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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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Northrop Grumman awarded A-10 Thunderbolt II task 0rders

Posted  September 28, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt II Life-cycle Program Support indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Under the terms of the $4.4 million aircraft structural integrity program Legacy IV task order, Northrop Grumman will manage several tasks to include testing and validation of current A-10 flight spectrum…

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NASA Mars rover finds old streambed on Martian surface

Posted  September 28, 2012

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the…

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Pratt & Whitney’s F119 engine achieves significant milestones

Posted  September 28, 2012

Pratt & Whitney has delivered the 500th F119 engine, which powers the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, to the U.S. Air Force. This delivery is accompanied by another significant milestone for the F119 program – more than 20 years of simulated operational service through Accelerated Mission Tests, an achievement that further demonstrates the maturity and dependability…

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Bryan Campen joins XCOR as director of media, public relations

Posted  September 28, 2012

XCOR Aerospace announced Sept. 25 that Bryan Campen has joined the company as its Director of Media and Public Relations. Members of the press and media are invited to update their records. Campen will be responsible for implementing XCOR’s media and public relations strategy. “The aggressive revenue ramp we saw last year is continuing into…

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NASA selects ocean color services contractor

Posted  September 28, 2012

NASA selects Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., for ocean color services at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a five-year cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $43 million. Performance period for the contract is Oct. 24 – Oct. 23, 2017. Under this contract, SAIC will…

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Northrop Grumman completes acquisition of M5 Network Security

Posted  September 28, 2012

Northrop Grumman has completed the acquisition of M5 Network Security Pty Ltd, a Canberra, Australia-based provider of cybersecurity and secure mobile communications products and services, and advanced analytics to Australian military and intelligence organizations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We’re delighted to welcome M5 Network Security into Northrop Grumman and look forward to…

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GA-ASI aircraft family achieves two million flight hours

Posted  September 25, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc announced Sept. 24 that its PredatorÆ/Gray EagleÆ-series aircraft family has reached a historic industry milestone: two million flight hours. The noteworthy achievement occurred on Sept. 9, with more than 150,000 total missions completed and nearly 90-percent of all missions flown in combat. GA-ASI’s business is the development of transformational systems…

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U.S. Army, Navy demonstrate JLENS’ ability to defeat anti-ship cruise missile

Posted  September 25, 2012

A recent U.S. Army and Navy test proved the Raytheon JLENS can integrate with defensive systems currently in the U.S. Navy’s inventory to provide, for the first time, overland cruise missile defense from the sea. During the test, a JLENS’ fire-control radar acquired and tracked a surrogate anti-ship cruise missile target. The track information was…

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News Briefs – September 25, 2012

Posted  September 25, 2012

U.S. trade office bows to WTO ruling on Boeing The United States Trade Office says the U.S. government has responded to and complied with a World Trade Organization ruling that found the U.S. had provided illegal subsidies to Boeing. The U.S. and the European Union have been at odds over subsidies to the world’s top…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin $111 million Apache M-TADS/PNVS performance based logistics contract

Posted  September 25, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $111 million Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Performance Based Logistics contract from the U.S. Army. The PBL contract is a firm-fixed price, comprehensive sustainment solution that enables mission readiness, reduces Operations and Support costs and drives reliability and maintainability improvements. The contract consists of a one-year…

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