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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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News Briefs February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,045 As of Feb. 12, 2013, at least 2,045 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,706 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completes first ship-based flight

Posted  February 15, 2013

Navy photograph The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy’s RQ-21A Small…

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DOD announces the Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Department of Defense announced Feb. 13 the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal to recognize a service member’s extraordinary achievements directly impacting combat operations. Modern technology enables service members with special training and capabilities to more directly and precisely impact military operations at times far from the battlefield. The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be…

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Bagram airmen move Marmal

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Chris Willis Airmen from 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, Detachment 3, load pallets onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, Jan 30, 2013. Airmen belonging to the 455th EAPS are charged with unloading and loading every aircraft carrying supplies or personnel into and out of Camp Marmal supporting…

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Nellis prepares for F-35 arrival

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., is preparing for the arrival of four F-35 Lighting IIs Feb. 28.Arrival of the F-35s at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., will mark the first time in the aircraft's history operational tests will be performed on the aircraft.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete successful PDR of AOC modernization program

Posted  February 15, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed the preliminary design review for the Air Operations Center Weapon System program. The successful review allows the AOC WS program to enter the detailed design phase. The program modernizes the Air Force’s essential operational-level command and control centers to increase operational effectiveness and reduce costs….

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Lockheed Martin’s JASSM completes Lot 6 reliability assessment program testing

Posted  February 15, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile recently completed Reliability Assessment Program Lot 6 testing with two final flights.The tests met success criteria and demonstrated the effectiveness of hardware enhancements to Lot 6 missiles. In the first test, a B-52 at the Utah Test and Training Range released a JASSM from 35,000 feet traveling at Mach…

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Raytheon/Thales team wins contract for helicopter helmet mounted displays

Posted  February 15, 2013

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon, together with teammate Thales Visionix Inc., has won an award valued at $3.5 million for the engineering and manufacturing development of Common Helmet Mounted Display systems for the U.S. Army’s Air Soldier Program. Under the contract, the RTSC/TVI team will perform systems engineering to adapt TVI’s…

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Magnetic levitation track reaches new world record in speed

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 846th Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., successfully performed its most ambitious test to date on the magnetic levitation track at here, Feb. 7. Members of the 846th were able to use the Maglev track in conjunction with a new propulsion system to reach an astounding speed of more than 500 miles…

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U.S. military weighs cuts, shifts in drone programs

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down. Air Force leaders are saying the military may already…

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