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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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Lockheed Martin radar, MILSATCOM programs receive DOD awards

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin has won two of five awards given annually by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association for excellence in systems engineering. The awards, presented at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, are assessed on 2011 performance and recognize effective implementation of systems engineering best practices to achieve program…

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Boeing starts building first 777 at increased rate

Posted  October 24, 2012

Boeing Oct. 23 began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built…

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Riverside hosts third annual vet expo

Posted  October 24, 2012

Veterans won’t want to miss the Third Annual Veterans Expo 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Riverside County [Calif.] Fair Grounds. The expo will offer assistance with healthcare, employment, education, legal issues, buying a home or just learning what benefits they are eligible for. Interested attendees will even be able to learn about and…

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News Briefs – October 22, 2012

Posted  October 22, 2012

Iraq presses U.S. on need for faster arms deliveries Iraq’s prime minister has pressed the need for faster deliveries of American weapons to help arm his country’s military during a meeting with a senior U.S. defense official. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said in a statement Oct. 18 the Iraqi leader made the request during…

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Machinists union talks to Boeing employees in South Carolina

Posted  October 22, 2012

Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., plant. The informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing after the company…

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Lockheed Martin introduces advanced air, missile C2 system

Posted  October 22, 2012

In response to the increasingly complex national and multi-national requirements for Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin has developed a solution that deliver new levels of performance to address evolving threats. By linking weapon and sensor data with advanced map-based Command and Control capabilities, the DIAMONDShield(tm) C2 platform provides operators a wide range of…

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Odyssey Systems one of five awarded $851 million ETASS II contract

Posted  October 22, 2012

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group is one of five contractors awarded the “Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services II” contract to provide support to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The ceiling value of the contract is $851million over a five-year period of performance. The Odyssey Systems-led team will provide a broad range of…

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Elbit Systems U.S. subsidiary awarded order for Apache Longbow mission processor redesign, upgrade

Posted  October 22, 2012

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Oct. 21 that Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems has been awarded a $17.5 million contract by Boeing to redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D Mission Processor over a five-year period. The Mission Processor will provide the Apache Block III avionics and mission equipment…

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New TOW missile achieves 100th direct hit in latest testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon and the U.S. Army achieved excellence in recent flight tests of the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless missile. In September, the team scored its 100th TOW hit, which marked the successful engagement of 100 out of 100 targets. During the testing program, which began in 2011, several missiles hit targets beyond 4,000 meters with zero inches…

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Honeywell’s Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material to improve U.S. Army helicopter armor

Posted  October 22, 2012

Honeywell announced Oct. 22 that its Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material will be used to improve armor protection on U.S. Army helicopters. The Protective Group, Inc., a leading developer and integrator of lightweight composite armor for military aircraft, is incorporating Spectra Shield material into armor upgrades for U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters….

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