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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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Sikorsky Aerospace Services selects Cobham’s advanced avionics suite for S-61 modernization program

Posted  February 20, 2013

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Feb. 18 plans to equip Sikorsky’s modernized S-61Tô helicopter with a suite of advanced avionics provided by S-TEC Corporation/Cobham Commercial Systems of Mineral Wells, Texas. In early 2010, the U.S. Department of State entered into an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity agreement to purchase up to 110 modernized S-61 helicopters for passengers and…

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ACC continues planning for sequestration impacts

Posted  February 20, 2013

Air Combat Command officials continue to take actions to slow, and within the near-term dramatically restrict, fiscal 2013 spending in light of pending sequestration and a projected $1.8 billion shortfall in overseas contingency funding. “We are prioritizing our efforts to sustain force structure and preserve combat capability for the joint force,” said Gen. Mike Hostage,…

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers tiny planet system

Posted  February 20, 2013

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring…

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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted  February 20, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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Curtiss-Wright announces Surface Technologies Segment

Posted  February 20, 2013

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is renaming its Metal Treatment segment to Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies. Headquartered in Paramus, N.J., the Surface Technologies business segment provides highly engineered services, including protective coatings, analytical services, laser peening, and shot peening to critical components operating in the aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, general industrial, and transportation markets. The segment operates…

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Raytheon’s new precision artillery ready for low-rate initial production

Posted  February 20, 2013

Raytheon has received a U.S. Army fiscal year 2012 contract for the production of Excalibur Increment Ib precision-guided projectiles. The $56.6 million contract, awarded in December, marks the start of low-rate initial production of Excalibur Ib. Excalibur is a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability…

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First Afghan Air Force C-208 CASEVAC a success

Posted  February 20, 2013

Canadian Air Force photograph by Sgt. Vaughan Lightowler Flight nurses from the Afghan Air Force Clinic in Kabul, assisted by the AAF Surgeon General, Col. Abdul Rasoul Mayel, lift the first litter borne patient in Afghan Air Force history transported by a Cessna 208, off the aircraft in Kabul, Feb. 11, 2013. In another historic…

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 20, 2013

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 19. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not diminishing…

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JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

Posted  February 20, 2013

Raytheon photograph Ballistic Missile Detection – Raytheon’s JLENS recently demonstrated the capability to detect ballistic missiles shortly after launch. A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations, and communications and processing groups. Enemy tactical ballistic missiles may soon be easier to detect and track….

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted  February 20, 2013

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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