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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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NASA’s Hubble finds telltale fireball after gamma ray burst

Posted  August 5, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently provided the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma ray bursts are produced by the merger of two small, super-dense stellar objects.

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Exercises, training to posture NATO for future challenges

Posted  August 5, 2013

Sharpened by the past decade of combat operations, NATO forces are launching an ambitious effort to build on that foundation and to enhance the capabilities of the NATO Response Force, the top U.S. and NATO commander reported. After more than 10 years of experience fighting together in Afghanistan, we have achieved an unprecedented level of…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $212 million for DDG 1002 deckhouse, hangar, launch-system modules

Posted  August 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $212 million for the design and construction of a steel deckhouse and hangar and construction of aft Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules for integration into Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), the third ship of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. General Dynamics Bath…

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Lockheed Martin team completes environmental testing of the solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  August 5, 2013

A Lockheed Martin team has completed and passed the full range of environmental tests – electrical, mechanical and thermal – for the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite satellite mission, known as GOES-R. The team is…

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Headlines August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

News Canceling F-5 said to be among Pentagon options Canceling the $391.2 billion program to build Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is among options the Pentagon listed in its “strategic review of choices if forced to live with automatic budget cuts, according to people familiar with Defense Department briefings. Pentagon to investigate allegations of waste,…

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News Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Guard pilot ejects after jets collide Two Air National Guard fighter jets collided midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the sea and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Aug. 2. The other pilot involved in the collision was able to…

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China deal drives merger, acquisition activity in second quarter

Posted  August 2, 2013

Aerospace and defense merger and acquisition activity in the United States continues to be affected by sequestration and defense budget cuts in the second quarter of 2013. However, China played a positive role in the deal market where the pace of Chinese-involved deals has increased year-to-date, according to PwC US. In the two years since…

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Navy awards $1.9 billion for fourth phase of P-8A production, readies for first deployment

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy announced July 31 the award, to Boeing Defense and Security Systems, of a $1.9 billion firm fixed-price-contract for the procurement of 13 Low Rate Initial Production Lot 4 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft.

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Carter: Review reveals sequestration’s flaws

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget canít meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Aug. 1. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Departmentís strategic options under sequestration, Carter…

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Lockheed Martin selects Northrop Grumman’s SABR for the F-16 AESA radar upgrade program

Posted  August 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has competitively selected Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar for the U.S. Air Force and Taiwan F-16 radar modernization and upgrade programs. Work on the F-16 AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar program will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters facility in Linthicum. “The F-16 has been a front-line fighter…

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