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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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North Korea to put captured U.S. spy ship on display

Posted  July 26, 2013

If there was ever any doubt about what happened to the only U.S. Navy ship that is being held by a foreign government, North Korea has cleared it up. It's in Pyongyang. And it looks like it's there to stay.

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Dyess AFB receives final C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  July 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The fleet is complete  The final Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft number 5726) designated for the 317th Airlift Group was ferried to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 25. Gen. Paul Selva, commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., flew the aircraft to Dyess AFB…

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NASA sees enthusiastic response to asteroid call for ideas

Posted  July 26, 2013

NASA has received more than 400 responses to its request for information on the agency’s asteroid initiative, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced July 26. “Under our plan, we’re increasing the identification, tracking and exploration of asteroids, and the response to this initiative has been gratifying,” said Garver, speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2013…

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CNO defends LCS program in wake of GAO skepticism

Posted  July 26, 2013

The Littoral Combat Ship program was under a microscope this week after the Government Accountability Office released a critical, 72-page report today scrutinizing the cost of the program.

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Lockheed Martin delivers upgraded Orion in 10 months

Posted  July 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin achieved an unprecedented milestone by delivering a U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft in 10 months – and 78 days early – on July 18. This is the eighth of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade modifications and phased depot maintenance. It will soon join the CBP P-3…

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Obama proclaims National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Posted  July 26, 2013

  President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation marking July 27 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.   The following is the text of the President’s proclamation: Today, America pauses to observe the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – a conflict that defined a generation and decided the fate of…

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Hagel praises, thanks Korean War veterans

Posted  July 26, 2013

  July 27 marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today praising and thanking the Korean War veterans “who stepped forward to serve at a defining time in our history.” Here is the text of the secretary’s statement: I am honored…

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Natick develops holster for M320 grenade launcher

Posted  July 26, 2013

When the M320 40 mm grenade launcher began replacing the M203 in 2009, it put a new and more lethal weapon into the hands of the soldier.

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GA-ASI successfully flight tests improved Gray Eagle

Posted  July 26, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced July 26 the successful first flight of the U.S. Army’s Improved Gray Eagle®, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Block 1 Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System that has accumulated over 70,000 flight hours since 2008. The flight occurred today at the company’s El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale,…

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7th Fleet discusses Harrier jettisoned ordnance retrieval

Posted  July 26, 2013

Navy photograph An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).   In coordination with the Australian Defence Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet will take the lead in the safe retrieval and disposal of four bombs which…

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