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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…

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‘Sentient data’ may one day augment Soldier capability

"Sentient data" that can feel and perceive things might one day protect Soldiers and their networks, a leading scientist said.

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New lab opens at Lockheed Martin’s Silicon Valley site

Lockheed Martin has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Silicon Valley for the development of next-generation seekers that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency defend against increasingly complex missile threats.

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AEDC conducts space environment test for U.S. Navy

The Space and Missiles Combined Test Force at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex recently completed its first Space Threat Assessment Test & Evaluation for the U.S. Navy.


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CPI Aero awarded $5 million order for E-2D seats from Northrop Grumman

Posted  December 30, 2013

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. announced Dec. 30 that it received a purchase order from Northrop Grumman to manufacture seats for full rate production, Lots 1 and 2, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This purchase order, valued at approximately $5 million, is a follow-on to one received in 2011.  There are a total of five seats in three…

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Zhejiang Loong Airlines firms up order for 20 A320 Family aircraft

Posted  December 30, 2013

Zhejiang Loong Airlines, based in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang province in Eastern China, has signed its first purchase agreement with Airbus, for 20 A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo, becoming the latest Airbus customer.

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News Briefs December 30, 2013

Posted  December 30, 2013

Man charged with bilking VA for travel expenses Prosecutors say a Memphis, Tenn., man has been charged with improperly billing the Veterans Affairs Medical Center more than $5,000 in mileage for trips to and from Mississippi that he never made. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reimburses disabled veterans 41.5 cents per mile if they…

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Headlines December 30, 2013

Posted  December 30, 2013

News: Drones to take flight at six test sites chosen by FAA – The U.S. approved drone test centers in six states, including New York, as the start of research efforts to eventually allow civilian unmanned aircraft widespread access to the nation’s airways. Afghanistan war poll shows support falling to below Iraq, Vietnam levels – More than…

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Deloitte report: Projects five percent growth in aerospace, defense industry, technology innovations to dominate in 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

The continued decline of defense spending  into 2014 will likely force new revenue streams for the aerospace and defense industry that may include innovations in intelligence, precision strike technologies, and cyber security. This is according to the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited 2014 Global Aerospace and Defense Outlook , which also projects the industry to repeat…

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Airlift operations complete in Central African Republic

Posted  January 5, 2014

Initial airlift operations are complete in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Dec. 30.

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Southwest Airlines orders APB Split Scimitar™ Winglets

Posted  January 5, 2014

Aviation Partners Boeing announced Jan. 2 that Southwest Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted  January 5, 2014

An enlisted retention board will convene in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the AFPC Retirements and…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to visit New Zealand in international debut

Posted  January 5, 2014

Boeing plans to bring the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland in early January to visit launch customer Air New Zealand. The trip, which is contingent on weather and other test factors, would mark the international debut of the 787-9, the second and newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. “Boeing is proud to bring the 787-9…

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News Briefs January 4, 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,162 As of Dec. 31, 2013, at least 2,162 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,788 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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