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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Northrop Grumman completes acquisition of M5 Network Security

Posted  September 28, 2012

Northrop Grumman has completed the acquisition of M5 Network Security Pty Ltd, a Canberra, Australia-based provider of cybersecurity and secure mobile communications products and services, and advanced analytics to Australian military and intelligence organizations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We’re delighted to welcome M5 Network Security into Northrop Grumman and look forward to…

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GA-ASI aircraft family achieves two million flight hours

Posted  September 25, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc announced Sept. 24 that its PredatorÆ/Gray EagleÆ-series aircraft family has reached a historic industry milestone: two million flight hours. The noteworthy achievement occurred on Sept. 9, with more than 150,000 total missions completed and nearly 90-percent of all missions flown in combat. GA-ASI’s business is the development of transformational systems…

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U.S. Army, Navy demonstrate JLENS’ ability to defeat anti-ship cruise missile

Posted  September 25, 2012

A recent U.S. Army and Navy test proved the Raytheon JLENS can integrate with defensive systems currently in the U.S. Navy’s inventory to provide, for the first time, overland cruise missile defense from the sea. During the test, a JLENS’ fire-control radar acquired and tracked a surrogate anti-ship cruise missile target. The track information was…

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News Briefs – September 25, 2012

Posted  September 25, 2012

U.S. trade office bows to WTO ruling on Boeing The United States Trade Office says the U.S. government has responded to and complied with a World Trade Organization ruling that found the U.S. had provided illegal subsidies to Boeing. The U.S. and the European Union have been at odds over subsidies to the world’s top…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin $111 million Apache M-TADS/PNVS performance based logistics contract

Posted  September 25, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $111 million Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Performance Based Logistics contract from the U.S. Army. The PBL contract is a firm-fixed price, comprehensive sustainment solution that enables mission readiness, reduces Operations and Support costs and drives reliability and maintainability improvements. The contract consists of a one-year…

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Lockheed Martin delivers propulsion core for the first GPS III satellite

Posted  September 25, 2012

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has delivered the first spacecraft’s propulsion core module to the company’s Denver-area GPS Processing Facility. The milestone represents the program’s first major hardware delivery for GPS III Space Vehicle 1 and highlights the satellite’s initial Assembly, Integration and Test…

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Boeing receives $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted  September 25, 2012

The U.S. Navy on Sept. 21 awarded Boeing a $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will take the total fleet to 24 and bolster the service’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. This third low-rate initial production award follows two last year that totaled 13 aircraft. Boeing has delivered…

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Navy to name research vessel in honor of Neil Armstrong

Posted  September 25, 2012

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 24 that the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research ship will be named Neil Armstrong. Mabus named the future R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong, best known for being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was an aeronautics…

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Lockheed Martin achieves key software milestone for Iridium NEXT communications satellite

Posted  September 25, 2012

A “switchboard in the sky” for the Iridium NEXT constellation of global communication satellites is one step closer to becoming reality as Lockheed Martincompleted a major software design milestone. Lockheed Martin’s Application Software for the Iridium NEXT constellation held the Critical Design Review, which showed that the design is at a high level of maturity…

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Boeing begins full-rate production of Laser JDAM for U.S. Navy

Posted  September 25, 2012

Boeing recently received a $22.7 million modification to an existing U.S. Navy contract for more than 2,300 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM) sensors, starting full-rate production to meet the Navyís Direct Attack Moving Target Capability program requirement. JDAM is a low-cost, modular guidance kit that converts unguided free-fall bombs into near precision-guided weapons….

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