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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Defense

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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Oman takes flight

Posted  August 8, 2012

A new C-130J Super Hercules for the Sultanate of Oman conducts a test flight at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This is the first of three C-130Js on order for Oman and is scheduled for delivery later...

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Boeing delivers smaller, lighter radio relay for unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted  August 8, 2012

Boeing has delivered production units of a smaller, lighter version of its Tactical Compact Communications Relay, which allows a small unmanned aerial vehicle to function as a tactical, range-extending communications repeater for military handheld radios. Boeing subsidiary Insitu received four 1-pound TCCRs following tests of the narrowband relay aboard the Insitu ScanEagle UAV. A 1.6-pound…

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Raytheon small tactical munition scores direct hit in first guided flight test

Posted  August 8, 2012

Raytheon has completed a successful warhead and guidance system test of its Pyros™ small tactical munition at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The end-to-end test validated the weapon’s guidance modes (semi-active laser and global positioning system), its height-of-burst sensor, electronic safe and arm device, and multi-effects warhead. “All systems functioned perfectly,” said Tom Bussing, vice president…

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Lockheed Martin to integrate fuel cells, solar power for military applications under contract with ONR

Posted  August 8, 2012

Lockheed Martin secured a contract with the Office of Naval Research for the design and development of solid oxide fuel cell generator sets as an alternative to traditional battlefield power generation equipment. Lockheed Martin’s fuel cell technology will be integrated with solar panels, providing the military with the power needed to perform missions while using…

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UTC Aerospace Systems receives autopilots, payload contract for AAI’s Aerosonde

Posted  August 8, 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems to supply Cloud Cap Technology autopilots, stabilized camera payloads, ground station software components and flight management software from its business in Hood River, Ore. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. These will be utilized for AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems’…

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Commando II lifts-off

Posted  August 8, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 7. Aircraft 5694 is the eighth of 11 MC-130Js to be assigned to the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon.

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U.S. starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

Posted  August 8, 2012

DANANG, Vietnam – Vo Duoc fights back tears while sharing the news that broke his heart: A few days ago he received test results confirming he and 11 family members have elevated levels of dioxin lingering in their blood. The family lives in a two-story house near a former U.S. military base in Danang where…

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UTC Aerospace Systems launches high-res snapshot SWIR camera

Posted  August 8, 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems introduced its next generation Sensors Unlimited shortwave infrared digital video camera at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. This high-resolution, indium gallium arsenide mil-rugged digital video camera features 30Hz full-frame rate and adds snapshot mode capability to the Sensors Unlimited high-definition SWIR product range. The camera is lightweight…

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Draken International buys eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks

Posted  August 8, 2012

Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International. Draken, recognizing the increasing…

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Airbus to double $12 billion it spends with U.S. suppliers

Posted  August 8, 2012

European aerospace giant Airbus said Aug. 6 it plans to double the $12 billion it now spends with U.S. suppliers amid strong airplane sales, explaining that the company has a backlog that is “disturbingly healthy.” Airbus America Chairman Allan McArtor told representatives from 114 companies at an aviation supplier conference in Kansas that 40 percent…

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