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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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Northrop Grumman provides inertial navigation products for tiltrotor aircraft

Posted  February 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been selected by AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, to provide flight-critical inertial instruments on the new AW609 TiltRotor aircraft undergoing civil certification through the Federal Aviation Administration. Developed by Northrop Grumman Navigation and Maritime Systems Division’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-110 Inertial Reference System and the LCR300A Air Data Attitude…

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Raytheon awarded $123 million Phalanx contract from Republic of Korea

Posted  February 24, 2014

Raytheon has signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy.

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DOD takes holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted  February 24, 2014

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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News Briefs February 24, 2014

Posted  February 24, 2014

Taliban says it suspends talks on held U.S. soldier Afghanistans Taliban said Feb. 23 they had suspended ìmediationî with the United States to exchange captive Sgt. Bowe Berdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, halting ñ at least temporarily ñ what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-year-old soldiers…

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Headlines – February 24, 2014

Posted  February 24, 2014

News: Republicans: New Pentagon budget ‘sacrifices security on altar of entitlements’ - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 outlined a five-year Pentagon budget that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons, including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.  U.S. examines Afghanistan option…

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Student-built projects deliver imagination to Northrop Grumman engineering competition

Posted  February 26, 2014

Student teams from six Los Angeles-area high schools proved on Feb. 21 that amazing things can happen when imagination goes head to head with an engineering problem, a limited budget and not enough time.

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NASA’s Kepler mission announces a planet bonanza, 715 new worlds

Posted  February 26, 2014

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Feb. 26 the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number…

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Manas KC-135s complete final mission, leave Kyrgyzstan

Posted  February 26, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Travis Edwards As a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis, the members of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing salute Feb. 24, 2014, at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The KC-135 departed the after the final refueling mission over Afghanistan from the Transit Center. The Transit Center’s final aerial refueling mission over Afghanistan landed…

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Boeing receives $2.4 billion contract for 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted  February 26, 2014

Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon program will enter full production, following a $2.4 billion contract award from the U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft that will bolster maritime patrol capabilities. The order, which will take the total fleet to 53, marks a transition from preliminary low-rate production. Boeing has delivered 13 P-8As to the Navy, which deployed…

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Milestone Aviation Group to purchase eight additional S-92® helicopters from Sikorsky

Posted  February 26, 2014

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced Feb. 25 that Milestone has increased its S-92 order book by eight units. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Milestone is already one of the world’s largest S-92 owners and with today’s announcement, it has increased its firm and…

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