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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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An Excalibur’s first flight over Kandahar

Posted  January 30, 2013

Gunners of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, shot an Excalibur round out of a M-777 howitzer cannon for the first time at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Jan. 20. The Excalibur is a separate loading, 155MM, extended-range, precision-guided projectile designed for use with other 155MM digitized Howitzers. The M-777 is designed…

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Lightning up the night

Posted  January 30, 2013

Night vision view of F-35C Lightning II test aircraft Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights….

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Boeing completes FAB-T software qualification testing, demonstrates AEHF, Milstar satellite command and control

Posted  January 30, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing recently achieved two important milestones on the U.S. Air Force Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) program, which will provide protected wideband satellite communications among ground and airborne terminals for the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. The Boeing FAB-T team has completed software qualification testing and systems…

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Lockheed Martin receives $197 million U.S. Army contract for Guided MLRS rocket production

Posted  January 30, 2013

Lockheed Martin received a $197 million contract option from the U.S. Army for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket production. This contract option was attached to the GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract, which now has a total funded value of $550.8 million. The GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract was originally awarded to Lockheed…

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Hawker Beechcraft closer to bankruptcy emergence

Posted  January 30, 2013

Kansas plane maker Hawker Beechcraft said Jan. 25 that its key creditors overwhelmingly backed a proposed reorganization plan in a vote that moves the company closer to emerging from bankruptcy protection as early as next month. The Wichita, Kansas,-based company said that it will seek court approval to exit bankruptcy at a hearing Thursday and…

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USS Curts decommissioned after 29 years of service

Posted  January 30, 2013

Guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) concluded 29 years of service to the Navy during a decommissioning ceremony Jan. 25 at Naval Base San Diego.

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CSA warns of budgetary ‘perfect storm’

Posted  January 30, 2013

Army photograph J.D. Leipold Speaking before AUSA members Jan. 24, 2013, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told them current fiscal uncertainty could result in a total operations and maintenance shortfall of $17 billion. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the greatest threat to America’s national security is fiscal uncertainty and…

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Boeing 787 probe shifts to monitoring system maker

Posted  January 30, 2013

The joint U.S. and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787’s battery problems has shifted from the battery-maker to the manufacturer of a monitoring system. Japan transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said Jan. 28 the probe into battery-maker GS Yuasa was over for now as no evidence was found it was the source of the problems….

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Air National Guard director retires

Posted  January 30, 2013

Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Air National Guard director, retired after more than 40 years of military service during a Jan. 29 ceremony hosted by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

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Recovered debris thought to be wreckage of missing aircraft

Posted  January 30, 2013

Air Force photograph by A1C Matthew Lotz An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, launched several of its F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Jan. 29 to join the ongoing search effort for a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was declared missing during a…

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