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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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Business Briefs – January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

General Dynamics awarded $133 million for Abrams Tank production   General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks….

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Lockheed Martin completes MUOS waveform to improve secure communications capabilities

Posted  January 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed and delivered the software waveform for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System. The new waveform will enable military satellite communications terminal providers to deploy equipment that takes full advantage of enhanced MUOS capabilities. A next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, MUOS will provide significantly improved and secure communications capabilities, including…

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NASA telescopes see weather patterns in brown dwarf

Posted  January 10, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed “weather map” yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs. The forecast shows wind-driven, planet-sized clouds enshrouding these strange worlds. Brown dwarfs form out of condensing gas, as stars do, but lack the mass…

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Headlines: January 7, 2013

Posted  January 7, 2013

Veterans Last of the 39ers: Great Escape hero who was shot down at the start of the war dies aged 98 Work to begin on unearthing 124 Spitfires buried in Burmese jungle during World War Two History Nazis secretly developed plot to drop radioactive bomb on New York from supersonic space rocket Technology Thunderbird 2…

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U.S., Canada think ahead to NORAD Next

Posted  January 7, 2013

More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Members of the Permanent Joint Board…

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News Briefs – January 7, 2013

Posted  January 7, 2013

U.S. troops arrive in Turkey for Patriot missiles The U.S. military says troops are arriving in Turkey to man Patriot missiles. Germany, the Netherlands and the United States are deploying two Patriot surface-to-air batteries each to boost NATO ally Turkey’s air defenses against any possible spillover from Syria’s civil war. The U.S. European Command said…

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Lockheed Martin completes spacecraft, science instrument integration for IRIS mission

Posted  January 7, 2013

The spacecraft and science instrument integration for the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph ñ NASAís next Small Explorer Mission ñ has been completed, and final testing is underway. IRIS was designed and built at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., with support from the companyís Civil Space line of business…

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Business Briefs – January 7, 2013

Posted  January 7, 2013

Heilind acquires Interstate Connecting Components Heilind Electronics, Inc., North America’s largest distributor of electronic interconnect products, announced Jan. 2 the acquisition of Interstate Connecting Components, a New Jersey-based distributor of electronic components for the military and aerospace industries. “We are very pleased to be welcoming ICC into the Heilind family,” said Robert W. Clapp, president…

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General Dynamics awarded $4.6 billion for submarine programs

Posted  January 7, 2013

General Dynamics Electric Boat was recently awarded three U.S. Navy contracts totaling $4.6 billion to design and develop the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine, and to continue construction and purchasing of materials for Virginia-class attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under a five-year, $1.85 billion Ohio Replacement Program contract, Electric…

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