enhance MOT’s maritime search and rescue capabilities, Sikorsky Aircraft announced March 5 from the Heli-Expo industry show. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United…

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Seal Beach trains first responders during Exercise Citadel Shield

Posted  March 6, 2013

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach participated in the annual security training exercise known as Citadel Shield 2013 from Feb. 26 to March 1. Citadel Shield is the largest force protection and anti-terrorism exercise of the year and is conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States. “It’s designed to enhance the training…

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Eight is Great: Davis-Monthan AFB receives additional HC-130J Combat King II

Posted  March 6, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Key Lockheed Martin delivered an HC-130J Combat King II to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 6. Aircraft number 5717 is the eighth of 15 HC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Combat Command since initial contract award in 2008. The HC-130J Combat King II, along with the existing HC-130…

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Lockheed Martin receives $71 million long range anti-ship missile contract from DARPA

Posted  March 6, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $71 million Long Range Anti-Ship Missile modification contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to conduct air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities.

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Schwarzkopf laid to rest at West Point with honor, fond memories

Posted  March 6, 2013

Twenty-two years to the day when Operation Desert Storm ended, the general who commanded the coalition force ground offensive was laid to rest at West Point, N.Y. A memorial service for retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a U.S. Military Academy Class of 1956 graduate, was held at the Cadet Chapel here, Feb. 28, with family,…

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