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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 Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph 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…

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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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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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Monitor: A naval war fighting First

Posted  March 6, 2013

On March 8, 1862, a dark shape emerged from Gosport Shipyard: the beast that was the CSS Virginia was on the prowl.....

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DARPA’s new TERN program aims for eyes in the sky from the sea

Posted  March 6, 2013

Effective 21st-century warfare requires the ability to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock. Current technologies, however, have their limitations. Helicopters are relatively limited in the distance and flight time. Fixed-wing manned and unmanned aircraft can fly farther and longer but require either aircraft carriers or large, fixed…

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Service chiefs ask Congress for fiscal help

Posted  March 6, 2013

The senior officers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force asked Congress March 5 for more spending flexibility so they can maintain military readiness as the sequester’s across-the-board budget cuts take effect. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for next set of infrared surveillance satellites

Posted  March 6, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $284.4 million fixed-price contract to procure long lead parts for the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth (HEO) orbit, and associated ground hardware and…

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UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nacelle systems for the Second Generation Embraer E-Jets

Posted  March 6, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been chosen by Pratt & Whitney as the exclusive nacelle provider for both engine models for Embraer’s new Second Generation E-Jet aircraft. The nacelle systems will be provided by the Aerostructures business unit headquartered in Chula Vista, Calif. The Embraer Second Generation E-Jets will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower®…

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