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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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AFRL launches hypersonic branch at AEDC

Posted  July 7, 2014

The relationship between the Air Force Research Laboratory and Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s hypervelocity capabilities is paying dividends and leading to a more in-depth and scientifically broader collaboration. In light of the success of several joint projects, AFRL leadership has decided to extend the organization’s partnership with AEDC by establishing a new hypersonic research branch,…

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California lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

Posted  July 7, 2014

A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature July 3, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their month-long summer recess. The 15-year tax incentive would benefit one of the two major competitors, a joint bid…

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NASA’s undergraduate student instrument program launches

Posted  July 7, 2014

College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program. The Undergraduate Student Instrument Program is an educational flight opportunity sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a hands-on Earth or space science flight project experience. The…

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Anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel under construction, at-sea testing expected by 2015

Posted  July 7, 2014

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, has begun construction on ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail…

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RPA unit moves to ‘Emerald Coast’

Posted  July 7, 2014

Air Force photograph Airmen prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four times a year and provided weapons, airspace and targets from Hill AFB, Utah, or Eglin AFB, Fla. Steven and…

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F-35 fleet temporarily grounded

Posted  July 7, 2014

A Department of Defense spokesman has announced the temporary grounding of the F-35 fleet based upon a recent runway incident. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, stated that the technical air worthiness authorities of the Department of the Air Force and Department of the Navy have issued a directive to ground the F-35…

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Raytheon awarded $163 million AMRAAM contract

Posted  July 7, 2014

Raytheon was awarded a $163,223,113 fixed-price/fixed-price-incentive/cost-plus-incentive contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles Program Support and Sustainment. The PSAS contract provides sustaining engineering, program management, contractor logistics support and accomplishes the diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortage tasks of extending the life of the AMRAAM Central Processing Unit, improving the AMRAAM guidance section within the…

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Headlines July 7, 2014

Posted  July 7, 2014

News: DOD grounds entire F-35 fleet; Plane might not make U.K. debut - The European debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter is now in question after the Pentagon grounded the entire fleet late Thursday based on the initial findings of an investigation into a fire that broke out on one of the jets…

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News Briefs July 7, 2014

Posted  July 7, 2014

Work for refueling tanker cheering contractors Preparations at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, for the arrival of the new KC-46A air refueling tankers are expected to boost contracting opportunities for businesses. A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the first $197 million in new construction projects. Congress has allotted a total of $219 million…

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Boeing, Emirates finalize order for 150 777Xs

Posted  July 9, 2014

Boeing and Emirates Airline have finalized an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices. First announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the order by the world’s largest 777 operator was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. The order ñ a combination of 115 777-9Xs…

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