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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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Celebrated pilot and Vietnam POW dies at 88

Posted  October 25, 2013

Retired Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner, a celebrated Korean War jet fighter ace and Vietnam prisoner of war, died Oct. 22 at Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, Va.

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Boeing, Korean Air finalize order for 12 twin-aisle airplanes

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing and Korean Air have finalized an order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners that was announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has also announced an order for one additional 787 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is valued at $3.9…

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Gray Eagle completes 20,000 automated takeoffs, landings

Posted  October 25, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that its Gray EagleÆ Unmanned Aircraft System has reached a record 20,000 successful automatic launch and recoveries with the Automatic Takeoff and Landing System. This milestone was achieved on September 25 and comes just…

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Customized integrated circuit deliveries bolster Advanced EHF communication payloads

Posted  October 25, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Recent deliveries of application-specific integrated circuits are getting Northrop Grumman’s production of payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communication satellites off to a strong start. More than 800 ASICs delivered by Honeywell Aerospace in Plymouth, Minn., and BAE Systems of Arlington, Va., bolster…

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Lockheed Martin conducts third successful flight test of new GMLRS warhead

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted the†third† engineering development test flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate all test objectives were achieved. During the short-range test, three GMLRS rockets were launched from an MLRS M270A1 launcher and each destroyed its respective ground-based target…

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61st Airlift Squadron receives first C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 24. A crew from the squadron ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st AS, which has operated C-130s since 1956,…

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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Damien A. Guarnieri A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 24. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial…

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Headlines October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Business: Raytheon profit falls 2.8 percent as company raises forecast - Raytheon said third quarter profit fell 2.8 percent amid U.S. budget cuts, while the world’s largest missile maker raised its full year earnings forecast on gains in international sales. Contractor earnings rise amid U.S. budget cuts, shutdown - The biggest U.S. defense contractors, led by Lockheed…

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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Military supplier blames closure on U.S. shutdown, sequester PORT HURON, MICH. ó A Michigan company that makes camouflage items for the military says the partial government shutdown is one reason itís going out of business. The Detroit News says that Port Huron-based GMA Cover Corp. announced the closing in a letter to its employees Oct….

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Public activities part of Doolittle Raiders’ weekend

Posted  October 28, 2013

When the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' make a final toast to their fallen comrades Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world can witness the historical moment.

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