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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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Lockheed Martin submits proposal for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Posted  September 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions. According to the August 1 government solicitation, HoPS will provide the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. and other U.S. government organizations with “a…

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Sikorsky S-76Dô helicopter flight simulator enters into Service

Posted  September 25, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and FlightSafety International jointly announced Sept. 24 the launch of the first full flight simulator for Sikorsky’s S-76Dô helicopter platform. Located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the new simulator replicates the aircraft’s exact flight and operating characteristics, ensuring high quality training for operators worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky…

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Airbus sees world aircraft fleet doubling by 2032

Posted  September 25, 2013

Airbus is predicting that the number of jet planes around the world will double in the next 20 years, largely to satisfy demand in emerging markets, particularly China. At a press briefing in London, where it unveiled its market forecasts for the period up to 2032, the European plane maker said air traffic will grow…

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General Dynamics awarded $152 million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class submarine work

Posted  September 25, 2013

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $152.4 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine…

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Elbit Systems awarded contract for Super Cobra ongoing depot level service, support

Posted  September 25, 2013

Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in the United States, Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a $44.8 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to be performed over the next five years for the ongoing depot level service and support of the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter’s Night Targeting System. Separate delivery orders are anticipated to be issued to…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete war fighter analysis Workshops for AOC modernization program

Posted  September 25, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have completed the third in a series of war fighter analysis workshops for the Air Operations Center Weapon System modernization program. The workshops are part of the AOC WS rapid development and prototyping process that incorporates early user feedback to help reduce development costs and ensure operational success….

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Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen establishes Ab Initio flight school network

Posted  September 25, 2013

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen is teaming with multiple pilot training centers worldwide to guide cadets through the initial, or “ab initio” stage of training to become professional pilots. The Jeppesen ab initio pilot training program is the first step in a comprehensive Boeing flight training program that will advance student pilots through several stages of training…

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News Briefs September 25, 2013

Posted  September 25, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,138 As of Sept. 24, 2013, at least 2,138 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 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines September 25, 2013

Posted  September 25, 2013

News: U.S. command in Afghanistan gives Army 60 days to fix or replace intel network - The Pentagon’s main battlefield intelligence network in Afghanistan is vulnerable to hackers — both the enemy or a leaker — and the U.S. command in Kabul will cut it off from the military’s classified data files unless the Army fixes…

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AFSA celebrates 66th Air Force birthday at Lancaster vet home

Posted  September 27, 2013

Members of the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1328 hosted a barbecue lunch at the Lancaster Veterans Home of California Sept. 18, in honor of the 66th U.S. Air Force birthday. AFSA provided burgers, hotdogs and a birthday cake.

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