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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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NASA ER-2 aircraft continues Earth ecosystem research

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photograph by Dean Neeley and Jeff Myers This color infrared composite image is made from three spectral bands of NASA’s MASTER instrument mounted on the agency’s high-altitude ER-2. The red areas depict green vegetation in Las Vegas on May 30. 2014. A study of Earth’s ecosystems and how they function is continuing in Southern…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy increase MQ-8B Fire Scout’s visual reach with modernized radar

Posted  June 18, 2014

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders. War fighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new radar system…

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Baseball, hot dogs and fighter jets

Posted  June 18, 2014

Star Wars Night was extra special for members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as they came to cheer for their squadron commander Lt. Col Andrew “Growler” Allen and Lockheed Martin Site Director Michael Glass, as the pair threw out the first two pitches of the evening at JetHawk Stadium.

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Experimental HiMAT aircraft has new home at NASA Armstrong

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photograph The HiMAT subscale research aircraft, seen here during a research flight in December 1980, demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft. From mid-1979 to January 1983, two remotely piloted, experimental Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) aircraft were flown at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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Raytheon honors supplier excellence from around globe

Posted  June 18, 2014

Raytheon has recognized the exceptional performance of more than 180 supplier partners that support the company’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit. Honored at IDS’ annual Supplier Excellence Awards event, suppliers from around the globe were recognized with 3-, 4- and 5-Star awards, measured on quality standards, on-time delivery, process improvement initiatives, and success in meeting…

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Northrop Grumman receives $238 million contract modification for LAIRCM missile defense system

Posted  June 18, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $238 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide hardware and support for the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure system. Critical to the safe return of troops abroad, LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and activates a…

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Headlines June 18, 2014

Posted  June 18, 2014

News: Prospect of new Iraq fight turns hawks into doves – Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found now harbor doubts that air strikes will turn back insurgents threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government and Baghdad.    Business:…

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News Briefs June 18, 2014

Posted  June 18, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,185 As of June 17, 2014, at least 2,185 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,813 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA announces latest progress, upcoming milestones in hunt for asteroids

Posted  June 20, 2014

NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s - all on the agency's human Path to Mars.

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Test Pilot School grads to embark on new horizons

Posted  June 20, 2014

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Class 13B stood proudly in the base theater June 13 as Col. Lars Hoffman, USAF TPS commandant, announced the graduates of the prestigious school.

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