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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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Peru’s new military draft, avoided with fine, called discriminatory against poor

Posted  March 29, 2013

Facing a shortage of recruits, Peru’s government has reinstated selective, obligatory military service. But it can be avoided by paying a $700 fine, prompting accusations that what is really being imposed is a draft for the poor. Military service had been voluntary since 1998, but meager wages, scant job training and a lack of other…

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Air Force to implement force structure changes

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the…

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Boeing delivers 1,000th airplane to China

Posted  March 29, 2013

Boeing and China Eastern Airlines celebrated March 28 the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airplane for China, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. Boeing forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years. “We take great pride in the partnership that Boeing and…

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Headlines: March 27, 2013

Posted  March 27, 2013

News F-35 fighter transforming defense industry says retiring chief The retiring chief of the trouble-plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter says he remains bullish about the hi-tech war plane, with costs soon to be further reduced as production takes off, and believes the program will transform the aerospace industry.   Business Boeing conducts two-hour test flight…

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News Briefs March 27, 2013

Posted  March 27, 2013

North Korea puts artillery forces at top combat posture North Korea’s military says it artillery forces are at their highest-level combat posture in its latest threat to attack South Korea and the U.S. Seoul says it isn’t seeing any suspicious North Korean military activity. Analysts say a direct North Korean attack is extremely unlikely, especially…

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Performance reviews should show how military commanders handle sex assault complaints

Posted  March 27, 2013

A new report required by Congress recommends that the Defense Department assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault and harassment complaints when reviewing their job performance. The Institute of Medicine said in the report released March 26 that military sexual assault appears to be an important factor in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Forecast International sees intensifying competition in the medium/heavy military rotorcraft market

Posted  March 27, 2013

Forecast International is projecting that 4,796 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $114.4 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. The company defines a medium/heavy rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of 6,804 kilograms (15,000 pounds) or greater. Annual…

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General Dynamics awarded $26 million for MK46 Naval Weapon Systems

Posted  March 27, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship class. The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon…

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Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR radar system demonstrates ballistic missile defense capability

Posted  March 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) successfully detected multiple rocket launches during company-funded testing. Currently under development for the U.S. Marine Corps, G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multirole radar to be developed for the U.S. Department of Defense. With its ability to intelligently and adaptively allocate its myriad sensor capabilities, G/ATOR is able…

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Elbit Systems of America, Laser Light Engines partner to develop new high-powered laser for display applications

Posted  March 27, 2013

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has contracted with Laser Light Engines, Inc., the leader in laser illumination for high brightness digital projection, to manufacture the LLE DSG-265,ô a high-powered, solid state de-speckled GREEN laser module that is revolutionizing the way movies are watched. LLE’s “universal” architecture enable its…

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