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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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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted  October 9, 2013

The aircrew of "Growler 51" set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

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Spaceport Colorado, Swiss Space Systems sign memorandum of understanding

Posted  October 9, 2013

Spaceport Colorado Oct. 8 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Swiss Space Systems, an aerospace company that designs and engineers suborbital launch systems, formalizing a collaborative relationship and advancing the spaceport’s long-term development and licensing plans. S3 is a Swiss-headquartered company now developing its presence in the United States to serve the…

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Forecast International predicts declining light military rotorcraft market

Posted  October 9, 2013

In a newly issued study, “The Market for Light Military Rotorcraft,” Forecast International predicts that 1,411 of these rotorcraft will be produced in the 10-year period between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $23.6 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars.  The study defines a military rotorcraft…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Xiamen Airlines to provide wheels, carbon brakes on Boeing 787-8 fleet

Posted  October 9, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Xiamen Airlines to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its fleet of 6 new Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio.  The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in July 2014.   UTC Aerospace Systems is a…

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MC-12W Liberty exceeds 300,000 flying hours

Posted  October 9, 2013

Beale MC-12W Liberty aircraft surpassed 300,000 combat flying hours at a forward operating base in Afghanistan in September.

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted  October 9, 2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are negative,”…

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Raytheon demonstrates new seeker technology for Tomahawk Block IV missile

Posted  October 9, 2013

Raytheon has completed a successful field test of an advanced Electronic Support Measure seeker installed in a Block IV Tomahawk missile as part of the company’s new product improvement program. The ESM seeker incorporates a state-of-the-art processor and antenna to locate and track moving and fixed emitting targets. The seeker’s capability was validated in a…

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B-1 conducts first live-fire test of anti-ship missile

Posted  October 9, 2013

A B-1B Lancer successfully struck a waterborne target with a live warhead for the first time Aug. 27.

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Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation awards Pratt & Whitney contract to support F100 engines

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation has agreed to a four-year contract agreement with Pratt & Whitney for a performance-based Material Management Program to support the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s F100-PW-220E engine fleet. The contract supports material forecasting, item repair management and provisioning of operational, intermediate, and depot-level spare parts. This marks the second MMP deal…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 9, 2013

The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents a major milestone in the…

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