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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk supports studies on climate change

Posted  January 25, 2013

PALMDALE, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk is now conducting science missions to study the impact of atmospheric change on the Earth’s climate. The Global Hawk is collecting data and helping scientists learn more about the humidity and chemical composition of air entering the tropical tropopause layer of the atmosphere and its impact…

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418th FLTS prepares to test India’s first C-17 at Edwards

Posted  January 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft built for the Indian Air Force touches down on Runway 22L. The 418th Flight Test Squadron will begin aircraft inspection and routine flight testing for the next two months. With Boeing’s completion of the Indian Air Force’s first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft in early January…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation congratulates CyberPatriot V finalists

Posted  January 25, 2013

The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot V, announced today that 28 teams have successfully battled through three rounds of virtual competition to advance to the national finals showdown in Washington, D.C., March 14-16. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high…

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Army orders MUOS upgrade for AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios from General Dynamics

Posted  January 25, 2013

The U.S. Army ordered kits in December to upgrade 100 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios to enable them to communicate with the military’s Mobile User Objective System satellite communications system. This MUOS channel upgrade, comprising a field-replaceable power amplifier and supporting software, will allow secure voice and data communication with…

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New Army network gets final check-out on way to field

Posted  January 25, 2013

As soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army’s new tactical communications network later this year, Army engineers are stretching the equipment to its limits to ensure it can support complex, on-the-move operations and extend the range of communications to the farthest edges of the battlefield. The Network Verification event for Capability Set 13, or CS…

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United Technologies fourth-quarter profit drops but higher aerospace sales lifts revenue

Posted  January 25, 2013

United Technologies Corp. posted a 26 percent drop in fourth-quarter net income from continuing operations Jan. 23 due to one-time items including restructuring costs and completing its $18.4 billion Goodrich acquisition. But the Hartford, Conn., conglomerateís huge bet on the aerospace business is paying off, and it posted strong revenue gains for its jet engine…

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Defense Department rescinds direct combat exclusion rule

Posted  January 25, 2013

Navy photograph by Smn. Heather M. Paape Chief Engineman Patricia Cooper, a student in the Riverine Combat Skills course, patrols the training grounds during a field training exercise in Camp Lejeune, N.C. This class is the first RCS training group composed of Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR) Sailors and the first to incorporate women into the…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

Posted  January 25, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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Raytheon fourth quarter net income falls 14 percent on flat sales

Posted  January 25, 2013

Raytheon said Jan. 24 that its fourth-quarter net income fell 14 percent, hurt by lackluster sales, but it issued a better-than-expected profit prediction for the full year. The Waltham, Mass.,-based defense contractor earned $469 million, or $1.42 per share, down from $543 million, or $1.57 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Excluding…

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Headlines: January 23, 2013

Posted  January 23, 2013

International MoD unveils third round of Army job cuts  The [British] Ministry of Defence has announced a third round of Army redundancies. Up to 5,300 job losses were outlined by the government. These are part of cuts already announced to reduce Army numbers from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2017. British Army to fire another 5,300…

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