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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’s common imagery processor deploys to support Global Hawk Block 40

Posted  February 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has taken another important step in supporting the Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System by deploying to Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, N. D., last year. To address an urgent outstanding U.S. Air Force requirement for Global Hawk sensor operators to be able to view and…

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Keel authenticated for 11th littoral combat ship, the future Sioux City

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City. The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel laying ceremony Feb. 19…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates JAGM dual-mode guidance section in recent flight test

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile dual-mode guidance section engaging a laser-designated moving target during an internally funded flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flight test, which was part of Lockheed Martin’s internal research and development program, is an important risk reduction milestone critical to Lockheed Martin’s performance on the…

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Lockheed Martin receives $92 million U.S. Army Apache targeting, pilotage system sustainment contract

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin received a $92 million Performance Based Logistics contract in December 2013 from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system.  The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support…

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AFTC’s King Hangar investigation report released

Posted  February 21, 2014

Results of an Air Force Test Center commander directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred last month at King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were released Feb. 18. The unintended activation of the fire suppression system at approximately noon Jan. 8 resulted in the death of a civilian contractor, while…

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Headlines – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

News: Troops left to fend for themselves after Army was warned of flaws in rifle – Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, a 20-year Green Beret, has learned that if you want to improve your chances to survive, it’s best to personally make modifications to the Army’s primary rifle — the M4 carbine.  Lawsuit brings…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Philippine military chief: China claims nonsense The Philippine military chief has said Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea are nonsense an dhas vowed to defend fishermen if they face intimidation by Beijings naval forces. The comments Feb. 20 by Gen. Emmanuel Baustita in an interview with The Associated Press are the latest in…

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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

Posted  February 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is…

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Boeing machinists union in St. Louis approve contract extension

Posted  February 24, 2014

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site’s future. The company’s contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired…

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Shyu outlines strategy for modernization at AUSA

Posted  February 24, 2014

To prepare the Army for tomorrow, the seeds must be planted today, according to Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. “We’re navigating a very challenging period for our Army – the drawdown forces are occurring during a period of dramatic fiscal constraint and budget pressure,” Shyu said. “We’re leveraging…

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