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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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Sequestration threatens military’s successes

Posted  July 2, 2012

The nation’s military has logged historic achievements in the past 12 months, but faces a future clouded by financial threat, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said June 29. The secretary and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both spoke about the topic of sequestration during a briefing with Pentagon…

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Army accepts last Persistent Threat Detection System aerostat

Posted  July 2, 2012

The Persistent Threat Detection System entered its next chapter, May 29, as Lt. Col. Michael Parodi, product manager Meteorological and Target Identification, was on hand at the Lockheed Martin facility in Dayton, Ohio; to accept the...

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NASA’s Orion arrives at Kennedy, work underway for first launch

Posted  July 2, 2012

More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft July 2, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in meeting the president’s…

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Four Fire Scouts to increase maritime surveillance aboard USS Klakring

Posted  July 2, 2012

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 deployed with four Fire Scouts aboard frigate USS Klakring June 29 in support of operations...

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Precision Castparts broadens aerostructures capabilities with acquisition

Posted  July 2, 2012

Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Klune Industries, a manufacturer of complex aluminum, nickel, titanium, and steel aerostructures. Klune focuses on complex forming, machining, and assembly of aerostructure parts, in addition to offering significant expertise in a range of cold-formed sheet metal components. The company, which operates facilities in North Hollywood, Calif.; Spanish Fork,…

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UAVForge reveals challenge of developing ‘perch and stare’ UAV

Posted  July 2, 2012

DARPA’s UAVForge, a crowdsourcing competition to design, build and manufacture an advanced small unmanned air vehicle, set out to determine if a loosely-connected community of UAV enthusiasts could develop a militarily relevant back-pack…

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FRCSW delivers F/A-18D under costs and ahead of schedule

Posted  July 2, 2012

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy “Straw” Tuschinski and Lt. Julia “CAM” Foerster deliver an F/A-18D to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., June 26 after the aircraft underwent maintenance…

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Soldier killed, two wounded in Fort Bragg shooting

Posted  June 29, 2012

A soldier is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident here June 28. During a 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit safety briefing, a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third soldier who was in the…

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Business

Airbus plans factory in Alabama

Posted  June 29, 2012

European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Alabama, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. Airbus will assemble its A320 jet there, according to the person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made. The A320 is a widely used plane flown…

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News Briefs – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Turkey deploys anti-aircraft guns at Syria border Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns and other weapons alongside its border with Syria, state television reported June 28, days after the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces heightened the tensions between the two countries. A small convoy of military trucks, towing anti-aircraft guns, entered into a…

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