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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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Hagel, Russian counterpart discuss mutual security issues

Posted  March 27, 2013

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu made a congratulatory call to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the two leaders discussed a range of issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 25. Hagel and Shoygu discussed the ongoing security transition in Afghanistan, Little said in a statement. “Secretary Hagel assured his counterpart that the handover of…

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U.K. F-35s will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk

Posted  March 27, 2013

The United Kingdom’s Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced March 26. “This is the next step in the restructuring of the Armed Forces, providing them with the world’s most capable combat aircraft,” said Hammond. “Basing the new Lightning II at RAF Marham makes…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science to Earth

Posted  March 27, 2013

A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company’s second cargo flight to the International Space Station March 26, with a 12:36 p.m., EDT, splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. “The scientific research delivered and being returned by Dragon enables advances in every aspect of…

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Consultant to study Virginia’s military assets

Posted  March 27, 2013

Virginia is preparing for potential base realignments and closures by hiring a consultant to study the state’s military assets. The Alexandria-based Spectrum Group will develop a closure risk assessment for each military base in the state. The company will report its findings the state’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. The Spectrum Group is…

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California airport developer charged with conspiracy

Posted  March 27, 2013

The man tasked with developing a former Air Force base into the San Bernardino International Airport has been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said March 25. Scot M. Spencer was arrested in Boca Raton, Fla., March 24 on five felony counts, and an investor and alleged co-conspirator, Felice G. Luciano, remained a fugitive, San…

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ARL scientist’s deployment results in new invention

Posted  March 27, 2013

Dr. Richard Tober, a scientist with ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, is one of those rare people in the laboratory who stepped out of his comfort zone for not one military assignment – but two.

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Future of U.K. helicopter search and rescue agreed

Posted  March 27, 2013

Crown Copyright 2013 A Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter from 22 Squadron during the rescue of an injured fisherman from the French trawler Alf (left) in the Irish Sea. The United Kingdomís Department for Transport announced March 26 the signing of a £1.6 billion contract to provide the U.K.’s search and rescue helicopter…

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Northrop Grumman introduces advanced high-res sensors for Hawk Air Defense System

Posted  March 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman has launched its Fourth Generation Tracking Adjunct Sensor, the latest upgrade to the company’s range of high-resolution electro-optical/infrared sensors for the Hawk air defense system. Northrop Grumman’s 4G TAS, the only approved EO/IR upgrade available to Hawk customers worldwide, detects and tracks low, fast targets both day and night and passes them to…

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Marine Corps prepares for Quadrennial Review Process

Posted  March 27, 2013

The Marine Corps enters the Quadrennial Defense Review process confident that examination will show the Marines’ trajectory is on the right track, the Marine Corps’ representative to the process said March 25. At a Defense Writers Group roundtable, Maj. Gen. Kenneth F. “Frank” McKenzie Jr. noted that the Marine Corps is a naval force and…

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States compete to become FAA drone test sites

Posted  March 27, 2013

It’s the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space. Capitalizing on Southern California’s aerospace fortunes, two rival groups want to add another laurel: drone test range. They face crowded competition. In search of an…

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