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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 Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph 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…

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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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Navy UAV crashes

Posted  June 11, 2012

A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator unmanned aircraft being tested by the U.S. Navy crashed June 11 at approximately 12:11, EST, near Bloodsworth Island in Dorchester County, Md. approximately 22 miles east of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. No one was injured and no property was damaged at the unpopulated swampy crash site. Navy…

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Work continues toward opening Pakistan supply routes

Posted  June 11, 2012

Though a team of U.S. negotiators is returning home after several weeks of discussing reopening ground supply routes in Pakistan, the talks are not mired, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said June 11. In November, Pakistan closed ground routes that had been used to resupply forces in Afghanistan after a NATO airstrike accidentally killed 24…

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Vietnam 40 years later

Posted  June 11, 2012

With a simple "Letter to the Editor" to the Fort Campbell Courier from the Philippines, two Vietnam veterans were able to catch up after more than four decades apart. "For 40 plus years I have wondered...

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News Briefs June 11, 2012

Posted  June 11, 2012

S.C. military base task force hires coordinator The panel named to help ensure that military bases in South Carolina don’t suffer in a possible new round of defense budget cuts has hired an executive coordinator. The State newspaper reported the South Carolina Military Base Task Force has hired a former commander from Shaw Air Force…

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Lockheed Martin partners with Turkish industry for training opportunities, PAC-3 canister production

Posted  June 11, 2012

Lockheed Martin signed agreements June 11 with two Turkish companies to collaborate on training solutions for coalition military personnel and the production of PAC-3 Missile single canisters. The partnerships were confirmed at the 31st Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations in Washington, D.C. In the first agreement, Lockheed Martin expands its collaboration with Havelsan, Inc., to…

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Army returns first Wartime Replacement Aircraft to fight

Posted  June 11, 2012

The Army delivered the first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior upgraded under the Wartime Replacement Aircraft Program to the war fighter at a roll-out ceremony at Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas, June 7.

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NASA Mars rover team aims for landing closer to prime science site

Posted  June 11, 2012

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard. “We’re trimming the distance we’ll have…

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Pratt & Whitney, Italian Air Force celebrate successful F-16 ‘Peace Caesar,’ F100 fleet management programs

Posted  June 11, 2012

Pratt & Whitney and the Italian Air Force celebrated the highly successful Peace Caesar F-16 lease program and supporting Pratt & Whitney F100 Fleet Management Program during the F-16 departure ceremony May 23 at Trapani Air Base, Italy. The Performance Based Logistics program was designed to provide affordable readiness for the Italian Air Force fleet…

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General Dynamics completes acquisition of IPWireless

Posted  June 11, 2012

General Dynamics completed its previously announced purchase of IPW Holdings, Inc., the parent company of IPWireless, Inc., June 8. IPWireless, a San Francisco-based provider of 3G and 4G LTE wireless broadband network equipment and solutions for public safety and military customers, has been renamed General Dynamics Broadband. It will operate as a subsidiary of General…

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Air advisers prepare Colombian air force for Red Flag

Posted  June 11, 2012

A broken aircraft and several delays at the airport didn’t stop the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron from arriving in Colombia June 3 to begin its building partner capacity mission. The squadron’s air advisers are currently working with the Colombian air force to promote regional stability by fostering key relationships, enhancing partner nation capabilities and…

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