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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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Lockheed Martin receives $755 million contract for production of PAC-3 missiles

Posted  January 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a contract totaling $755 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment program. The contract includes fiscal year 2013 missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army and a follow-on sale of the PAC-3 Missile…

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Memo tells DOD components to plan for budget uncertainties

Posted  January 11, 2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has released a memo directing the services and defense agencies to begin planning for possible upcoming budget challenges. The memo allows defense components to freeze civilian hiring, terminate temporary hires and reduce base operating funds. It also allows components to curtail travel, training and conferences and to curtail administrative…

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Commando II goes West

Posted  January 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 9. Aircraft 5713 is the fourteenth of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery…

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U.S. Air Force releases new ‘vision’ document

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Air Force released a new Vision document Jan. 10 outlining the force’s vision and way forward. “Focused on ‘Airmen, Mission, and Innovation,’ I believe this short document captures what today’s Air Force is all about and where I think we ought to focus on for tomorrow,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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Boeing to consolidate El Paso facilities, reduce workforce to ensure competitiveness

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing will consolidate its El Paso, Texas, facilities and reduce the workforce there by the end of 2014. The move is part of the company’s strategy to increase affordability for government customers and become more competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. The 370 workers at the site manufacture electronics for a variety of Boeing products….

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Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Air Force announced Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and McConnell AFB, Kansas, as candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit Jan. 9. Altus AFB, Fairchild AFB, Wash., Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and McConnell AFB, are candidate bases for the first active-duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1). Forbes Air Guard Station, Kansas,…

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Boeing grows composite manufacturing capability in Utah

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 11 the purchase of a new building in Salt Lake County, Utah. Employees at the new site, located in West Jordan, will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9. “The site we’ve chosen is an ideal location to add composite manufacturing capability focused on Boeing’s key business strategies,”…

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Highly-skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet

Posted  January 11, 2013

Courtesy photograph An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 3, 2013. When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance…

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Boeing rolls out first 777 at increased production rate

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing photograph Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 airplanes per year. The airplane is a 777 Freighter that will be delivered in February to Korean Air. Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production…

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