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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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Orbital successfully launches Antares rocket carrying Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  January 10, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Jan. 9 it successfully launched its Antares™ medium-class rocket carrying the first of eight Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft missions to the International Space Station as part of its $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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Lockheed Martin receives JASSMÆ contract for additional Finnish Air Force F-18 integration

Posted  January 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin received a $13.3 million Foreign Military Sales contract in November from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. This third contract for Finland includes wind tunnel models and test support, software development completion, logistics support and engineering documentation. All…

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C-23 Sherpa makes final flight as Army Guard retires aircraft

Posted  January 10, 2014

Army National Guard photograph An aircrew from the California Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, Company I, 185th Theater Aviation Brigade, flies a C-23 Sherpa aircraft over San Diego. The cargo plane, which has served the Army National Guard since the early 1990’s, has recently been retired by the Army National Guard. The sounds of the…

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Northrop Grumman to Support U.S. Marine Corps command, control, communications facility for TAOM

Posted  January 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide post-production life cycle support for mobile command, control and communications systems through September 2014. Under the $7.3 million firm-fixed-price contract, Northrop Grumman will provide life cycle support of the AN/TYQ-23(V)4 Tactical Air Operations Module and related subsystems. “As the original equipment…

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DARPA’s ‘bionic’ upper limb enhances life for amputees

Posted  January 10, 2014

It’s metal, sleek and precise. It pivots and flexes like a real hand, or at least one from a science-fiction movie. But with no Hollywood special effects involved, brain research experts at yesterday’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Congressional Tech Showcase here demonstrated an artificial arm and hand that can do everything from picking up…

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Navy Identifies Missing Pilot in Crash (1/9 11 p.m.)

Posted  January 10, 2014

Coast Guard photograph by Samantha May A Navy Sea Hawk helicopter and Coast Guardsmen from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Shearwater (WPB 87349) search for a crew member of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter that crashed, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, with five people aboard. Two Navy helicopters rescued four of the five crew members…

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Airmenís identities released following fatal AF helicopter crash

Posted  January 10, 2014

Capt. Christopher S. Stover, Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews, and Staff Sgt. Afton M. Ponce were the HH-60G Pave Hawk aircrew members killed in a crash on the Norfolk coast in England Jan. 7. An HH-60G helicopter carries a four-person aircrew: a pilot, co-pilot, and two special mission aviators who are…

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Navy to christen fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted  January 10, 2014

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel Fall River Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift…

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Lockheed Martin receives $449 million in contracts for JASSM production

Posted  January 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin received two production contracts on Dec. 19 totaling $449 million from the U.S. Air Force for continued production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the Extended Range variant. The Lot 11 and Lot 12 contracts include production of 340 baseline missiles and 100 ER missiles. The contracts also include systems engineering,…

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Navy’s next-gen test equipment achieves Milestone C acquisition approval

Posted  January 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph From left, Petty Officers Third Class Ira Schwartz and Devin Riley, both aviation electronics technicians, perform diagnostic tests on the Navyís Electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) recently at defense contractor Lockheed Martinís Mission Systems and Training site in Orlando, Fla. The eCASS received its Milestone C acquisition approval Dec. 16, paving…

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