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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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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted  June 26, 2013

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., June 2 loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an…

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Centcom undertakes massive logistical drawdown in Afghanistan

Posted  June 26, 2013

Army photograph by 1st Lt. Henry Chan Army Sgt. Andrew Markley, materiel redistribution yard noncommissioned officer for Forward Operating Base Sharana, helps move containers at his facility. Two years ago, as commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was marching against a strict Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to complete the largest logistical…

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Lockheed Martin wins U.S. Army helicopter maintenance program

Posted  June 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received an aircraft maintenance and logistics contract with an initial funding value of $5 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will lead the Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort Campbell,…

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Raytheon delivers first NASAMS High Mobility Launcher to Norway

Posted  June 26, 2013

Raytheon has delivered the first High Mobility Launcher for Norway’s National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System to provide Norway with advanced air defense capability. When time is of the essence to protect high-value assets and populations, the HML significantly reduces the time required to transport and ready the system. “The Royal Norwegian Air Force is the…

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Israel receives First C-130J Super Hercules: ‘Shimshon’

Posted  June 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered the State of Israel’s first C-130J Super Hercules airlifter during a ceremony June 26 at its Aeronautics Company’s production facility in Marietta, Ga. This is first of three C-130Js currently on order for the Israeli Air Force, which has operated legacy C-130s since 1971. The IAF has bestowed the nickname “Shimshon” on…

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Northrop Grumman awards two San Gabriel Valley area students $10,000 engineering scholarships

Posted  June 26, 2013

AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman announced June 25 two winners of its annual Engineering Scholars program for graduating San Gabriel Valley-area high school seniors planning to pursue a career in engineering, computer science, physics or math. Each student will receive $10,000 over four years. “Northrop Grumman is honored to sponsor this scholarship competition that enables…

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Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted  June 26, 2013

The third Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 25 where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Roger Hardy piloted the aircraft known as BK-3 (ZM137) on its 90-minute ferry flight from the Lockheed…

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Lockheed Martin’s final JLTV development vehicle rolls off assembly line

Posted  June 26, 2013

The final Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle produced for the program’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase has rolled off the assembly line, joining a fleet of previously completed vehicles that will be delivered for government testing and evaluation this summer. The Lockheed Martin team produced a total of 22 JLTV test vehicles, which were…

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Headlines June 26, 2013

Posted  June 26, 2013

News Army lays out plans to remove 80,000 soldiers; base communities brace for impacts The Army announced a massive restructuring of its force Tuesday, slashing 12 combat brigades and affecting military communities from Georgia to Washington state, as it prepares to cut 80,000 active-duty soldiers from its ranks over the next four years. Business Bombardier…

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News Briefs June 26, 2013

Posted  June 26, 2013

U.S. IDs Vietnam War soldier remains The Pentagon says it has accounted for a northern Michigan soldier whose helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War. The POW/Missing Personnel Office said June 25 that Army Spec. 5 John L. Burgess of Suttons Bay was crew chief aboard the helicopter that crashed June 30, 1970. The…

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