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Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Blue Angels #5 Damaged By Bird Strike During Performance

Plane Made An Early Landing During Vero Beach Air Show In Florida

Blue Angels #5 suffered about $1 million in damage when it ingested a bird into its engine during a performance Saturday at the Vero Beach Air Show in Florida.  

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Tue, Apr 24, 2018

U.S. Army Suspends Acceptance Of AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters

Cites Safety Concerns With Bolts That Secure The Main Rotor Blades

The U.S. Army has suspended acceptance of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from Boeing, citing what the service says is a "serious safety concern" with the aircraft.

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Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal For USAF GPS IIIF Program

Program Calls For Production Of Up To 22 New Satellites

Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites.

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Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Remembering The F-117 Nighthawk

First Stealth Aircraft Retired From Active Service A Decade Ago

It’s been 10 years since the F-117 Nighthawk retired, an aircraft so secret Nevada folklore labeled it a UFO. The Nighthawk pilots were known by the call sign “Bandit,” each earning their number with their first solo flight. Some of the maintainers were also given a call sign, said Wayne Paddock, a former F-117 maintainer currently stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Dynetics Selected For Demonstration Phase Of DARPA’s Gremlins Program

Receives 21-Month, $38.6 Million Contract

Dynetics, Inc. has been selected as the top performer for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Gremlins program. Managed out of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO), the objective of Gremlins is to accelerate the ability to perform aerial launch and recovery of volley quantities of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs). This capability, once demonstrated and matured, enables a significant expansion of distributed architectures for airborne operations.

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Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Leonardo Demonstrates Its AW159 Helicopter To Malaysia’s Armed Forces

Aircraft Already In Service With The Republic Of Korea Navy And Will Enter Service With The Philippine Navy In 2019

Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces.

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Mon, Apr 23, 2018

GA-ASI Demos Flight Deck Taxi Capability For MQ-25

Deck Operations Use Special Director Wands To Guide Aircraft

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling to include taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate. As part of the proposed MQ-25 solution, GA-ASI has demonstrated that the new carrier-based unmanned tanker can integrate with the complexities of existing flight deck operations.

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