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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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Pratt & Whitney opens new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga.

Posted  December 16, 2013

Pratt & Whitney has opened its new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga. The new 105,000-square-foot facility enhances Pratt & Whitney’s capacity to service engines that power F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and international military customers. Pratt & Whitney, the Development Authority of Columbus and Western Devcon Inc….

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Raytheon completes integration of second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite

Posted  December 16, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Raytheon has manufactured and integrated all required subassemblies in completion of a major milestone for its second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, which will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The integrated sensor is now entering testing, on track for delivery in 2015. “The Raytheon…

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Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 program

Posted  December 16, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract. Raytheon’s progress on the program continues, remaining on-cost and schedule, meeting all program milestones and shipyard…

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News Briefs December 16, 2013

Posted  December 16, 2013

U.S. says Chinese warship nearly struck Navy cruiser U.S. military officials say a Chinese warship nearly collided with an American Navy guided missile cruiser operating in international waters. U.S. Pacific Fleet says it happened Dec. 5 in the South China Sea, and that the USS Cowpens maneuvered to avoid the collision. The State Department has…

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Headlines December 16, 2013

Posted  December 16, 2013

News: Boeing reviewing 54 sites for 777X after union talks fail - Boeing is reviewing 54 sites in 22 states to build its 777X aircraft after union chiefs balked at contract concessions and said rank-and-file members wouldn’t vote on the company’s latest terms.   Business: AIG to sell aircraft leasing business in $5.4 billion deal - American…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes launch abort engine development testing for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft

Posted  December 18, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 16 that it completed development testing of a flight-like Launch Abort Engine for an innovative “pusher” launch abort system on Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft. Aerojet Rocketdyhne is a GenCorp company. The launch abort engine is a critical component of future commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. A pusher launch abort system “pushes”…

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Deployed wing to deactivate

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs secure an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2013. F-16s arrived as a changeover between the 138th Fighter Squadron, Tulsa, Okla., and the 457th Fighter Squadron, Carswell Air Reserve Base Texas. The 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, is scheduled…

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January 2014

Posted  December 18, 2013

Jan. 1-14 – NASA-NORDIC Astrobiology Winter School: Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe, Hawaii www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/2014winterschool/ Jan. 5-9 – 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, National Harbor, Md. http://aas.org/meetings/223rd-aas-meeting-washington-dc Jan. 6-7 – GREAT3 Mid-challenge Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom www.great3challenge.info/?q=node/19 Jan. 8-9 – 10th NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting, Washington, D.C. www.cvent.com/events/10th-nasa-small-bodies-assessment-group-meeting/event-summary-42e6401017e64afda43b566e760a876e.aspx…

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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills six NATO troops

Posted  December 18, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan ó NATO says six service members have died in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, in an area where there was no fighting reported at the time. The alliance says in a statement the crash occurred Dec. 17 and that it’s under investigation. It did not provide any further details nor on the…

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Boeing promotes key leaders to position for future growth

Posted  December 18, 2013

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney announced Dec. 18 the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft. Effective Dec. 31: Dennis A. Muilenburg is named Boeing vice…

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