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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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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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News Briefs September 11, 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,134 As of Sept. 10, 2013, at least 2,134 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,771 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon’s SM-3, AN/TPY-2 successful in operational ballistic missile defense test

Posted  September 11, 2013

Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile and AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar played integral roles in the success of Flight Test Operational-01, the Missile Defense Agency’s operational test of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. During the test, a SM-3 Block IA guided missile fired from the USS Decatur (DDG 73) intercepted a medium-range…

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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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