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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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Headlines: February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Space How Columbia crew died in ignorance NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida’s Kennedy Space…

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News Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman fourth quarter net income falls 3 percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said Jan. 30 its fourth-quarter net income fell 3 percent, hurt by lower government spending. The Falls Church, Va.,-based company earned $533 million, or $2.14 per share, down from $548 million, or $2.09 per share, a year ago. The recent quarter’s results…

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1994 Direct Combat Definition, Assignment Rule rescinded, new billets for Navy women

Posted  February 1, 2013

As a result of the Department of Defense's rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women.

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Airmen gear up for largest B-1 modification

Posted  February 1, 2013

Photograph courtesy of Jake Melampy Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is gearing up for the largest B-1 modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade. Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, are gearing up for the largest…

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Northrop Grumman’s next-generation Fire Scout to beef up avionics protection

Posted  February 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received the first protective cage for its next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will store and shield the aircraft's critical electronic components from strong electric fields and electromagnetic waves.

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Northrop Grumman completes all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with delivery of the aft-optical system

Posted  February 1, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman accepted delivery of the aft-optical system from teammate Ball Aerospace, marking the completion of all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of the Webb Telescope’s optics, sunshield and…

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Scaled Composites names Kevin Mickey president, Cory Bird vice president

Posted  February 1, 2013

Kevin Mickey, president of Scaled Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. Scaled Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, announced Jan. 31 that it has named Kevin Mickey president and Cory Bird vice president, effective immediately. “Kevin and Cory have been instrumental in keeping the trains of innovation moving for over 20…

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NASA, ATK complete second in series of key avionics, controls testing for NASA’s SLS booster

Posted  February 1, 2013

NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program Jan. 30 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a “hot fire” of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control, the new…

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SMA explains way ahead for women in combat

Posted  February 1, 2013

Army photograph by David Vergun Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III recognizes soldiers for their achievements during his visit, Jan. 29, 2013, to the the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Charlottesville, Va. During his visit with the NCOs, he fielded a number of questions, including one on his views of women in combat….

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides in-country depot level repairs to Colombian Army Black Hawk fleet

Posted  February 1, 2013

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Jan. 30 plans to structurally repair seven damaged UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters for the Colombian Army at its base depot in Tolemaida, Colombia. To ensure sustained support for operations as mandated by the Colombian Army, the Colombian Army Aviation (part of the Army’s Combined Arms Team) has continued to expand its…

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