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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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Sikorsky, Turkey sign Black Hawk helicopter licensing, manufacturing agreements

Posted  March 5, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has signed agreements with the Turkish government and key Turkish aerospace contractors that license Turkey’s aerospace industry to manufacture 109 T-70 helicopters (Turkish variants of Sikorsky’s S-70i™ International Black Hawk helicopter) for operation by the Turkish Government, and to assemble 109 S-70i™ helicopters for Sikorsky. The…

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Air Force presents fiscal 2015 budget request

Posted  March 5, 2014

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget request March 4, following similar briefings by the Department of Defense and its sister services. The fiscal 20 15 budget request repositions the force to focus on future challenges and opportunities, while continuing to recover readiness lost during sequestration in fiscal 2013, said Maj. Gen….

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What’s in a name: NASA Research Center had many in its history

Posted  March 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas This aerial photo depicts the original hangars and administrative buildings that were built in 1954 as they appeared in 2001 at what now will be known as the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, redesignated in honor of the late Neil A. Armstrong. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has been redesignated…

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TPAA robotics team wins ‘rookie all star award’

Posted  March 5, 2014

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy robotics team was the top first-year team at the regional competition in Grand Terrace last week, and is now headed for next month’s world championships in St. Louis.

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Precision Aviation Services signs service center agreement with Airbus Helicopters

Posted  March 5, 2014

In a move that signals its ongoing commitment to the marketplace, Airbus Helicopters Inc. named Precision Aviation Services, a Precision Aviation Group company, as an AHI Service Center. This is the newest AHI service center in the Southeast and the first in the Atlanta market. The state-of-the-art 35,000 square foot facilities, located at the Atlanta…

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NASA honors Astronaut Neil Armstrong with center renaming

Posted  March 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center along the northwest edge of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base has been renamed in honor of former research test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to step onto the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission…

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Northrop Grumman awarded task order for naval training systems

Posted  March 5, 2014

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to continue development and improvement of combat systems trainers with a task order valued up to $33 million, if all options are exercised. The task order was awarded under the SeaPort-e indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple award contract. Under the direction of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division…

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General Dynamics awarded $36 million for submarine development work

Posted  March 5, 2014

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded two contract modifications from the U.S. Navy worth a total value of $35.8 million. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $19.8 million, Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range…

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Boeing Maritime surveillance aircraft demonstrator completes first flight

Posted  March 5, 2014

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security.

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News Briefs March 5, 2014

Posted  March 5, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 3, 2014, at least 2,176 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 1,796 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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