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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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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy conduct first catapult launch of X-47B

Posted  November 30, 2012

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have conducted the Navy’s first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The test was conducted Nov. 29 at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. It marks the first of several shore-based catapult-to-flight tests that will be…

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U.S. Senate green lights Pentagon green energy

Posted  November 30, 2012

On Nov. 28, the Senate gave the green light to the Pentagon’s investment in green energy. By a vote of 62-37, the Senate backed an amendment that would delete a provision in the defense bill prohibiting the military from spending money on alternative fuels if the cost exceeded traditional fossil fuels such as coal, natural…

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SAIC awarded $21 million contract by United States Navy

Posted  November 30, 2012

Company to Provide Operational and Environmental Support to the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 29 it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational and environmental support for fleet training range complexes for the United States Fleet…

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News Briefs – November 28, 2012

Posted  November 28, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,030 As of Nov. 27, 2012, at least 2,030 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 1,693 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon awarded $422 million contract for Paveway™ II

Posted  November 28, 2012

Raytheon has been awarded a $422 million contract for its combat-proven Paveway™ II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. Paveway™ is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. “Paveway™ has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by providing the warfighter unparalleled accuracy and standoff…

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Pratt & Whitney to evelop advanced variable speed turbine for Army Rotorcraft

Posted  November 28, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft. The AVSPOT program is an initiative by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, in…

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Derco Aerospace awarded exclusive distribution agreement by Eaton

Posted  November 28, 2012

Derco Aerospace, Inc., a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, announced Nov. 27 the signing of a three-year agreement to exclusively distribute Eaton’s complete line of C-130 and F-16 products in select international markets. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are proud to have been selected for…

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F-22’s success more than ‘skin deep’

Posted  November 28, 2012

Many are surprised to discover that the largest organ the human body has is the skin. Skin provides a physical barrier against harmful, external factors. The F-22 Raptor, much like the human body, has a layer of skin called low observable.

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Researchers test novel power system for space travel

Posted  November 28, 2012

A team of researchers, including engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., has demonstrated a new concept for a reliable nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights. The research team recently demonstrated the first use of a heat pipe to cool a small nuclear reactor and power a Stirling engine at the Nevada…

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General Dynamics delivers 1,000th beryllium sensor housing for mast mounted sight on OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter

Posted  November 28, 2012

General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has delivered the 1,000th precision-machined beryllium sensor housing to DRS Technologies, Inc. DRS integrates the sensor housings into the Mast Mounted Sight for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. “We are very proud of the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our employees on this project,” said Bob…

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