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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 Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

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 president said…

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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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International F-35 fleet begins build up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted  July 23, 2012

ZM135, a British F-35B and the first international Lockheed Martin Lightning II, takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 9:03 a.m., CDT, en route for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Navy carriers prepare for X-47B unmanned aircraft arrival next year

Posted  July 23, 2012

The Navy is one year away from landing its first unmanned jet aircraft aboard a carrier after completing the most recent round of surrogate tests aboard USS Harry S. Truman.

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Precision Aviation Group completes Facility Expansion to 80,000 square feet

Posted  July 23, 2012

In its continuing effort to provide the best products and value-added services to the Aerospace and Defense Industry, Precision Aviation Group – completed an expansion of its Headquarters located at 495 Lake Mirror Road in Atlanta, Ga. “We are excited about another expansion of our Atlanta facility,” said David Mast, PAG president and CEO. “This…

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Northrop Grumman elects Prabu Natarajan corporate VP, treasurer

Posted  July 23, 2012

Northrop Grumman announced July 23 that its board of directors has elected Prabu Natarajan corporate vice president and treasurer, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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NASA telescope captures sharpest images of sun’s corona

Posted  July 23, 2012

A telescope launched July 11 aboard a NASA sounding rocket has captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of the sun’s million-degree atmosphere called the corona. The clarity of the images can help scientists better understand the behavior of the solar atmosphere and its impacts on Earth’s space environment. “These revolutionary images of the sun demonstrate…

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Women soldiers to test female-specific body armor

Posted  July 23, 2012

Today, both male and female soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer...

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Northrop Grumman delivers first B-1 radar modification kit

Posted  July 23, 2012

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first B-1 bomber radar prime mission equipment kit under a series of U.S. Air Force contracts worth a combined total of $161 million for the B-1’s Radar Reliability and Maintainability Program. One radar kit has since been installed on a B-1 aircraft based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Two…

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Verification, innovation key to success for NIE 13.2 candidate capabilities

Posted  July 23, 2012

During an industry day at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., July 19, which was meant to keep the industrial base informed...

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ViaSat wins award for UHF satellite network system in Australia

Posted  July 23, 2012

The Australian Department of Defence has selected ViaSat Inc. to supply the UHF Satellite Communication Mission System for its recently launched UHF capacity on Intelsat IS-22. The system is designed to provide voice and data military satcom covering a region from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Australia. The value of…

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Small Diameter Bomb II finds, hits moving target

Posted  July 23, 2012

Raytheon’s GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II program achieved a major milestone when it successfully engaged and hit a moving target during a flight test at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Currently in engineering and manufacturing development, SDB II is designed to engage moving targets in adverse weather and through battlefield obscurants. During the July…

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