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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-COMAC Technology Center announces first biofuel research project

Posted  October 24, 2012

A newly formed technology center created by Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China has announced that Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology, Co., Ltd., will conduct the center’s first research project. HEET, a company with experience developing alternative energy technologies, will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into a component of sustainable aviation…

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Return to Recovery Glacier and second look at the Bellingshausen Sea

Posted  October 24, 2012

After two more successful surveys and a no-fly day for routine aircraft maintenance, NASA's IceBridge team was looking forward to getting back to the work of mapping land and sea ice in the Antarctic.

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Raytheon awarded $51 million from U.S. Army to produce and upgrade airborne radios

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon photograph Raytheon has been awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize future radios for the U.S. Army. The upgrade will significantly increase satellite capacity for soldiers. Raytheon has been awarded $51 million to build more airborne radios and continue to modernize future radios for the U.S. Army. The modernization…

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Lockheed Martin adds persistent surveillance option to Dragon ISR configurations

Posted  October 24, 2012

Ever increasing threats and the need for force protection by systems that provide constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin to add a persistent surveillance option to its Dragon series of ISR systems. The latest member of Lockheed Martin’s Dragon Family of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance is Dragon Sentinel, an option that includes…

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Innovators wanted: Could you design the FANG vehicle?

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on innovators with expertise in designing and engineering drivetrain and mobility systems to collaboratively design elements of a new amphibious infantry vehicle, the Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle. Registration is now open for the FANG Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge, the first of three planned FANG Challenges, which is set…

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Northrop Grumman delivers new BACN-equipped Global Hawk to Air Force ahead of schedule

Posted  October 24, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered a Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to the U.S. Air Force carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node – expanding airborne communications and information sharing among military units in harsh environments. Northrop Grumman produced and delivered the system four months ahead of schedule as part of an ongoing BACN development,…

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United Kingdom Ministry of Defence awards Raytheon new Phalanx contract

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has signed a contract for 42.8 million pounds to deliver five Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence starting in 2013. Installation and in-service support will be provided by Babcock Marine. “Phalanx provides unparalleled ship self-defense to fleets operating in blue water as well as littoral environments,” said…

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New director details elements of DARPA’s future success

Posted  October 24, 2012

Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22. Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program…

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Northrop Grumman employs FACE(TM) standards to bring enhanced avionics to war fighters

Posted  October 24, 2012

As the one-year anniversary of The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment(TM) Consortium’s publication of the FACE Technical Standard approaches, Northrop Grumman continues to leverage a modular, open architecture approach to rapidly bring new avionics capabilities to war fighters. The FACE Consortium aims to establish standards for a common operating environment to support software portability…

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VA medical facilities named to Joint Commission’s top performers list

Posted  October 24, 2012

Nineteen Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from across the Nation were recently recognized by The Joint Commission as top performers on key health care quality measures for 2011/2012. “We at VA are very pleased with The Joint Commission recognition. We are proud of the medical facilities that made this list, proving VA’s commitment to…

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