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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 evaluates coalition communications through NIE process

Posted  September 10, 2012

The U.S. Army is bringing coalition partners into its future tactical communications network through the Network Integration Evaluation process. During a risk reduction event held last month at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., the Army demonstrated the ability to share information at the company level across the various mission command systems used by the United Kingdom,…

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Northrop Grumman completes air, missile defense radar range testing

Posted  September 10, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed initial range testing of its Air and Missile Defense Radar system offering for the U.S. Navy. The company’s AMDR system completed Near Field Range testing, which validated the AMDR’s digital beam forming performance, tuning techniques and reliable system operation. Subsequent Far Field Range testing at Northrop Grumman’s radar test site…

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Raytheon recognizes ‘Math Hero’ teachers nationwide

Posted  September 7, 2012

Raytheon is ringing in the school year by honoring 32 teachers nationwide with MathMovesU(r) Math Heroes Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding work with students in math using interactive and creative learning initiatives. Each Math Hero receives a $2,500 award and a matching grant for his or her school. Winners were selected based on compelling submissions…

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Boeing onboard performance solution for iPad to be launched by Qantas

Posted  September 7, 2012

Boeing announced Sept. 6 that Qantas will be the launch customer for the Boeing Onboard Performance Tool for iPad. The Onboard Performance Tool gives pilots the ideal speeds and engine settings for any aircraft, in any weather, on any runway. It helps to create vast gains in efficiency, range and payload. This marks the first…

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NASA Mars exploration rover team to be honored

Posted  September 7, 2012

The mission team for NASA’s long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif. The award is presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or…

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Fleet Readiness Center ‘hooks up’ unmanned aircraft

Posted  September 7, 2012

Navy photograph The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft completes a successful roll-in arrestment with a modified arresting hook point designed and manufactured by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Aug.14 at Patuxent River, Md. FRCSW delivered the hook point just 46 days after receiving a request from the Navy UCAS program office. The Fleet Readiness…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 7, 2012

Boeing photograph Boeing and Air India Sept. 6 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. Pictured here is a 787 Dreamliner painted in India’s livery taking off from Boeing South Carolina. The airplane is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats. Boeing and Air India celebrated the delivery of…

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Marine F-35 variant reached 100th sortie milestone

Posted  September 7, 2012

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Marine Corps Maj. Tye Bachmann, of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, completed the 100th sortie of the F-35B variant of the Lightning II Aug. 31 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flight was a lineup of six aircraft returning to the skies on the first day…

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Space Shuttle Endeavour to make historical final ferry flight

Posted  September 7, 2012

Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, will make the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era when it departs Sept. 17, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to Los Angeles International Airport. On Oct. 11, 2011, NASA transferred title and ownership of Endeavour to the California…

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Navy continues to make dumb bombs smarter

Posted  September 7, 2012

The fleet is addressing the evolving needs of modern day warfare by converting the traditional unguided bomb with a near-precision guided “smart” weapon. The Navy recently awarded a $23 million full-rate production contract to Boeing Inc. for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. The weapon expands the capability…

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