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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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Army chooses Raytheon to provide Thermal Weapon Sights

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon photograph Thermal Weapon Sights: Raytheon Company was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so soldiers can better detect and engage targets day or night. In a competition against two other suppliers, Raytheon was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so…

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Boeing EMARSS risk reduction prototype makes first flight

Posted  October 22, 2012

Boeing completed the first flight of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype aircraft Oct. 6, a critical step required to support a comprehensive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration flight test program. The aircraft, a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER, has been modified to replicate the design of the EMARSS aircraft’s external…

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Raytheon’s BattleGuard(r) demonstrates accuracy of target identification and engagement

Posted  October 22, 2012

During a recent test at Fort Benning, Ga., Raytheon’s BattleGuard modular weapon station struck targets with every burst of ammunition fired, proving its precision engagement capability under both stationary and moving engagement scenarios. The maturity of the BattleGuard system was demonstrated at a live-fire exercise on an A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle by engaging troop and…

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Air Force releases RFP for next search and rescue helicopter

Posted  October 22, 2012

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced Oct. 22 the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Request for Proposal to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach. It also includes specific…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin completes pad escape test

Posted  October 22, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Oct. 19 at the company’s West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module. The test was part of Blue Origin’s work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during…

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Northrop Grumman unveils MAV-L ground mobility vehicle for U.S. Special Forces competition

Posted  October 22, 2012

Northrop Grumman unveiled its offering for the U.S. Special Forces Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light. Northrop Grumman teamed with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering for…

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MEADS friend or foe identification system completes certification testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully completed certification testing for its advanced Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy. All friend or foe identification scenarios were fully tested in collaboration with the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe…

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Raytheon’s RAM Block 2 successful in double-fire test

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 successfully completed its third guided test vehicle flight, further demonstrating the system’s upgraded kinematic performance, guidance system and airframe capabilities. The test also verified the use of RAM production-representative hardware. Designed to represent a salvo operation, the test included the firing of two missiles to verify the command and…

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U.S. Navy christens future USS America

Posted  October 22, 2012

The newest amphibious assault ship America was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. “When America joins the fleet, we’ll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship,” said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony. The 844-foot ship will be a…

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President of Scaled Composites awarded prestigious James H. Doolittle Award

Posted  October 22, 2012

Doug Shane, president of Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites business,has been presented the prestigious 2012 James H. Doolittle Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

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