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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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MEADS multifunction fire control radar tracks tactical ballistic missile for first time

Posted  October 21, 2013

In preparation for an upcoming dual-intercept test later this year, a Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar successfully acquired and tracked a Lance tactical ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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US Army awards Raytheon $71.7 million to continue modernizing Patriot fleet

Posted  October 21, 2013

Raytheon received $71.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Army to upgrade the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with the modernized Radar Digital Processor (RDP) and Modern Man Station. The increased processing power of the RDP improves the radar’s reliability by 40 percent. The greater situational awareness with the new MMS increases safety and…

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Special Ops Command seeks prototypes for ‘Iron Man suit’

Posted  October 21, 2013

DARPA graphic An artist’s rendering of what the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit might look like with its desired capabilities. U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an “Iron Man suit,” named after the fictional superhero. In September, Socom announced it is seeking proposals for prototypes of…

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Lockheed Martin links ground sensor network with UAVs for enhanced threat protection

Posted  October 21, 2013

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network, a wireless ground sensor system will be able to connect with unmanned vehicles to provide ubiquitous coverage and persistent surveillance of designated areas. “SPAN is essentially a network…

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Military to reduce community, public outreach

Posted  October 21, 2013

Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagons new strategic…

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Boeing reduces 747 production rate as demand lags

Posted  October 21, 2013

Boeing will slow down production of its double-decker 747 jumbo jet as demand continues to be weak. Counting cancellations, Boeing has not booked any new orders this year for that plane. Boeing said Oct. 18 that it will slow 747 production to 18 per year, or 1.5 per month. Boeing originally planned to build 24…

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U.S. quietly releasing $1.6 billion in Pakistan assistance

Posted  October 21, 2013

The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers. Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow…

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Wing surpasses 2,000 sled test missions

Posted  October 21, 2013

The 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., recently reached a historic testing milestone this summer.

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Lockheed Martin receives order for two C-130J Super Hercules for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted  October 21, 2013

Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement known as an Undefinitized Contract Action with the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of the first two of 25 potential C-130J Super Hercules airlifters for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Specifically, this contract action is for the purchase of two KC-130J refueling tankers. Here we see…

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Shutdown effects continue on Defense Department, Hagel says

Posted  October 21, 2013

The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press conference Oct 17. At the shutdown’s height, more than 400,000 Defense Department civilian employees were furloughed because of the lapse of appropriations for the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1….

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