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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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Planes of Fame Air Museum hosts air show

Posted  May 4, 2012

Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif., in conjunction with the County of San Bernardino, presents its annual air show – Air Show 2012: Turning the Tide, May 5-6. This year’s air show will feature more than 40 historic aircraft performing as well as a salute to 1942, when U.S. military forces began turning…

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Aircraft Spotlight: AH-64 Apache Helicopter

Posted  May 4, 2012

The AH-64 Apache, the world’s premier twin-engined Army attack helicopter, was designed to be an extremely tough survivor under combat. The prototype Apache made its first flight Sept. 30, 1975, as the YAH-64, and in 1976, Hughes received a full-scale development contract. In 1982, the Army...

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Hawker Beechcraft reaches agreement to reduce debt, strengthen company for future

Posted  May 4, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft announced May 3 that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and approximately $125 million of annual cash interest expense….

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NASA announces 2012 Summer of Innovation project

Posted  May 4, 2012

NASA’s third annual Summer of Innovation project is underway. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break. SOI is a key component of the agency’s broader education program to increase student interest in STEM courses, particularly…

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DARPA seeks technology to see through clouds for warfighter support

Posted  May 4, 2012

Advanced, flyable electronics and scene simulation technology sought for video synthetic aperture radar Warfighters who encounter enemy forces on the ground benefit from overhead aircraft support. Some capabilities...

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Aerojet’s AJ26 flight engine successfully hot-fire tested for Orbital’s Antares rocket

Posted  May 4, 2012

Aerojet announced May 4 that its AJ26 engine successfully completed a hot-fire test yesterday at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. Orbital Sciences Corporation, Aerojet and NASA monitored the full-duration test in support of the Antares(R) rocket program. This is the eighth AJ26 engine to be tested at Stennis. “This test demonstrates…

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General Dynamics awarded Coast Guard contract for support of the Rescue 21 system

Posted  May 4, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide ongoing sustainment services for the national Rescue 21 search and rescue system. General Dynamics, the prime contractor for the system’s design, development and deployment, will continue to provide field service personnel, technical support…

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Edwards Civ-Mil ‘Support Edwards’ mixer set for May 16

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group annual Spring Mixer this year takes on added significance because of Air Force restructuring now taking place. Aida O’Connor and others founded the group in 1988 partly to show the communities support for Edwards at the time of a round of Base Restructuring and Consolidation (BRAC) defense cutbacks. Again,…

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JTRS advances ‘Cognitive Radio’ concept

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio Systems is moving closer to its vision of Cognitive Radio, a concept engineered to allow a family of software-programmable radios to better use portions of the available spectrum, service officials said. Cognitive Radio allows...

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Spirit AeroSystems says first-quarter profit doubled

Posted  May 4, 2012

Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. said May 3 that its first-quarter profit doubled as production sped up for Boeing and Airbus planes. Spirit reported net income of $73.6 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter that ended March 31. That was up from $34.6 million, or 24 cents per share, during the…

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