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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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ATK awarded FMU-143 bomb fuze testing, production contract

Posted  October 24, 2012

ATK has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with an $84 million ceiling for First Article Testing and production of the FMU-143 Bomb Fuze for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Initial orders under the contract are valued at $52 million. The U.S. Army’s Contracting Center at Rock Island, Ill., issued ATK the award…

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib demonstrates accuracy during flight tests

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has fired eight precision-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. All eight rounds landed within five meters of the target, meeting stringent test objectives. “This program has made great achievements in a very short amount of time,” said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, the U.S. Army Excalibur program manager….

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Aerosonde small UAS log 168 flight hours in the Antarctic

Posted  October 24, 2012

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced Oct. 22 that its Aerosonde(R) Small Unmanned Aircraft System logged 168 flight hours in the frigid, harsh climate of Antarctica, supporting meteorological research by the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of Atmospheric and…

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Honeywell extends strategic relationship with Army for M1 Abrams support

Posted  October 24, 2012

Honeywell has been awarded two contracts worth a combined $221 million to continue its highly successful support of the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams main battle tank program. Honeywell’s AGT1500 vehicular gas turbine engine is the proven power source for the M1 Abrams and provides the tank with superior power and torque, low noise, and smokeless…

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NASA C-20A completes radar study of Pacific rim volcanoes

Posted  October 24, 2012

NASA photograph by John McGrath NASA’s modified Airborne Science C-20A is seen on the parking ramp at Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft, carrying the UAVSAR mounted in an undercarriage pod, was deployed to conduct a radar imaging mission of Japan’s active volcanoes. NASA’s Airborne Science C-20A aircraft, carrying a specialized synthetic…

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Boeing-COMAC Technology Center announces first biofuel research project

Posted  October 24, 2012

A newly formed technology center created by Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China has announced that Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology, Co., Ltd., will conduct the center’s first research project. HEET, a company with experience developing alternative energy technologies, will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into a component of sustainable aviation…

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Return to Recovery Glacier and second look at the Bellingshausen Sea

Posted  October 24, 2012

After two more successful surveys and a no-fly day for routine aircraft maintenance, NASA's IceBridge team was looking forward to getting back to the work of mapping land and sea ice in the Antarctic.

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Raytheon awarded $51 million from U.S. Army to produce and upgrade airborne radios

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon photograph Raytheon has been awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize future radios for the U.S. Army. The upgrade will significantly increase satellite capacity for soldiers. Raytheon has been awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize future radios for the U.S. Army. The modernization…

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Lockheed Martin adds persistent surveillance option to Dragon ISR configurations

Posted  October 24, 2012

Ever increasing threats and the need for force protection by systems that provide constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin to add a persistent surveillance option to its Dragon series of ISR systems. The latest member of Lockheed Martin’s Dragon Family of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance is Dragon Sentinel, an option that includes…

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Innovators wanted: Could you design the FANG vehicle?

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on innovators with expertise in designing and engineering drivetrain and mobility systems to collaboratively design elements of a new amphibious infantry vehicle, the Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle. Registration is now open for the FANG Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge, the first of three planned FANG Challenges, which is set…

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