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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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Army’s Ultra Light Vehicle now in survivability testing

Posted  December 2, 2013

Two of the three vehicles in the Army’s “Ultra Light Vehicle” program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability. The third vehicle remains at the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC, for testing there. The TARDEC began development of…

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News Briefs December 2, 2013

Posted  December 2, 2013

Iran deploys warships after overhaul Iran’s official news agency says the country has redeployed two warships after refitting them with new anti-ship missiles. The Sunday report by IRNA says the missile boats Neizeh and Tabarzin were equipped with Ghader and Noor anti-ship missile systems, with ranges of 120 miles and 70 miles respectively. It said…

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Headlines December 2, 2013

Posted  December 2, 2013

News U.S. sends submarine-hunting jets to East China Sea post U.S. military authorities dispatched the first of six top-tech submarine-hunting jets to its Okinawa post near the disputed East China Sea, a move sure to ratchet up tensions among China and the United States.   Business Bombardier talking to China Express about CSeries order Bombardier…

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Veterans to receive 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase

Posted  December 4, 2013

Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Were pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki….

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AAR reaches key milestones at Louisiana facility

Posted  December 4, 2013

AAR has completed the first heavy maintenance check on a commercial aircraft at its maintenance, repair and overhaul facility located at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La. The work was performed on an Airbus A330. In addition, the Lake Charles MRO, which commenced operations using a short-term approval granted under its Miami facilitys operating…

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Air Force offers ROTC cadets, newly-commissioned grads service commitment release

Posted  December 4, 2013

Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets slated to graduate in 2014 and recently commissioned graduates in the Individual Ready Reserve waiting to enter active duty may be eligible for release from their military service commitment, Air Force officials said today. Cadets and recent graduates classified into the following fields may apply: 13M Airfield Operations 13N Nuclear…

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Orbital-built comm satellite successfully launched

Posted  December 4, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worlds leading space technology companies, announced Dec. 4 that the SES-8, a communications satellite built by the company for SES S.A. of Luxembourg, was successfully launched into orbit yesterday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket operated by Space Exploration Technologies from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Lift-off took place at 5:41 p.m.,…

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Ball Aerospace completes primary structure for JPSS-1

Posted  December 4, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has achieved a pivotal milestone for assuring continuity of the nation’s future weather and storm forecasting by completing the primary bus structure of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System. JPSS-1 is the follow-on in a series of next generation satellites and is scheduled for launch in early…

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NASA’s HS3 Hurricane Mission calls it a wrap for 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft project celebrated a flight milestone on Sept. 17, 2013. The two Global Hawks reached a combined 100 NASA flights during the deployment at the Wallops Flight Facility. In this photo, NASA’s Global Hawk 872 takes off from Runway 04 Sept. 4. NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel airborne…

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ATK completes first flight test of light gunship for Kingdom of Jordan

Posted  December 4, 2013

ATK it has completed the first flight test for the Kingdom of Jordan’s two CASA-235 light gunship aircraft. ATK was awarded a contract by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau of the Kingdom of Jordan to modify two of the country’s CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly-capable and cost-effective special mission aircraft. With modifications and…

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