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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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Budget cuts loom over plans for F-35 at Nellis

Posted  September 5, 2012

The potential for defense budget cuts and layoffs at Lockheed Martin loom over plans to deliver the first F-35 fighter jets to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., early next year, though no decision has been announced about which programs might get cut and where. The base in southern Nevada is set to get 36 Joint…

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Northrop Grumman welcomes British defence minister to unmanned ground vehicle facility

Posted  September 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman welcomed the United Kingdom's Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff MP, to the company's production facility for unmanned ground systems in Coventry, England.

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Concerns persist over ex-SEAL’s bin Laden raid book

Posted  September 5, 2012

Defense Department officials continue to weigh their legal options against a former Navy SEAL who may have revealed classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a news conference Sept. 4. On Aug. 30, the Defense Department sent an advisory letter of material…

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Edwards aircrew take virtual jump into parachute training

Posted  September 5, 2012

For years, aircrew personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have had the opportunity to train in virtual simulators that mimic real-life scenarios that occur during flight.....

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Northrop Grumman submits proposal for Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System

Posted  September 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman has submitted its proposal for the development and integration phase of the U.S. Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System. The CAC2S provides a complete modernization of the Marine Air Command and Control System. CAC2S will replace dissimilar legacy systems with a common, open, modular, scalable design based on proven, high-technology readiness…

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Iraqi air force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 5, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz., to learn how to fly the multipurpose fighter.

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GA-ASI introduces system-wide enhancements for Predator B/MQ-9

Posted  September 5, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 5 the successful first flight of the Block 1-plus Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper, an upgrade to the original Block 1 Predator B that has been in production since 2003.

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NASA selects science teams for astrobiology institute

Posted  September 5, 2012

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Southern California. Average funding…

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Raytheon successfully tests HARM upgrades

Posted  September 5, 2012

Raytheon has completed testing of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile upgrades, which make the combat-proven missile more precise and accurate, while reducing collateral damage. HARM suppresses or destroys surface-to-air missile radars, early warning radars and radar-directed air defense artillery systems. The upgrade, called the HARM Control Section Modification, adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement…

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Operational F-22′s employ small diameter bombs during WSEP

Posted  September 5, 2012

During a Combat Hammer exercise Alaska F-22 Raptors became the first operational F-22 unit to drop GBU-39 small diameter bombs.

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