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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 Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph 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…

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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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Rockwell Collins third quarter profit rises 5.1 percent

Posted  July 24, 2012

Rockwell Collins’ third-quarter net income rose 5 percent, but fell just short of Wall Street expectations after one of its big customers sought bankruptcy protection. For the quarter ended June 30, the aviation and communications company earned $166 million, or $1.14 per share, up from $158 million, or $1.01 per share, in the same quarter…

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Lockheed Martin second quarter profit up, boosts 2012 outlook

Posted  July 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin posted a 5 percent increase in second-quarter net income thanks in part to strong commercial satellite deliveries. The Bethesda, Md., aerospace and defense contractor also raised its full-year profit guidance citing the better-than-expected quarterly results. For the quarter ended June 24, Lockheed Martin earned $781 million, or $2.38 per share, up from $742…

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Army hosts Network Industry Day

Posted  July 24, 2012

As it looks ahead to more Network Integration Evaluations, the Army hosted an industry day at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., July 19, to discuss opportunities to collaborate on the future tactical...

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Korean War defining conflict for new Air Force

Posted  July 24, 2012

While July 27 is one of the lesser-known days of remembrance for the U.S., for the Air Force, recognizing the signing of the Korean War armistice on this day in 1953 marked an era when the service came...

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Boeing-built legacy UHF payload successfully operating on MUOS-1 satellite

Posted  July 24, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing July 24 said that its legacy communications payload onboard the Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-1) satellite has passed all on-orbit tests. MUOS-1 was launched Feb. 24 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on an Atlas V launch vehicle. It is the first of five satellites being built…

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Sally Ride dies at 61

Posted  July 23, 2012

Sally Ride, the NASA flight engineer who became the first American woman in space when the shuttle Challenger roared into orbit in 1983...

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Misawa F-16 pilot safely recovered

Posted  July 23, 2012

The pilot who ejected from a U.S. F-16 aircraft early July 22 was retrieved around 5:30 p.m., Japanese time, July 22 by a combined effort from Japanese and U.S. civilian and military assets. The pilot is in stable condition aboard a U.S. commercial vessel. The incident occurred approximately 11:30 a.m., JKT, as the F-16 Fighting…

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United Technologies to sell Rocketdyne unit to GenCorp Inc.

Posted  July 23, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced July 23 it has reached agreement to sell its Rocketdyne unit, currently part of Pratt & Whitney, to GenCorp Inc. for $550 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013. As previously announced, proceeds from the sale will be used to repay a portion of the…

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News Briefs – July 23, 2012

Posted  July 23, 2012

Two dead from Oman helicopter crash The U.S. Navy says the death toll from a helicopter crash last week in the Arabian peninsula nation of Oman is two. It says three other crewmembers aboard the downed MH-53E Sea Dragon survived Thursday’s crash. The Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet identified the deceased sailors late Julyi 21 as…

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Boeing F-15E radar modernization program begins second LRIP phase

Posted  July 23, 2012

Boeing said July 23 the U.S. Air Force has granted the F-15E Radar Modernization Program approval to begin Low Rate Initial Production 2 of 10 APG-82(V)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar systems. “This is a great step forward for the Radar Modernization Program,” said Roger Besancenez, Boeing F-15 Program vice president. “With the F-15E RMP,…

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