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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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USS Arlington hosts NASA spacecraft recovery tests

Posted  August 19, 2013

Navy photograph by POC James Davis NASA engineers, Navy divers and sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) tow a test Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. This phase one test determined the best method for recovering the capsule after earth reentry and splashdown in the ocean. After…

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Northrop Grumman-developed advanced SPEED software released by U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  August 19, 2013

The U.S. Marine Corps has released a new, advanced version of software developed by Northrop Grumman for electromagnetic spectrum situational awareness and operations. Using the Systems Planning, Engineering and Evaluation Device, communications planners can plan, model and analyze radio and jammer effects in a defined electromagnetic spectrum environment to better understand where communications degradation or…

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Modernized Patriot system aces PAC-3 test

Posted  August 19, 2013

Raytheon’s new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully launched a PAC-3 missile to engage a tactical ballistic missile target at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This test was the culmination of two years of testing of the complete system, proving system performance in all environments and against all threats. “Patriot’s flawless performance only strengthens…

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Raytheon among companies awarded US Air Force IDIQ contract

Posted  August 19, 2013

Raytheon was recently awarded a 7-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services. “The NETCENTS-2 Application Services contract allows Raytheon to bring our full breadth of capability to the U.S. Air Force. It enables us to provide the latest information, sustainment and engineering solutions to our customers,”…

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General Dynamics awarded $67 million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted  August 19, 2013

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded a $67.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets. Hydra rockets can be mounted on most helicopters and some fixed wing aircraft and employ a variety of warheads to meet a wide range of mission requirements for all branches of…

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Northrop Grumman joint venture recognized with U.S. Department of Energy aviation award

Posted  August 19, 2013

The Northrop Grumman joint venture National Security Technologies, LLC aviation program at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nevada Field Office received the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation Program Memorial Award. This year’s award marks the fifth time in nine years that the aviation team has been recognized as the best aviation program…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides component repair services to Brazilian Air Force

Posted  August 19, 2013

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Aug. 15 its first-ever direct commercial repair agreement with the Brazilian Air Force in support of their UH-60 Black Hawk fleet. Through OEM access, the multi-year contract will streamline support services and will help enhance operational readiness for the H-60 helicopter fleet. The agreement includes shipment of aircraft components to Sikorsky-approved…

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Headlines August 19, 2013

Posted  August 19, 2013

News: U.S., China to expand military exchanges amid rows over cyber security, territory The United States and China agreed Aug. 19 to expand military exchanges and exercises as part of efforts to build more stable ties, despite tensions over cyber security and East Asian territorial disputes.   Business: South Korea targets growing Asian defense market…

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News Briefs August 19, 2013

Posted  August 19, 2013

17 punished for placing sex ads while deployed The Marine Corps says 17 people have been punished for placing ads on the Internet seeking sex while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports Aug. 17 those punished included 11 military personnel and six civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The ads…

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NASA explores new uses for historic launch structures

Posted  August 21, 2013

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is seeking concepts for the potential use or divestment of three historic launch platforms that are not needed for the agency’s current or planned future missions. A Request for Information released Aug. 16 will gauge the interest of commercial or government entities for using the three nearly identical mobile…

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