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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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California races other states to capture new space industry

Posted  August 26, 2013

As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured…

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Long-range radar program heading to next phase

Posted  August 26, 2013

A program office here working to provide warfighters with a new ground-based, long-range radar system is ready to move forward after the completion of recent prototype demonstrations. The Theater Battle Control Division’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, program office recently evaluated three prototype capability demonstrations during the pre-engineering and manufacturing development phase of the…

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U.S. Army awards Lockheed Martin $206 million for counterfire radar production

Posted  August 26, 2013

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $206 million in additional orders for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53), a long-range counterfire radar that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from indirect fire. This contract is for 19 Q-53 systems, formerly designated as EQ-36. To date Lockheed Martin has delivered 32 initial production systems to the U.S. Army and…

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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted  August 26, 2013

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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Northrop Grumman completes successful demonstration of 3DELR radar system

Posted  August 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed a successful full-scale demonstration of its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar for the U.S. Air Force last month. Approximately 40 members of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of Defense were on site to witness the comprehensive demonstration of Northrop Grumman’s radar system. More than 50…

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Eglin’s 40th FTS expands A-10 fuel limitations in combat

Posted  August 26, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, moves down the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft is loaded up with weaponry to test the combat carriage limits of the Sargent Fletcher external fuel tank. The A-10 flight personnel are testing to ensure…

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US, China conduct counter piracy exercise

Posted  August 26, 2013

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy), Aug. 24-25.

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Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 engages first over-the-horizon targets at sea

Posted  August 26, 2013

POINT MUGU SEA RANGE, Calif. – The U.S. Navy fired two Raytheon Standard Missile-6 interceptors from the USS Chancellorsville, successfully engaging two cruise missile targets (BQM-74 drones) in the missile’s first over-the-horizon test scenario at sea. The SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned…

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UTC Aerospace Systems to provide Sunwing Airlines with service on major nacelle components for its Boeing 737 fleet

Posted  August 26, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business has been chosen by Sunwing Airlines to service nacelle components for its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. Under the five-year agreement, UTC Aerospace Systems’ Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala. will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of the inlets, fan cowls and small components for the CFM56-7 engines that power…

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Hagel announces U.S. deal to sell helicopters to Indonesia

Posted  August 26, 2013

In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States has agreed to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Jakara, Indonesia, Aug. 26. Hagel announced the deal during a joint news conference with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro after productive meetings this…

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