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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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Northrop Grumman unveils MAV-L ground mobility vehicle for U.S. Special Forces competition

Posted  October 22, 2012

Northrop Grumman unveiled its offering for the U.S. Special Forces Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light. Northrop Grumman teamed with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering for…

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MEADS friend or foe identification system completes certification testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully completed certification testing for its advanced Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy. All friend or foe identification scenarios were fully tested in collaboration with the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe…

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Raytheon’s RAM Block 2 successful in double-fire test

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 successfully completed its third guided test vehicle flight, further demonstrating the system’s upgraded kinematic performance, guidance system and airframe capabilities. The test also verified the use of RAM production-representative hardware. Designed to represent a salvo operation, the test included the firing of two missiles to verify the command and…

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U.S. Navy christens future USS America

Posted  October 22, 2012

The newest amphibious assault ship America was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. “When America joins the fleet, we’ll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship,” said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony. The 844-foot ship will be a…

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President of Scaled Composites awarded prestigious James H. Doolittle Award

Posted  October 22, 2012

Doug Shane, president of Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites business,has been presented the prestigious 2012 James H. Doolittle Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

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Boeing non-kinetic missile records first operational test flight

Posted  October 22, 2012

A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage. Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project during a flight over…

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Airmen deploy in support of downed Black Hawk

Posted  October 22, 2012

Courtesy photograph TSgt. Peter Feliciano Jr., 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron Air Transportation joint inspector, conducts an inspection of a downed UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Forward Operating Base Chakhcharan. Feliciano and the JI team prepared the Black Hawk to ensure all hazardous material and cargo were properly secured so it could be loaded and…

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ATK earns contract extension, expansion on A350 XWB program

Posted  October 22, 2012

ATK has entered into a contract extension through 2027 for its work providing lightweight composite fuselage stringers and frames for the Airbus A350 XWB program. In addition, ATK’s contract includes increased scope for design changes and added manufacturing operations. This project expansion is a significant milestone for ATK and represents a continuation of the valuable…

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Service members, vets celebrate military legacy of women

Posted  October 22, 2012

Hundreds of active-duty women and veterans turned out Oct. 20 at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the legacy of more than 2.5 million women who have served in the nation’s military. Former WACs, WAVEs, WMs, WAFs and SPARS shared with their active-duty counterparts in the contributions women have made to the U.S….

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Raytheon acquires technology development firm Teligy, Inc.

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon has acquired Teligy, Inc., a technology development company, further extending Raytheon’s cybersecurity offerings in wireless communications, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering and custom kernel software/device driver development. These critical focus areas represent top priorities of intelligence, defense and commercial organizations worldwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction will not materially impact Raytheon’s…

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