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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Boeing, Mubadala sign new agreement expanding UAE aerospace manufacturing

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) announced Nov. 18 a new strategic agreement that will increase the long-term role of Mubadala as a Tier 1 supplier to Boeing. Through their agreement, signed at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Mubadala has the opportunity to supply as much as $2.5 billion in advanced composites and machined metals to…

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Boeing selects Bombardier Business Jet for maritime surveillance aircraft program

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing has selected Bombardier’s Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program, which offers† the global market a capable, low-risk maritime surveillance system based on Boeingís proven P-8A mission system technology. “The Challenger 605 is an ideal platform to host MSA’s mission system, sensors and communications equipment,” Tim Peters, Boeing…

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Raytheon awarded U.S. Navy contract for radar production

Posted  November 18, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $406 million U.S. Navy multi-year contract to provide AN/SPY-1 radar transmitters and MK99 Fire Control Systems for the AEGIS program. Both critical components of the weapon system, the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK99 perform the search, track and missile guidance functions for AEGIS, the shield of the U.S. Navy Fleet. The…

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U-2 Program Office helps eliminate DCS

Posted  November 18, 2013

Thanks to the U-2 Program Office at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Air Force pilots flying the “Dragon Lady” no longer experience decompression sickness during their high-altitude flights. Commonly referred to as DCS, decompression sickness is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissue following a sudden drop of air pressure….

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Boeing 777X to deliver unprecedented efficiency, economics

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing , one day after announcing the record-breaking launch of the 777X, Nov. 18 at the Dubai Airshow outlined the performance characteristics and a variety of features that will make the newest member of the Boeing twin-aisle family the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine commercial jetliner in aviation history. Key innovations will make the 777X…

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DARPA focuses on technology for national security

Posted  November 18, 2013

Projects undertaken by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may have some immediate applications, but what program managers there really look to do is blow open new sets of opportunities from deep research, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said Nov. 14. Speaking to a large audience at the Defense One Summit and to viewers online, the…

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner reaches 1,000th order with Etihad Airways

Posted  November 18, 2013

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner received its 1,000th customer order Nov. 17 when Etihad Airways announced an order for 30 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at $8.7 billion at list prices. With this order, the Dreamliner family has reached this sales milestone faster than any other widebody airplane in aviation history. Launched in April 2004, the 787 family…

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Russian Civil Aviation Authority certifies SAT to provide e-jet maintenance training

Posted  November 18, 2013

The civil aviation authority of the Russian Federation has certified Swiss AviationTraining to provide maintenance training for the Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft types. SAT’s practically-oriented basic and further E-Jet training for technical personnel was formally approved by the Russian aviation authority for Levels B1, B2, B3 and C on November 6th. SAT’s maintenance training…

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Raytheon receives 1,000th AMRAAM rocket motor delivery

Posted  November 18, 2013

Raytheon has received the 1,000th AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile (AMRAAM®) rocket motor from Nammo Group, a leading propulsion products company based in Raufoss, Norway. The motor is scheduled to be installed in a production AIM-120C7 missile later this month. “Our partnership with Nammo is another example of the close relationship Raytheon enjoys with…

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Javelin joint venture awarded $176 million for Javelin Weapon System

Posted  November 18, 2013

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture received a $176 million contract for the production and delivery of 842 Block I Javelin missile rounds and 120 command launch units. The contract was awarded to the Javelin Joint Venture in September. The missiles will be provided through the U.S. government to the U.S. Army, U.S….

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