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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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NASA’s Space Launch System passes major agency review, moves to preliminary design

Posted  July 25, 2012

The rocket that will launch humans farther into space than ever before passed a major NASA review July 25.

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Boeing delivers Nippon Cargo Airlines’ first 747-8 Freighter

Posted  July 25, 2012

Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines, marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8. The new airplane is NCA’s first 747-8 Freighter on order with Boeing.

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New Raytheon warhead lethal to enemy rockets

Posted  July 25, 2012

The U.S. Army and Raytheon has completed a warhead test for the new Accelerated Improved Interceptor Initiative. Once fielded, AI3 is intended to provide a new level of war fighter protection by destroying incoming rockets, artillery and mortars. The ground-based system will leverage proven technologies from many of Raytheon’s programs, including the Sidewinder air-to-air missile…

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Satellites see unprecedented Greenland ice sheet surface melt

Posted  July 25, 2012

For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite...

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Boeing second net income up; raises outlook

Posted  July 25, 2012

Boeing posted a surprise improvement in second-quarter net income July 25 as demand for passenger jets thrived and its defense business held its own. The maker of 737 aircraft and F-18 fighter jets also raised its earnings forecast for the year, suggesting demand for new planes could insulate it from the sluggish global economic environment….

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Japan says no flights until Osprey confirmed safe

Posted  July 25, 2012

Japan’s prime minister says he will not allow any flights of the U.S. military’s latest transport aircraft in this country until its safety after two recent crashes has been confirmed. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Parliament July 24 that no flights would take place until investigations into the April and June crashes were completed and…

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NASA Mars orbiter repositioned to phone home Mars landing

Posted  July 25, 2012

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted its orbital location to be in a better position to provide prompt confirmation of the August landing of the Curiosity rover.

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New website honors service members’ valor

Posted  July 25, 2012

The Defense Department unveiled a new website July 25 that honors service members' highest acts of valor.

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General Dynamics second quarter profit falls, cuts guidance

Posted  July 25, 2012

General Dynamics said July 24 its second-quarter net income fell 3 percent, and the defense contractor cut its 2012 profit prediction due to contract delays in its IT business. The entire defense industry is under a cloud because of the potential for big military spending cuts in January. The cuts, which will be automatic unless…

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Air Force hosts noted directed energy scientist at anniversary celebration

Posted  July 25, 2012

July 18, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Va., hosted a presentation by noted directed energy researcher Dr. Edl Schamiloglu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Schamiloglu’s presentation was part of a continuing series of events planned throughout the year as part of AFOSR’s…

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