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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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Raytheon moves forward on DARPA Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program

Posted  September 9, 2013

Raytheon is moving forward with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on the agency’s Persistent Close Air Support program, whose software could enable ground troops to receive close air support sooner by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons. Originally designed for the A-10 Thunderbolt, the recently expanded PCAS program intends…

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Posted  September 9, 2013

News: Give up weapons, Russia urges Syria – Russia has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control and then have them destroyed, in an attempt to avoid US military strikes. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the offer was made during talks with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, who welcomed the initiative.  …

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News Briefs September 9, 2013

Posted  September 9, 2013

Israel deploys missile defense near Jerusalem The Israeli military has deployed an ìIron Dome missile defense battery in the outskirts of Jerusalem. Associated Press video footage showed the missile defense system positioned there Sept. 8 afternoon. The Israeli military refused comment, citing operational protocol. Israel is concerned that Syria, or a group allied with the…

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Raytheon UK receives first order for its latest GPS Anti-Jam prototype

Posted  September 11, 2013

Raytheon UK has taken its first order for a pre-production MiniGAS, the latest in GPS Anti-Jam technology, designed and manufactured by the company in the United Kingdom. This contract, awarded by an undisclosed customer, requires Raytheon UK to produce demonstrator units for customer evaluation. MiniGAS is the latest in Raytheon’s GPS Anti-Jam family of products,…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 30-year anniversary of first solar electric propulsion mission

Posted  September 11, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Sept. 11 that it is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its first Solar Electric Propulsion mission. In 1983, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s first SEP rocket engines were used on the RCA Americom Satcom-1R satellite. The Satcom-1R SEP engines were an early version of the modern Electrothermal Hydrazine Thrusters that used excess…

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Navy seeking academic researchers for two faculty programs

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Office of Naval Research is seeking applications from college and university professors for its 2014 Summer Faculty Research and Sabbatical Leave programs, ONR officials announced Sept. 11. “This year, we hope to increase the number of applications for potential research that will further introduce the academic community to Navy research opportunities,” said Bill Ellis,…

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German variant MEADS launcher arrives for integration into flight test configuration

Posted  September 11, 2013

The first Medium Extended Air Defense System launcher on a German truck has arrived in the United States, ready for integration into a future test scenario.

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Obama, Hagel, Dempsey commemorate 9/11 anniversary

Posted  September 11, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a ceremony for victims of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2013. More than the stone and water that commemorate those who…

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Raytheon awarded $136.2 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Posted  September 11, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $136.2 million contract for federal fiscal 2013 to remanufacture, overhaul and upgrade 19 Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems and produce four SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems. This contract includes a $94.8 million option for fiscal year 2014 covering an additional 12 Phalanx and four SeaRAM systems. The option, if exercised, would…

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THAAD, Aegis BMD successfully engage multiple targets during integrated BMD system test

Posted  September 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense Weapon System and the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test resulting in the intercept of two medium-range ballistic missile targets in an operationally realistic environment. The test was conducted at U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site and surrounding areas in the western…

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