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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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News Briefs – December 5, 2012

Posted  December 5, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,031   As of Dec. 4, 2012, at least 2,031 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 1,694 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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JLENS simultaneously tracks swarming boats, cars, aircraft

Posted  December 5, 2012

Swarming boats operating in highly-trafficked strategic waterways will soon be easier to detect, target and engage. During a recent test, a Raytheon JLENS simultaneously detected and tracked double-digit swarming boats, hundreds of cars and trucks, non-swarming boats and manned and unmanned aircraft. The swarming boats, similar to swarming boats in the inventories of hostile navies…

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Northrop Grumman provides gyro-compass navigation system for Embraer Legacy executive jet

Posted  December 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with prime contractor Rockwell Collins Inc., provided the attitude and heading reference system that recently supported the first flight of the new Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet. Northrop Grumman supplied the fiber-optic, gyro-compassing LCR-100 AHRS for integration with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionÆ avionics system on the fly-by-wire Legacy 500…

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Sikorsky delivers first CH-53K prototype heavy lift helicopter to flight test team

Posted  December 5, 2012

The Sikorsky team developing the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps has delivered the first prototype aircraft - the Ground Test Vehicle - from the assembly line to the flight test team

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Super Galaxy Delivered

Posted  December 5, 2012

MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 3, 2012 ñ Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the sixth production C-5M Super Galaxy to the Air Force, Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lockheed Martin facilities here. Aircraft 85-0001 is the ninth overall C-5M Super Galaxy for the Air Force and will undergo internal paint restoration at Stewart Air National Guard Base,…

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Santa’s got a new reindeer . . . And it answers to Hercules

Posted  December 5, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Damien Guarnieri Members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, visited the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., site in Marietta, Gl., Dec. 3 to pick up two pallets of toys to deliver to children impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. The toys were loaded into…

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New gunship-to-be takes to the skies

Posted  December 5, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to a new AC-130J gunship made its first flight at Marietta, Ga., this week. The MC-130J will have a Precision Strike Package installed, then will fly as a gunship in early 2014. The total requirement for new AC-130J gunships is…

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Third Boeing GPS IIF begins operation after early handover to U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 5, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – A third Boeing GPS IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is now part of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, providing improved performance for both military and civilian users. GPS IIF-3, now designated SVN-65, is being operated by the 50th Space Wing’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base,…

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Fire Scout breaks endurance records on USS Klakring deployment

Posted  December 5, 2012

The Navy’s fourth Fire Scout detachment returned to Mayport, Fla., Dec. 1, after achieving several milestones during its five-month deployment aboard USS Klakring (FFG 42). The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter detachment logged more than 500 flight hours in the U.S. Africa Command Area of Responsibility in support of anti-piracy operations and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance…

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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 5,000 flight hours

Posted  December 5, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program surpassed 5,000 flight hours last month. This milestone was reached by the combined F-35 System Development and Demonstration aircraft flying at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and the training aircraft flying at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All…

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