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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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News Briefs June 11, 2014

Posted  June 11, 2014

Environmental agency criticize Kirtland proposal New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base’s proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque’s water supply. Kirtland’s plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells…

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Posted  June 11, 2014

News: House appropriators easily kill measure to save A-10 fleet - U.S. House appropriators June 10 killed an amendment that would have kept alive the Air Force’s A-10 fleet, becoming the first defense panel to endorse the service’s cost-cutting plan.  Friendly fire’ deaths in Afghanistan: Relatively rare, they draw attention - Friendly-fire incidents are responsible for only…

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Misawa launches first Global Hawk

Posted  June 13, 2014

The RQ-4 Global Hawk made its first operational flight out of Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 6.

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for Air Force’s Minuteman III reentry subsystem

Posted  June 13, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force with an initial value of $109 million for sustainment of the reentry subsystem for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.  Lockheed Martin’s work will include repair, modification and testing of hardware and software components in the reentry system-reentry vehicle (RS-RV) subsystem, as well as…

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Lockheed Martin modernizes air operations capabilities for U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  June 13, 2014

The system that allows the U.S. Marines to coordinate flying operations for all air assets has been modernized by Lockheed Martin. The Theater Battle Management Core System within the U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Air Command Center was upgraded with the Marine Corps Air Mission Planner application to provide the Marines with a modernized mission planning…

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Sophisticated simulations help provide improved weapons faster, cheaper

Posted  June 13, 2014

As engineers design new weapons or modify existing ones, reducing time and money on development can be critical in providing Soldiers with improved weapons without undue delay.

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Spirit AeroSystems delivers 5,000th Next-Generation 737

Posted  June 13, 2014

Spirit AeroSystems photograph Spirit AeroSystems employees gather at the company’s Wichita, Kansas, facility to celebrate 5,000 Next-Generation 737 deliveries to Boeing. Spirit AeroSystems Inc. June 11 announced it has successfully completed 5,000 Next-Generation 737 deliveries to Boeing. Spirit has been delivering Next-Generation 737s from Wichita, Kansas, since 1998. The company builds the 737 fuselage, engine…

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New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums

Posted  June 13, 2014

NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks,” the natural…

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Whiteman B-2s train in UK

Posted  June 13, 2014

Two B-2 Spirits flew to the U.S. European Command area of operations June 8 to train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region.

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Poland’s Bumar Elektronika, Raytheon partner to develop new Patriot IFF antenna

Posted  June 13, 2014

Raytheon announced June 12 that it will partner with Bumar Elektronika on the design and development of a modernized Patriot Identification Friend or Foe antenna. This new antenna is a key element of the advanced Patriot 360 degree radar proposed by Raytheon for Poland’s medium-range air and missile defense system program named “WISLA.” The component…

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