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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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U.S., China militaries hold exercise to build trust

Posted  December 3, 2012

The U.S. and Chinese militaries wrapped up a modest disaster-relief exercise Nov. 30, hailed as a tentative trust-building step amid growing suspicions between the Asia-Pacific region’s largest armed forces. While not a full-fledged operation, the two-day exercise at People’s Liberation Army barracks outside the city of Chengdu consisted of U.S. and Chinese officers sitting around…

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Raytheon receives U.S. Army contract for JAGM continued technology development

Posted  December 3, 2012

Raytheon Company has received a contract from the U.S. Army’s Aviation Missile Command to develop and deliver a next-generation guidance section for Joint Air-to-Ground Missile continued technology development. During the first four months of CTD, Raytheon will update its design and complete a delta preliminary design review. During the next 24 months, the team will…

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Virgin Galactic selects Quantum3Dís advanced simulation platform for spaceship command training

Posted  December 3, 2012

Quantum3D, Inc., announced Dec. 3 Virgin Galactic, the worldís first commercial spaceline, has ordered Quantum3Dís six-channel IndependenceÆ IDX 7000 image generator. Quantum 3D is a leading provider of visual computing solutions for government and commercial applications. Virgin Galactic will use Quantum3Dís most advanced real-time image generator to train pilots on spaceship equipment and command. Our…

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Johnson gives legal background for war against al Qaeda

Posted  December 3, 2012

The United States remains in an armed conflict with al Qaeda, but it is important that the fight against the terrorist group is done in a lawful manner that does not compromise American values, Jeh C. Johnson told the Oxford Union in England Nov. 30. The group invited Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, to…

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Lockheed Martin receives JASSM contract for integration onto Finnish Air Force F-18

Posted  December 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $5.1 million Foreign Military Sale contract from the U.S. Air Force to support integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. The contract is for the first phase of a six-year effort of software development and aircraft integration support. Additional contract awards are expected…

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NASA researchers discover ancient microbes in Antarctic lake

Posted  December 3, 2012

In one of the most remote lakes of Antarctica, nearly 65 feet beneath the icy surface, scientists from NASA, the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., the University of Illinois at Chicago, and nine other institutions, have uncovered a community of bacteria. This discovery of life existing in one of Earth’s darkest, saltiest and coldest…

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nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle makes its maiden flight

Posted  December 3, 2012

The nEUROn, Europeís unmanned combat air vehicle stealth technology demonstrator, successfully completed its maiden flight Dec. 1 from the Dassault Aviation companyís flight test base in Istres, France, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of the French defense procurement agency. The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involves France, Italy,…

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ATK awarded contract for MDACS technology development, risk reduction

Posted  December 3, 2012

ATK has been awarded a $52.7 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of Modular Divert and Attitude Control System technologies applicable to the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB missile interceptors. The technology contract will be executed by ATK Defense Group’s Elkton, Maryland operation. The MDACS propulsion system provides the impulse needed for…

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NORAD provides Website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 3, 2012

Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world and more, officials said,…

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Raytheon wins first contract for new lightweight GPS anti-jam capability for land systems

Posted  December 3, 2012

Raytheon UK has been awarded a significant contract by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence for delivery of a new GPS Anti-Jam Antenna System. The contract is for an undisclosed number of advanced systems for deployment in operational theaters spanning multiple vehicle platforms. This UOR (Urgent Operational Requirement) contract is the first award for Raytheon’s…

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