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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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News Briefs April 10, 2013

Posted  April 10, 2013

U.S. fighter crashes in Gulf; crew rescued The U.S. Navy says a fighter jet has crashed into the Persian Gulf near the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, but both crew members were rescued safely by divers. The Navy cited engine failure on the F/A-18F Super Hornet as the reason for the April 8 crash….

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Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range integrated fuel system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Raytheon successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company’s extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon. During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle. The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations…

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Updated Laser Rangefinder/Designator from Northrop Grumman, DRS Technologies completes successful flight testing

Posted  April 10, 2013

Following flight testing at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz., the Mast Mounted Sight-Diode Pumped Laser Rangefinder/Designator developed by Northrop Grumman) and partner DRS Technologies successfully demonstrated its capabilities for the U.S. Army. The MMS-DP LRF/D is designed as a drop-in replacement for the legacy MMS LRF/D, which was also produced by Northrop Grumman….

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Embraer selects RTI Connext DDS for KC-390 mission computer system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Real-Time Innovations, the real-time infrastructure software company, today announced that Embraer Defense and Security has selected Connextô DDS (Data Distribution Service) for the software development of its KC-390 military transport aircraft mission computer. With this announcement, RTI also expands its presence into South America. RTI is honored that Embraer has selected our Connext DDS solution…

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SAIC awarded contract By Sandia National Laboratories

Posted  April 10, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by Sandia National Laboratories to provide mission computing and information technology services in support of the Department of Energy. The single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has five-year base period of performance, one two-year option, and a total contract value of approximately $228 million, if the option…

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Element Materials Technology acquires Sherry Laboratories to become largest U.S. aerospace materials testing company

Posted  April 10, 2013

Element Material Technology has acquired Sherry Laboratories, one of the largest independent materials testing businesses in the United States. This significant transaction will add nearly 300 specialized staff and 10 facilities to Elementís existing network of 30 laboratories, making Element Americaís largest dedicated aerospace materials testing company. The acquisition reinforces Elementís core growth objective, which…

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Donaldson delivers next-generation filtration solution for Black Hawk engines

Posted  April 10, 2013

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., in March began delivering the next generation of filtration technology to protect engines on the U.S. Armyís H-60 Black Hawk helicopter fleet from contamination, performance degradation and failure. The next-generation technology replaces woven oil-coated filtration media with non-woven dry media using Donaldsonís proprietary nano-fiber technology…

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Sikorsky teams with Brazilian Air Force academics to teach rotorcraft technology

Posted  April 10, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced April 9 that it has signed a Letter of Interest with the Brazilian Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica to establish a Rotorcraft Innovation Team. Rated as one of the top universities in Brazil in engineering and related fields, ITA is a federal government institution dedicated to…

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Cubic awarded $134 million training, support contract from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps

Posted  April 10, 2013

Cubic Worldwide Technical Services, a Mission Support Services subsidiary of Cubic Corporation has been awarded a contract for nearly $134 million for the base period and option years from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division based in Orlando, Fla. CWTS is a leading provider of instructional support services for the Navy and…

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Boeing delivers FAB-T test units to U.S. Air Force

Posted  April 10, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. The Boeing family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals wideband communications program has entered a new phase by delivering the first two engineering development models to the U.S. Air Force. Able to perform nearly all FAB-T production terminal mission functions, the models will be tested through June under realistic operational conditions aboard aircraft…

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