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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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Lockheed Martin, Marshall Aerospace sign agreement to increase C-130 refurbishment capability

Posted  July 10, 2012

Lockheed Martin has signed an agreement authorizing Marshall Aerospace to become the world’s first commercial company to install C-130 Center Wing Boxes. Marshall Aerospace is also the first C-130J Heavy Maintenance Center in the world. “As we see the C-130J Super Hercules global fleet expanding, and the demand for the C-130J remaining strong, we need…

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Boeing, GECAS announce commitment for 100 737s

Posted  July 10, 2012

Boeing announced July 10 at the Farnborough International Airshow a commitment by GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of…

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Acting undersecretary of the Air Force appointed

Posted  July 10, 2012

On July 3, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jamie Morin to serve as the acting undersecretary of the Air Force. He will serve in this capacity effective immediately and until such time as a new undersecretary is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Morin said he welcomed the new responsibilities. “I appreciate…

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Pacific Partnership 2012 Welcomes New Participants

Posted  July 10, 2012

Nearly half way through the Pacific Partnership 2012 mission, another wave of participants from various countries and non-governmental organizations joined the ship’s team while in port in Subic Bay, Philippines, July 7. While in Subic Bay, 131 staff finished their role in the mission and were replaced by 139 new team members eager to start…

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Norway fires first ground-based Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from NASAMS launcher

Posted  July 10, 2012

The Royal Norwegian Air Force successfully fired a Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air-Missile System. During the first-of-its-kind test at the Andoya Rocket Range in Northern Norway, the ESSM intercepted and destroyed an air target. “Completion of this live-fire exercise is a major step forward in our efforts to qualify ESSM…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Royal Air Force of Oman

Posted  July 10, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $23 million contract from the Royal Air Force of Oman to provide additional Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for their F-16 fleet.

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Embraer selects Boeing to provide weapons integration for A-29 Super Tucano

Posted  July 10, 2012

Embraer and Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow July 10 announced an agreement that further enhances the collaboration between the two companies and brings additional capabilities to Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano through new weapons integration developments to meet future customer requirements. The new weapons integration capacity enhances the solution presented to the U.S. Air Force Light…

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Northrop Grumman’s NG-AGS completes field test, readies for next phase

Posted  July 10, 2012

Northrop Grumman announced July 10 that its Next Generation Automated Detection System for homeland defense applications has successfully completed a rigorous field test and is ready for the program’s next phase. The NG-ADS technology is a competitor for the Department of Homeland Security’s upcoming BioWatch Gen-3 Phase II acquisition. The program seeks to deploy a…

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Bradley upgrades: Ahead of schedule, under budget

Posted  July 10, 2012

BAE Systems recently completed Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III upgrades to 236 U.S. Army Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles stationed in Korea one month early and 20 percent under budget.

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BAE Systems’ Taranis passes the test

Posted  July 10, 2012

Taranis, the United Kingdom's unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator, has successfully completed a series of key tests on the way to commencing flight trials in 2013.

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