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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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Business

Curtiss-Wright names chief operating officer

Posted  October 31, 2013

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced Oct. 31 the promotion of Thomas P. Quinly to the position of chief operating officer, effective immediately. He is succeeding David C. Adams who was recently promoted to the position of president and chief executive officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Quinly has more than 30 years of experience across the defense, aerospace and…

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World

U.S. looks to Asia nations to build their militaries

Posted  October 31, 2013

Lawmakers voiced bipartisan support Oct. 29 for the Obama administration’s strategic pivot to Asia but stressed the need for partner nations to strengthen their military capabilities and contribute more to their own defense. Members of the House Armed Services Committee plan to step up scrutiny of U.S. military policy in the fast-growing region, where despite…

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Events

Save the date: AVBOT Business Outlook Conference set for Feb. 21

Posted  October 31, 2013

The 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will be held at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Events Center Feb. 21, 2014. This year’s Board of Trade sponsored conference theme is “Breaking Boundaries.” The site is the completely renovated Events Center, a hangar style structure dating back to World War II. The building is designed…

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Defense officials detail nuke upgrade program

Posted  October 31, 2013

Defense Department officials testified on Capitol Hill Oct. 29 about the program to modernize one of the oldest weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Madelyn R. Creedon, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, and Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, spoke at a hearing of the House…

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Business

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Utah facility reaches 10-year safety milestone

Posted  October 31, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 24 that its Clearfield, Utah, site has achieved a significant safety milestone in operating for 10 years without a lost-time injury. The Utah facility, primarily a manufacturing-based operation, reached the decade-long milestone in late September. “We are extraordinarily proud of the safety accomplishments by our Utah teammates,” said…

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Raytheon expands international footprint of electronic warfare capability

Posted  October 31, 2013

Raytheon has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to provide its Advanced Countermeasure Electronic System for the second group of Iraq’s F-16IQ aircraft ordered this year. ACES was also selected by Lockheed Martin in 2012 for the first group of F-16IQs and is the integrated electronic warfare system of choice for other international air forces….

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Veterans

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and ceremonies coming to Palmdale Amphitheater

Posted  October 31, 2013

Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley on display Nov. 7 through Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The public will have 24 hour a day access to the AV Wall while it is on display. An opening…

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Space

Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted  October 31, 2013

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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Aviano AB F-16 accident report released

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of their investigation into the Jan. 28 crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Adriatic Sea, resulting in the death of the pilot on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, found clear…

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Business

Northrop Grumman receives $43 million to retrofit Joint STARS Fleet

Posted  October 31, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $43 million contract to retrofit the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, trainers and laboratories. The contract has options for an additional three years to complete retrofit of the entire fleet. The contract replaces computers in both the operator work stations and radar…

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