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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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Budget constraints to delay aircraft modernization

Posted  March 23, 2012

Some modernization programs may be delayed, but not reduced or cancelled due to a tightening of the budget, senior Army leaders told senators March 21. Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno testified Wednesday morning to the Senate Appropriations…

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News Briefs March 22, 2012

Posted  March 23, 2012

F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash The Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet’s emergency oxygen system after numerous reports of pilots reporting feeling light-headedness. The move comes after the 2010 death of pilot Capt. Jeffrey Haney when his stealth fighter crashed 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Haney’s…

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NASA’s Cassini mission receives Smithsonian’s highest honor

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. The trophy was presented March 21 during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in…

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Air Force leaders discuss planned force structure changes

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Air Force secretary and chief of staff discussed planned force structure changes, and efforts to balance service active-duty and reserve components, during congressional testimony March 20. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force…

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Boeing receives phased array antenna system contract from Yahsat

Posted  March 27, 2012

Boeing has finalized a firm-fixed-price contract with Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat), the United Arab Emirates-based multipurpose satellite operator, to design and build active electronically steered phased array antenna systems for aircraft. The value of the contract is not being disclosed. The small, state-of-the-art Ka-band phased-array SATCOM antenna system allows customers to take advantage of…

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News Briefs March 27, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Air Force Academy gets $3.6M artificial turf airstrip The Air Force Academy has a new landing strip for its glider planes carpeted with more than 1.3 million square feet of artificial turf. The school unveiled the $3.6 million installation March 20. It’s the equivalent of about 23 NFL football fields or 16 MLS soccer fields….

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Boeing unveils BBJ with luxury interior, new high-speed digital system

Posted  March 27, 2012

Boeing Business Jets unveiled the latest BBJ to enter service at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai. The airplane, a 737-700 with -800 wings and other modifications for longer range, was delivered earlier this month to a private businessman in the United States. It is the second BBJ for this customer. “Our…

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Army wants two additional base realignment and closure rounds

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Army wants another two rounds of base realignment and closure to optimize facility usage across the service. While speaking March 21 before the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on readiness and management support, Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, environment and energy told senators of the need for another two…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands in Santiago for Chilean debut

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down in Santiago, Chile, March 26 for a weeklong visit as the centerpiece at the FIDAE 2012 International Air and Space Fair. Throughout the week, LAN Airlines executives and employees, special invited guests, media and other air show attendees will get a chance to…

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