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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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U.S. Navy one step closer to first Australian Seahawk delivery

Posted  August 7, 2013

The MH-60R Seahawk, which will soon become the Royal Australian Navyís first, arrived July 24 at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems†and Training in Owego, N.Y.† This Seahawk will be mission ready and transferred to the RAN in December this year. Officially delivered by Sikorsky Aircraft and accepted by the U.S. Navy on June 29, the Seahawk…

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Honeywell’s 131-9 APU reaches 100 million hours of service milestone

Posted  August 7, 2013

A vital piece of Honeywell technology, the 131-9 series Auxiliary Power Unit, recently became the second from Honeywell’s family of APUs to surpass 100 million hours in service across more than 7,500 narrow-body aircraft around the world such as the Boeing 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 models. “Honeywell’s 131-9 model…

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Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completes initial fleet firing

Posted  August 7, 2013

The U.S. Navy completed the first fleet firing of Raytheon’sRolling Airframe Missile Block 2 as part of its ongoing developmental and operational testing. In an at-sea test conducted from the USS Arlington (LPD 24), two RAM Block 2 missiles engaged a subsonic target in a scenario designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. This…

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News Briefs August 7, 2013

Posted  August 7, 2013

Manning’s max possible sentence cut to 90 years U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Aug. 6 by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had…

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F-35B completes 500th vertical landing

Posted  August 7, 2013

  Ready for sea trials  The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing Aug. 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week, Sea Trials, known as Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) are…

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Posted  August 7, 2013

News: How Buck McKeon created a global drone enterprise A U.S. lawmaker helped create the drone industry – and has reaped the benefits. A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone’s flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic…

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Boeing, U.S. Navy demo new targeting, data systems on EA-18G

Posted  August 9, 2013

The U.S. Navy recently flew Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft with sensor system upgrades and its newest data network, demonstrating how the enhanced technologies would allow aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately. Ultimately, the secure, high-speed network will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time. The technology will be incorporated into deployed…

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45th Space Wing launches satellite

Posted  August 9, 2013

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket carrying the sixth Wideband Global Satcom satellite at 8:29 p.m., Aug. 7 from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th SW provided support to the…

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Groups sue to block demolition at ex-nuclear site

Posted  August 9, 2013

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Several environmental groups Aug. 6 sued state regulators over the cleanup of a former nuclear research lab, saying low-level radioactive waste was improperly shipped to landfills. Consumer Watchdog, along with other groups, filed a lawsuit Aug. 6 in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Department of Public Health and Department of…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream

Posted  August 9, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream’s…

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