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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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VA will use preliminary findings to reduce verification denials

Posted  March 13, 2013

To speed eligibility determinations of Veteran-owned small businesses for Department of Veterans Affairs’ ìVeterans Firstî contracts, theVA will allow applicants the opportunity to correct minor deficiencies before an initial denial is issued. Starting May 1, the VA will begin providing preliminary findings to applicants before completing a comprehensive review of their submissions. This is expected…

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Headlines: March 11, 2013

Posted  March 11, 2013

News Three dead in U.S. Navy Prowler crash Three people were killed in a training flight after an E/A-6B Prowler crashed into a wooded area 50 miles west-southwest of Spokane, Wash. A source familiar with the crash confirmed that there were three people onboard the aircraft, which belonged to Electronic Attack Squadron 129, the Vikings….

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News Briefs March 11, 2013

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boat crashes near California base, drugs found, no people Officials say an overturned boat and floating bales of a suspected illegal drug have been discovered off the central California coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but they haven’t found anyone who may have been steering the craft. Second Lt. Kaylee Ausbun says the small boat…

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Raytheon’s dual-band datalink tested with Thales radar

Posted  March 11, 2013

Raytheon has tested its company-funded dual-band datalink with a Thales Nederland Advanced Phased Array Radar. The test took place at a shore-based Dutch facility and marked a key step toward enabling more European ships to employ the full range of missiles within the Standard Missile family, including the Standard Missile-3. “Right now, few of Europe’s…

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KYOCERA recognized for excellence by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems for second consecutive year

Posted  March 11, 2013

Kyocera America Inc. was recently recognized by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems for Supplier Excellence in 2012, representing the companyís second consecutive 3-Star Supplier Excellence award. This honor acknowledges Kyoceraís performance in overall quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and total business and financial health. The Supplier Excellence selection process is undertaken annually by SAS to…

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Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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Lockheed Martin to provide virtual training technologies in support of Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $253 million contract agreement to begin work on F-15SA pilot and maintenance training systems for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The technologies will provide a comprehensive ground-based training environment for Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program. Pilots will complete air-to-air combat, air-to-surface missions, air combat maneuvers and tactical intercepts with 360-degree…

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Honeywell Aerospace expands global network of distributors for condition-based maintenance systems

Posted  March 11, 2013

Honeywell recently announced a new global network of Condition-Based Maintenance Systems distributors. The network agreements, effective Jan. 1, 2013, include previous CBMS distributors ó Diagnostic Solutions, Derco, Hope Aero, Eurotech, Kaigai, Master Tech, Merlinhawk, Telemeter and Vibratech ó and new distributors Beijing Andawell Science & Technology in China and Transworld Aviation in the United Arab…

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W.H. Smith Company completes acquisition of military system assets of LaBarge Products

Posted  March 11, 2013

    W.H. Smith Company, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality hose assemblies and systems as well as load securing and material handling products for the U.S. Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace, completed the acquisition of certain intellectual property and related assets from LaBarge Products, Inc. Based in St. Louis, Mo., LaBarge…

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First F-35 with Marietta-built center wing flown

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel Delcueto The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time last week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the…

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