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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Veterans

Nine more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress

Posted  November 26, 2012

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj….

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NASA, Roscosmos assign veteran crew to year-long space station mission

Posted  November 26, 2012

NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This mission will include collecting scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. NASA has selected Scott Kelly and Roscosmos has chosen Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly…

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U.S., NATO consider Turkish request for missile support

Posted  November 26, 2012

The U.S. will work closely with its NATO allies to determine the best way to respond to a recent request from Turkey for Patriot missile support, a defense official said Nov. 21. Turkey is seeking to deploy the Patriot missiles along its southeastern border in an effort to de-escalate crisis conditions due to the civil…

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Northrop Grumman successfully completes air, missile defense radar technology demonstration

Posted  November 26, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed its technology demonstration contract for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar by achieving both contract objectives: demonstrating that the critical technology is mature and advancing the design of the tactical system. Northrop Grumman also successfully completed far field range testing of the technology demonstration prototype system at its…

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Northrop Grumman awarded in-service support contract for Royal Canadian Navy navigation system

Posted  November 26, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by Canada’s Department of National Defence to provide in-service support for the MK-49 inertial navigation systems and navigation data distribution systems fielded aboard surface ships and submarines of the Royal Canadian Navy. The $12.1 million contract, awarded by Public Works Government Services Canada, includes material spares and software maintenance for…

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Defense

F-22 repair task transferred to Tinker

Posted  November 21, 2012

New organic workload activated at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., will bring an estimated 37,000 hours of repair work annually to mechanics in Bldg. 3001.

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News Briefs November 21, 2012

Posted  November 21, 2012

Marines protecting threatened desert tortoises The Marine Corps is hoping to deploy some four-footed recruits in California√≠s Mojave Desert – about 500 threatened desert tortoises. The Los Angeles Times says the hatchlings live in a special 5-acre facility at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base that’s protected from predators by wire and netting. The slow-growing tortoises…

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Tyndall resumes F-22 flying operations

Posted  November 21, 2012

The 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base Fla., resumed normal flight operations as the Wing Commander, Col. David Graff, flew one of the first F-22 Raptor missions Nov. 19 approximately 7:45 a.m. A total of eight F-22 aircraft completed training missions in the morning and six others flew in the afternoon. The wing commander…

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F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing

Posted  November 21, 2012

The Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first time a weapon communicated with the aircraft during flight using a data link. The program’s…

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Safety paramount as F-22 investigation continues

Posted  November 21, 2012

The pilot of a F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., safely ejected as the jet crashed Nov. 15 around 3:30 p.m., EDT, on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., one-quarter mile east of the drone runway.

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