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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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Lockheed Martin adds integrated missile defense command, control option to Dragon family of ISR configurations

Posted  September 11, 2013

Ever increasing threats and the need to have constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin to add an integrated air & missile defense option to its Dragon series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance configurations. Lockheed Martin’s Dragon ISR configurations offer a unique approach for customers to tailor their mission requirements to meet their…

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KC-46 tanker ‘on cost, on schedule,’ acting SecAF says

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Air Force’s KC-46 air refueling tanker project is “on cost and on schedule,” Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said here Sept. 9. In an interview with American Forces Press Service, Fanning said the program “is in a real healthy place.” The Air Force will buy 179 of the aircraft to replace the venerable…

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StandardAero signs support center agreement with RainAir

Posted  September 11, 2013

StandardAero has signed a three year Support Center Agreement with RainAir Aircraft Services for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine. Under the terms of the contract, StandardAero will serve as the exclusive engine service provider to RainAir. Todays Support Center Agreement is our first with RainAir, said Rob…

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Raytheon’s SM-3, AN/TPY-2 successful in operational ballistic missile defense test

Posted  September 11, 2013

Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile and AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar played integral roles in the success of Flight Test Operational-01, the Missile Defense Agency’s operational test of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. During the test, a SM-3 Block IA guided missile fired from the USS Decatur (DDG 73) intercepted a medium-range…

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News Briefs September 11, 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,134 As of Sept. 10, 2013, at least 2,134 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,771 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines September 11, 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

News: House panel rolls out short-term 2014 CR – A House panel introduced legislation to avert a government shutdown by funding the Pentagon and other federal agencies at fiscal 2013 levels until mid-December. With the Senate unable to pass appropriations bills, a stopgap funding measure called a continuing resolution will be needed to keep the federal…

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Airmen missing from World War II accounted for

Posted  September 13, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 12 that two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort,…

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Boeing fulfills U.S. Air Force C-17 production contract with 223rd delivery

Posted  September 13, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the 223rd and last U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter Sept. 12, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery. The aircraft left Boeingís Long Beach facility to fly to its assignment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., where a ceremony will mark its arrival….

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Centcom program bridges scientific, technological gaps

Posted  September 13, 2013

Step onto an elevator beside Martin Drake, U.S. Central Command’s chief science and technology adviser, and one might be surprised to hear him deliver to perfect strangers an unclassified tutorial he calls “Science and Technology 101.”

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At times, even munitions must shake, rattle and roll

Posted  September 13, 2013

Providing the war fighter with a variety of weapons and munitions such as a mortars and mines involves much more than whether they will function at a basic level. Will they perform as designed at various altitudes, or at extremes of hot and cold temperatures? Will they remain intact if transported over rough terrain that…

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